As anti-Christian violence soars in West Africa, thousands upon thousands of families have lost their homes, possessions, livelihoods and crops, according to Barnabas Fund.
The agency says their most urgent need is food. As displaced people, they have no way to support themselves. Famine is looming and the regions where Christians have sought refuge are struggling to feed them.
Barnabas Aid stood by the Christians of Syria throughout the civil war, giving humanitarian aid of many kinds but especially food. As Christians they endured persecution for their faith in addition to all the horrors of war.
Now the agency says there are many other Christians hungry, destitute and suffering – simply because they follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Barnabas Aid is there to help them.
The ministry says in a recent update that Gabriel was at his market stall when militants attacked his village in Burkina Faso. The gunmen opened fire and he fled for his life, along with everyone else at the market. His wife was home with their toddler and baby at the time, but when he got back there in the evening the house was empty.
Distraught, Gabriel found his wife and children in Kaya city, Burkina Faso, after desperately searching for a week. Barnabas was providing for their practical needs.
For a week, Gabriel went from village to village, searching. The militants had warned they would be back at his own village in three days to kill anyone they found there – especially Christians.
“As a Christian, I didn’t know where to go, I couldn’t take anything. I was only looking for my wife and my two children. I almost became mad,” Gabriel explained.
“Christians we don’t know are sending us help”
Eventually he was reunited with his wife and children in Kaya city, where many people had fled for refuge. He was overwhelmed to find that Christians far away – Barnabas Aid supporters – had been taking care of his family.
“You gave us clothes, shelter and food,” said Gabriel, with tears in his eyes. “Christians we don’t know are sending us help. This is strengthening our faith and giving us the sense of the real body of Christ. Wherever they are, may the Lord bless them and rescue them in difficult times as they did for us.”
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SOURCE: Assist News