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Pray for the many victimized Christians of

Nigeria, including their children.

Photo: Flickr / Seattle Globalist

On June 1st, over 100 Muslim militants stormed the predominantly Christian village of Attagara in Borno State's Gwoza Local Government Area. Chanting "Allah Akbar," the assailants opened fire, killing over 25 and injuring more than 50 others. Although believers sought help from military personnel at a checkpoint just a few kilometres away, the military refused to intervene. In an attempt to protect the community, and especially the children, many Christian youths decided to try ousting the militants with weapons of their own. Despite church leaders urging them not to pursue violence, the youths nonetheless killed several of the militants.

Two days later, other militants of the group returned to the village in the early morning. Dressed in army uniforms, they told the Christians to gather at a church building in order to brief them on security challenges. Approximately 45 unsuspecting believers went to the church where they were all brutally shot and killed. Meanwhile, hundreds of other assailants joined the assault, shooting at any Christians they saw, including pregnant women and young children. Other surrounding villages were also attacked, with assailants murdering believers and burning down buildings. According to sources, local Muslims in the villages celebrated the attack and looted the homes of the victimized believers.

In the midst of the overwhelming sorrow and pain experienced by the Christians of these attacked villages, pray that those who are mourning will be still and know that our Lord is God and sovereign over all (Psalm 46:10). May this assuring knowledge give them comfort and allow them to rest in His love and peace. Ask God to touch the bodies and minds of those who were injured and traumatized, giving each of them a full recovery. Please also pray that the Christians of these communities, and throughout the country, will not resort to violence and further bloodshed, but will rather entrust true justice to Jesus Christ. May their demonstrations of Christ-like trust, forgiveness and love cause many militants to turn from violence and instead embrace Jesus as Lord.

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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