Violence against Christians continues unabated in northern Nigeria. Attackers burnt down a church and two homes in Kaduna state on Sunday, International Christian Concern reports.
It’s the latest episode of an unrelenting crisis. Believers were attacked every Sunday in February; Fulani herdsmen led the charge in most cases. They’re now the biggest threat to Nigerian Christians, claims the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom or Belief, surpassing Boko Haram and the Islamic State.
Earlier this month, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a report describing Nigeria’s Islamist extremists as “some of the deadliest and most formidable jihadist groups in the world today.” More Nigeria headlines here.
A Deaf Nigerian Christian helped by DOOR International says Deaf communities know about these jihadist groups and the threat they pose.
“Information, though limited, gets to Deaf people about how fierce the group (Boko Haram) is. Many Deaf people prefer to live in safer places with a mixture of both Christians and Muslims with equal measure,” he says through an interpreter.
However, if there are warnings about a pending attack, he says Deaf people are often the last to know:
“The story of sister Ruth, a Deaf gospel minister from Yola, shows how Deaf people suffer from this lack of information. In 2014, when Boko Haram attacked Yola, rumor had already started circulating that the group was planning to attack the area where she lives. People were running for their lives, and before Ruth knew what was happening she saw the terrorists face-to-face. All she could do was lay down and gesture that she was Deaf… By God’s grace, they preserved her.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for DOOR and its local Deaf partners as they brainstorm ways to safely reach Deaf communities in northern Nigeria.
- Ask the Lord to prepare Deaf hearts to receive the truth and hope of Christ.