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— Dale and Nancy D., NY

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— David S., OR

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Ryan and Cynthia S., WI

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— Bob and Tina R., OH

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— Daniel S., TN

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— David M., NY

Missionary Homes Lost in Latest Round of Nigerian Attacks

April 19, 2013

Terrorists set fire Friday to the homes/mission bases of three missionary families working with Christian Aid-supported Missionary Crusaders Ministries in Nigeria. Ministry leader, Gabriel Barau, sent this urgent report:

“One of our fields was attacked. I do not have all of the details, but some of our buildings were set on fire, leaving our missionaries without accommodation. We have to move them now to safer villages and build some kind of shelter for them.”

“In as much as our missionaries remain committed to sharing Christ with the unreached, we need your prayers and support. The attack occurred at a new field, and we do not want our missionaries to get discouraged. They made a number of converts there whom they were discipling.”

A mission base burned by Christian persecutors, representative of recent terrorist attacks in Nigeria. (Christian Aid file photo)

Barau asks for resources to move the three affected missionary families, now homeless, to a safer location. Each simple home, which doubles as a place for cell group meetings and discipleship of new converts, costs $3,500. The need is especially urgent now as the rainy season is about to begin and will halt construction.

The missionary families have been temporarily moved to the ministry’s school of missions until shelters can be built for them.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the fires, the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected of involvement. Isolated attacks against Christians and law enforcement have continued despite the declaration of a ceasefire in January.

Since 1983, Barau has trained and sent out missionaries to share Christ with the unreached of Nigeria. Today, 183 workers are planting churches and discipling converts. Many of their mission fields are located in the country’s Muslim northern region, where the majority of Boko Haram attacks have occurred.

One of the ministry’s ongoing needs has been a new headquarters office in a safe location. The current office, which the ministry has rented for 20 years, is located in a very dangerous region that has experienced a high frequency of Boko Haram attacks.

With help from Christian Aid, the new headquarters is now partly completed. An amount of $30,000 will provide roofing, plumbing, and electrical work. The ministry plans to move into this office as soon as the roofing is completed.

Prayer requests:

  • For protection for believers in Nigeria as they courageously share their faith in the midst of opposition and hostility
  • For wisdom for Gabriel Barau as he leads the work of Missionary Crusaders Ministries
  • That terrorized Nigerians will experience a return to peace in their homeland
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