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I am very excited about your desire to push for finishing the task! I want to have a part in this effort!! Praying that the task will soon be done!! Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation.

— Jean P.

After recent scandals, I have become skeptical of the native missionary movement. I have been supporting native missionaries for decades now, but these scandals have really burnt my trust. Thank you for addressing trust and accountability in Prayerline letter.

— Jann F., IL

We give thanks to our loving, compassionate, Sovereign God for your ministries. Thank you!

— Rick and Debra R., WI

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, for such wonderful weekly articles. I look forward to each one, as it helps me to view beyond my own thoughts/circumstances enabling transformed and focused prayers outwardly to what God is doing around the world. It helps me to think outside of my little, local box, to see as God sees that there is more at stake than my problems. These articles and this ministry are a simple grace that is calling us to pray together as one body in Jesus Christ. Again thank you!

— Mark M., FL

God’s Joy and Blessings as we remember what Jesus did for us, new Life in Him.

— Jim and Lorraine H., WI

Thank you for all you do in helping us share in the needs of our brothers and sisters in God’s Kingdom! You are precious! Never forget the value of being the facilitating Hand of Jesus!

— Dale and Nancy D., NY

Thank you for all of your hard work in all of the hardest situations around the world, and thank you for making us aware so we can pray and help support your efforts. May God bless your efforts abundantly!

— David S., OR

Thank you for sending us the newsletters from the various ministries Christian Aid supports with its thrilling testimonies and their needs for us to pray for them.

— Keith and Carla H., CA

God bless you for being a great agent in the Hand of God to build His Kingdom!

— Doug R., GA

God bless your efforts on His behalf!

— Larry W., SD

May God richly bless your wonderful efforts on His behalf. Keep up the great work!

— Gary and Cheryl M., FL

Your work is superlative!

— Jacqueline B., IL

God bless you as you continue helping these hurting people! We serve a GREAT GOD.

Ryan and Cynthia S., WI

Thank you! We so appreciate your ministry.

— Bob and Tina R., OH

I pray daily using the prayer calendar. God bless you. As a former missionary kid, I commend you to God and to others for this wonderful work.

— Daniel S., TN

May the Lord bless you in all you do.

— David M., NY

God bless you and keep you safe. Praying for the needs of this ministry.

— Jerah C., PA

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Terrorist Threat Continues

Increasing Danger for Native Missionaries on the Frontlines

January 10, 2013

By Rae Burnett, Africa Director

Once again Boko Haram has targeted Yola, Nigeria, headquarters of an indigenous ministry helped by Christian Aid since 1986. Multiple attacks killed 20+ last year. Just last week four more were killed, including a grandmother and grandchild burned to death in their home.

I received this email today:

Dear Rae,

All day we could not leave our home because the Boko Haram terrorists threatened to attack Yola today. They destroyed a police station, killing soldiers and police, and threatened to come to Yola. We are very careful now; every day we live with the threat of death for ourselves, our children, and the staff who lives here with us.

In an official letter to the Police Commissioner, terrorist spokesmen threatened to make Yola another center and target of their operations. This week they used mortar weapons and heavy machinery to attack the police station. We are all shaking.

I know you want me to keep you informed of the dangers we are facing. I have explained that the attacks from Boko Haram are too frequent. We would be writing of them every day.

Greetings from all of us in the ministry. We love and appreciate you all so much for your prayers and all the help you have given us.

PLEASE help us build on our land, so we can move.

In Him, A Native Missionary Ministry Leader

This ministry has 183 workers planting churches and discipling converts among unreached Muslim and animist tribes throughout Nigeria. They have moved out of the office they rented for more than 20 years, and are now working quietly out of the ministry leader's home, as they pray for finances to relocate. Christian Aid has enabled them to buy land in a safer, more centralized location. They need funds to build simple offices and staff housing. See links below for more information/past articles. Following is a list of needs for 2013 to enable the ministry to move forward in reaching those who have never heard the gospel:

Building our office and furnishing, including relocation and cost of movement, staff accommodations and other fees - $80,000 in stages.

A one year course in the School of Missions for 16 English-speaking and 21 Hausa-speaking Nigerian trainees - $600/student/year.

Posting and settling 38 new missionaries, who just graduated on December 23rd to new fields. This will include transportation, new stations, building or renting simple homes, motor bikes and other necessities for families  - $10,000.

Completing and providing materials for the Muslim Convert Care Center, which needs four sewing machines, one grinding machine, mosquito nets, food, building one additional building, and two motorcycles - $4,500. This is where all our Muslim converts are protected while being discipled.

Monthly support for missionaries and school fees for their children. None of our missionaries is on salary. They live by faith - $5600.

At least 16 motorcycles are urgently needed for fields in the far north with 87-99% Muslims - $1000.

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.

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