Persecution Update, July 2016: Mali

The West African nation of Mali is among the top nations that persecute their minority Christian population. Mali is a Muslim country currently under siege by radical Islamists in the north, whose goal is to overthrow the government. Because of previous attacks against Christians by Muslim extremists, many believers have left the country. However, Beatrice Stockly, a Swiss missionary, remained, in spite of being abducted and held for 10 days in 2012 for the crime of sharing her Christian faith. She is known for her kind and gentle demeanor, demonstrated as she passed out flowers and Gospel literature to women and children around the city. After her first capture, Beatrice was ordered to leave Mali and never return. Many, including her mother and brother in Switzerland, urged her not to return to Mali. However, her response was "It's Timbuktu, or nothing." So she returned. On January 8, 2016, Beatrice was again kidnapped from her home in Timbuktu by Islamic terrorists and is still being held. Please pray for special grace for Beatrice in her captivity and for other believers in Mali.