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Camps for Persecuted Kids

Nigerian teen

The previous post told about Nigerian children who were injured in attacks by Fulani attackers. Other kids in Nigeria have been persecuted by Boko Haram terrorists in the country.

Some kids had lived in the same houses since they were born. Then they watched as terrorists burned down their homes. Others saw family members attacked.

Do you think that some of the kids were angry and sad? They were. The Voice of the Martyrs sponsored camps for teens who needed help getting through their anger and sadness.

The teens made friends with other kids at the camp who were also sad and angry. Together they worked to understand the Bible’s lessons about forgiving enemies. The camp leaders hoped the teens would also learn that they did not have to see revenge against those who persecuted them.

VOM workers said, “Pray that they will continue to find peace in Christ and share their eternal hope with others in their community.”

(Source: icommittopray.com)


Nigeria: Healing and New Life

Dalo

A previous post told about Dalo, an 8-year-old Nigerian boy who is praying for his persecutors after he was injured in an attack. Dalo wasn’t the only child who was hurt in the June attacks on Christian villages by Muslim Fulani attackers. VOM workers have visited others in Nigerian hospitals.

*When the workers visited the hospital, 2-year-old Melody was improving and starting to drink liquids.
*Two-year-old Sylvia received injuries on the neck, hand, and stomach. But she was smiling and playing when Christian workers visited her.
*Gift, age 10, still has pain from a gunshot wound. “But she is a strong and brave girl,” a VOM worker reported.

It is good news that the children are healing. And there is more good news. Over the past 15 years, thousands of Fulani have decided to begin new lives as Christians. The Voice of the Martyrs is helping many Fulani Christians who are now persecuted for their faith. “There are Fulani persecutors, but there are also faithful Fulani followers of Christ who are themselves being persecuted,” said a VOM worker. “Pray that they will find encouragement in the Lord.”

(Source: vomradio.net)


Nigeria: Abel

Abel with an audio Bible

Abel, a young man in Nigeria, got a phone call one day from a former classmate. The old friend invited Abel to lunch. He said he wanted to find out how Abel was doing.

But the phone call was a set-up. While they were talking at a café, a van drove up. Abel’s brother and two other men jumped out and forced Abel into the van.

The men were angry because Abel had decided to leave Islam and follow Jesus. (Islam is the religion of Muslims.) They locked him in a room for two weeks with very little food, then ordered him to return to Islam.

But Abel had seen Jesus in a dream, then studied the Bible and learned about Christianity from a pastor. He had given his life to Christ and trusted Him as his Savior. “I am not going back to Islam, because what I have seen is the truth, and I have made up my mind to stand on that truth,” Abel told his captors. Then the persecutors left him alone in the room.

Abel’s mother heard about his situation and sent her daughter to unlock the door where Abel was held. He was free!

Now Abel distributes audio Bibles and helps other new Christians stand firm in their faith. The new Christians trust him because he has overcome many of the same obstacles they have faced.

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

To Think About
What obstacles have you or our family faced in your lives? Is there someone else facing the same obstacle that you could help in their difficult time?


Nigeria: Terrorists Seek Forgiveness

Boko Haram fighters

Boko Haram is a group of violent Muslim fighters who attack Christians, churches, villages, and houses. They have kidnapped children and driven families from their homes.

But a surprising event happened in May. Seventeen Boko Haram fighters said they realized that Boko Haram is “serving the course of the devil.” They turned themselves in to the Nigerian military and asked for forgiveness for the pain they had caused others.

The fighters said they had been forced to join Boko Haram after their town was raided four years ago. Now they want out.

The former fighters are not yet Christians. Pray they will also surrender to Jesus and follow Him. Pray that more fighters will give up their violent ways. Pray for true peace for Nigerians.

(Source: icommittopray.com)

To Talk About
*If you were a Nigerian Christian, would you want to forgive the fighters who left their violent lifestyles?
*Is there anyone that you think does not deserve forgiveness?
*Do you know any Bible verses about forgiveness?


Nigeria: Christian Girl Still Captive

Leah (Source: World Watch Monitor)

Leah Sharibu is still in captivity almost four months after Boko Haram kidnapped her and 109 other school girls from their school in Nigeria. (Boko Haram is a Muslim terrorist group.) Most of the girls were allowed to go home after about four weeks. But five had died, and Leah is still being held.

She is believed to be the only Christian among those who were kidnapped. One of the girls who was released said that Leah has not been freed because she refuses to deny Jesus.

Pray that Leah will remain strong in her faith and will stay close to Jesus during her captivity. Also pray that she will be released soon, and that God will strengthen her family members who are waiting for her to come home. Pray that the kidnappers will be inspired by Leah’s faith and will seek to know the God she serves.

(Source: icommittopray.com)