Christians in Nigeria have been persecuted by a radical terrorist group called Boko Haram. The group wants to make Nigeria an entirely Muslim nation.
Rev. Yakubu Dzari is one of many Christians who has been attacked by Boko Haram. The attackers dragged him outside and asked him if he was the pastor of a church.
“No,” Rev. Dzari answered, because he was afraid of what the terrorists would do to a Christian pastor. But then he felt guilty about his fear.
Then Rev. Dzari felt new courage from the Lord. “Yes!” he told the attackers. “Yes, I am a pastor!”
In fact, Rev. Dzari did not just say he was a pastor once, he boldly repeated it over and over to the terrorists. One of the attackers was annoyed with Rev. Dzari for continuing to say he was a pastor, and he pulled out a knife.
“Deny Jesus and become a Muslim!” the attacker demanded.
“No!” said Rev. Dzari. “How can I deny Christ when I was the one teaching Christians in the church not to deny Christ?”
Just as the attacker moved closer to the pastor to hurt him, the men heard a gunshot nearby.
“Leave him!” said one attacker. The men left, and the pastor was not harmed.
“I was praying and remembering Jesus,” Rev. Dzari later told workers from The Voice of the Martyrs. “One thing that keeps on strengthening me not to give up is the voice of the Lord that speaks to my inner mind. That’s why I stand firm, not minding how my life will end.”
Source: October 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter. Edited for clarity and age appropriateness.