An Aussies take on the abduction of two fellow countrymen in Burkina Faso

If you have been praying for the two Australian medical missionaries abducted in Burkina Faso I'd encourage you to listen to this interview with a fellow Aussie over there.

A condition of this interview was that we not identify the Australian missionary we spoke to or his mission sending organisation.  He is not affiliated with Kenneth and Jocelyn.

If you know who he is then please don't identify him online.

An Australian doctor and his wife have been kidnapped by extremists in Burkina Faso near the country's borders with Niger and Mali.

Dr Kenneth Elliott and his wife Jocelyn were kidnapped in Baraboule, and a Malian Islamist group said the couple were in the hands of Al Qaeda-linked jihadists.

The couple in their 80s ran a clinic and had lived in Djibo, near Baraboule, since 1972.

The couple are understood to be being held by jihadists from the Al Qaeda-linked "Emirate of the Sahara".

Dr Elliott has practiced medicine in Djibo, in northern Burkina Faso, for more than 40 years.

He and Ms Elliott built and run a 120-bed medical clinic in the town, which is located about 200 kilometres north of the capital Ouagadougou.

The town is about 45 kilometres south of the border with Mali, which has seen intense sectarian strife in recent years which saw Islamist groups seize large swathes of land and destroy ancient artefacts.

Father God, 

We thank you for the Australian Christian ministries of KENNETH ELLIOT and JOCELYN ELLIOT and we ask that you might protect them now.

We ask for what seems like a miracle … for their safe release.

We think of the many people who have gone out in the name of Jesus - to preach Christ, to love others and have suffered in your name - some of them who have been executed for Christ.

We thank you for the 40 years that Dr Elliot has spent serving the community of northern Burkina Faso…. of loving and serving and sharing Christ those people.

We thank you for the massive impact - that Christ’s love - working through Kenneth and Jocelyn - has had on that community over stark difference.

Thank you that they went there with nothing… and the miracle of seeing this 120 bed clinic develop.

We pray that though their actions over so many years, through their words of Christ, and though what ever happens now… men and women might look beyond KENNETH and JOCELYN and see the Lord Jesus, the saviour who sent them. 

We pray that in the horror of the moment - they might have a sense of your projection.
We think of the many others - who have died for the Lord Jesus - starting back with the first martyr Stephen.

We pray that you would look after their family and friends at this time as well.

We pray for the government and law and order forces in Burkina Faso, that they might be able to find and release KENNETH AND JOCELYN and bring the captors to justice.

And we ask this in the powerful name of Jesus Christ.