Todd Nettleton of The Voice of the Martyrs USA describes a trip to a Nigerian church. “As we walked into the service, there were uniformed young people from within the church, who stayed outside to keep an eye on things outside of the building while we were inside holding the worship service. I asked, ‘Who are those guys? [I was told], ‘Well, that’s people from the church who are just here to make sure there’s not an attack while we’re having our service this morning.’”
Christians in Nigeria have to be on constant alert in case of attack, especially from Boko Haram. In fact, new data find that Boko Haram has killed more people in Nigeria and the surrounding countries than the Islamic State has in Iraq and Syria combined.
This may seem surprising, but Nettleton says that’s because Middle East violence tends to get more media coverage. “This is a report that was done by groups who are looking specifically at Nigeria, they are trying to draw the world’s attention. And the numbers are really staggering. They cite 27,000 people killed by Boko Haram in the last 10 years, and 19,000 people killed by radical Islamists from amongst the Fulani tribe in the last 20 years. We’re talking about more than 40,000 people who’ve lost their lives in Nigeria. ”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask God to encourage His people in Nigeria, and that they will be protected from attacks.
- Pray that Boko Haram’s violence and chaos will end, and peace will come to Nigeria and the surrounding countries.