DAR ES SALAM, Tanzania -- Christians and their churches here in Tanzania and Kenya are on alert this Easter weekend in anticipation of potential attacks against them. Many have armed police guarding their buildings.
A militant Islamic group known as Muslim Renewal has threatened to burn "homes and churches." They say they "are not finished, at Easter, prepare for disaster."
The Al Shabaab-linked group is believed responsible for the murder in Zanzibar last month of Catholic priest, Father Evarest Mushi. It may also have been involved in the killing of Pastor Abdi Welli in Garissa, Kenya.
Militant Muslims have killed church leaders and they've attacked more than 30 churches in Tanzania and Kenya in the past year.
Pray for Christians and their leaders who are under a new wave of persecution in East Africa. Pray that God will intervene to protect them this Easter season.
Watch the video comments below of Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar Bishop Michael Hafidh. He discusses fear in the Tanzanian church and the Christian response to the threats.