NIGERIA: Terror Increases Daily in Africa's Most Influential Nation
December 04, 2012
By Rae Burnett
Some of last week's Boko Haram terrorist headlines: twenty female university students slaughtered in the middle of the night; Christian family of three burned to death in their home; ten Christians murdered and homes destroyed by fire; three churches torched; three police stations bombed, one to release the terrorists who had been captured and imprisoned....on and on. This well-funded Muslim terrorist group whose name means they are against Western education is striking fear throughout the nation with the purpose of forcing enactment and strict enforcement of Islamic sharia law.
Attacks are increasing and now occur almost daily with nothing to deter them. Nigeria is sub-Saharan Africa's most populous and influential country. An Islamic Nigeria would have a profound impact on the entire continent.
Christian Aid is helping indigenous Nigerian missionary ministries which are preaching the gospel and bringing Muslims into the kingdom of God, even in the midst of this nationwide fear and chaos. After 30 years of living peacefully among Muslims, one of these ministries finds its headquarters in an area targeted by these terrorists. None of the field missionaries ministering in danger areas is moving, but there is an urgent need for the ministry mission base to relocate to a safer and more centralized area to direct the work. Christian Aid has provided funds to buy the land. Now, $30,000 is needed for the first phase of building. This would enable the headquarters to move.
I received this email after talking briefly with the ministry leader. These attacks are in addition to the above headlines.
On Friday, militant Boko Haram Muslims roared into the city where our ministry headquarters is located, attacking police stations and Christian churches, killing a number of victims. The ministry was forced to remove our sign post by our office so as not to attract the assailants. The sign has been there for all the years we have been here. Everyone here knows who we are, what we do, and where to find us. We just pray that they will not get any information from the locals that will make us a target.
For the past few days, the area had been relatively peaceful. Until now.
We sincerely ask you to pray for us as the ministry urgently needs to move the office immediately to the acquired site in the center of Nigeria. As of now, as you know, we have the land, but no office or housing for staff.
All of our 118 missionaries and their families are so grateful to Christian Aid for buying this land. God was with us as we got it at a very reduced price. Now we need your prayers and help again to complete this venture.
Please pray for our continued protection and for the support we need to move out of this danger zone immediately.
Thanks for all you have done to enable us to reach those who had never known that Jesus died to set them free.
The Africa Division of Christian Aid has set up a fund to support the missionary work of persecuted native ministries. Let us not miss these opportunities to minister and bring many into the kingdom who would otherwise never hear the gospel.