|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Faustin-Archange Touadéra|
Most of the population in Central African Republic is Christian. However, Islamic extremist groups and corruption make life difficult. Fear and violence are a daily reality for believers, and the civil war makes them vulnerable to violence.
Churches are attacked, ransacked, and even burned to the ground. Christian leaders are threatened and believers have had their homes attacked. Thousands of Christian families have been left homeless and are forced to live in camps. They struggle with unemployment and are unable to support their families.
New Christians, especially those who have converted from another religion, may be ostracised or beaten by their family and neighbours to force them to deny Jesus. In areas dominated by Muslims, converts discovered with a Bible may be killed on-the-spot. Believers rarely get to meet with other Christians and lack support.
“You supported us and prayed with us, even without you knowing me and my husband.” – Christian widow from Central African Republic.
Last August, Islamic extremists attacked Gambo in Central African Republic. Open Doors visited the survivors who were left to fend for themselves. They thanked the ministry for visiting and praying with them.
Open Doors supports the church in the Central African Republic by preparing them for persecution, discipleship training, economic empowerment and emergency relief to those affected by violence.
Pray that Christians can be an example of God’s love by forgiving those who persecute them.
Pray Islamic extremists who persecuted the church will discover God’s goodness and have their hearts changed.
Pray that the church and its leaders in Central African Republic will be encouraged and strengthened in the face of fear.