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Habila, who survived
after being shot in
2012, tragically lost
family members in a
recent bomb attack.

The notorious rebel group, Boko Haram, is believed to have been responsible for a suicide bomb attack against a church on July 5th. Among the five casualties are Tabita Adamu and two of her eight children, as well as the church's pastor and an elder. In 2012, Tabita's brother Habila endured a gunshot to the face after being confronted by members of Boko Haram. Habila, whom VOM has since supported, gained international attention in 2013 after testifying before members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the threat of Boko Haram. In a private VOM interview, Habila recalls the details of the horrific event. To view a seven-minute videotaped report featuring his testimony, please click here.

On November 28th of 2012, four armed men marched toward Habila's house and demanded that he, his wife, and their six-year-old child step outside. When one of the men threatened Habila, asking if he was willing to die for his faith, the uncompromising believer held true to his convictions. Habila was promptly shot in the nose, fell to the ground, and began to bleed profusely. Police on call, who had offered to help Habila, never showed up at the scene.

Nine hours had passed before Habila was taken to the nearest hospital. Unable to tend to his complicated condition, the medical team transferred him to a different hospital, which later transferred him elsewhere for surgery. Due to the severity of damage done to his mouth, he was fed through a tube for the duration of his hospitalization, which spanned over six weeks. On the day of the scheduled operation, the surgeon discovered that he did not need to conduct the bone and skin grafts because the Lord had already begun healing these areas. Remarkably, since the shooting incident, Habila has forgiven the assailants.

Thank the Lord for healing Habila's mouth, and for using it to speak out against the threat of Boko Haram and testify of the Gospel (Genesis 50:20). Pray that this persevering Christian spokesperson will now experience healing and comfort after tragically losing his sister Tabita and two of her children during the church bombing, along with fellow ministry workers. May Habila and the surviving victims of this recent attack find great strength and peace in the Lord. We echo Habila's heart's cry for the true victims of such acts of evil -- the perpetrators – interceding that the Lord will "let them know the truth" so they will not eternally perish but rather be spiritually saved and radically transformed.

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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