Thursday, September 15, 2011

Christian killed in the Philippines

A Christian man, Clarito dela Cruz, was recently murdered by Muslims in the region of Mindanao in the Philippines, reports our sister mission, VOM-USA.

On July 26, a Muslim couple pretending to be husband and wife hired Clarito to drive them to a remote village near the town of Linamon. It is then believed that the couple, likely assisted by a companion, tortured and strangled Clarito with an electrical wire. They also shot him twice and stole his motorbike, which belonged to his father-in-law and was the family's means of earning a living.

Clarito leaves behind a wife named Leodel, who is pregnant, and their three-year-old son. Clarito's parents oversee their church's evangelism program, and his pastor told a VOM worker that Muslims in the area had tried to convert church members to Islam. Muslims attacked Christians in Linamon several years ago, burning homes and stealing livestock.

Please pray!
  • Pray that Clarito's loved ones will find strength, courage and peace in Christ as they grieve his loss. 
  • Pray for special provision for his wife and children as they face life without him. 
  • Pray that God will continue to embolden Christians in the Philippines to be imitators of Christ and his steadfast faithfulness at great cost (1 Corinthians 11:1).

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