Northern Nigeria Suffering Of Believers
There are several different factors that are causing terrible suffering for God’s people in Northern Nigeria. Perhaps the chief trouble is the Fulani herdsmen from Niger, who are travelling south to the region because of drought in their home territory, looking for fertile land to settle. They find rich pasture and agricultural land in Northern Nigeria, where the rains are regular and the soil is rich. They move into villages and either scare away the population, or just kill many in cold blood, taking everything over, as though they have been there all along! It is not explicitly religious, and they kill indiscriminately, but since the population is mainly “Christian”, the suffering is focused on them. This is distinct from the religious persecution of the Islamic State groups, who focus on Christians explicitly.
Pray For Persecuted Christians In Ukraine
The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has brought immense suffering to the Ukrainian nation. So many reports have reached us all of the terrible cost of this outrageous and cruel war.
But what you might not be fully aware of is the fact that this conflict has led to the persecution and oppression of evangelical leaders and believers in Ukraine by the Russian forces and those supportive of the invasion.
During this last year in the occupied areas of Ukraine, evangelical pastors have been arrested, interrogated, tortured and even expelled from their towns.
Church buildings have been confiscated and used for purposes that fit the agenda of the occupying forces.
What Do You Hope To Achieve?
Deborah Samuel, a Christian student, was beaten and stoned to death in an appalling incident at a college in Sokoto State, Nigeria. Deborah’s alleged crime was to have insulted Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, in a WhatsApp message. There is no evidence that Deborah did as alleged, but the accusation alone was enough to seal her fate. Even if she had, her murder at the hands of a Muslim mob was not deserved. A fellow student reports that Deborah’s last words to her attackers were, “What do you hope to achieve with this?” This is a question that could be asked to all the Islamist groups across Nigeria – indeed, all those around the world who commit violence against Christians and persecute the Church.
Christians are the most persecuted group in the world. Pray for and support your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Release International. The voice of persecuted Christians throughout the globe.
View the Release International website here: https://releaseinternational.org/ Release seek to help persecuted Christians in their time of need. It is through the reporting work of release that we can know specific people imprisoned for their faith, and pray for them. What if it was your brother in prison? Are Christians not our brothers and sisters in Christ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7FM_k56ddg
Barnabas Fund- Hope and Aid for the persecuted Church
View the Barnabas Fund website here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-suz2mo8Bvs