Pray for Burundi

Posted by Roger Cooke on Thu, 30 Apr 2015 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

While international media attention has mainly focused on the earthquake in Nepal, recent events in Burundi have gone largely unreported. Presidential Elections are set for June and last weekend, President Pierre Nkurunziza, controversially announced that he would be standing for a third term.

The president’s announcement sparked protests in Bujumbura – Burundi’s capital city – with at least six people being killed during violent clashes with the police. Recent days have seen the protests spread wider in the country and there have been reports of youth militia targeting rural areas and marking homes of those who are opposed to the president. Main radio stations have been shut down and a ban has been placed on social media, as authorities attempt to deter the coordination of protests.

CMSI’s Global Partners in Gitega and Matana – each about a two-hour drive from Bujumbura – ask you to join them in prayer for their nation at this time. We have been in touch with our Mission Associate based in Bujumbura – she and her colleagues are safe.

Anticipating unrest in the run-up to the elections, many have fled Burundi in recent weeks and are now seeking refuge in Rwanda and other neighbouring regions. Last weekend 5,000 more fled into Rwanda, bringing the estimated total to more than 20,000, with many more people on the move.

Our Global Partners in Rwanda – Kibungo and Shyogwe Dioceses – are exploring how they can support those who have sought refuge in their areas. In the coming days, many people will be in need of clothes, food, water and shelter. For now, they ask for our prayers for the region and they will be in touch again when it becomes clearer as to how they can assist those in need.

Please join with us as we stand with our friends and partners in Burundi and Rwanda at this time, praying for:
~ God’s will to prevail in Burundi
~ The current crisis to be contained and resolved as peacefully and as soon as possible
~ Communication networks, power, water, etc, to remain working and accessible
~ Our Global Partners in Burundi & their families, friends & colleagues, for safety and wisdom
~ The Church to stand as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, a place where people will find the love of Jesus
~ Our Global Partners in Rwanda as they consider how best to care for those who have come to their regions seeking refuge

To read more about the situation in Burundi, click here

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