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Boko Haram militants recently targeted Christians two times in less than a week in Madagali Local Government Area, Adamawa State. Adamawa is one of three northeastern states in which the Nigerian government declared a military state of emergency in May of last year.

 

Approximately 45 people were murdered on January 26th when assailants armed with guns and explosives launched an attack on a church in Wada Chakawa village. The militants killed a police inspector and sergeant who were guarding the building, before barring the doors and killing anyone attempting to escape through the windows. Others were held hostage for several hours. "We were all scattered by the attackers, and...those who were not able to escape were taken hostage, especially women, children and the elderly," a church member shared. The militants went on to burn down several houses in the area.

Just days later, on the evening of January 31st, Boko Haram gunmen attacked a church in Sabon Garin Yamdula village. Storming the building, the assailants killed 11 believers, including the church's pastor who died later in hospital. They also attempted to set the church ablaze, but were thwarted by local youths. At last report, two Christians were reported to be missing.

In the aftermath of these gruesome attacks, please bring those grieving the loss of loved ones to the Lord in prayer. May they look to Christ for strength each day, grace to forgive their attackers, and boldness to continue serving Him despite the risks. Also pray for the members of Boko Haram who perpetrated these attacks. May they lay down their weapons and their hate, and turn in faith to Jesus Christ. Pray that, as suffering overflows in this nation, our Christian family will look with longing and expectation to the day when there will be no more death, sorrow or pain (Revelation 21:4).

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC works with in-country partners to encourage and strengthen persecuted Christians through a variety of methods. Christians are equipped with audio bibles to distribute to their persecutors. Christian widows receive skills training and trauma counselling as a way to provide an income for their families and heal from the trauma they’ve faced in losing their husbands. Children who have lost parents and relatives due to attacks are provided with a safe place to grow and be nurtured. Medical fees are paid for Christians who have suffered injuries due to attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani. Discipleship and vocational training are given to Muslim Background Believers to help them start their new lives spiritually and practically. The Glenn Penner Scholarship Award is used to help equip persecuted Christians completing their Masters and have a heart to share the Gospel with the lost in their community.

Project Funds: Women’s Ministry, Bibles, Medical Fund, Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Relief & Development

Country Information

Population
219,463,862 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Hausa (30), Yoruba (15.5), Igbo (15.2), Fulani (6), Tiv (2.4), Kanuri/Beriberi (2.4), Ibibio (1.8), Izaw/Izon (1.8), Other (24.7)

Religion (%)
Islam (53.5), Christianity (45.9), Other (0.6)

Leader
President Muhammadu Buhari (2015)

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law (in 12 northern states), and traditional law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Nigeria

May God minister great comfort and healing to all who have been injured or bereaved as a result of the militants' brutal attacks. In addition, pray for the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls, that they will be assured of the Lord's abiding presence as they await release from captivity. Continue to uphold President Buhari and other members of the Nigerian government as they make further attempts to rescue the remaining girls and provide protection for vulnerable citizens. As they persevere in their endeavours to overcome terrorism, may they be granted wisdom, courage, strength and help from on high.

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