Pray for Nigeria

Posted: January 6, 2012 by revivalbiblestudy315 in Bible Study, Persecuted Church, Prayer
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If you follow the international headlines and more specifically the news reports from Compassion International, Voice of the Martyrs, or Open Doors you can’t help but see the turmoil going on in Nigeria. The terrorist group Boko Haram is trying to eradicate all Christians from the Northern part of the country. Here is an excerpt from Open Doors USA:

The figures are from Open Doors researchers gathering data in preparation for the annual World Watch List, due for release on January 4, which ranks the fifty countries where persecution of Christians is most severe. In reality, the true numbers are far higher, but most martyrdoms rarely attain a standard of proof that can be definitely reported, often because they occur in very remote areas and among communities that are deeply underground.

Northern Nigeria had a total of 300 confirmed martyrs – those who lost their lives as a result of their identification with Jesus Christ – but the true total is thought to be in the high hundreds. In April 2011 Muslim extremists in various northern states that apply sharia law went on the rampage after the defeat of the Muslim Presidential candidate to the Christian incumbent, Good Luck Jonathan. The attacks left at least 170 Christians dead. Barely a month goes by in Nigeria, however, without reports of militant Islamic groups attacking entire Christian villages or bombing churches. Between August 22 and September 22, more than 100 Christians were killed in Plateau state alone. A pastor in Jos told Open Doors, “We have a history of Muslim-Christian violence in this area going back thirty years or more, but few of us have seen the level of organized Muslim militancy as we see now.”

On January 2nd of this year Boko Haram gave all Christians 3 days to leave the northern part of Nigeria or else. Here is the latest news story.

Nigeria (MNN) — There’s a reason the state of emergency exists in Nigeria. As an ultimatum from the Boko Haram expired, there were two bomb blasts in northeastern Nigerian cities, authorities said Thursday. Todd Nettleton with the Voice of the Martyrs says the Boko Haram’s violent push for Islamic law is not harmless. “In previous situations in northern Nigeria, there’s been a push toward Sharia law. But it was said, ‘This won’t apply to the Christians. This is only for Muslims.’ Boko Haram is saying, ‘We only want Muslims in northern Nigeria, and Sharia law will apply to everybody.'” What would this mean for Gospel work? “Obviously, it raises the stakes, it raises the danger level for Christians in that part of Nigeria, and it makes their work more difficult.” Even if that occurs, says Nettleton, it won’t stop the Gospel. “One of the significant sources of that outreach is Muslims who have come to Christ. They can speak to directly to those needs and to those heartfelt things because they, themselves, were Muslims.”

Full story: http://www.MNNonline.org/article/16666

I ask that we lift up our brothers and sisters in Christ now, that we intercede, and pray for the safety and growth of the Church in Nigeria.

2 Corinthians 4:7-12 – “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”

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