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Michael Anthony Pam
Photo: Morning Star News

Several Christians were gunned down as they made their way home from worship services on May 26th in the city of Jos. According to one witness, Enoch Monday and Istifanus Ismailaj were killed in one attack, while Michael Anthony Pam and four others were killed in a separate incident that same day. As the violence continued, more than 12 houses were burned and a number of Christians were wounded.

It is believed that local Fulani herdsmen are responsible for these attacks. Troops were dispatched to the area in an effort to restore calm but there have been reports of Christians being arrested in the aftermath of the attacks.

Pray for God's peace to prevail in this violence-torn nation. Remember the families and friends who are mourning the loss of their slain loved ones. May the authorities deal with the situation wisely, holding those responsible for committing such crimes against humanity to account. Intercede for believers in vulnerable areas of Nigeria who are living in fear of further attacks, praying that they will not only receive protection but also the Lord's reassuring peace in their hearts.

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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