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Pray that the Lord will draw Fulani herdsmen to the knowledge of His forgiveness and grace.

Human rights organizations monitoring the ongoing violence taking place against Christians in Nigeria are now raising concerns of an imminent genocide. More than 50 believers have been killed in the month of March and over a dozen more during the first week of April. Since the beginning of 2020, at least 410 Christians have been murdered. Most of the violence was perpetrated by jihadist Fulani militants. For more details on the suffering facing Nigeria's Christians, go to our country report.

In one recent incident, the predominantly Christian village of Ancha had its eighth attack in three years on March 31st. According to one witness, militants entered the village during the night, then began shooting and burning houses. Three victims were slain in that attack. "We are in great distress here," laments Ishaya, a Christian survivor. The next day, the village of Hukke was also raided. Seven Christians were killed and 24 houses were destroyed. Various other villages were invaded on the same day.

Prayerfully lift up these Nigerian believers who are under the threat of relentless attacks without any warning or provocation. Ask for God's mighty intervention in the midst of this turmoil and for His presence to provide greatly needed comfort to those experiencing pain -- including the families and friends of all those who have been slain in the attacks. Also uphold Nigeria's governing authorities who need wisdom and help from on high as they continue in their efforts to restrain these militants from causing further suffering, destruction, and loss of innocent lives. Ultimately, may God's love, righteousness, and peace prevail.

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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