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Some of the parents of Chibok's kidnapped girls.
Photo: World Watch Monitor

At least 50 believers were killed and five churches burned to the ground on June 29th when militants launched ruthless assaults on Christian villages near Chibok, Borno State.

The violence began as believers were gathering for Sunday worship. "The attackers fired at worshippers, and those who tried to escape were chased and gunned down. They killed anything they (had) seen. Even animals were not left alive. Many people fled to the bush. They also set fire (to) houses and other properties before leaving the village," a survivor of the carnage explained.

Chibok is the same area where hundreds of schoolgirls, many of them Christians, were abducted from their dormitory in April. More than 200 of these girls remain missing. (For more information on the kidnappings, click here.)

After yet another attack on the church in Nigeria, pray that the believers there will continue to find their daily strength from our Lord. May they also look to Jesus for the willingness and ability to forgive and love their persecutors. Pray that God will grant healing and peace to those left injured and in mourning after this latest assault in the Chibok area. May governing authorities be swift to provide adequate security and justice to these believers and others throughout Nigeria. Also lift up the girls who remain missing, asking that they soon be released unharmed.