Persecution Post – Nigeria 3
“Christians in northern Nigeria have suffered severely from physical attacks resulting in the destruction of Christian churches, houses, and shops. Hundreds of believers have been badly injured, many macheted to death, some burnt alive and even more shot dead.
Despite all that has happened in northern Nigeria, the Body of Christ is not discouraged, declaring instead they are willing to continue carrying the cross. One Christian articulated their commitment: “We will be steadfast to the end.”
Another leader declared, “They destroyed our church buildings, houses, and business centers, but the good Lord is comforting us. The Christians are growing in strength and total submission to God. Our challenge now is how to rebuild our churches and continue with the fellowship to encourage each other.”
The affected families of pastors and church members have gone through unimaginable hardship after all they laboured for, all their lives were destroyed within minutes. Many families were left unattended while some were able to move to refugee camps. Others are living under trees with their children, gazing at their destroyed houses and life belongings, shedding tears and calling for help in this desperate situation.
A lady who was crying inconsolably told Open Doors, “I have nowhere to go. All I have laboured for is gone, I cannot afford to feed my children, and life is difficult. I almost gave up, but I will continue to wait on God to come to my rescue.”
“It is difficult to fathom the scale of destruction, but we have accepted it in good faith,” said one pastor’s wife who had lost her home. “It is nothing short of the fulfillment of the gospel. We love these Muslims even though they hate us. They are not our enemies. We are only against the person behind their actions. We so much pray that they change their ways and accept Christ so that we will rejoice together when we get to heaven.”
The believers in the affected areas are now confronted with the challenge of how to rebuild their churches and lives while facing the call of sharing love and total forgiveness.
A pastor who lost his church building commented, “We are always ready to pay the price for our faith. This added strength to our faith, no going back. We are going to encourage our people to see this from God’s perspective. We want the world to know that what has happened in northern Nigeria…is even beyond politics. It is purely religious, and we need your prayers.
“Christ was rejected here on earth to the point that they crucified him on the cross for our sins; therefore, no amount of sacrifice for Christ would be too much. All we can do now is pray for the aggressors because they do not know what they are doing. We will be steadfast to the end.”
“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them;
and them which suffer adversity,
as being yourselves also in the body”
That’s so hard to imagine Brian. Everything here is so temporal. Everything beyond that is eternal which should give us God’s context of here, but it’s hard for now. We must hold them up.
Yes amen. We live in luxury compared to most and yet are surrounded by unthankfulness and a growing disharmony that will culminate in chaos. I tried to find some way to send some help their way but did not get a response.
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Thanks for sharing this story of the incredible faith of people in Northern Nigeria. God is working and the gates of hell will not prevail against his children. Bless you Brian. 🙏🏾
Yes amen… May a hundredfold portion be their reward in the life to come. And may we consider our “trials” in a greater perspective.
Blessings to you.
Amen 🙏🏾. Indeed
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I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday about the persecution of the church in other parts of the world where the gospel is outlawed. I see it as a wild fire that the devil tries to stop, but as much as he tries, the fire continues to spread. God bless and strengthen those living in persecution, we must be bound together with them in their chains. My wife and I support “The Voice of the Martyrs”
God bless you brother.
It is so good to support every way we can our brothers and sisters who are paying a heavy price for the things we take for granted. I have had the privilege of visiting the persecuted church in other countries it is quite a humbling experience.
That must be a blessing in itself, their faith is genuine, no doubt, otherwise they might walk away, I wonder how the “free” church will endure.
I have some friends in Nigeria and it keeps me on my knees!! We have it sooo good in the USA, at least for the time now, but we may be headed for persecution here as well. If we learn to pray for those currently under persecution, perhaps it will help prepare us “count it all joy… when [we] meet trials of various kinds” as James tells us.
Such is my hope as well. The fortitude of their faith in the midst of the suffering is a mark for us to measure our light trials by.
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