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Men carrying the casket of a slain believer.
Christian funerals have become far too common in Nigeria.
Photo: Evangelical Church Winning All Nigeria

On September 26th, a group of gunmen raided a church in Gavaciwa, Kaduna State, and opened fire in the midst of the worship service. One worshipper, Nasiru Abdullahi, was killed as a result of the violence and, in the aftermath of the invasion, numerous other believers were rushed to the hospital with injuries.

The state governor has condemned the attack, stating that it was deliberately divisive by playing on religious sensitivities. It is believed that the attackers are militant members of the Fulani herdsmen group. Security officials are continuing to investigate the incident.

Later that evening, 30 Christians were slain in two other communities of Kaduna State, allegedly they too were victims of the Fulani herdsmen. Dozens of homes had also been destroyed in the latest of many ongoing attacks. To learn more about the persecution of Nigeria's Christians, go to our country report.

Prayerfully uphold Nasiru's family, as well as the families of the other 30 Christians who were killed later that day, who are understandably in deep mourning over their tragic loss. Ask God to minister physical healing to the many surviving victims now recovering from injuries caused by the recent attacks, and to also provide emotional and mental strength for those who witnessed the violence. May the authorities governing Kaduna State be able to locate the perpetrators responsible for these crimes against their fellow Nigerians, and find ways to effectively establish peace and order among the people of this troubled nation.

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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