Pastor slain for refusing to convert to Islam

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Carrying on the militant Islamist mission to spread horror, fear, hatred and grief around the world, jihadists murdered a pastor in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Jan. 29 after he refused their demand that he convert to Islam, reports Barnabus Fund.

Ngulongo Year Batsemire, 60, the Archdeacon of Eringeti, was on his way to his fields with his wife when they were accosted by members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an Islamist militant group active in the northeast region for more than two decades which repeatedly preys on Christians.

The militants asked Pastor Ngulongo to tell them where they could find other Christian leaders. They then attempted to compel him to convert to Islam. When the father of ten refused to betray his faith in Jesus Christ, the jihadists killed him. His wife was spared.

His wife said that the militants uttered a local phrase known to be used when they intend to kill Christians but spare Muslims.

Earlier on the same day, ADF militants slaughtered at least 30 people in a string of attacks on four villages in the Beni region. The area has seen an upswing in violence since October 2019, when the army kicked off a large-scale offensive against the rebels.

A source for Barnabas Fund said the rise in ADF violence has forced Christians to flee. He said some churches may not be able to hold Sunday observances because pastors have fled the area. Another contact said church leaders were crying out for prayer and “request peace for the country and province.”

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