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Parents and Teachers: The August 2015 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs magazine features stories about persecuted Christians in Nigeria. Some of the stories may not be suitable for children. Please preview them before sharing them with your children or class. Or, share the adapted stories from this site about the featured Christians with your children, then pray together for the people in the stories.

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Before an attack on his village, 13-year-old Danjuma was a lot like other Nigerian boys. He enjoyed playing with his friends and going on fishing trips with fishermen from his village.

After one of the fishing trips, more than 1,000 radical Muslims came to his village at 6:00 in the morning and began burning houses and attacking Christian villagers. Danjuma ran very fast to try to escape the attackers, but they struck him several time with a machete. (A machete is a long, heavy knife.) Danjuma passed out, so he doesn’t remember much about the attack.

Other villagers thought Danjuma was dead, and they even began digging a grave for him! But Danjuma woke up and shouted to them. The villagers took him and others who were wounded to a hospital.

Danjuma lost his right eye in the attack, and he has many scars where the attackers struck him. Some of his wounds may never heal. But the attackers could not take away his joyful smile. “The joy comes from the Lord,” he said.

Danjuma is not angry toward the attackers. “I forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing,” he said. “If they had love, they wouldn’t behave that way.”

Pray for Danjuma
Danjuma has a message for those who hear his story. “If they hear the story, they should pray for me … that I have strength to serve or work for the Lord,” he said.

Danjuma hopes that any children who hear his story will remember that Christ can get them through any struggle. “If they find themselves in such a situation, they should embrace God,” he said. “They should believe that the God who created us knows everything about us, so let’s be faithful and let’s be kind. The way I find myself today … God knows the reason I am supposed to be, so you should embrace God and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.”

(Source: August 2015 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine.)