Gunmen killed 10 people, mostly workers from Nairobi, aboard a bus in northern Kenya on Dec. 6. The Islamist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack on the passengers, many of whom were traveling to job sites in Mandera, a city on the Somalia-Ethiopia border. The attackers allowed ethnic Somalis, assumed to be Muslim, to stay aboard the bus, while ordering all non-Muslims, assumed to be Christians, to exit the bus and then shooting them. Police arrested suspects, including the bus driver, but a VOM worker said there is no certainty that anyone will be prosecuted. “Please remember all the Christians living in northern Kenya during this month, as many will be traveling back home for Christmas,” the VOM worker wrote. “Pastors in the area are concerned and worried. They know Christians are targeted at this time of the year.”
Ten Killed in Bus Attack
Recent Prayer Requests
Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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