On Wednesdays, in addition to posting our weekly evangelism outings, I’d like to report on real persecution from fellow believers around the world so that you may advocate and pray for them. We take for granted the freedoms we have in America to live out the Christian life; others around the world don’t enjoy the same, some suffering great loss for Christ.
The Be-A-Voice Network is sponsored by the Voice of the Martyrs, a wonderful organization that helps persecuted Christians around the world. As a member of this network, I want to bring awareness to our brothers’ and sisters’ plight around the world. Please consider being a part of this network, too. I’ll provide the info for you at the end of the post. For now, here’s the latest bulletin:
At least 80 people were killed Christmas weekend in attacks across Nigeria, including assaults against two churches. In Maiduguri, the pastor of Victory Baptist Church was dragged out of his home by armed men and shot to death. Two men rehearsing for the Christmas service at the church and two people walking nearby were also killed. Afterwards, the mob set the church and pastor’s house on fire.
Also, within the same city and on the same day, another group of men attacked the Church of Christ and killed an elderly security guard.
That evening, bomb blasts in central Nigeria claimed the lives of 32 people. Two bombs exploded near a market where people were Christmas shopping, another exploded in a predominantly Christian area in Jos, and a fourth bomb blast occurred near a road to a mosque.
On Sunday a clash between Muslim and Christian youths in central Nigeria raised the death toll to at least 80 and 100 wounded. The death toll is expected to rise.
Source: Christian Post
Pray for the light of Christ to penetrate the spiritual darkness in Nigeria. Pray for the families of those who lost their lives and those injured in the attacks. Pray that the peace of God will flow like a river in the midst of the anguish and that Christians will not be compelled to retaliate.
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15