Published on September 12th, 2016
Lion in Nigeria
A pastor from Nigeria recently visited The Voice of the Martyrs to talk about persecution in his country.
“Northeastern Nigeria is not a safe place for Christians,” he said. It is like living in the midst of lions. Yes, the best way to explain the situation is like that of a goat living in the midst of lions. Every Christian in the northeast fits into this description. It’s only the grace of God that is sustaining me and other Christians there.”
The pastor has been the target of persecutors. His house was burned down, and some of his teeth were broken in an attack by radical Muslims.
The pastor knows he could be attacked again at any time. He follows Jesus’ instructions to “be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). When he suspects that enemies are searching for him, he parks his car near his house as if he were at home. Then he quietly and secretly slips away from his house on foot. Christians in other locations let him stay at their home for a while.
Pray for the pastor’s protection.