The conflict has resulted in the displacement of thousands of Christians who have been forced to live in camps and have lost their homes and livelihoods. In many of those circumstances they were attacked because they are Christians.
Despite the ongoing violence in CAR, many Christians are courageously continuing to minister to their communities. Veronique's husband, Pastor Tokono, was killed when an ex-Seleka group attacked the town of Gambo, in eastern CAR. Veronique and her children had left Gambo a few days before the attack because the situation had become very tense. When an Open Doors worker visited her, Veronique said, "I will continue ministering even in my husband’s absence just like I did while he was alive. I pray that the Almighty God forgives the attackers because they do not know what they are doing. And also that He will save them from that evil way.”
The Central African Republic has been embroiled in conflict since 2013 and most of the country is occupied by armed militia groups, responsible for a range of human-rights abuses. Christian leaders who have publicly denounced the violence have been threatened and church buildings have been burned and ransacked.
There has been a drop in two points. There has been a small drop in pressure and violence. Militants that were targeting Christians have also started fighting among each other and this has shifted to some degree the focus of those groups. At the same time, those who target Christians have limited territory under their control.
Open Doors has been involved in CAR through the local church for a number of years. From 2013 our programs were dominated by support to the Church in crisis following the March 2013 coup by the radial Muslim Seleka. Our vision for CAR is a Church that responds biblically to persecution and shares the gospel with unbelievers, where members are systematically discipled and have a Biblical worldview on economics and have livelihood opportunities, and traumatised believers receive proper care to help them live productive lives.
Our programs include:
Father God, please be with our brothers and sisters in CAR who have experienced horrific violence. Protect them, bring them healing, and give them the strength to forgive their persecutors. Give wisdom to church leaders as they minister to their church members – comfort them that they may comfort others. Change the hearts of violent extremists in CAR, and draw them to Yourself.
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