Within a week's time, there have been two separate attacks in Nigeria by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The attacks have killed more than 200 people combined!
The ongoing loss in northern Nigeria is devastating- people have lost their homes, places of business, churches and many have lost their loved ones.
Ugandan Pastor Burned with Acid for Apostasy
After a seven-day revival, this Ugandan pastor was assaulted by a man with acid causing burns to his face in 2012. Due to his conversion from Islam and success in reaching Muslims with the Gospel, Muslim elites in the area called for his death. In this past century alone, more Christians were murdered for their faith than any other century in human history, an estimated 200 million. Will you pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world? Sign up to receive weekly news and prayer points for the persecuted: http://ow.ly/uz77N
Within a week's time, there have been two separate attacks in Nigeria by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. The attacks have killed more than 200 people combined!'When I Think About the Persecuted Church'
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Open Doors researcher, Isaac, shares about an encounter which reminded him of the importance of prayer:
I left Jos on a Friday to visit three widows of pastors who had been killed by Boko Haram in Yobe State. One of these women, Pauline Yusuf, had been so severely traumatized by watching the gunmen kill her husband and her son, she stopped talking altogether.
As I set out, I knew that it was a dangerous journey. Just the week before, Boko Haram members killed hundreds of people in the state capital. These widows did not live far from there.
Suddenly, a minibus drove by us. We noticed that all the occupants wore hijabs (Islamic veils), and we knew there was trouble. These were men camouflaged as women. It is a well-known tactic Boko Haram employs to slip through security check points. We passed the minibus in an effort to put some distance between us and them. But a strange noise from the engine had us praying hard. This was not a good time for a breakdown. It is a dangerous stretch of road where many travelers have met their end. We needed God’s intervention.
And like so many times before, the Lord showed Himself faithful. We pressed on, and finally reached our destination with the car running, despite the worrying noise. The widows were waiting for us. We spent a precious few hours together, distributing the aid and encouraging them in the faith.
The joy on their faces was very encouraging.
"God is great," Paulina Yahaya said. "Taking a big risk to put a smile on my face is something that will live with me forever. I am touched, and feel a joy that knows no bounds. For someone to risk his life to come and support me and my family is nothing but the pure love of Christ. The Lord will bless the ministry in the name of Jesus Christ."
I am deeply thankful for God’s protection, and am reminded once more that God hears the prayers of all those praying for us.
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