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.

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.