Stand with Nigerian Christians
"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies."
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Nigeria Advocacy Campaign
May 5, 2010
Stand with our Brothers and Sisters in Nigeria
As we have heard in the last few months, many Nigerian Christians (including several women and children) have faced horrific persecution and death in Jos, Nigeria. In the face of these atrocities, we need to stand with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria and hold the government accountable for failing to protect Christians. Please send a message to the UN Nigerian Ambassador today, asking that the Nigerian government launch a thorough investigation of these incidents, hold the perpetrators to account for their involvement in these crimes, and ensure that the victims receive compensation for the crimes committed against them.
Open Doors workers have reported that many Nigerian villagers have been left with nothing and lack the basic necessities of food and shelter. Since the attacks begun Open Doors, due to generous support, have been able to provide assistance in meeting urgent basic needs as well as trauma counseling and spiritual guidance. Use your voice today in this critical petition and let them know they are not forgotten and that we, as a , are standing with them.
Father, we pray steadfastly that You would put a stop to the extreme violence taking place in Nigeria. Protect the Christians who are struggling to survive, and may Your Holy Spirit comfort them in their weariness and hardship. And, as we join forces in petitioning the Nigerian Ambassador, we ask that you provide a way for Your justice and peace to reign in this troubled nation.
May 13, 2010
The Lord sustains the humble but cast the wicked to the ground.
Al Shabaab Militants Execute Christian Leader in SomaliaIslamic militants have recently killed another leader of the underground church movement in Somalia. Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Compass News that before he was fatally shot, 57-year-old Yusuf Ali Nur had been on a list of people the Islamic extremist al Shabaab suspected of being . Al Shabaab, said to have links with al Qaeda, has vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity.
Eyewitnesses said that after a two-hour battle, al Shabaab took control of the Xarardheere area where Nur lived. The militants then went from house to house looking for enemy fighters when they arrived at Nurs home. Sources said that upon finding Nur, one of the militants remarked, Oh! This is Yusuf, whom we have been looking for, before they executed him with bullets at close range. Nur is survived by his wife, Muna Sheikh Farah, and three children, ages 11, 9 and 7.
Father, our hearts ache for the death of Yusuf Ali Nur, and for his family and friends who now mourn his death. We thank You that we do not mourn as those who have no hope, but instead we have the hope of glory, . We ask that You would be near the brokenhearted in Somalia right now, and let Your comfort and encourage the Christians who are living there.
Ethiopian Appeal Court Upholds Selamus Two Year Sentence
Bebejes* trouble began three years ago when he offered a section of
his land to build a Protestant church. As is common in these regions,
the Protestant church has been denied access to land for constructing a
place of worship. Selamus generous offer angered his neighbors and they began looking for ways to get back at him.
Their opportunity came in December 2008 when the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) auctioned some Eucalyptus trees in their compound. Selamu paid for several trees to build a house. As he began cutting them down the EOC leader reported Selamu to the police, accusing him of trespassing and cutting down trees without formal agreement. The police arrested Selamu. After almost one year of court proceedings, the judge, on November 26, 2009 sentenced Selamu to one year imprisonment. When Selamu indicated that he would appeal the sentence, his adversaries successfully added an additional year to his prison sentence.
Sadly, on April 23, the acquittal that Selamu was hoping for was denied. Local church leaders told Open Doors that one of Selamus accusers visited him in prison to negotiate Selamus freedom in exchange for a confession as well as the ownership of his land. Selamu however stood strong in the Lord and refused to jeopardize his innocence by striking a deal with his persecutors.
While Selamu is starting to accept the fact that he is bound to serve the full 24 months in prison, for what church leaders insist are false charges, the news was devastating to his wife, Tutu Haile* and their eight children. Open Doors is asking supporters to write Tutu and Selamu letters of encouragement.
Father, we pray for Selamu as he serves his prison sentence. We thank You for his courage and perseverance, and we pray that Your Holy Spirit would grant him grace to love his persecutors. We ask that You would also strengthen his wife and children, as well as the church community, so that their trust in You grows stronger even in the face of stiff opposition. Above all, we pray that You would glorify Yourself, Lord, and extend Your Kingdom through the lives of these suffering saints.
* Pseudonyms have been used to protect the victims identities.
Praying with you,
The Prayer Force Team
PRAISE & WORSHIP SERVICE - NOTICE
I RECEIVED THIS NOTICE FROM A PASTOR IN NIGERIA. IF ANYONE HERE IS FROM THE AREA I ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND OR TO INFORM OTHERS.
HELLO FRIENDS, REVELATION 4:10 - "THE TWENTY-FOUR ELDERS FALL DOWN BEFORE HIM WHO IS SEATED ON THE THRONE AND WORSHIP HIM WHO LIVES FOR EVER AND EVER; THEY CAST THEIR CROWNS BEFORE THE THRONE, SINGING" (RSV)
BRETHREN WE ARE CALLED TO BOW DOWN AND WORSHIP HIM, SO JOIN US IN THE SPIRIT AND IN PRAYERS FOR THE RELEASE OF THE SPIRIT OF WORSHIP TO DESCEND ON OUR FORTH COMING "PRAISE AND WORSHIP SERVICE TITLED: AFRICAN WORSHIP ON THE 30TH MAY 2010 AT 7PM AT HE'S ALIVE CHAPEL, BONNY ISLAND, NIGERIA.
I LOVE YOU AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU. PASTOR GODWIN OLORI.