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Muslims Burn 69 Churches; Christians Forgive

Bibles were burned during the violent riot attacks on churches in Niger. Christian homes and schools were also attacked

Bibles were burned during the violent riot attacks on churches in Niger. Christian homes and schools were also attacked

“The Lord is training us; He’s building us. There cannot be increase without hardships. If you want to go to the next level you have to go through hardship.”

Threats continue as Christians in Niger pray for revival and the rebuilding of destroyed churches.

Niger: It took only a few hours, but it was enough time for hundreds of radical Muslims in Niger, West Africa, to destroy dozens of churches and several Christian homes. Ten people lost their lives and hundreds were injured when Muslim mobs went on the deadly rampage in early January.

Now, three months later, Christians living there are moving forward, determined to still preach the Gospel despite the dangers.

CBN News has obtained exclusive, never-seen-before video of dozens of these angry Muslims attacking, then burning Pastor Musa Issa’s church.

“They took pews, Bibles, chairs and sound equipment then set them on fire,” Issa, pastor of Bethel Horizon Church in Niamey the capital city, said. “They did this while chanting, ‘Allahu Akbar!’ I felt so sad. I started to cry.”

Wrestling Against Principalities

The cell phone video also shows the crowd beating a member of Issa’s church. READ MORE

Another Young girl suicide bomber kills five in Nigeria

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Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – A girl thought to be as young as seven-years-old on Sunday killed herself and five others in a suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria as President Goodluck Jonathan conceded his government had underrated the capacity of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.  (Read More)

Another young girl this time as young as 7 years old.   Our hearts go out to the family of this child and the families of the victims.  It’s becoming common place for this demoniacal band to use children.  As we reported in the past, Boko Haram will kill men, and kidnap the wives and children.  Indoctrinating these precious children with a satanic ideology that teaches them to kill.  Or worse, they take an innocent child and strap a bomb to them and set them off in the market place.  In addition to the five that were killed, 19 were injured.

“Potiskum is the largest city in Yobe state with booming business in the area. It has one of the largest Cattle markets in Africa and the largest in West Africa. Most of the cattle are transported to other parts of the country”  It’s seen it’s share of sorrow and attacks from Boko Haram.

  • On 3 November 2014, at least 30 people were killed as the result of a suicide bombing at a Shia Muslim religious procession at Faydia Islamic school.
  • On 10 November 2014, over 40 students were killed by a suicide bomber during a student assembly at the Government Science Secondary School.”
  • On 11 January 2015, four people were killed and over 40 were injured at Kasuwar Jagwal GSM market after an attack by two female suicide bombers, one of whom appeared to be about 15 years old.
  • A car bombing on the same day killed 2 and wounded 1 at the Divisional Police Station

Boko Haram has launched a fierce attack on Maiduguri recently and as we reported cut all roads off but one.  It has put the approx. 200,000 Christians there on edge and in danger of attack.

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Goodluck Jonathon said today that his government underestimated the threat of Boko Haram.  Cameroon, Chad and Niger have sent their militaries to Nigeria to combat Boko Haram.  France is visiting Nigeria and urging Nigeria to commit to fully combating the savage group.  “It is necessary that there be full commitment from Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram,” he told reporters during a press conference in Niger’s capital, Niamey.  France is offering intelligence sharing and other assistance to the 3 armies.

The presidential election is still 4 weeks away, and what was said a month ago to be a neck and neck race is turning it seems for Buhari, an ex-military dictator.

It seems as if the media is uplifting him.  As we have said before he has a very checkered past.  He led Nigeria after a coup, until he himself was ousted.  According to a report from NBC Human-rights groups have accused Buhari’s regime of crushing political dissent and installing harsh military values into civilian life.”A lot of journalists and civil society campaigners were arrested and thrown in jail without a trial,” Nigerian author and historian Max Siollun told NBC News. “This was either because they were critical of the government of accused of fomenting dissent among opposition groups.” (More

He has promised to crush Boko Haram, something that until now has not been done.  Millions are throwing their vote to him because of this promise.  Nigerians are weary, the slaughter and sorrow they have seen is immeasurable and would break a seasoned war veteran. They have endured so much suffering.  Christians especially.  Two Million are displaced and hundreds of thousands have been killed.

  • Pray for Nigeria, pray for the election to be peaceful.
  • Pray for knowledge wisdom and guidance to the people as they elect their leader.
  • Pray for protection and for God to intervene.
  • Pray for Comfort for the suffering.
  • Pray for all the children held captive by Boko Haram to be released
  • Pray for the widows and their children
  • Pray for the Clergy there for strength and courage in their ministry to the suffering

By C. Refsland/L. Kanalos VOP Advocates

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Boko Haram Violence: Can Nigeria and regional forces defeat the jihadist group?

Nigerian Christians-The Wearing Down Of The Saints

Members of self-defence groups against Boko Haram to Gombi in February 2015. (VOA-Wikimedia commons)

Members of self-defence groups against Boko Haram to Gombi in February 2015. (VOA-Wikimedia commons)

As violence escalates, threats abound and body counts rise, we pour over reports from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon for the latest on the developments in in the fight against Boko Haram. We see nations joining together in this fight, governments accusing one another, allegations of corruption and all manner of evil being manifest.  Threats of evil growing and threats to conform nations to world views.

What else are we witnessing?  The faithful being led to slaughter as lambs.  The heartbreaking grief of their families. The world with it’s watchful eyes, some in shock, some in fear, some in disbelief.  We watch the faith of our brethren in the midst of evil, in spite of the fear they face.  We see them crying out to the global community for help.  Crying out to the world body of Christians for prayer.

In a report shared by BBC, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos said 

“Brothers and sisters, there is no better time to storm the heavens with prayers and petitions than now.”

What we are seeing particularly in larger areas like Maidaguri is the wearing down of the Saints.  How in their attempts to praise and thank God for His love and guidance, they are prevented from gathering in houses of worship. They are fearful not only for their lives, but for the life of their Nation.  Neighboring countries have united and are beginning to combat this evil with reports that 300 Boko Haram have been killed just in the last hours.  Recently, Maidaguri has come under attack with threats of being taken over by Boko Haram.

And as in this report that we received from Fr. Gideon Obasogie states, Christians in the capital city (Maidaguri)  are really paying the price for their faith.   Their movements are so restricted they cannot even have a sound gathering on a Sunday to thank God for his love thus far and most particularly to pray for peaceful elections. The threats and distractions have become totally unbearable. The ferocious attempt by the unrepentant radical Islamist militants, Boko Haram to overrun the capital city of Maiduguri has been very frightening. I wonder and sometimes I am forced to think aloud, when will this culture of savagery and bloodletting end.   Is it that as a Nation we lack the inner capacity to abate it?    With the recent waves of attacks, there is so much fear and tension in the air. With the  Polls drawing ever close we see all sorts of personalities with well fashioned and designed promises too good to be taken as true; trooping into Maiduguri and the northeast, not to identify with us in our plight but to beg for our votes. 

Nigerians are beginning to feel like pawns in a vicious lethal game, not knowing who to trust.  It is very encouraging to know that neighboring governments are rallying together to combat this. But it’s discouraging that  promises and visits from dignitaries are not addressing the plight of the millions that have been displaced in a blatant disregard for human life and dignity.  We have reported that the refugee camps are grossly neglected.  They are infiltrated with rebels from Nigeria to Yemen.  Rebels use these camps as recruiting tools, even kidnapping, sex traffic and arms trades, with some reporting that there are sleeper cells living with the refugees.  The camps are very dangerous causing many refugees to flee into the bush with out even the basic of supplies to sustain them.

We received a report from our contact who recently visited a refugee camp and the testimonies are heart wrenching.   Sharing with the refugee’s what little they had,  they were told this:  “I have been here for 10 months without meat, produce, nor salt to put in our soups.”  These precious people also said to pray hard for normalcy to returned to the Gwoza local government so that they can go back home.  Others mirrored this request and testimony pleading to the Christians in Nigeria and abroad to continue to pray for them because they have no shelter or even a mat to sleep on.  One father describes the tears his son sheds at night for simply an orange. In October of last year Fr. Gideon Obasogie reported that refugees in the thousands were eating grass to survive.  This has also been reported by our contacts on the ground.  The aid efforts are grossly inadequate, with many afraid to travel to the hardest hit areas.  They ask prayers for the governments to return to normal.  That statement alone stands out like the elephant in the room.  What has happened?  What evil has overtaken and infiltrated even the basic of government in this nation?  This country can’t even guarantee the basics of safety to it’s residents.

The confusion of the people and the government is obvious in Fr. Obasogie’s report in his statement  “If anyone needs our votes, our safety must first be assured.”  Where is the UN, where is the world?  The BRICS nations have been courting Africa for some time for it’s minerals, and oil, but where are they now when the people of Northern Africa suffer so much?  It’s been said the US offered to train the military, but it’s unclear what happened, if it was rescinded or turned down.  It’s been claimed that the US supplied drones to help look for the Chibok schoolgirls, but appears to have short lived.  It’s also been said that the US is supplying intelligence, but that can’t be proven. France has a presence in the nation off and on, Chad, Cameroon and Niger are building troops, but where is the UN?

Church gathering Maiduguri, Nigeria (World Watch Monitor)

Church gathering Maiduguri, Nigeria (World Watch Monitor)

Maiduguri’s Christian population is at great risk.  Maiduguri is the state capital and the seat of Government, with all its structures, with a high concentration of state population and the commercial nerve of the northeast.  If it falls, the citizens will be more facile to radicalization. And the terrorists will have more conscripts.  If it falls, we have only succeeded collectively in empowering the terrorists, recapturing it would take some time and the consequences apparently would be deadly.

Nigerian Christians are wearing down, their faith is great in the face of persecution, however their needs are also great.  They need and deserve a government that will fight for them, fight for their rights, their dignity, their right to live in peace and prosper.  And their right to worship Christ.

Pray for Nigeria.  We will be lifting up Nigeria on our International Prayer Call ‘FIRE in FERUARY on Friday, Feb. 2oth. See details here

  • Pray for leadership that will provide just & fair judgements. Leadership with a love for all Nigerians
  • Pray for peace.
  • Pray for Boko Haram to be defeated.
  • Pray for normalcy to return to the lives of the people of Nigeria.
  • Pray for comfort.
  • Pray for strength and endurance.
  • Pray for the lost in the country to be found in Christ.

Above all Nigeria know that Christians everywhere are with you, we are praying with and for you, we are suffering with you and we are watching.  God is with you!

By C.Refsland, VOP Advocate/News Analyst

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Violence Escalating In Diffa Niger, Maiduguri, And More Threats From Boko Haram

"Diffa 1" by Mab.black - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

“Diffa 1” by Mab.black – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Diffa is a city and Urban Commune in the extreme southeast of Niger, near that country’s border with Nigeria. It is the administrative seat of both Diffa Region, and the smaller Diffa Department.  Diffa marks the eastern end of the paved section of Route Nationale 1, the main east west highway across Niger, although the section between Zinder and Diffa is only partially paved in places. 

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram escalated its attacks in neighboring countries Monday, as a car bomb exploded in one Niger town repeatedly targeted by the militants and residents said other fighters in Cameroon had abducted 20 people aboard a public bus.

Neighboring countries like Chad and Cameroon have joined together and sent forces to battle Boko Haram.  Boko Haram recently released a video declaring that they could not be stopped specifically targeting Niger, Chad and Cameroon.    The video asked for Muslims to denounce democracy and come to Sharia.  There was a protest over the weekend in Cameroon by the people denouncing Boko Haram and supporting their troops to fight them.  The governments have said that Boko Haram will be gone in 6 weeks.  “They won’t be there. They will be dismantled,” Referencing the postponement of the elections until March.   (More)

Those fleeing Boko Haram are desperate and overwhelmed.

There also has been fierce fighting in Maiduguri.  According to NBC news in a recent report, 4 of the 5 roads leading into the city have been blocked by Boko Haram.  Maiduguri has a population of about 2 million and is known for it’s trade.  People are attempting to flee, but many can’t for the lack of money.

Deadly attacks by the militant group Boko Haram have put a stranglehold on one of Nigeria’s key cities, limiting supplies and sending prices skyrocketing amid mounting fears of a massacre.  Four of the five roads out of Maiduguri have been blocked off by Boko Haram, which has mounted two large-scale assaults in the past 10 days on the city. The city is the birthplace of the insurgency and a potential jewel in the crown of the militants’ caliphate. (More)

 

Many residents fear it is only a matter of time before the city is overrun.

Screenshot Maiduguri aftermath (Feb. 2015)

Screenshot Maiduguri aftermath (Feb. 2015)

It’s very dangerous and difficult to verify reports with those on the ground.  Some Facts about Maiduguri:

  • Its residents are mostly Muslim including Kanuri,Hausa, Shuwa, Bura, Marghi, and Fulani ethnic groups. There is also a considerable Christian population.
  • Muslim supremacists in the region have been mass murdering non-Muslims since the 60’s and 70’s, while members of religious sects led intercomunal violence in 1982 and 2001.  But never on this scale and magnitude we are seeing now.
  • On 18 February 2006, riots related to the Prophet Muhammad cartoons published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten left at least 15 people dead, and resulted in the destruction of approximately 12 churches.
  • Maiduguri was also the scene of major religious violence throughout Northeast Nigeria committed by an Islamist group, Boko Haram, in July 2009, leaving over 700 people dead.
  •  Since 2009  the numbers have drastically increased.  Those killed numbering in the tens of thousands and those displaced by them are over 1 million.  The amount of territory they have ravaged and control has recently been described as the size of Belgium.

It’s impossible to know the suffering these people feel as they watch their lives, their homes, their towns overrun by evil approaching in the cover of darkness slaughtering, kidnapping and rape.  One refugee camp has been evicted as they will need this camp for security forces coming in to monitor the elections.  It has been said that the government gave them 60,000 N ($300.00)  to go into town and rent a house.  These people have not had adequate food for at least a month and now they are faced with eviction from a safe haven.

Prayer Points:

  1. Pray for God’s intervention.
  2. Pray for strength and courage for God’s people.
  3. Pray for Christ’s light to be shown to the attackers and for God to change their hearts of hate into hearts filled with love.
  4. Pray for God to show these precious soul’s fleeing that He is with them, and will guide them to peace.

C. Refsland/VOP Advocate/News Analyst

What Lies Ahead For Nigerian Christians And The Innocent Of Nigeria? Darkness Or Light?

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Like a cancer spreading over North Africa, conflicts with Boko Haram and ISIS in Nigeria, Niger, and Libya have reached a new level.  Neighboring countries, Chad and Cameroon have entered into the battle against Boko Haram with fierce fighting taking place in Niger.  They have attacked yet again and reports say that 109 Boko Haram have been killed, along with a Chadian soldier and a civilian.  Along the border of Nigeria, Diffa and Bosso, urban communes in the extreme southeast of Niger have seen the latest clashes. Both have an influx of refugees from Nigerian’s fleeing the Boko Haram.  Niger made headlines with the recent attacks on Christians killing at least 40, burning multiple churches and Bibles after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. Taking out their aggression on the Christian population for an athiestic, secular newspaper running a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammed.  It was reported that Boko Haram had instigated those attacks and they promptly released a video threatening Nigeria and Niger, now they are attacking.

 Niamey (AFP) – Boko Haram launched its first major attack in Niger on Friday, triggering a forceful response from regional troops who claimed to have killed more than a hundred of the Islamists. (Read More)

Recently Chad has sent troops to Nigeria, others are following suit.

Recent reports that the Nigerian army are either corrupt, incapable, or unwilling of stopping Boko Haram,  have rocked the world.  Even suggesting that both Goodluck Jonathon and Buhari have ties and are pulling the strings of Boko Haram. The implications are staggering considering that Boko Haram is entrenched with other Islamic militant groups like ISIS, Al-queda, Al-shabob, and others.  It has been said of the ongoing fighting in Maiduguri that if Boko Haram takes over completely Nigeria will fall to Boko Haram and Sharia law.  This is their goal.  Others claim Buhari has this same goal.  Quoting reports from Vangaurd and All Africa in December, Buhari was throwing his full fledged support into Sharia law for all of Nigeria:

“What remains for Moslems in Nigeria is for them to redouble the necessary education,” stressing that they should educate Moslems on the need to promote the full implementation of Sharia in the country.  There is nothing to be afraid of.  It is a legal responsibility God has given us within the context of one Nigeria to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly… and to educate non-Moslems that they have nothing to fear…”

According to Yahoo news and Reuters, Buhari recently said:  “It is a “disgrace” for Nigeria that its neighbors have been more successful in battle against its Boko Haram insurgency than its own army.”

What is a disgrace is that the world let this go on as long as it has.  The slaughter and ethnic cleansing of Christians rivals the Darfur genocide.  Thousands of Christians have been killed and over 1 million have been displaced.

This morning it was reported that Nigeria will postpone it’s elections for 6 weeks (March 28)  to allow the new forces from neighboring countries to quell the violence and restore calm. (More)  This has been fought vehemently by Buhari.  AP is reporting:  “Millions could be disenfranchised if the voting went ahead while the Islamic extremists hold a large swath of the northeast and commit mayhem that has driven 1.5 million people from their homes.”  (Read More)  And at the same time, a report that the US is urging elections to go ahead as scheduled. Reports also claim Buhari is expecting a landslide victory.    When asked if Buhari would call for calm if he lost he said, “I’m not going to lose, so I won’t answer that question.” Can you see the chaos and confusion that surrounds Nigeria?  With the West also in the mix, it’s very dire for Nigeria.

In the meantime, ISIS is advancing into Libya so fast that Counter terrorism experts say, “They pretty much own Libya…”  So you begin to put together a clear picture of what and who is behind the darkness spreading on this Super Highway of terror and the death and destruction that follows this ideology.  Who is pulling the strings, and what is behind it.  What it’s not, is a tribal dispute, or anything else.  It’s a form of religion mixing with politics and it’s implications are frightening.  A new fear that if Sharia law is implemented full force in Nigeria, the outcome for Christians and other minorities will be devastating.  All one needs to do is look to other countries that live by Sharia law (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, & Sudan). Tell persecuted Christians discriminated against in nations ruled by Sharia, they have nothing to fear. It becomes appallingly clear what a dismal future lays in wait for the innocents in Nigeria.

C. Refsland/L. Kanalos VOP Advocates

Why Should The West Concern Itself With Elections In Nigeria? Read This

Why should the West concern itself with the elections in Nigeria, you ask.  You think the mudslinging during our campaigns are bad, what is happening in Nigeria is frightening, not only to the people there, but to the world.  Or at least it should be.  Take a look at what’s surfacing today.

“If Maiduguri falls into the hands of Boko Haram, it would be a disaster for Africa as a continent”  And that’s only a portion of the implications for the West and the world.

Snapshots of Chaos in Nigeria and the elections and what it’s about.  Who are the parties?

Ideology: Social democracy,Big tent Progressivism, Federalism Political position:Centre-left International affiliationSocialist International

Ideology : Social democracy,Big tent
Progressivism, Federalism
Political position:Centre-left
International affiliation Socialist International

Ideology: Catch all Economic liberalism, Political position: Centre-right to Right-wing Religion:Secular International affiliation:None

Ideology : Catch all
Economic liberalism,
Political position: Centre-right to Right-wing
Religion: Secular
International affiliation:None

We have been reporting on the increase of attacks in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad ahead of the Feb. elections in Nigeria. We have verified that intense fighting is taking place in Maiduguri and surrounding areas by a force from Chad and the military of Nigeria.  Some reports claim that there is a civilian force also  combating this evil.  Reports are surfacing that offer proof that indeed this an effort to thwart the election. And at the very least throw off the outcome.  Nigeria is at a crossroads.  A very dark crossroad. One that could shake the world if the back and forth between candidates is true.  And it appears as if they are.  I wondered why John Kerry would visit Nigeria ahead of the elections and it’s becoming frighteningly clear.

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) – “If Maiduguri falls into the hands of Boko Haram, it would be a disaster for all of Africa”, says Fr. Gideon Obasogie, head of social communications of the Diocese of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria.

“Maiduguri is the state capital and the seat of Government, with all its structures, with a high concentration of state population and the commercial nerve of the northeast”, explains Fr. Obasogie. “If the city falls, citizens will be more facile to radicalization and the terrorists will have more conscripts. Maiduguri for Boko Haram would become a strong base and then rumble into Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa. Finally, if Maiduguri falls, the militants would control an airport and a military base with the 7 Div. This is really and truly dangerous for Nigeria, as it is a potential disaster for Africa as a continent”, emphasizes the priest. “So far – said Fr. Obasogie – the militants have conquered and occupied towns and villages near Maiduguri”.

The priest describes the situation in the capital of Borno State: “With the recent waves of attacks, there is so much fear and tension in the air. With the February Polls drawing ever close we see all sorts of personalities with well fashioned and designed promises too good to be taken as true; trooping into Maiduguri and the northeast, not to identify with us in our plight but to beg for our votes”.

“Citizens of Maiduguri as much as possible avoid crowded areas and the polling units would not be an exception, unless people’s security is assured and ensured. If anyone needs our votes, our safety must first be assured”, concludes Fr. Obasogie. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 05/02/2015)

Another report from Fides confirms the above dire situation that Nigeria and the Christian population faces:   “We risk seeing Boko Haram conquer the entire north-east before the end of the election, unless foreign troops intervene”, said Mgr. Doeme, referring to the presidential elections to be held in mid-February and to the coordination of the military actions of neighboring Countries against Boko Haram, after the latest raids of Nigerian extremists in Cameroon and the conquest of the base of the international force of Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad (see Fides 09/01/2015).
“The situation is very complex and the first victims are innocent civilians”, concluded the Bishop of Maiduguri who implies the existence of some “saboteurs” and accomplices within the Nigerian army, who favor the advance of Boko Haram for political reasons.”

Not only that, but we have reported on the checkered past of Buhari (has been referred to over the years as: “Janjanweed ticket”) who is running for President, and the smear campaigns on both sides, now this quote from today’s report by the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh sends chills down the spine of those watching and know the groups behind the demonic slaughter taking place in the whole of Africa:  “We know that 90 per cent of these non-indigenes are supporters of the PDP. This is part of the APC  Janjaweed ideology to truncate democracy in this country.”  “The APC have been saying they were on top of the election, but now that it is obvious that PDP is on top, that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the election, they have resorted to causing mayhem.”  

 "Janjaweed are omnipresent. They are seen in marketplaces and within walking distance of refugee camps. They have terrorized black Africans in Darfur for more than a year."

“Janjaweed are omnipresent. They are seen in marketplaces and within walking distance of refugee camps. They have terrorized black Africans in Darfur for more than a year.”

We shared this report a year ago,  about the evil in the CAR and now there are those who are tying this in with the current violence in the Northeast of Nigeria.  Africa:  A Sinister Plot Behind the Massacre In CAR.

The Janjaweed are a ruthless group with the same ideologies as ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabob, the Seleka, and many other groups.  To form their own government, “Sharia” and rule the continent of Africa and the Middle East— with the end time goal of ruling the World.  They hate the West, they hate democracy, they hate Christians and other minorities.  They show no mercy in their murderous slaughter.  And now they have their sights on Nigeria.

Still other reports tell of the untold suffering of civilians most specifically Christians.  Doctors without Borders is desperately trying to send what aid they can.  Most have retreated to the bush as the refugee camps are either overcrowded or are not safe. The very least implication is that certified voters will be null and void as at least 1/4 of the population is displaced with more displacement every day.  Malnutrition is rampant, and disease is not far behind.  When you ask questions and seek the answers they are not hard to find, and it’s not hard to see that the interests of Africa are not for the innocent.  Pray for Nigeria and Africa as a whole.

Screenshot: From "The Devil Came On Horseback" (Janjaweed)

Screenshot: From “The Devil Came On Horseback” (Janjaweed)

Recommended:

The Devil Came On Horseback:  A documentary about the Janjaweed, a Sudanese government backed militia, who have stolen, raped and murdered Sudanese people in Darfur. (Watch)  *Very Graphic*

“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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