In areas where kidnappings and killings are rampant, native Christian workers are discreetly spreading the gospel. Villagers hostile to the gospel recently received food, clothing and other aid that helped soften their hearts. “Muslims accepted us, received our gifts and gave us everything we needed,” the ministry leader said.
The critical aid that native workers provide to people internally displaced by violence now also goes to refugees from war-wracked Sudan – thousands have arrived in desperate need. “These people do not even come with clothing apart from what they wear,” the native ministry leader said.
Violence and kidnapping have driven thousands of people from their homes, creating unprecedented opportunity for native Christian workers to share the gospel as they provide critical aid to the displaced. “We need 400 Hausa Bibles urgently and more audio Bibles in Hausa, Fulfulde and English,” the ministry leader said.
Distributing more than 4,000 audio Bibles, workers followed up with many who indicated interest in the gospel and are leading them to Christ. “Two people who testified of how the Lord opened their eyes to understand his Word were so enthusiastic about knowing the Lord,” the ministry leader said.
Native Christian workers sustain their families as the Lord provides even as they face risks of kidnapping and death at the hands of terrorists. Some workers are returning to villages to rebuild homes and schools that were burned down.
Christ’s command to help the poor helped break down hostilities from Muslims and open the hearts of the poor to the Good News. “Our work has continued to grow as we witness converts in many fields,” the ministry leader said.
In spite of widespread terrorist dangers, local Christian workers are providing aid to the displaced, drilling boreholes for fresh water and proclaiming Christ’s salvation. After distributing more than 4,000 audio Bibles, workers followed up with recipients and many put their faith in Christ.
Local missionaries and their families were among 1,900 families who fled their homes when heavily-armed Fulani herdsmen raided predominantly Christian villages in southern Kaduna state, Nigeria this month.
The slaughter of Christian men, women and children by the Fulanis accelerated in recent weeks to unprecedented levels, with a three-day series of assaults displacing five native missionaries and their families, the leader of a native ministry said.
“The killing of Christians in southern Kaduna by the Muslim killers is unprecedented,” he said. “We have lost so much again and again, and our missionaries are being pursued and lost everything.”