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Sunset with the words, ''Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Gunmen broke into the home of Pastor Daniel Umaru in Njairi, Adamawa State, during the early morning hours of July 6th. The results of the attack were devastating to the family. While Pastor Daniel survived the gunshot wound, his two sons were killed during the attack, and his 13-year-old daughter, Ijagla, was abducted. The pastor's wife was left in a state of unconsciousness due to the shock.

On Saturday, July 9th, a funeral service was held for the couple's two slain sons at the Church of the Brethren where Pastor Daniel serves. It was consoling during this time of grief that just after the service, their daughter Ijagla was safely freed after a "huge ransom" had been paid to the kidnappers.

Kidnapping for ransom has become a significant problem in Nigeria, and Christians are frequently the victims of such attacks. Many of the perpetrators responsible for terrorizing villages throughout the country operate from a militant Islamic perspective, causing them to commit acts of targeted violence against Christian communities. For more information on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria, go to our country report.

Please lift up Pastor Daniel and his wife in your prayers, asking God to minister healing to this grieving couple. May each of them not only experience full physical recovery but, along with their daughter, also healing from the emotional ramifications of the attack. Also prayerfully uphold their extended family, friends and community members who are likewise grieving this terrible loss. May urgently needed steps be taken by governing authorities to bring about justice by making the perpetrators accountable for their crimes – with hopes of putting an end to the unnecessary violence inflicted on our Nigerian brothers and sisters in Christ.

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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