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Nigeria: Kidnapped

Parent and Teachers
The June 2018 issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter includes stories about bold believers in Nigeria who trust God even in times of sorrow. You can 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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Palmata and Kumai
One day, 9-year-old Palmata and 7-year-old Kumai were sitting outside the front door of their house in Nigeria eating an after-school snack. Their Aunt Deborah, who had adopted them, talked with a neighbor nearby. Inside the house, their father was preparing for a Bible study.

The family’s peaceful afternoon was disrupted when five men with machine guns drove a truck toward their house. The men were part of Boko Haram, a radical Muslim group that attacks Christian villages. They walked into the house and started shooting their guns, then they grabbed Palmata and Kumai and dragged them to the truck.

Deborah ran after the truck as fast as she could, but she fell and fainted. When she woke up in the hospital, she learned that her husband had died in the attack, and her girls had been kidnapped.

Deborah and other Christians moved to a camp for displaced people where they could be safer. For a long time, Deborah felt hopeless. But she has begun to trust that God has a plan for her.

Deborah said, “I feel…if it is [God’s] will for me not to get the girls back, then lead them to heaven. But if it is His will to let us come together again, let the men release the girls. That is my prayer. I know that no matter what we will still meet at God’s feet.”

Deborah with a photo of her girls

Deborah has forgiven the men who attacked her family, and she prays that they will repent. Can you join her in her prayers for Palmata and Kumai, and for the attackers?

(Source: The June 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)


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