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Christian woman persecuted by family declares God’s faithfulness

March 23, 2024 by Josh Depenbrok in Persecuted Christians in Burkina Faso

I came to know Jesus here in Burkina Faso when I was 17. I was very sick and no hospital could help me. Then my aunt told me about Jesus and prayed that He would heal me from this sickness.

One month later, I was healed. A pastor told me that if I accept Jesus, He will forgive all my sins. He said that I would be with Him in heaven because God sent Jesus to make us right with Him. Because I had experienced God’s power and healing, I accepted Christ.

My father was irate. He insisted that I stop attending church and that my new faith brought shame to our family.

But when I refused, my family kicked me out of our family home and cursed me. They forced me to enter a small room in a shed on the outskirts of our village. My family taunted me, saying that they would see if I still believed in Jesus after a few days in isolation without food or water.

They locked the door and left me for dead. “God, give me the courage and strength to remain faithful to You,” I prayed.

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After four long days, my family returned, shocked to see that I had survived. I assured them that it was only by the grace of God that I was still alive.

Soon, every Christian in our village surrounded the building. I learned that they had asked the village chief to intervene on my behalf and order my release. My family had no choice but to obey.

I saw that God had been with me, just like He was with Joseph when his brothers threw him into a pit and abandoned him. God was faithful to rescue Joseph and He was faithful to rescue me.

But when I returned home, my family once again ordered me to leave. An elder of our family cursed me, saying that I would never have a child. But I told him that my God, who kept me alive without food and water for four days, is more powerful than his idols.

God has continued to work miracles in my life, blessing me with a husband and three children. More than 17 years after my banishment, by God’s grace, my father and I forgave each other, and I am now considered family again. I continue to give thanks to God, who helped me throughout all of this persecution.

Let’s pray for this faithful Christian woman persecuted by her family, and thank God for the miracles He has provided.

Jesus, we thank You for the blessings and courage You have given Ramata despite the persecution she faced. We remember Your promise in John 4 that, despite whatever hunger and thirst we feel in this life, whoever drinks of Your living water will never thirst again but experience Your gift of eternal life.

Please help Ramata lead her family to salvation. Please provide for her, her husband, and their children as they seek to follow You despite the persecution they may face. In Your name we pray. Amen.

*Photo caption: Ramata, a Christian woman persecuted by her family in Burkina Faso.

About the author
Josh Depenbrok serves as a Public Relations Manager at Global Christian Relief. He is passionate about supporting persecuted Christians who endure threats and violence because of their faith in some of the most difficult countries in the world. Read the latest Christian persecution stories on our website and learn more at

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