Deputy Mayor Moussa Issah Bary (photo by World Watch Monitor)
Was the murder of a Fulani Christian Deputy Mayor politically or religiously motivated? No one knows for sure. Moussa Issah Bary, the 47-year-old deputy mayor of Kerana was shot and killed by six gunmen on motorbikes on 16 November. News of the event has been slow in coming to the world's attention. Municipal elections were just days away. Calling a Fulani a Christian almost sounds like a misnomer. Deputy Mayor Bary was a rare example of a Christian member of the Fulani tribe. Fulani extremists are infamous in Nigeria for committing atrocities against the country's predominantly Christian middle belt. In fact they have been named one of the top five deadliest militias in the world.
Recent years in Mali have seen waves of Islamic extremism. In 2012 the French military was forced to intervene in the region. Christian churches and places of worship have been frequent targets. A Swiss missionary was kidnapped. Terrorists killed 22 people at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital. Thousands of Christians have fled the country, finding refuge further south or in Niger and Burkina Faso. Islamic extremism in Mali is just a part of a much wider regional conflict that stretches across the Sahel region (south of the Sahara) of the continent. Mali needs the divine intervention by our Heavenly Father.
The nation of Mali is number 44 on the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for Mali on Day 9 in accordance with the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.
Please pray for:
The witness of Mayor Bary among his fellow Fulani tribal members to continue to bear fruit and cause others to seek Jesus Christ as their Savior (The Bible, Acts 9:36-43).
The love of Christ to surround Mayor Bary's wife and 8 children. May God move upon the hearts of Christian Believers to meet this family's financial needs (The Bible, Matthew 6:8).
Mali citizens and government officials to stand firm against the wave of violence coming from Islamic extremism (The Bible, Ephesians 6:10-18).
True seekers of God will find Him during this Christmas season (The Bible, Deuteronomy 4:29).
Prayer moves the hand of God. Once there is sustained, strategic, and informed prayer in the 10/40 Window, we will witness massive numbers of unreached people coming to Christ. Pray that it will happen in our generation. - Beverly Pegues