In the wake of an attack that claimed the lives of 14 Christians, prominent evangelical leaders in Burkina Faso have called for a response of love and forgiveness.
At least ten militants burst into a church in a village Hantoukoura near the country’s border with Niger on Sunday, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing several believers including a pastor and child.
Following the killings, which have garnered headlines around the world, the Federation of Evangelical Churches and Missions (FEME) urged believers to respond with prayer.
“Once again, our values of tolerance, forgiveness and love were violated. The freedom of worship enshrined in our Basic Law has been trampled on”, said the President of FEME, Pastor Henri Ye, according to Evangelical Focus.
Ye added that FEME was “still in shock from this tragedy” and expressed “sadness and pain at the repetition of such barbaric and dehumanizing acts.”
But far from seeking revenge on the attackers, who were likely to be Islamic militants, the pastor called on all the country’s churches “to use fasting and prayer as first weapons throughout the national territory.”
FEME’s statement added that “it is in the love of God and our neighbour, in unity and solidarity, by ridding ourselves of all spirit of fear and revenge that we will eventually overcome.”
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SOURCE: Faithwire, Will Maule