Pray for the people of Nigeria. Just this week, on Monday night, a group of Muslim militants — known as Boko Haram — burst into a secondary school and kidnapped hundreds of girls. Boko Haram is known for opposing “Western education.” (HT: NPR)
Levels of violence against Christians in 2013 remained extremely high, with hundreds of cases of physical aggression, the destruction of nearly 300 churches and the death of 612 Nigerian Christians. Pentecostal leader, the Rev. Faye Pama Musa, was shot dead by two suspected Boko Haram members. However, violence from this Islamic terrorist group is not the only form of persecution. Local government and social groups leave hardly any space for Christians to live their own lives; many Christian villages are denied basic facilities, such as wells and schools.
- For God’s Spirit to be at work, comforting families who have suffered trauma or loss.
- Thank God for the generous gifts of Open Doors supporters to widows and orphans.
- For the protection of the Open Doors team as they take Bibles, relief and training to believers in need.
Quick Facts About Nigeria:
Government: Federal republic
Main Religion: Islam/Christianity
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism