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Nigeria: Visit Cut Short

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Earlier this month, workers from The Voice of the Martyrs visited Nigeria to help and encourage Christians there. A radical Muslim group called Boko Haram ordered Christians to leave northern Nigeria, and radicals have attacked Christians and churches. (Northern Nigeria is mostly Muslim, and the south is mostly Christian.)

However, Nigerian Christians asked the VOM workers to leave before their visit was over. In addition to the unrest caused by Muslim attacks, some citizens were protesting high gasoline prices. The Nigerians feared the airport would close and the workers would be trapped in the country.

Please pray for Christians in northern Nigeria who must wonder if they might be the target of future attacks. Pray for VOM workers who will continue to help and encourage Nigerian Christians in future visits.


Nigerian Beads Activity

Nigeria

Nigeria

Needed: 1-inch by 8 1/2-inch strips of colorful paper (magazine pages, gift wrap, origami paper, wallpaper samples, or construction paper); straws; tape; yarn, ribbon, fishing line, or thin wire; buttons, metal washers, macaroni, paper clips, or sequins

To make Nigerian “beads,” place a straw on one end of a paper strip, perpendicular to the strip. Fold the end of the strip over the straw and tape it to the strip. Roll up the straw in the paper to the other end of the strip. Tape the end shut, and gently pull the straw out.

Repeat with more strips. String the “beads” on yarn, ribbon, fishing line, or thin wire. You may string other objects between the beads, such as buttons, macaroni, metal washers, paper clips, or sequins.

Note: If you want to make a “witness chain,” make your beads yellow, black, red, white, and green. Yellow represents heaven, where God lives and everything is perfect. Black stands for sin, which is not allowed in heaven. Red symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed to save those who believe in him so they can be with him in heaven forever. White represents the clean heart of those who admit their sin to God, believe in his Son, Jesus, and call on him to save them from sin. Green is the color of growing things. Our relationship with God grows when we pray, read the Bible, gather with other believers for worship, and share the good news of Jesus with others.


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What Time Is It?

At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 1:00 p.m. in Nigeria. What time is it now where you live? Draw two clocks. Draw hands on one clock to show the time where you are. Draw hands on the other clock to show the time in Nigeria. What do you think children in Nigeria might be doing right now? Please pray for them.


Nigeria

Nigeria

Nigeria

HOSTILE

Capital
Abuja

Size
In area, Nigeria is larger than Texas and smaller than Alaska. Nigeria has the largest population of any country in Africa. Source: CIA Factbook

Main Languages
English, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and Fulani.

Time
At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 1 p.m. in Nigeria.

Interesting Fact
Names of some places in Nigeria are palindromes — they are spelled the same forward and backward. Some of Nigeria’s palindrome place names are: Elebele, Izzi, Kulluk, Okomoko, Akataka, and Efife.
History
Nigeria became independent from Britain in 1960. Greed and dishonesty have kept Nigeria from being a more successful country. Some Nigerians try to get money from people all over the world by sending dishonest e-mails that ask for money and falsely promise rewards. Others find different ways to try to cheat people. Honest Nigerians hope their country will improve.

Religion
Northern Nigeria is mostly Muslim, and the south is mostly Christian.

Persecution
In many places in Nigeria, it is not always safe to be a Christian. A radical Muslim group, Boko Haram, attacks and kidnaps Christians and others they don’t agree with. Many children have lost parents in the attacks.