Coreea de Nord și țările musulmane, cele mai periculoase locuri pentru creștini

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FOTO Biserica Persecutata Facebook Page

….am avut privilegiul să vorbim cu un pastor întors din Siria. El a venit din Damasc pentru acest eveniment ca să ne spună povestea sa, să vorbească despre tragedia prin care a trecut familia și congregația sa. Siria este una din acele țări pentru care îi încurajez pe telespectatori să se roage. Nigeria îmi este foarte dragă. Anul trecut am avut privilegiul să mă întâlnesc cu tatăl fetelor Chibok care au fost răpite. În această țară creștinii trec zilnic prin atrocități teribile….

north koreaPersecuția creștinilor a luat amploare în 2016 pentru al treilea an consecutiv. Peste 200 de milioane de creștini, adică unul din 12 sunt persecutați. Noua listă a Instituției Worldwatch de la Open Doors SUA a găsit că locul cel mai periculos pentru creștini este Coreea de Nord. Însă țările cele mai periculoase din lume sunt țări musulmane. Credincioșii se confruntă cu tortură, decapitare, viol și pierderea caselor lor.

Congresmenul New Jersey-ului, Chris Smith spune că situația creștinilor din Irak este disperată. El spune că guvernul din SUA trebuie să se implice mai mult.
Chris Smith: Găsesc profund dezamăgitor faptul că administrația Obama a refuzat să aloce banii din impozite celor cu cele mai mari nevoi.
Open Doors SUA speră ca administrația Trump se va ocupa de problema persecutării creștinilor în primele 100 de zile de președinție.
Kristin Wright este directoarea lucrării Advocacy for Open Doors SUA. Este cu noi în studioul nostru din Washington. Coreea de Nord se află în top, nu cred că este surprinzător, nu-i așa?

Kristin Wright: Nu, deloc. De fapt, în ultimii 25 de ani, Coreea de Nord a fost în topul listei Instituției Worldwatch. Este țara cea mai periculoasă din lume pentru creștini. Această listă, de fapt, include 50 de țări în care persecuția creștinilor este foarte aprigă.
Să vorbim despre victimele genocidului. De ce nu i-a ajutat SUA pe refugiații creștini, în loc să-i lase sub persecuția SIIL-ului?

Kristin Wright: Este o întrebare foarte bună. Există foarte multe provocări cu privire la realocarea creștinilor în lume. Dacă te uiți la lista din 2017 întocmită de Open Doors Worldwatch se vede că islamul radical impulsionează persecuția în 35 de țări din 50. Vedem creștini alungați din casele lor nu numai în Irak, dar și în Nigeria, unde Boko Haram și alte grupuri extremiste îi alungă pe creștini din casele lor.
Majoritatea țărilor din topul listei sunt musulmane. Ce poate face lumea să exercite presiune asupra acestor națiuni ca să protejeze creștinii?

Kristin Wright: Acum, mai mult ca niciodată, este de o importanță crucială rugăciunea creștinilor. Este important să își aducă aminte de frații și surorile persecutate. Nădăjduiesc că noua administrație Trump din SUA va lua în serios această problemă și se va ocupa de persecuția creștinilor și a altor minorități creștine și va acționa în mod semnificativ în primele 100 de zile.

Crezi că vom vedea o schimbare între modul în care administrația Obama s-a ocupat de problema persecuției creștinilor și modul de abordare al administrației Trump ?
Kristin Wright: Am văzut că administrația Obama s-a făcut că nu vede această problemă crucială, nu numai persecuția creștinilor, dar și a altor minorități religioase din Orientul Mijlociu. Conform listei întocmite de Open Doors Worldwatch, vedem că 2016 a fost anul cel mai greu în istoria recentă cu privire la creștinii din lume. A venit timpul să se treacă la acțiune.

Este incredibil. Ce pot face creștinii ca să ajute, pe lângă susținerea în rugăciune.
Kristin Wright: În primul rând să se roage. Încurajez telespectatorii să se informeze. Vizitați site-ul opendoorsusa.org. unde puteți vedea întreaga listă întocmită de Open Doors Worldwatch. Găsiți indicații cu privire la fiecare țară de pe listă. Puteți semna și o petiție ca să încurajați această administrație ca să apere libertatea religioasă din întreaga lume în primele 100 de zile.

Am spus că Coreea de Nord și unele țări musulmane încalcă cel mai mult libertatea religioasă. Mai poți numi și alte țări de pe listă?

Kristin Wright: Bineînțeles. Aici, în biroul din Washington D.C. am avut privilegiul să vorbim cu un pastor întors din Siria. El a venit din Damasc pentru acest eveniment ca să ne spună povestea sa, să vorbească despre tragedia prin care a trecut familia și congregația sa. Siria este una din acele țări pentru care îi încurajez pe telespectatori să se roage. Nigeria îmi este foarte dragă. Anul trecut am avut privilegiul să mă întâlnesc cu tatăl fetelor Chibok care au fost răpite. În această țară creștinii trec zilnic prin atrocități teribile. Nigeria se află pe locul 12 pe lista întocmită de Open Doors Worldwatch.

Musulmanii Au Masacrat Un Pastor, Sotia Lui Si Alte 70 De Persoane In Atacuri Brutale in NIGERIA

Vacarii tribului Fulani au omorat 70 de crestini. Photo credit www.informationng.com

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Musulmani tribali au omorat in saptamanile recente, peste 70 de crestini in Platoul din statul Nigeria. 27 din morti au fost dintr-un singur sat, satul Foron.

Biserica Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) din satul Foron a fost incendiata si pastorul Luka Gwom si sotia au fost omorati impreuna cu inca 25 de crestini. Photo credit http://www.vanguardngr.com

Potrivit ziarului de stiri Daily Post, vacarii tribului Fulani au atacat mai mult  de opt sate in perioada dintre 25 Aprilie si 11 Mai. In ziua de 14 Mai au mai atacat inca 6 sate – Rim, Bangai, Gwon, Wereng, Ringya and Sopp.

Cel mai violent atac a avut loc in 2 mai, cand musulmanii au ars din temelii o biserica, si au omorat 27 de oameni, impreuna cu pastorul si sotia sa. Pastorul Rev. Luka Gwom, Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in satul Foron, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area (LGA)

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Multor sateni le este frica sa se reintoarca la casele lor, dar unii spun ca vor ramane si vor fi martori pentru Christos.

De mai mult de un deceniu, tribalii Fulani au atacat si ocupat terenuri care apartineau crestinilor, in partea centrala si in nordul Nigeriei.

Informatia de stiri Morning Star News, a raportat ca in ultimele sase luni au fost omorati peste 205 de crestini de catre teroristii tribali Fulani, si intre luna mai si noiembrie anul trecut peste zece mii de crestini au fost stramutati.

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Un Oras Strategic Din Nigeria Cade In Mainile Lui Boko Haram

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Vezi alte stiri recente din Nigeria –

Traducere Agnus Dei – Surse: Vocea Americii si CNN.com

Kano, Nigeria (CNN) – Sute de insurgenti din gruparea terorista Boko Haram au lansat un atac inaintea zorii diminetii asupra orasului Maiduguri din Nigeria si au purtat o batalie feroce cu trupele guvernamentale in periferia orasului care s-a soldat cu sute de morti, potrivit relatarilor armatei si a locuitorilor din zona.

Militantii au lansat de asemenea un atac simultan asupra orasului Monguno si aparent au avut succes in preluarea controlului orasului  si a cazarmilor militare, a spus la CNN, un ofiter militar nigerian din Maiduguri.

,,Soldatii nostri au respins initial atacurile teroristilor, dar ei au mobilizat luptatori mai multi si au venit inapoi in plina forta. Ne-au coplesit trupele care au fost fortate sa se retraga,” – a spus ofiterul.

Monguno, un oras de peste 100 de mii de locuitori din partea de nordest al Nigeriei, este un oras la o distanta de 135 de km de Maiduguri. Amandoua orasele sunt la granitele cu Ciad si Cameroon.

Manguno, cu cazarme militare uriase, este de o importanta strategica majora folosit pentru a opri avansarea lui Boko Haram inspre Maiduguri. Caderea lui inseamna ca Boca Haram este in buna pozitie sa avanseze inspre Maiduguri, ceea ce ei intentionaeza de luni de zile.

Sute de trupe nigeriene s-au reinarmat si au fost trimise in Jintilo, care este la 5 km de Maiduguri in timp ce avioane militare bombardeaza pozitiile lui Boko Haram.

De asemenea Vocea Americii raporteaza ca Armata nigeriana poarta batalie cu Boko Haram pentru a recuceri cazarmele din Monguno.

Boko Haram isi asuma responsabilitatea de cucerire a orasului Baka care este langa orasul Monguno, unde sunt bazele militare ce au fost acaparate si au declarat ca au pus stapanire pe destule arme incat pot ca sa „anihileze Nigeria”.

Atacul asupra orasului Maiduguri a avut loc in timpul vizitei a lui John Kerry, Secretarul de Stat al Americii cu presedintele Nigeriei, in dreapta, Jonathan Goodluck. Photo credit bbc.com

Pastorul Yacubu Moussa, dintre putinii crestini care a supravietuit atacul din Baga, Nigeria, unde au murit 2000

Peste 7,300 de nigerieni s-au refugiat in Ciad in primele 2 saptamani ale anului 2015. Photo credit

Peste 7,300 de nigerieni s-au refugiat in Ciad in primele 2 saptamani ale anului 2015, potrivit Natiunilor Unite (NATO). Peste 135,000 au parasit Nigeria, iar, inca 850,000 si-au parasit orasele si au fugit in alte parti ale Nigeriei. Sursa pentru info si poza – http://www.premiumtimesng.com

Mai mulţi supravieţuitori ai atacurilor comise de gruparea islamistă Boko Haram în Nigeria au ajuns într-o tabără pentru refugiaţi din Ciad şi au povestit că militanţii „au tras în toată lumea fără distincţie, bărbaţi, femei, copii şi bătrâni”, iar în unele cazuri au ales doar bărbaţii.

– Întins în mijlocul cadavrelor –

Pentru ca Boko Haram să nu-l ucidă, el a rămas întins în mijlocul cadavrelor, aşteptând ca islamiştii să plece, apoi a mers prin iarba înaltă câteva ore, înainte de a întâlni un motociclist care l-a ajutat să fugă spre lac.

Pastorul Yacubu Moussa, în vârstă de 43 de ani, este unul dintre puţinii creştini care au scăpat din atacul asupra oraşului Baga. În noaptea de 3 ianuarie, când islamiştii au venit prin surprindere, tot oraşul dormea. „Au tras în toată lumea fără distincţie, bărbaţi, femei, copii şi bătrâni”, povesteşte el.

Întrebat despre numărul de atacatori, el ezită şi vorbeşte de „mii de oameni”, însă cifrele nu pot fi verificate. Pastorul adaugă că „erau cadavre peste tot pe străzi” când a fugit.

Două zile mai târziu, Yacubu Moussa a încercat să se întoarcă acasă pentru a-şi lua câteva lucruri. El a văzut „cadavre plutind pe apă”, iar „mirosul era atât de puternic încât se simţea de departe”.

Din oraş nu a mai rămas decât cenuşă, „au ars totul, casele noastre, magazinele, maşinile”.

În tabăra de refugiaţi, pastorul afirmă că se simte singur la ora rugăciunii, fiind înconjurat de zeci de musulmani. „Aici nu am nimic de făcut, nu am credincioşi, lăcaş de cult, nu am nici Biblie”.

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Nigeriani refugiati in pustiul tarii Niger Photo credit www.blacknaija.com

Stiri din Nigeria – Toate cele 200 de biserici din orasul Mubi sunt distruse de Boko Haram

Photo credit ends.ng 11,000 refugees and all 200 churches burned

Photo credit ends.ng 11,000 refugees and all 200 churches burned

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Traduc. Agnus Dei – Cand insurgenti ai grupului islamic terorist Boko Haram au intrat in orasul Mubi, care este centrul economic al statului nigerian Adamawa, aproape de granita cu Camerun, au distrus sectiile de politie, au eliberat prizonierii si au alungat putinii militari care patrolau prin oras. Intrand in oras, in data de 1 noiembrie, cativa teroristi Boko Haram l-au intalnit si l-au omorat pe Pastorul Rev. Isaac Innua, si Superintendent General asistent al bisericii Triumph of Faith Church, care incerca sa-si evacueze familia, dar ei l-au omorat in fata sotiei si a copiilor sai. (Sursa – http://www.vanguardngr.com)

refugiati din orasul Mubi, Nigeria. Photo credit www.veooz.com

Scopul organizatiei teroriste islamice Boko Haram este sa asalteze orase in care majoritatea populatiei sunt crestini. Orasul Mubi, care este predominant crestin, a fost tinta unor atacuri in care Boko Haram a incendiat toate bisericile crestine existente care au mai ramas in picioare dupa atacuri prin alte metode. In Octombrie 20, 2014 Boko Haram a ridicat steagul  organizatiei peste orasul Mubi si l-au renumit ‘City of Islam’ ‘Orasul Islamului.’

Aprox 10,500 de refugiat se afla in lagare de refugiati. Photo credit newswirengr.com

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Un reprezentant al Misiunii Open Doors s-a intalnit cu o grupare de crestini care au fugit din orasul Mubi din Nigeria, acum 6 zile,  cand organizatia terorista islamica Boko Haram a atacat, in data de 29 Octombrie. Atacul a fost o lovitura uriasa impotriva crestinilor in Mubi.

Martori la acest atac au povestit cum acei crestini prinsi de Boko Haram au primit ordinul sa se converteasca la islam sau altfel vor muri. Multi barbati si femei crestini au fost omorati. Fetele mai tinere au fost date in casatorie barbatilor musulmani. Li s-a cerut crestinilor sa renunte la Isus, cativa care au refuzat au fost omorati cu pietre. Cei mai multi au fugit pe unde au putut si se afla in lagare de refugiati.

Nici macar una dintre cele 200 de biserici din orasul Mubi nu a ramas in picioare.

Mii de crestini sufera in 3 din statele Nigeriei unde Boko Haram a invadat: Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

Ei au nevoie de multa rugaciune. Potrivit Open Doors, nimeni nu stie cate mii de oameni si-au pierdut viata, dar in estimarea celor din aceste state sus mentionate: aprox 1000 de crestini au fost ‘islamizati’, peste 1000 de femei au disparut si peste 1000 de copii au fost separati de familiile lor si se afla in tabere de refugiati.

Crestinii sunt foarte traumatizati. Dar in ciuda persecutiilor ei au incercat sa zambeasca si sa il laude pe Dumnezeu ca le poarta de grija. Open Doors le da ajutor de urgenta si mai multe livrari cu ajutorari sunt planificate in urmatoarele cateva saptamani.

O ultima stire rea din Nigeria,  noi am raportat-o in urma cu 2 zile – Gruparea islamista Boko Haram ucide 47 de elevi si raneste 79 la un colegiu in Nigeria

Pe cand ne-am pregatit sa postam acest articol, am mai aflat de la SkytrenNews ca Boko Haram a capturat si a cucerit inca un oras in statul nigerian Adamawa, cu numele de Maiha.

Potrivit Skynews Trend, aceasti soldati sunt din organizatia Boko Haram care a cucerit orasul Mubi. Photo credit www.facebook.com

VIDEO – Habilas Adamu – Un barbat impuscat in cap pentru ca nu s-a lepadat de Isus in Nigeria: Habila Shot for Refusing to Deny Jesus

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O poza ingrozitoare, care nu am vrut sa o postez aici, ca este foarte socanta, ii lipseste o parte din obraz lui Habila. Poza se poate gasi aici, pe un sait egiptean, care a raportat aceasta stire- http://www.unitedcopts.org

Pentru traducere automata, fa click aici – Romanian

On November 28, 2012, Habila was shot in the face in front of his wife and 6-year-old child. Why? Because he refused to deny Jesus when militant Muslims burst into his house, demanding he renounce Christ and accept Islam. Habila was badly injured but despite everything he been through, he has forgiven those who tried to take his life.

Habila: „The gunmen came into my house, 4 of them,  with AK 47’s. They ordered me and my family to come out so that I would sit on the front [step]. Their leader asked my why I refuse Islam, as a religion. I told them that I am a Christian. One of them asked me: Are you ready to die? I said: Yes, I’m ready to die a Christian. They shot me through my nose. When they shot me there, I del down to the ground with my face. Blood [was] everywhere. He followed me and watched my leg, [there was] no response. He observed me, no response. I am on the ground- blood, blood, blood.. I do not see anything. I am waiting to see the new kingdom, the new heaven  that God promised to His people.”

Although Habila could have saved his life by converting to Islam, this wasn’t [even] an option for him.

Habila, „The word says that we are a new creation in Christ Jesus. If I am a new creation in Christ Jesus, then everything that I was supposed to to, I would do it like Christ did. If we go through the Bible, in Galatians 2:20, Jesus says that we are already dying, but now, in Christ, we’re living. For Christians, for a believer, he will know that he is not the one living because during baptism, as you are baptized, you die to sin and rise with Jesus. That’s what my thinking was. I will not be a muslin, because I died with Christ and now I rise with Christ.”

For 9 hours, Habila lies on the ground. bleeding, without any kind of help. The police promises to come, but doesn’t. The next day, the local hospital in Potiskum, the city where Habila lives, is not able to give sufficient aid. By car, Habila is moved to another hospital, 4 hours away. In this hospital, too, the doctors are not capable to help Habila. The would to his head is too complicated. Again, Habila is transported to another hospital. There are pictures in the video at about the 3 minute mark that shows a part of Habila’s face blown away from the gunshot.

Habila says, „My mouth is all broken. They are using a tube in me to feed me and to have [drink] water.” Once more, Habila is confronted with many misfortunes. For several reasons, the doctors are not able to operate on Habila any sooner than 6 weeks after the attack. At last, on the day of the operation, a great miracle happens. Habila, „During the operation, the doctor advised to take a bone from here, from my leg. They cut out a bone and some flesh from here [the leg], to cover this [cheek] flesh. But, that day, there is a miracle that happened. They found fresh bone here [in my cheek]. After all this, he did not see that bone.”

Also, for the transplantation of skin, it is no longer necessary. The wound in Habila’s face has almost finished [healed]. Four months after the attack, Habila is feeling better. He doesn’t feel any hatred against the extremists who shot him. Habila, „the Bible says that we must, we must, as a Christian, we must forgive.I am teaching my child. Let him remember that the Bible says: Let him forgive.” Because God has forgiven us, we are condemned criminals, that we deserve nothing, but to die. But Christ died for us  and He forgave all our sins. He loved us. That’s why we must show that love to the people that hate us. Since that day, I prayed to God, ‘God, forgive them. God forgive them.’ My intention is that- let them know the truth and let them be saved, not to be condemned. I love them. I love them. I love them. If I have the opportunity  to see them, I will hug them and I will pray for them. Because Christ is love. God, whom I am serving, is love. When He lived in this world, the command was ‘Love each other’. That’s the command – love each other. ”

Habila is sure that God spared his life for a special reason. It’s Habila’s mission to convince the whole world of God’s love and faithfulness. Habila: „My friends, God is with you. He will not leave you. You can open up to him, accept Him, in order to inherit the kingdom of God. Brethren, the message is: that Jesus loves you!”

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Who are Boko Haram? And what happened to the 270 kidnapped school girls?

Boko Haram kidnapped 270 girls between the ages of 12 and 17, from the school pictured above, many of whom were then later sold as child brides for $12.

Boko Haram have been blamed for the kidnapping of more than 200 teenage girls. Channel 4 News explains who they are – and what they want:

Jonathan Miller: In 12 years, Boko  Haram has gone from infancy to a full blown Isalimst insurgency. Last year, the Nigerian government in Abuja had the opportunity to  strike a peace deal with them. But the government pulled out at the last minute, even though the entire Boko Haram leadership was apparently onboard.

Today, they’ve essentially been highjacked as an Al Qaida franchise, with affiliates right across from the Islamic mihrab. They are thought to have commanders in Nigeria’s 36 states, and even, it’s says, explosives, ready to go. They are armed and they are dangerous, but their insurgency is focused primarily on 5 northeastern nigerian states where they want to install a government of pure sharia Islamic law.

Are they Africa’s Taliban?

Well, it’s a bit of an ugly shortcut, but, yes, Boko Haram are essentially Africa’s Taliban. They grew out of being a nationalist movement, but have become a salafist jihadist group with the aim of establishing a sharia state. And, like the Taliban, they oppose the education of muslim women, particularly if that education has westerly influence. Hence, their name, Boko Haram, which in the  Hausa language translates: western education is sinful or forbidden. And, hence, the attacks on schools, the murder of school children, and most recently, the kidnap of the girls, in the school at Chibok, in Buorno State.

Why are they in the news?

Well, of late, Boko Haram have been very much on the offensive. A bomb in a bus station, in Abuja, the capital, 2 weeks ago, killed more than 75 people. They’ve attacked government buildings and police stations. They’ve attacked churches. They’ve conducted assassinations. They’ve even attacked mosques and as we know, schools, too. In February, more than 50 school children were  murdered in cold blood, and in the neighboring state of Borno, we’ve had this kidnap of what we now know as 270 girls, of whom 220 are still missing.

Now, the start of these Boko Haram guerrilla attacks suggests diminished capability. They are not very sophisticated attacks. However, they have succeeded in instilling terror in the civilian population. And, just as importantly, for Boko Haram, they’ve served a hugely undermined public confidence in the government of Goodluck Jonathan.

What is the latest we know on the kidnapped girls?

Over the last couple of days, I have been talking regularly to an intermediary  who has long experience in dealing with Boko Haram and has been in regular contact with with members of the group holding these girls. The news is that, although he feels that a deal could still be engineered, by which some or even all of the girls could be released, and there’s a willingness on the part of the captors to do so, the girls have been dispersed into smaller groups. And some of them have even been moved across borders into neighboring Cameroon, and into Chad, where they’ve been reportedly married off for very small bride prices.This makes a release very difficult, indeed, to make happen. Now, the intermediary believes it still could. But, the group has warned him that any attempt at this stage by the Nigerian military to intervene will result in the deaths of these girls. The trouble is, of course, that the longer this is left to go on, the more difficult it becomes to solve the problem, and the worst it gets.

VIDEO by  Channel 4 News Jonathan Miller reporting

 

 

Today is the alternate International Day of Prayer – Open Doors World Watch List: Pakistan, China, Egypt, Nigeria, India, Iran, Central Asia – Video for each country from Open Doors

PAKISTAN:
Central Asia consists of 5 countries: Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Over 60 million people live in this region, but currently less than 10% profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Although the degree of persecution varies across the 5 nations, one factor remains consistent: Christians in Central Asia face constant pressure for their faith.

Find out more about persecution in Central Asia by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/countries

CHINA:
China, with a population of 1.3 billion people, has seen tremendous changes. These political, economic, and social changes have brought changes to the church, too. Sixty years ago, there were perhaps 750,000 evangelicals in China. Thirty years ago, there were an estimated three million. And today, conservative estimates of evangelicals in China range between 60 and 80 million. This growth, representing one of the largest revivals in the history of Christianity, came in the face of persecution…

Find out more about persecution in China by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/china

EGYPT:
Egypt is one of the world’s greatest civilizations. The land of the Pharaohs. The birth Place of Moses. A place of refuge for Jesus as a child. Visited by the disciples Mark and Peter and the apostle Paul. One of the first nations to embrace Christianity. But 13 centuries ago Islam changed all that. Today, Islam is the official religion of Egypt. Christians are free to follow Jesus in this Muslim dominated society. However, this freedom has its limits…

Find out more about persecution in Egypt by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/egypt

NIGERIA:
The plight of Nigerians is often in the news. But the message is generally connected to the economy, oil and corruption. The sometimes-fierce battle between Christians and Muslims is rarely reported.

Find out more about persecution in Nigeria by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/nigeria

INDIA:
India possesses a population of almost 1.3 billion people, more than 80% of India’s peoples are followers of Hinduism, Only about 3% of India’s population claim to be Christians. These followers encounter growing persecution…

Find out more about persecution in India by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/india

IRAN:
Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is home to 75 million people, with 98 percent of the population adhering to Islam. At least 450,000 followers of Christ live in Iran. And while Christianity is an officially-recognized religion in Iran, in practice, many Christians face oppression from their neighbors. Christian believers in Iran continue to place their hope and trust in God. They ask for our prayers as they bravely share Christ with their families and neighbors. God is moving and the church is growing. Please continue to pray for God’s grace and endurance for the followers of Jesus in Iran.

Find out more about persecution in Iran by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/iran

CENTRAL ASIA:
Central Asia consists of 5 countries: Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Over 60 million people live in this region, but currently less than 10% profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Although the degree of persecution varies across the 5 nations, one factor remains consistent: Christians in Central Asia face constant pressure for their faith.

Find out more about persecution in Central Asia by visiting the Open Doors website: http://www.opendoorsuk.org/countries

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25 Christian churches and schools to be demolished in Nigeria

Voice of the Martyrs Canada reports via http://www.mnnonline.org:

Government authorities in northern Nigeria’s Borno state plan to demolish 25 churches and schools, ostensibly to make room for new housing. However, no plans for the housing development have been produced, says Voice of the Martyrs Canada. Christian leaders believe this is yet another attempt by local governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority.

The proposed demolitions would compound the security challenges that these believers are already facing from the militant group, Boko Haram. „We have seen the eviction notice from the Borno state government,” says Dr. Asake, general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria. „We are Nigerians, and there are other places where the state government can develop. The areas earmarked for demolition are already developed with churches and schools. Christians have already suffered enough in Borno state.”

Pray that the demolitions will not go through, and that God would maintain these places for worship, education, and meeting. Pray that these Nigerians will be successful in sharing the gospel with their Muslim neighbors.

Persecution sweeping across Middle East and North Africa (MENA) while the Western media largely ignores it

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Update, from Nigeria Sept. 29 reports:

Islamic militants kill a pastor, his son & a village leader in Dorawa:

On Thursday, September 26th, police said suspected Islamic militants killed a pastor, his son and a village head and torched their Christian church in Dorawa, about 60 miles from Damaturu. They said the gunmen used explosives to set fire to the church and five homes.

Farmers and government officials are fleeing threats of imminent attacks from Boko Haram in the area of the Gwoza Hills, a mountainous area with caves that shelter the militants despite repeated aerial bombardments by the military.

A local government official said there had been a series of attacks in recent weeks and threats of more. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he feared for his life, said Gwoza town was deserted when he visited it briefly under heavy security escort on Thursday. He said militants had chased medical officers from the town’s government hospital, which had been treating some victims of attacks. He added that militants had burned down three public schools in the area. The official said the Gwoza local government has set up offices in Maiduguri, the state capital to the north.

More than 30,000 people have fled the terrorist attacks to neighbouring Cameroon and Chad and the uprising combined with the military emergency has forced farmers from their fields and vendors from their markets. (source http://www.theguardian.com)(Photo credit above http://www.bbc.co.uk

As many as 50 students were killed in an Agricultural college:

This time it is believed that most of the college students were Muslim, and the perpetrators opened fire on the students as they were sleeping. The attack happened Sunday, September 29 at 1 a.m.  The students were killed by suspected Islamist gunmen in their dormitory in Yobe state, north-eastern Nigeria. The school’s other 1,000 students fled the college, about 25 miles (40km) north of Damaturu town, where there have been similar attacks on schools as part of a continuing Islamist uprising.

North-east Nigeria is under a military state of emergency to battle the Islamist uprising by Boko Haram militants who have killed more than 1,700 people since 2010 in their quest for an Islamic state. Boko Haram means „western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language.

And that may have been the motive for the killings.

27 killed in separate attacks:

Twenty-seven people died in separate attacks on Wednesday and Thursday night in two villages of Borno state near the north-east border with Cameroon, according to the local council chairman, Modu-Gana Bukar Sheriiff.

Persecution sweeping across

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

http://www.mnnonline.org and Open Doors USA reporting:

English: Middle East and North Africa

Photo credit wikipedia (MENA)

Nigeria (MNN) ― Believers in northeast Nigeria are reeling after Islamic militants killed their pastor and his son, and set fire to their church building and five homes. The Associated Press reports Islamic militants attacked the church in Yobe state just before dawn yesterday; the incident went unnoticed by nearly all major media outlets.

Dr. David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors USA, points to the attack as the latest in a rising tide of persecution sweeping the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

„We’ve had situations in the last three weeks in Iraq, in Syria, inPakistan, and now last night in northern Nigeria, where people are targeting believers,” says Curry. „My greatest concern is that there won’t be any pressure to follow-up on this attack.

„Attack after attack on Christians seems to go by the wayside.”

Thousands have fallen in Nigeria alone at the hands of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. Their name means „Western education is sinful,” and their four-year-old terror campaign seeks to rid northeast Nigeria of all who follow Christ.

„The threat of terrorism in a few states in the northeastern part of our country has proven to be a challenge to national stability,” Jonathan told UN leaders earlier this week. „We will spare no effort in addressing this menace.”

Terror goes by a different name in the nearby Central African Republic: Seleka. This band of Islamic terrorists rose to national power in March following the ouster of former President Francois Bozize.

Their primary target soon became the Church.

„The various atrocities that preceded, accompanied, and followed Seleka’s rise to power have been specifically aimed at the Christian population,” states a letter from the CAR Evangelical Alliance to Seleka Islamist leader and CAR President Michel Djotodia.

„Churches and Christian institutions have been desecrated and plundered, priests and pastors have been assaulted, and nuns raped.”

In CAR, 50% of the population is Christian and 15% are Muslim. Despite outnumbering the followers of Islam, Christian communities in CAR claim their Muslim neighbors are joining Seleka’s violent campaigns.

„It’s not like Christianity is a minority religion, but ever since the coup in March, the Muslims have increased their persecution of Christians,” said Open Doors spokesman Jerry Dykstra.

To the north, a similar situation unfolds as violence against Christians in Egypt reaches historic levels. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) were quick to blame Coptic Christians for the July removal of MB proponent and former President Mohamed Morsi from office.

It was a summer of rage for many believers as they endured beatings, their homes and businesses were looted and destroyed, and churches were set aflame. In August, one church was forced to close its doors for the first time in 1,600 years.

And yet, most believers and secular media alike remain unaware of the deadly trend.

„Open Doors has been trying to raise this awareness among Western believers and the media in general,” says Curry. „We believe it’s worthwhile asking the question: ‘Are these attacks coordinated?’ Certainly they seem to be intentional and directed at believers.

„Over the last decades…the population of Christians in the Middle East has gone from 20% to 4%. Why is that? It is because there is a concerted effort to force Christians to convert. There is a concerted effort to persecute Christians, to drive them from their home.”

Five Nigerian Christians Forced From Vehicle, Executed in Ditch

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Story from the Christian Post

Please. please pray for the persecuted worldwide church!

  • Please pray persecuted believers would know the hope God gives (Ephesians 1:8).
  • Pray the Holy Spirit would strengthen them (Ephesians 3:16).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would know how much God loves them (Ephesians 3:17)
  • Pray they would know how to share the gospel (Ephesians 6:19).
  • Please pray persecuted believers would fearlessly tell others about Jesus (Ephesians 6:20).

Five individuals have been executed by Islamists after declaring themselves followers of Jesus Christ outside of the Nigerian city of Jos last week.

The shocking incident saw Islamists stop a minibus and order its occupants to get out. After finding out five individuals were Christians, they were forced to lie down in a ditch, where they were then shot dead. Victims Pam Gyang, Felix John, Jimmy Tiger, Ishaku Gyang, and Dachung Monday, were all members of a Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) congregation in the nearby town of Foron, according to BosNewsLife.

Another man, Emmanuel Sunday, was caught up in the violence when gunmen also stopped him driving by on his motorbike and demanded to know if he was a Christian.

„When I told them I was a Christian, they asked me to join a group of people already ordered to lie down by the side of the road. I did as I was ordered to do, and then one of the men came and searched me and took money from me, including my mobile phone,” according to Morning Star News.

„It was when the gunmen started shooting and killing those of us that were Christians grouped together that I ran into a nearby maize farm, because it was already dark. They shot wildly at me, but I escaped unhurt, except the injuries I sustained while running in the bush,” he added.

Sunday fled, running for the next two hours back to his village, where he learned that two of the women killed were also from his hometown. Despite the horror he witnessed, Sunday testified that he felt God was the power behind his escape.

„It was not my ability that made it possible for me to escape, but it was God that made me escape to be alive to tell the story of how the attack happened and to show his miracle in my life,” he said.

Two other Christians, one a pregnant woman, were also wounded in the attack.

Grace Yop Gyang, the pregnant widow of victim Pam Gyang, told Morning Star News that despite her loss, she still was grateful to God and hoped that the Islamists would themselves find Christ.

„I don’t have much to say except to praise God for His sustaining grace in our lives,” Gyang said. „My husband is a friend, and I’m already missing him. But what can I do but thank God for his life. I pray that through his death those who killed him will get to know Jesus as their savior.”

Local religious official Pam Jang Pam believed that the gunmen „were a combined band of ethnic Fulani herdsmen and Islamic extremist mercenaries.”

Pam added the frequency of violence directed at Nigerian Christians has left them exahusted, begging the government to „please do something about these attacks on us. The church is tired of these attacks.”

In recent years, Nigeria has been a hotbed of violence with Muslim extremists attacking Christians on a regular basis. The violence has been led by a group known as Boko Haram, a jihadist terrorist group seeking to make Nigeria an Islamic state and impose Sharia law. Since its inception in 2001, the group has gained notoriety by killing Christians and bombing their churches and schools. Boko Haram have also been accused of colluding with the Fulani, who have had long-time contentious border disputes with Christians.

Boko Haram’s horrific attack on schoolchildren in Nigeria, 42 killed: burned alive or shot in the back while fleeing

via Mission News Network Photo above credit – www.presstv.ir Photo below credit http://www.bbc.co.uk

Nigeria (MNN) ― At one time, Nigerian Christians and law enforcement had the most to fear from the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militia, Boko Haram.

Today, it seems their campaign to instill Sharia law throughout the country has broadened. Their new targets are „soft” targets: farmers, aid workers, school children, and teachers. Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra explains, „I think the government is increasing pressure. The result, I believe, is that the Boko Haram is fighting back.”

Their latest attack can only be described in one word: horrifying. In the dawn hours of July 8, Dykstra says, „Suspected Boko Haram extremists came and set fire to the school, and many of the students were burned alive. Others were shot in the back when they tried to flee.”

The boarding school was in Mamudo, Yobe. The United Nations’ children’s agency said 48 students and seven teachers died in that attack. Survivors said gunmen rounded up students and staff at the school and placed them in a dormitory before throwing explosives inside and opening fire.

What’s more, this isn’t the first time, says Dykstra. „This is about the third or fourth school they’ve targeted in the last month or so. They believe that the students should be getting radical Islamic instruction.”

The European Union condemned the „horrific murder by terrorists,” and the act prompted Britain to put Boko Haram on its terrorist list. Yobe is one of the three states where the Nigerian government imposed a state of emergency in May. Immediately after the attack, the governor closed all secondary schools.

Boko Haram means „Western education is a sin” in Hausa. Since they began their effort to Islamize Nigeria in 2001, over 9,000 have died. As a result, Nigeria launched a major offensive against Boko Haram on May 15.

Last year, the focus was churches and Christians. This year, it seems to be children. Dykstra notes, „According to Open Doors, there were about 30 Christians that attended the school that was burned down. We don’t know really how many of those killed were Christians.”

Samaila, a teacher at the school, told Open Doors that he could see scores of parents in shock trying to identify children. An Associated Press journalist also described chaotic scenes at a nearby Potiskum hospital as parents tried to identify their children from among the deceased.

There were two similar attacks on schools in June. On June 16 at a school in Damaturu, Yobe, suspected Boko Haram attackers opened fire on students. A pastor told Open Doors that the attackers arrived at the school asking for the Christian students by name. However, security agents interfered in the attack, and the insurgents ended up firing random shots, killing 13 students and teachers. Open Doors has not been able to confirm how many Christians were among the victims.

On June 18, suspected Boko Haram members also opened fire on students at a Muslim school in Maiduguri. Nine students and one medical worker were killed.

„The carnage in Nigeria continues,” says Dykstra. The senseless slaughter is hard to understand, which is why he urges believers to „pray specifically for the violence to stop. The government tried to talk to the Boko Haram leaders, but that didn’t work out. So now, they’re going after them. All these strategies don’t seem to have worked, so we need to put our trust in the Lord.”

Nigeria is ranked No. 13 on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.

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Boko Haram kills an influential Christian leader in Nigeria

On the same day that Nigerian president President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency, Boko Haram, the group responsible for the deaths of at least 250 people in the past month alone have killed Reverend Faye Pama Musa, Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Borno state. Photo to the left is – Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State: Rev. Faye Pama Musa was assassinated by the Boko Haram. (Image courtesy Open Doors)

Mission Network News reports:

Location of Borno State in Nigeria

Nigeria (MNN) ― Nigeria’s downward spiral continues as the Boko Haram kills an influential Christian leader.

„Reverend Faye Pama Musa was killed on Tuesday. He’s Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Borno state,” says Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra.

That same day, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Borno state and two others. According to reports, Boko Haram violence has claimed over 250 lives in the past month alone.

According to Dystra, Musa’s assassination is a bad sign coming from the Boko Haram.

„In the past they’ve targeted Christian churches, but now they’re targeting individual pastors,” Dykstra explains. „It’s…something that’s really troublesome, and certainly Christians in the West need to keep on praying.”

An Open Doors report says Musa, who was also the presiding pastor of REME Assembly, Maiduguri, was trailed to his house Tuesday evening by two gunmen.

„He attempted to run away, but his assailants closed in on him. They [gunmen] shot him at close range,” a source said.

Ask the Lord to comfort Reverend Musa’s family. Open Doors’ Nigeria team leader knew Musa personally and says the victim was a friend of their ministry.

„I remember a time I asked him a question, whether he would consider leaving Maiduguri if it became necessary for his safety, and he said to me, ‘Where am I going to run to? I will stay here and die,'” the Open Doors leader shared.

Before declaring a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states, Nigeria’s president spoke words of reassurance.

„While the efforts at persuasion and dialogue will continue, let me reiterate that we have a sacred duty to ensure the security and well-being of all our people,” President Goodluck Jonathan stated on Tuesday.

„Therefore, we shall on no account shy away from doing whatever becomes necessary to provide the fullest possible security for the citizens of this country in any part of the country they choose to reside.”

Some aren’t buying it, Dykstra says.

„President Goodluck Jonathan has said they will go after them and said they’re terrorists and they’ll really get after them. But the problem is that he’s said that before,” Dykstra explains.

„There are a lot of conflicting thoughts about his sincerity.”

Pray that peace would come to Nigeria. Pray also for Nigeria’s president.

„He is a Christian, and we need to pray that he’ll have wisdom. As things just seem like they’re snowballing and snowballing, he really needs our prayer.”

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Northern Nigeria under State of Emergency

Nigeria State of Emergency BBC
The three Northeastern states, where yesterday,
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency
after a series of deadly attacks by Islamist militant groups.

via MissionNewsNetwork.com photos – map and Nigerian president below via http://www.bbc.co.uk

Nigeria (ODM/MNN) ― Open Doors USA has issued an urgent appeal for prayer after receiving news that suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked the predominantly Nigerian Christian village of Zangan in southern Kaduna around midnight on Monday.It was the latest in a string of attacks that prompted a State of Emergency.

Open Doors spokesman Jerry Dykstra says they’re still trying to determine the details of what happened, but so far, „Open Doors says it understands an ‘entire village’ has been destroyed: burnt down, many people are fleeing after the attack.”

The village chief’s residence was reportedly burnt to the ground, and the village chief’s whereabouts remains unknown after he fled Zangan. Churches and homes were among the buildings destroyed in the attack.

Goodluck JonathanDykstra says this attack came after an earlier threat and days of uncertainty. „The report that we got from Open Doors in Africa said that they had been threatened before by the Boko Haram. They were living in fear almost daily. In that area, many schools have been closed down because of that.”

„We do not have any more details at this stage, but we understand that this area saw a similar attack about four weeks ago. Open Doors urges prayer for the people of southern Kaduna state and Zangan village in particular.” Police say 19 people died in that earlier attack.

Open Doors has been active in Nigeria since 1997. Over the last few years, „The Boko Haram actually wants to take over the whole country and put into effect Sharia Law,” explains Dykstra. Their attacks–which are estimated to have cost 3,600 lives since 2009–have included suicide blasts as well as coordinated gun and bomb assaults on houses of worship, Christian centers, security forces, schools and other symbols of authority. All that means the Open Doors response teams have seen dramatic growth in the outreach they do.

With the Boko Haram targeting church leaders and Christian adults, that leaves an untold number of orphans and widows. Open Doors projects target schooling for the children, as well as socio-economic projects for widows of Christian leaders who have been killed. Dykstra adds, „We support the Christians there in emergency situations with trauma counseling. We do a lot of care for Muslim-Background Believers, distribution of Bibles, Sunday school training, assistance to Christians in Sharia-controlled States in the North.”

Nigeria is ranked No. 13 on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch List (www.worldwatchlist.us ) of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world.

It’s unlikely that this pattern will change much. Aside from the physical help, Dyskstra says Nigerian believers are asking for wisdom in their response. „I think we need to pray for Christians not to strike back. The Christian leaders are urging–especially the youth–not to retaliate. That would kind of just recycle this pattern of violence.”

Watch the video of Nigerian President Jonathan declaring the state of emergency here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa

Nigeria: Militants Turning Country into Christian Killing Field

Nigeria Christian persecutions

The original 12 Nigerian states where Sharia law is in place. Now, they are pressing into central and southern states, where Christians are the majority, and they are even killing muslims if they are sympathetic to Christians or minorities.

from Voice Of the Martyrs – Photo from video.

Last year more Christians were killed in Nigeria than any other country. The onslaught of bombings gave Nigeria the sad distinction of being the nation with the highest Christian death toll. More than 900 Christians reportedly were killed in Nigeria in 2012, all victims of the Boko Haram group and other Islamic militants. In 2013, radicals have killed more than 120 Nigerians, most of them Christians.

Mary Slessor – Missionary to 1800’s Nigeria

SEE FILM BELOW + see links to other biographical films at bottom of post.

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Mary Slessor, inspired by the life of Dr. David Livingstone set out for West Africa at the age of 28. Undaunted  by two illnesses, one of them being malaria, which forced her to return to Scotland for a short period, by the witchcraft, and the one case of ritual slaughter practiced by the natives, she learned the native language, lived with and like the natives and moved further and further into unbroken territory- Efik and Okoyong of Calabar, in present day Nigeria. Along the way she established missions and adopted every baby she found due to the ritual killing of twins that is still practiced in some Nigerian villages today. (See here- 40 Abuja Towns Kill Twins! (stharry.wordpress.com) ) Besides being an evangelist, Mary Slessor also concentrated on settling disputes, encouraging trade, establishing social changes and introducing Western education. In 1892 she was made vice-consul in Okoyong, presiding over the native court and in 1905 was named vice-president of Ikot Obong native court. Slessor suffered failing health in her later years but remained in Africa where she died in 1915.

If you think all Victorian women were ladies in lavender crinolines swooning at the sight of a mouse, think again. There were a surprising number who went off into the unknown alone, and the bravest was a Scottish missionary called Mary Slessor. She became a legend in Scotland and in Nigeria, where she is still celebrated today. When she first went to Africa in 1876 the Scottish church had bee established on the Nigerian coast for many years but the interior was largely unexplored. This fascinating two-part documentary explores her life and works, from her early childhood in Aberdeen to the work she carried out improving trading and the living standards of women in Nigeria.

Part 1

Part 2

Mary Slessor was born on December 2, 1848 in Gilcomston, close to Aberdeen, Scotland. She was the second of seven children of Robert and Mary Slessor. Her father, originally from Buchan, was a shoemaker by trade. In 1859 the family moved to Dundee in search of work. Robert Slessor was an alcoholic, and unable to keep up shoemaking, took a job as a labourer in a mill. Her mother, a skilled weaver, also went to work in the mills. At the age of eleven, Mary began work as a „half timer” in the Baxter Brothers’ Mill. She spent half of her day at a school provided by the mill owners, and the other half working for the company. The Slessors lived in the slums of Dundee. Before long, Mary’s father died of pneumonia, and both her brothers died, leaving behind only Mary, her mother, and two sisters. By age fourteen, Mary had become a skilled jute worker, working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with just an hour for breakfast and lunch.

Mary’s mother was a devout Presbyterians who read each issue of the Missionary Record, a monthly magazine published by The United Presbyterian Church (later United Free Church of Scotland) to inform members of missionary activities and needs. Mary developed an interest in religion and, when a mission was instituted in Quarry Pend (close by the Wishart Church), Mary volunteered to become a teacher. Mary was 27 when she heard news that David Livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer, had died. She wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Missionary

Eventually, Mary applied to the Foreign Mission Board of the United Presbyterian Church. After a of training in Edinburgh, Mary set sail in the S.S. Ethiopia on 5 August 1876, and arrived at her destination in West Africa just over a month later. She was 28 years of age, red haired with bright blue eyes. Mary was sent to the Calabar region, warned that witchcraft and superstition were prevalent. The ritual sacrifice of children, and twins in particular, was customary among the people she would be ministering to, but Mary was undaunted. She worked first in the missions in Old Town and Creek Town. She lived in the missionary compound for 3 years. She wanted to go deeper into Calabar, malaria forced her to go home to Scotland and recover. Mary left Calabar for Dundee in 1879. She was in Scotland for 16 months before heading back to Africa.

On her return, she did not go back to the compound, but 3 miles further into Calabar, to Old Town. As she had to leave a large portion of her salary at home for the support of her mother and sisters, she had to economise and took to subsisting on the native food.

Issues that Mary confronted as a young missionary included widespread human sacrifice at the death of a village elder, who, it was believed, required servants and retainers to accompany him in the next world, and the lack of education or any status for women. The birth of twins was considered an evil curse. The belief was that the father of one of the infants was an evil spirit, and that the mother had been guilty of a great sin; and as they were allowed to live. Twin babies were often abandoned in the bush. In such circumstances as soon as twins missioners sought to obtain possession of them, and gave them the security and care of the Mission House. Some of the Mission compounds were alive with babies.Mary adopted every child that she found abandoned. She once saved a pair of twins, a boy and a girl, but the boy did not survive. Mary was devastated, but took the girl as her daughter and called her Janie.

After only three more years, she went back to Scotland on yet another furlough because she was extremely sick. But she wasn’t alone this time, she had Janie with her. She was home for over 3 years looking after her mother and sister, who had also fallen ill. While she was home, Mary spoke at churches all over and shared stories from Africa.

According to Livingstone, when two deputies went out to inspect the Mission in 1881-82, they were much impressed. They stated, “…[S]he enjoys the unreserved friendship and confidence of the people, and has much influence over them.” This they attributed partly to the singular ease with which she spoke the language.

Mary again returned to Africa, with more determination then ever. She saved hundreds of twins out of the fierce jungle, where they had been left either to starve to death or get eaten by wild animals. She prevented dozens, possibly even hundreds of wars, helped heal the sick and stopped the practice of determining guilt by making the suspects drink poison. She went to other tribes, spreading the word of Jesus Christ wherever and whenever she could. While in Africa, she received news that her mother and sister had died. She was overcome with loneliness. She wrote,”There is no one to write and tell my stories and nonsense to.” She had also found a sense of writing, ”Heaven is now nearer to me than Britain,and no one will worry about me if I go up country.”

In August 1888, she went traveled north to Okoyong, an area where missionaries were previously killed, but Mary was sure that her teachings, and the fact that she was a woman, would be less threatening to unreached tribes than male missionaries had been. For 15 years, she stayed with the Okoyong. She was a peacemaker and a nurse. She died when she was 66.

Among the Efik

Unlike other missionaries, Mary lived as part of the tribe, learned to speak Efik, the native language, and made close personal friendships wherever she went. She adopted abandoned twins and worked tirelessly to protect children and raise the status of women. Mary was known for her pragmatism and humour; this earned her the respect and trust of the people she wanted to serve.

Mary Slessor went to live among the Efik and the Okoyong which lived near the Efiks who live in Calabar, in present day Nigeria. There she successfully fought against the killing of twins at infancy. Mary Slessor was a driving force behind the establishment of the Hope Waddell Training Institute in Calabar, which provided practical vocational training to Africans.

Death

In 1888 she went alone to work among the Okoyong. For the rest of her life Slessor lived a simple life in a traditional house with Africans, concentrating on pioneering. Her insistence on lone stations often led her into conflict with the authorities and gained her a reputation as somewhat eccentric, but she was heralded in Britain as the ‘white queen of Okoyong’. She was not primarily an evangelist but concentrated on settling disputes, encouraging trade, establishing social changes and introducing Western education. Slessor frequently campaigned against injustices against women, took in outcasts and adopted unwanted children. In 1892 she was made vice-consul in Okoyong, presiding over the native court and in 1905 was named vice-president of Ikot Obong native court. In 1913 she was awarded the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Slessor suffered failing health in her later years but remained in Africa where she died in 1915.

Mary Slessor died in 1915 at her remote station near Use Ikot Oku. Her body was transported down the Cross River to Duke Town for the colonial equivalent of a state funeral. Attendees at her funeral included the Provincial Commissioner along with other senior British Officials in full uniform. Her Coffin was wrapped in the Union Jack. Flags at government buildings were flown at half mast and the Governor General of Nigeria, Sir Fredrick Lugard telegraphed his ‘deepest regret’ from Lagos and published a warm tribute in the Government Gazette. WIKIPEDIA link – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Slessor

2012: Boko Haram’s bloodiest year for Nigeria with 12 more killed on Christmas Eve

from mnnonline.com and BBCNews

Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant Islamist group, had their bloodiest year in 2012, responsible for over 750 deaths.

General Aziza, Nigeria’s former national security advisor, says the upscale in Boko Haram’s terrorist attacks may be linked with the upcoming 2015 Nigerian presidential elections.

When President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, was elected president of Nigeria in 2011, a series of Boko Haram killings followed. Boko Haram made threats on the president to resign or else turn Nigeria into an Islamic nation.

Rae Burnett, the Africa Director for Christian Aid Mission, explains, “I do believe that it’s spiritual warfare, but it’s definitely the desire to see that Islam is the world religion. They start where they are, and these guys are Nigerian, so they want to be empowered in Nigeria.”

Several of the Muslim-majority Northern states began declaring themselves under Sharia law after the 2011 elections. Of the 32 Nigerian states, 12 currently are govern by Islamic Sharia law. 2015 will be Muslims’ next chance to gain power in Nigeria’s political arena.

However, Boko Haram grew quiet on the large-scale attack front earlier this month. The fact that Christmas was approaching—the biggest Christian holiday of the year—wasn’t lost on anyone and created an eerie silence. Attacks were expected, especially since Boko Haram has declared intent to eradicate Christians from Nigeria.

And Boko Haram militants have the means to back up this desire. With ties to Al-Qaeda and funding for weapons, they fight in pockets and avoid any clashes with the Nigerian military. They’ve gotten bolder. According to Burnett, “They do whatever is in front of them. If it’s a school bus, they’ll blow it up. If it’s a school, they’ll blow it up. They’re trying to make people afraid.

Meanwhile, the BBC News reports that just on Christmas eve-

Islamist Gunmen Kill 12 Nigerian Christians

in Christmas Eve Attacks

Gunmen in the northern Nigerian state of Yobe have shot dead at least six Christians, the army and local officials say. They say a church in Peri village near Potiskum, the economic capital of Yobe, was set on fire in an attack late on Christmas Eve.

No group has so far said it carried out the attack.

The Boko Haram Islamist militant group has targeted a number of churches in the north since 2010. It has killed hundreds in its campaign to impose Sharia law. A series of bomb attacks carried out by the group across the country at Christmas 2011 – including two at Christmas Day church services – left almost 40 people dead and many more injured.

‘Savage acts of terrorism’The head of the Network for Justice human rights group, Zakari Adamu, told the BBC that the gunmen also attacked the homes of Christians following the attack during the midnight mass service. Boko Haram carried out a series of attacks on Christians this time last year.

Burnt cars outside St Theresa Catholic Church in Abuja (December 25 2011)

The AFP news agency reported that the pastor of the church – a branch of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) – is among the dead.

Military Spokesman Eli Lazarus told the Reuters news agency that six people were killed in the violence, which happened when „unknown gunmen attempted to attack Potiskum but were repelled by troops”. „While they were fleeing, they attacked a church in a village,” he said.

The military say that a suspected gunman has been detained, and security in the area has been stepped up to reassure residents. They could not say how many gunmen took part in the attack or whether they belonged to a particular organisation.

The head of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Yobe, Idi Garba, told AFP that many worshippers at ECWA „are still missing”.

„I have been informed that six bodies have been recovered,” Mr Garba said.

He said that some worshippers who lived near the church „fled their homes during the attack and it is assumed that they are still hiding in the bush”.

Correspondents says that while Yobe’s population is overwhelmingly Muslim, Potiskum has a significant Christian minority. Peri is just 2km (1.24 miles) outside the city. Boko Haram has been able to carry out so many attacks in Yobe because it borders Borno state where the insurgent group is based.

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous state and its biggest oil producer. Most people in the south are Christian, whereas the north has a Muslim majority.

Pray for Christians in Nigeria to persevere and hold fast to their hope in the Lord. Pray for many others in Nigeria to come to know Christ and for church leaders to advance their ministry.

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