Pastor Pierre chose to stay in Sirgadji out of love for his congregation. (Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor)
Pastor Pierre chose to stay in Sirgadji out of love for his congregation. (Photo Credit: World Watch Monitor)
May 23, 2019 • Burkina Faso

Six Church Members Executed

Pastor Pierre Ouedraogo of Sirgadji was talking with church members after Sunday service on April 28, 2019, when 12 armed men on motorcycles approached and ordered the Christians to gather under a tree. After confiscating Bibles and cellphones, the men demanded that the Christians convert to Islam. When the believers refused, the men took them behind the church building one at a time and shot them to death. They then set fire to the pulpit before leaving.

Pastor Pierre, his son Wend-Kuni Ouedraogo, his son-in-law Zoeyandé Sawadogo, and church members Sayouba Sawadogo, Arouna Sawadogo and Elie Boena all were killed. Shortly before the attack, Pastor Pierre had told people that he felt danger was imminent, but that he would rather die for the Lord than leave the village where he had served for 40 years. Pray for the families of those killed as well as for the church and the community.

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