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“Terror,Blood and Death of Christians” When Will It Stop?

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My heart is breaking.  We have spent countless hours on video conference calls, and phone conversations with our brethren in Nigeria and Pakistan.  Two countries, our Lord has laid on our hearts to intervene and bring hope. We have listened to heartbreaking story after story of the desperation, the untold death and suffering.  We comfort those who have fled, forced to leave loved ones behind. The sorrow and helplessness in their voices digs at our very soul.  But we do this with great love and joy as our Lord commanded us, but at times we shed uncontrollable tears. And today is one of those times.

As I look at videos and pictures of the achievements and growth of a family that we are aiding, I hear sadness in the father’s voice. He is alone, without his family, not by choice but a situation forced on him through extreme persecution.

A short while later I reviewed videos of another sort—the death and destruction carried out by evil men and my soul cries out like theirs does.  One on the frontlines was literally broken for a time.  The sights of brutal slayings, wails of brokenhearted and lives forever turned upside down, proving too much for his mind and soul to process—literally unable to speak of it.  He even began questioning his own faith.  After much prayer and comfort from God, he is healing with a renewed spirit and sense of commitment.

We could share all the details that would break your heart in two, but for fear for our brothers and sisters safety, the risk is too great.  But know this, their suffering is real, their tears are real, what they are witnessing is real.  Traumatized until they reach the Kingdom of Heaven and all sorrow is wiped from their eyes.

The shock and pain the children are enduring is impossible for us to recognize in the West.  Our precious brethren in Nigeria and Pakistan wonder, “Do our brethren in the West even know, do they care?” They wonder what would it be like to live in a country where you can walk the streets without fear. Never needing to look over your shoulder, or fearing what awaits around the next corner. To live in a nation not bombarded by targeted attacks month after month, week after week. No need to flee their home to find safe places, as they pass the dead careful to avoid bodies strewn along the path. Why can’t it be this way in their own country, their generational homeland, they don’t want to leave.  “We just want to live in Peace.”

I want to share their story, but must do so with discernment.

Recently, we learned of 2 men who were captured by the Boko Haram. They were given the options, convert or die.  In fear, one converted, but they killed him anyway stating, “We will send you to Allah without sin.”  The other refused to denounce Christ. As they butchered him, he began preaching the Gospel. He begged them not to kill him, not because he was afraid, but because in his words, “You will be judged for this, please don’t do it.”  He had that much forgiveness and love for his attackers.

One dear soul tells of a vision that keeps him going, a vision from God of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Those of you that share the gifts of prayer and hope, letters, and donations mean so much to those persecuted.  One day soon they will be able to tell their stories.  But as for now I can only ask that God would allow me to take their pain from them, if only for a moment to allow them comfort.

What if each one of us did this every day, or even once a week?  Asking God to give us for a time, the pain of one who suffers allowing them to heal and feel peace.  Could you handle it?  Could you handle the shock, the pain, the sorrow, the helplessness and hopelessness that they feel every day even for a moment?  What if we took 5 minutes even 10, every day to pray and intercede (to act or interpose on behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition) in this manner?  I believe the healing that would go forth would amaze.

We don’t normally share video’s that portray horrific images, but I turned to this video by accident which normally I will shut off rather than watch. I already hear firsthand these stories vividly in the lives of our brethren, but this time it was as if God said No, you will watch and then share it.  Right now, if God is speaking to your heart to intercede for them—watch this video from Nigeria. It’s 2 years old and at present it is much more volatile.  Please use discretion, the video is very graphic and not for the faint of heart. Afterwards, spend time with God asking “What can I do?” Let us know how God is using or moving you for care for these dear ones.

C. Refsland, VOP Advocate/News Analyst

WARNING! VERY GRAPHIC VIDEO BY CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AMERICANS

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10 Comments

  1. mtnwolf63 says:

    Reblogged this on mtnwolf63 and commented:
    “Terror, Blood and Death of Christians” When Will It Stop?

  2. messenger says:

    When will it stop? Read the fifth seal in Revelation, it gives a very clear understanding of what we are up against and when it will all be over. Thanks

  3. me the worst christian will leave this scripture with you in hopes if may go through to those who are the best Christians suffering persecution for Jesus Christ’s holy name
    You see we are NOT complete without you over there . Stand fast and remember Stephen’s confession to those that stoned him . It is indeed those Christians over there and we Christians that are in the WEST that are POOR
    Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us

    Luk_23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
    Act 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
    Act 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
    Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
    Heb 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
    Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
    Heb 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
    Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
    Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

    Lam 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
    Lam 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

  4. reesm52013r says:

    I am not shocked by the video, I have now seen worse than I ever imagined man could do to man, but I am hurting, I pray practically every day for the persecuted church, but I don’t know how to pray any more. I speak of the horrors that I have seen and heard to the Lord and plead with him for help for my brothers and sisters, asking that the world would help these very desperate people; how can the world know of these atrocities and not want to help? I cry before the Lord for their suffering and cannot imagine how they cope with the fear, the loss, the pain. I feel I want to go and hug them, but what good would that do, I hate knowing that they think we don’t care, when some of us really do care about what is happening. I will continue to pray because I know somehow it makes a difference if we all pray and lift these brothers and sisters to the Lord, but sometimes I cannot bear the agony of just seeing what they suffer any more and feeling so helpless. God help them.

    • thedmancometh says:

      I too have a very difficult time trying to know how to pray because I can’t understand why God lets it continue,but I must just accept it.

  5. kristiann1 says:

    This sounds like a Christian Holocaust in the middle east!! We NEED to PRAY for our Brothers and Sisters in YESHUA-JESUS CHRIST NOW!!

    Because of Judaism we have Christianity!!

    Real Christians and Jews STAND with Israel-Yisrael and the USA!!

    Love Always, YSIC \o/

    Kristi

  6. thedmancometh says:

    We are told over and over again that all Muslims are not bad.However there is no such thing applied to the Christians in the middle east and elsewhere as well as Jews,they are all to be killed according to Islam.

    • reesm52013r says:

      IT IS NOT A QUESTION OF THE MUSLIMS BEING GOOD OR BAD, IT IS A QUESTION OF THEM BEING DECEIVED BY THE ENEMY OF OUR LORD, AND HIS HATRED COMING THROUGH MAN BECAUSE THEY ARE IN HIS GRIP, JUST AS GOODNESS COMES THROUGH US BECAUSE WE ARE THE LORD’S. PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS BROTHER, AS BROTHER BLAINE SAID RECENTLY FORGIVENESS BREAKS THE POWER OF HELL. WORTH IT, DON’T YOU THINK?

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