Editors Note: Since May of 2019, the Adventist Church members in Burundi have endured ongoing persecution from the countries government. On October 24, the president of the Burundi Union Mission, pastor Lamec Barishinga, was arrested. This arrest was part of an escalating series of threats and attacks on the Seventh-day Adventist Church by the government of Burundi. For further reading about the situation of our Adventist brother and sisters in Burundi, please visit the Pray for Burundi website.
Below is a letter to the Adventist Church in Burundi from Seventh-day World Church President, Ted N.C. Wilson. You can see the original letter here.
Dear Seventh-day Adventist Brothers and Sisters in Burundi,
God has blessed and sustained you through great difficulties and challenges. We are so grateful for your faithfulness to God! Your worldwide church is praying for you and supports you in your continued obedience to God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for standing firm for the correct and right relationships to the world church. The Lord will continue to be your Guide and Strength as you proclaim the three angels’ messages and Christ’s soon return.
May the Lord guide in your daily Bible study, study of the Spirit of Prophecy, earnest prayer, and telling someone else about the marvelous truth in Christ that is embodied in the proclamation of the Advent movement. We are living in very unusual times during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Practice good health habits and appropriate public health protocols to remain healthy as you assist people in every way you can in appropriate health practices following the methods and model of Christ’s ministry to others. In your connection with your local church, support and pray for your spiritual leaders in local churches, local fields, and the Burundi Union. I have prayed for you, our church members in Burundi, our leaders in Burundi, and our Burundi Union president, Pastor Lamec Barashinga.