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Inspired Through Trial By Faith of Abedini’s

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Barbara Warren (Indiana USA)

My husband has Parkinson’s Disease and sometimes it is very heart wrenching and frustrating. I have had to assume a lot of responsibilities that he always has taken care of.  It is a very lonely job, even though we do have loving children.  We also have lost several family members in the last few years.

Whenever I get particularly sad or frustrated, I think of Pastor Saeed.  He is the same age as one of our sons and his children are close to the ages of our grandchildren.  We think of him and his family often.  We pray that the Lord will use him mightily in the prison.  We know that the Lord holds the keys to Saeed’s prison even as he did Paul’s, Silas’ and Peter’s. We know that Saeed will not spend one more day in that prison
than the Lord wants/needs him to.

God rescued Paul and Silas and Peter in dramatic ways when their mission was completed in the prison. I think of the Jailor who is in Heaven because Paul and Silas were in that prison. We know that Saeed has led many to Christ even as he is imprisoned. He is uniquely equipped to carry out this mission since he knows the language and customs of the people with whom he is imprisoned.

To us, Saeed and his family are Christian heroes.  They inspire us so much.
May the Lord bless them and all who stand with them during this trial.

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Dear sister, thank you for sharing and know that we will be praying strength, comfort and peace for you and your husband. We agree that God holds the key to Saeed’s prison cell and is always with him. We pray Saeed remains strong as he carries out this important mission.

VOP Project Team

Tell Pastor Saeed that we understand, and we will pick up the cross and follow Christ as he has.

Join in this project to let the Abedini’s know how they have inspired or renewed your faith. Each testimony will be a source of encouragement to them and the Body of Christ. When the family is reunited, we will gather the stories to be published in a book and presented to them as an appreciation for their steadfast faith. Together, we will be able to provide a little insight into how God has worked through them to be a blessing to more than they realize.  Add your testimony below. If your church has been active in praying for this persecuted family, inform them of this special mission so they too can share their thoughts and be an encouragement.

Be encouraged, view submitted testimonies HERE 

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Five Middle Eastern Patriarchs Visit North Iraq in Solidarity With Christians – no to sectarian militias

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From left: Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II Karim, Patriarch Louis Rafael Sako, Patriarch Bechara Boutros AlRai, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Youna, Patriarch Gregorius III Lahham. Photo from AINA

(AINA) — Five patriarchs of Middle Eastern Churches visited north Iraq yesterday to support the Assyrian Christians, who have been driven from their homes and villages by the Islamic State (ISIS) and whose religious institutions have been destroyed and occupied.

The Patriarchs were:

  • Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros AlRai
  • Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Ephrem II Karim
  • Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Rafael Sako
  • Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorius III Lahham
  • Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mor Ignatius Joseph III Youna

The delegation was flown to Arbel in a private jet donated by the former president of the Industrialists Association, Jacques Sarraf.

Accompanying the Patriarchs were Harith Shihab, member of the Islamic-Christian dialogue committee, Father Paul Karam, head of Caritas Lebanon, Monsignor Joseph AlBawary, Director of the Catholic Information Center and Father Abdo Abu Kasem.

The delegation was received at the airport by the KRG Minister of Interior Karim Sinjari, the Governor of Arbel Nozad Hadi and a number of officials.

The Delegation’s first stop was the city of Ankawa, where 70,000 Assyrians have sought refuge, swelling the city’s population to 100,000. The next stop was the headquarters of the Chaldean Diocese and Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese in Arbel, where the delegation was briefed on the situation of the refugees.

The mission of the Patriarchs is to assess the state of the refugees from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain and to formulate a plan to deliver aid, as well as pressure Western and Middle Eastern governments to commit to returning the refugees to their homes.

The Patriarchs offered prayers as they visited the refugees and together recited the Lord’s Prayer in Syriac (Aramaic), the language of Jesus Christ.

Patriarch AlRai said the Assyrian Christian refugees are the indigenous people and he does not call them a minority, because this is their land and they must return to it.

Absent from the delegation was the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, His Holiness Dinkha IV, who could not travel because of ill health. -AINA

Erbil (Agenzia Fides) – The defense of the attacked is an absolute right. But only “the forces of the State should take charge of this defense”, while the creation of differentiated militia on ethno-religious basis “can destroy Iraq”.
This is how – according to Lebanese sources – the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans Louis Raphael I expressed himself during his participation in the initiatives and meetings organized by the Delegation of the Patriarchs of the Eastern Churches that arrived on Wednesday, August 20 in Erbil, capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, to express their closeness to refugees from Mosul and other cities which have fallen under the control of the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate. On 18 August, the President of the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan Masud Barzani said he was willing to provide weapons to Christian volunteers to form self-defense militias with a mandate to defend their villages currently in the hands of the jihadists. The Chaldean Patriarch also added that in the present situation, speaking in constitutional terms, the proposal to establish an autonomous area in the Nineveh Plain for Christian populations has become possible and according to him “acceptabl e”, adding that such result is obtained “through dialogue and not through conflict”.
The delegation of the Patriarchs currently on a visit to Iraq are, besides the Chaldean Patriarch, the Maronite Bechara Boutros Rai, the Greek-Melkite Patriarch Gregorios III, the Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III and Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 21/08/2014)

Muslim Herdsmen in Nigeria Kill 18 Christians in Plateau, Kaduna States

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Nigeria (Morning Star News) – The 14 people killed in an attack by Muslim Fulani herdsmen last week in Plateau state were Christians killed for their faith, not cattlemen slain for their livestock, area Christians said.

In Yelwa, where Muslim Fulani cattlemen have largely replaced Christian ethnicities over the years by means of slash-and-shoot attacks, a throng of heavily armed herdsmen attacked the remnant Christian community in the early hours of Aug. 11, the sources said.

“These Muslim Fulani gunmen were more than 150, and they were armed,” a 40-year-old Christian from the village who fled to Jos told Morning Star News. “They attacked us in Yelwa. Many of the members of our community were killed by them. And they also burned down our houses. Those of us who survived had to run out of the village, some to Shendam town and others to places like Garkawa, Langtang, Pankshin or Jos.”

Yelwa is part of the Shendam Local Government Area in the southern part of Plateau state. On the same morning in Zarazong, in the Jos East Local Government Area, a group of gunmen killed two other Christians, and between the two villages 15 homes were burned down, sources said.

“The gunmen came into the village and began shooting indiscriminately – I saw two dead bodies as I tried escaping from our village,” said a 23-year-old woman of Zarazong whose name, like that of the previous source, is withheld for security reasons. “I cannot for now say who the victims are, as it was difficult for me to know who they are as I was running away. But, I know they are from our village. We are all Christians in our village and are members of COCIN [Church of Christ in Nations].”

Stories of cattle-rustling as a motive for the attacks seeped into the Nigerian press as a means of dousing potential religious conflict, but any stolen cattle was incidental to the attacks, sources said.

The Rev. Sonja Bewarang, chairman of the Plateau chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, confirmed the killings and house burnings.

“Information we have so far received from our pastors in the two attacked villages shows that two of our church members were killed in Zarazong and 12 in Yelwa,” Bewarang said. “We are yet to get the complete details about attacks because of the state of insecurity in the two areas, but I can confirm that all the victims of the attack are members of the Church of Christ in Nations.”

Bewarang said the church was saddened by unprovoked attacks on Christians in Plateau state.

“It is true that there were attacks on some of our villages on Monday, and we are saddened that these have continued without the Nigerian government doing anything to stem them,” Bewarang said.

A week before the attacks on the two villages, the Plateau state government disclosed that 13 years of unabated assaults on Christians have left thousands of widows and orphans. While receiving a conflict management delegation from the Netherlands, Olivia Dazyem, state commissioner for information, lamented that the state has been unable to access humanitarian assistance from the United Nations to alleviate the suffering of Christians.

“It is sad that the U.N. has not deemed it necessary to assist in ameliorating the plight of our orphans and widows caused by violent, religiously induced attacks on our people,” Dazyem said.

Emmanuel Abu, deputy superintendent of police at the Plateau State Police Command, said police had yet to obtain details of casualties in the two villages.

“The commissioner of police, Nasiru Oki, has deployed enough policemen to the villages under attack to control the security situation in both locations,” Abu told Morning Star News. “No arrest has been made yet, and we are doing everything possible to bring the culprits to book.”

Kaduna Attack

In Kaduna state, gunmen in the week hours of Aug. 8 attacked a Christian community in Gimi Dogara village, killing four Christians and setting fire to 15 houses, sources said.

A 47-year-old member of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ in the village who escaped the attack in the Sanga Local Government Area told Morning Star News that Muslim Fulani herdsmen came shooting and burning down homes. His name is withheld for security reasons.

Emmanuel Adamu, chairman of Sanga Local Government Council, confirmed the attack.

“Yes, it is true that there was an invasion of one our villages here in Sanga Local Government Area by Muslim gunmen who are Fulani herdsmen,” Adamu said. “The attack on Gimi Dogara village began at about 11 p.m. and lasted to about 4 a.m.,” he said.

The attack brings the casualty figure of murdered Christians in the area to more than 600 this year, with more than 2,000 Christians displaced in the southern part of the state, according to Christian leaders. Affected Christian communities include Fadan Karshi, Akuku, Ungwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata, Ungwar Kura, Manchok, Takad and Bondong, they said.

The communities are located in Kaura and Sanga Local Government Areas in the southern part of Kaduna state. In unprovoked attacks in the Sanga LGA, Muslim Fulani gunmen killed 200 Christians over four days, and no fewer than 150,000 of these Christian villagers were displaced. In Bondong, one of the affected Christian communities, 142 Christians alone were killed by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen, they said.

In the attacks in the Kaura LGA, in March alone about 2,000 Christians were displaced in an assault on three villages, an official of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) told Morning Star News.

“Two hundred forty houses were burnt, 119 Christians killed, and 22 were injured and hospitalized,” said Dogo Makama, executive secretary of the agency.

Among Christians killed in the Kaura attacks was the family of pastor Likita Riku of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Masankwai village. His wife and three children were killed and his church building burned down. Christian leaders in Kaduna state told Morning Star News that there have been more than 50 such unprovoked attacks on Christian communities the past three months.

“The Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Council can no longer be silent over the systematic and well-coordinated massacre of our people,” the Most Rev. Joseph Bagobiri, Catholic bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, and the Rt. Rev. Zakka Bonet, Anglican bishop of the same diocese, said in a statement on behalf of the council. “There have been as many as 51 separate, targeted attacks in many communities in southern Kaduna, including recent attacks on Takad and Moro’a communities. As a result of these attacks, not less than 600 persons, including old men, old women, young children and babies, are confirmed to have been murdered. Also, not less than 1,060 houses have been burned. Of necessity, tens of thousands of our people are now refugees in their own fathers’ land.”

The Christian leaders said the Nigerian government has done nothing to contain the onslaught by marauding Muslim Fulani herdsmen and described the killings as “genocide.”

They also said attacks on Christian communities in the area reached an alarming rate in March, when more than 148 Christians were killed on a single day.

“This genocide has reached an alarming scale with the recent massacre of 148 innocent lives in the single attack of Friday, March 14th, that ran through the early hours of Saturday, March 15,” they said. “With heavy hearts and great displeasure we condemn these murderous acts in the strongest possible term and wish to let the whole world know the truth of the predicament that has caught up with us.”

Bagobiri and Bonet listed some of the affected Christian villages attacked by the Muslim Fulani herdsmen as Ungwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata, and Ungwar Kura (where the 148 people were killed and more than 200 houses destroyed).

“In an earlier attack, a family of seven was wiped out in a heartless and gruesome murder,” they said.

The Christian leaders said neither the Nigerian nor the Kaduna state governments had done anything to check the attacks.

“Why is the government behaving as if they are working in concert with our killers to silence and wipe us out of existence?” they asked.

Security agents seem to be working in concert with some elements in the Nigerian military to attack Christian communities, they added.

“Ours is a double tragedy; we are victims both to the security agents and the Fulani terrorists,” they said. “It is worthy of note, shocking and sad to stress the fact that despite the recent despicable massacre, mass destruction of property and means of livelihood, no effort at all is been made at tracking down these murderers and arsonists who are still threatening the communities using the phones they took as loot during their raids.”

Ephraim Goje, another Christian leader in the area, described the Fulani attacks as a jihad.

“The Fulanis have declared a jihad on Christians of southern Kaduna and other parts of Nigeria, evidenced by this genocide in Bondong village, and the murders in Benue, Plateau, and Taraba states, among others,” he told Morning Star News.

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“It is worrying to see Boko Haram trying to conquer territories”, said the Archbishop of Lagos

alfred_adewale_martins-300x300Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – “The Boko Haram insurgency is becoming even more worrisome that they were trying to “conquer” territories that the military have to try and liberate”, said His Exc. Mgr. Alfred Adewale Martins, Archbishop of Lagos in a statement entitled “Take to heart” with regards to the recent events which have seen Boko Haram taking control of some villages in the north of Nigeria and a series of suicide bombings committed by women also. In this regard, Mgr. Martin says that “it is most disheartening to see women and children blowing themselves up in the guise of fighting a religious war”.
Mgr. Martins also appeals to Nigerians not to despair for the spread of Ebola that is creating serious concern in Nigeria and neighboring Countries. Cameroon has blocked land borders, sea and air with Nigeria to prevent the spread of the disease. Cameroon welcomes tens of thousands of Nigerians fleeing the violence of Boko Haram. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 19/08/2014)

Christian leaders in Pakistan: “The international community must wake up”

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – Condemnation regarding the violence and the massive migration of Iraqi Christians; appeal to the international community to ensure safety to all religious minorities in Iraq: is what Christian Pakistani leaders gathered in Lahore in recent days for an interfaith meeting dedicated to the dramatic situation in Iraq ask for.

As Fides learns, Christian leaders of different confessions were present. They all agreed to point out that Christians have been in Iraq since the first century after Christ, and there the apostles Thomas and Thaddeus preached the faith of Christ, therefore they have the right to inhabit the land as all others, Muslims or other religions. 
Rev. Shahhid Meraj, of the Church of Pakistan (Anglican Community), dean of the Cathedral of Lahore, has asked the government of Pakistan to officially condemn the killing of Iraqi Christians and other minorities, helping to ensure the end of cruelty. 
“The international community must wake up and protect the right of every human being to live according to their beliefs”, he said.

The Church of Pakistan in this period has prayed for religious minorities in Iraq, for the people of Palestine and Kashmir and for those who are suffering in Pakistan. 
The Catholic, Fr. Inayat Bernard, rector of St. Mary Seminary in Lahore, thanked Pope Francis, who showed his concern towards Christians and all other religious minorities in Iraq.
Special prayers were raised for justice in Pakistan and for the freedom of every person to profess their faith. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 20/08/2014)

VICTORY! A Christian pastor released from prison, in Tibet

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ASIA/NEPA: Kathmandu (Agenzia Fides) – Protestant Pastor Chhedar Bhote Lhomi, 37, was freed from blame and released from prison, he is now free after a bad experience of detention.

As Fides learns, the Pastor lives in a remote area of Nepal, where he had started a Christian community that met regularly. He was jailed in October 2012 on charges of “beef consumption” although he carried out his service in an area of Nepal where this custom is normally permitted (in other parts of the country local Hindus do not eat beef because cattle are considered sacred).

In the fall of 2012 the Pastor had been accused by some local Hindus of having eaten “forbidden meat” and a mob had attacked him ravaging and destroying his home. The Pastor was arrested by the police, leaving his family (wife and three children) in the direst poverty.

A court recently declared that Pastor Chhedar is “not guilty” and ordered his release. The Pastor said he will continue to pray and proclaim Christ on the heights of Tibet. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 19/08/2014)

Take time to praise and worship the Lord. This victory is His! Keep Pastor Chhedar in your prayers as he proclaims the Gospel in Tibet.

Massacre in Predominantly Christian Gwoza, Nigeria Said to Leave 100 Dead

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Nigeria (Morning Star News) – After weeks of sacking villages and destroying church buildings around Nigeria’s northeastern town of Gwoza, Islamic extremist group Boko Haram on Wednesday (Aug. 6) killed an estimated 100 people in the predominantly Christian town, sources said.

The shooting, fire-bombing and slashing of men, women and children in Gwoza, Borno state, as initially the military reportedly fled before an insurgent force backed by international terrorist groups, began at about 4 a.m., producing eyewitness assertions that Boko Haram, which seeks to impose sharia (Islamic law) throughout Nigeria, had taken control of the town of more than 276,000 people. Local residents reportedly said at least 100 people had been killed.

The full magnitude of the attack and the Nigerian military response was unknown as most sources have been forced to flee to Cameroon or Adamawa state, but on the initial day of the assault Pirda Tada, a Christian resident of Saha village, told Morning Star News that Boko Haram gunmen arrived in Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and attacked houses with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and fuel-bombs.

“I thank God for sparing my life, but three of my neighbors and members of our church were killed during the attack,” Tada said. “These Christians in our village had their throats slit with knives while their hands were tied behind their backs. Some houses were bombed as the Boko Haram gunmen were chanting, ‘God is great!’ in Arabic.”

Six Christians were killed at Saha village, and the insurgents destroyed houses and shops and burned the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) building in Pegi Barawa village, Tada said. Boko Haram rebels on July 19 had attacked Saha and Pegi Barawa village, near Gwoza; six Christians were reported to have been killed in Saha village.

Francis Mbala of Gwoza confirmed that Boko Haram attacked Saha and Pegi Barawa this week.

“The COCIN church and some houses and shops were burned down,” he told Morning Star News.

Since December, Boko Haram has also attacked in the Gwoza area the villages of Mainok, Barawa, Chinne, Arbakko, Attagara, Ngoshe, Klala, Kunde, Hembe, Gathahure, Klala, Himbe, Amuda, Agapalawa, Ashigashiya, and Chikedeh, Mbala said.

John Gula, a leader in the Christian community in Gwoza, told Morning Star News by phone that 42 Christians were killed at Attagara village; 24 in Agajara; four in Angurva; 20 in Agapalwa; one in Amuda; three in Alavawa; 13 in Chinene; three in Arboko; one in Ashigashiya; and one in Ngoshe.

It is estimated that more than 300,000 Christians have been displaced from the greater area, forcing many to flee to neighboring Cameroon.

In December Christian leaders had reported plans by Boko Haram to attack Christian communities in Gwoza. COCIN leaders and the denomination’s Gwoza District Church Council (DCC), in collaboration with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Gwoza, sent a petition to the Borno state government and security agencies reporting a threatening letter that Boko Haram had sent to Christian communities in Gwoza.

“You have been fleeing your homes, but we are still pursuing you, because the soldiers with you people cannot protect you,” the letter reads. “Your lives, farmlands and other property are also not safeguarded. Allah willing, we shall not fail to attack your communities and the listed churches in this letter.”

In December 2013, 15 Christians were killed, 274 houses were burned and 12 church buildings were destroyed by Boko Haram gunmen, the Christian leaders wrote in their letter. Yakubu Toeye, a Christian from Gwoza, told Morning Star News that the 12 church buildings destroyed in December were located in the Gwoza hills settlements of Kunde, Hembe, Gathahure, Himbe and Klala.

The Rev. Joel Y. Ndirmbita, secretary of the COCIN DCC, signed the petition calling attention to the plight of Christians in Gwoza area.

“We consider it an onerous task to bring to your notice an attempt and grand design to wipe us, Christians, from the face of the earth by some who claim to be members of the Boko Haram sect,” Ndirmbita and others wrote. “Boko Haram has perfected plans to launch an attack against us as contained in their threat letter of July 8, 2013, and addressed it to various churches in the Gwoza Local Council…They have now commenced … by attacking us and uprooting crops on our farmlands and spraying them with chemicals.”

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Young Believer Inspired To Pray By Faith of Abedini’s

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Evelyn (Columbus, MS)

Dear Saeed Abedini,

My name is Evelyn, I am 11 years old. My family and I pray for you every day. We pray for your wife and children too. Sometimes I think how it would feel for my dad to be in prison, I would feel very sad.

This time is a time for you and your family to trust in the Lord Jesus, and for me to trust that the Lord will deliver you from this time by setting you free or taking you to be with him in his perfect heaven. I will keep praying for you and your family.  I can’t wait to see you in heaven!!!!!!!!!

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Thank you, Evelyn for sharing your prayers and letting the Abedini’s know that you care for them.

Trusting in God can be very hard for us. But HE knows the end from the beginning and goes with us through the storm. Though in our human ability it may be hard to understand, God must have a very good reason for allowing Pastor Saeed to remain in prison.

God knows Saeed will be faithful to share the Gospel and the love of Christ with prisoners who don’t know Jesus. HE is making a way for them to be found in Christ; not wanting any to perish. Hallelujah! 

Together, we will keep praying for Pastor Saeed to be released and reunited with his family very soon. We must remember that our Father in Heaven loves us very much. And that HE is a sovereign God in control of all things—even in a prison cell.

To the glory of God, keep trusting in the Lord with all your heart and He will guide your path wherever He takes you.

God bless you, dear sister.

Lois Kanalos, Founder/Advocate

Join in this project to let the Abedini’s know how they have inspired or renewed your faith. Each testimony will be a source of encouragement to them and the Body of Christ. When the family is reunited, we will gather the stories to be published in a book and presented to them as an appreciation for their steadfast faith. Together, we will be able to provide a little insight into how God has worked through them to be a blessing to more than they realize.  Add your testimony below. If your church has been active in praying for this persecuted family, inform them of this special mission so they too can share their thoughts and be an encouragement.

Be encouraged, view submitted testimonies HERE 

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Displaced Nigerian Christians Vow Return To Worship God In Attacked Village

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By VOP Nigerian Correspondent

Gwoza Local Government Area, Nigeria(Voice of the Persecuted) Brave Christian leaders from Attagara who had been displaced by Islamic insurgents after a brutal attack, vowed to return—resolute to worship the Lord in their respective churches. Our Foreign correspondent gathered that over 340 Christians from a refugee camp in Cameroon, came back to Attagara village and resumed church services and worshiped on Sunday August 3, 2014.

One worshiper said, “How can we stop worshiping God because of persecution?”

The deadly attack which began on June 1, 2014 and lasted for 3 days, lead to the displacement of over 7,000 Christians to neighboring Cameroon. Islamic insurgents had rounded up Christians and shot them in the cold-blooded attack. See our June report NIGERIA: Women bury over 40 children after massive attack on Christians

It was stated that the Christian community received no help except for that of local Christians to ease the suffering of the residents, who were mainly women and children. This claim was also confirmed by a leader of the Attagara Development Association. He explained that the only help that reached the displaced villagers were contributions from area Christians immediately following the attack. The funds were equally disbursed to Christians who had been trapped in the hills without food and to those in makeshift camps in Cameroon. “Anything outside of this is not true,” he added.

The returning Christians were unable to go back to their farms and businesses, due to the threat of another attack by Boko Haram insurgents. But they said, “We’re looking up to God for help to survive.” Our correspondent was told none of the returning Christians were willing to go back to the Cameroon refugee camp. “We better die here,” one member said.

In a phone interview with a church leader, it was confirmed that over 200 Christians came to worship at EYN (The Church of the Brethren) LCC Attagara. EYN Angurva had over 100 brethren in the service and EYN Aganjara saw 40 worshipers in attendance.

Left homeless, Christians  sharing food at refugee camp

Left homeless, Christians sharing food at refugee camp

UPDATE: Returning Attagara Christians Suffer Another Attack By Boko Haram

The return of Christians restarting worship services to honor God, angered the insurgents who had forced them to flee the area in June. They sent in an agent to spy on the village to observe if it was being protected by the military. The Christians keeping watch, sighted and caught the operative; then handed him and his weapons over to military personnel.

On August 5, 2014, dressed in military uniforms, the Islamic militants returned riding 3 per seat on motorcycles. They captured and brutally slaughtered Peter Talaka, a dedicated Christian who had been active in church planting.

nigeriachildwarOne eye witness said, “I saw over 23 motorcycles, The militants were carrying AK 47’s, each chanting “Allahu Akbar.” They went straight to the newly rebuilt church and burnt it. After looting anything of value, they set the remaining houses on fire destroying everything. While the Christians were fleeing, a few were brave enough to report the attack to the military. They then courageously guided the soldiers in apprehending the insurgents.

The pursuit by the Christians and soldiers forced the insurgents to drop 6 of the motorcycles and weapons. One of the Christians told our correspondent, “We handed them over to the military who then burnt all the motorcycles.”

Once again, the returning Christians were displaced from their village. But the majority of the young Christian men promised to stay on until the day God called them to Glory.

©Voice of the Persecuted. (VOP)  Article may be reprinted with credit to Voice of the Persecuted

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