Nigeria: "This is Becoming Genocide"

“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long will my enemy triumph over me?... But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” (Psalm 13)

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A series of coordinated attacks on African Christian communities in Nigeria’s Plateau state over the weekend has left many dead and injured. The various news reports provide conflicting information about some of the basic facts, including the number of attackers, the sequence of events and an accounting of the dead… but they all agree on the severity of the attacks.

Information released from news sources state that 50 of the 90 people killed were from a single church in Maseh village. Sources report that rebels from the Boko Haram sect surrounded the church and set it on fire. As the church burned the assailants waited and killed anyone trying to escape. The spokesperson for Boko Haram, Abul Qaqa, claimed responsibility and guaranteed that there would be more attacks on Christians as they attempt to establish total control and Islamize the region. The rebel Islamic sect Boko Haram has essentially declared war in Jos and its surrounding area.

Sunday and Monday (July 8 and 9) were declared public holidays in Plateau state to pray for God’s intervention and to mourn the dead. The Nation, a Nigerian newspaper, reported that even as mourners gathered on Sunday to mourn Saturday’s victims, gunmen shot at them. Among those killed Sunday were a national senator and a state assemblyman. As of Tuesday, there was still a curfew from 6pm to 12pm in and around the city of Jos.

Christians in Northern Nigeria are looking to President Goodluck Jonathan, a fellow Christian, to bring an end to the terrorist attacks in the north. Northern Nigeria ranks No. 13 on the World Watch List of the 50 countries in which religious persecution of Christians is most severe.

If you would like to send a message of encouragement to Christians in Nigeria, our Open Doors team will ensure that they receive it. Our brothers and sister there have shared how it has blessed them to receive your messages and prayers as they struggle to endure the violence in their area. (Add your message below).

Father, once again with heavy hearts, we lift up our brothers and sisters in the Jos region. We pray for the Open Doors team working in the area and for all Christians, that security agents would be empowered to protect their people and stop the attacks on Christians and their places of worship. Believers there must surely be struggling with how to respond in God-honoring ways to the continual attacks, and we pray that You would pour out wisdom and boldness, mercy and forgiveness, protection and peace in this troubling time. We pray You would give them a tangible glimpse this week of Your presence with them. In the name of Jesus our only true hope in this life and the life to come, Amen.

 

Comments

  • vivian
    Jul 12 2012 on 12:07
     

    I pray that the peace and the grace of God will abound with everyone affected. The Lord Almighty will comfort every soul in the Name of Jesus Christ.My heart is heavy and my soul burdened with what is happening to our christian brothers and sisters all over the World. May God bless you and keep you, May His everlasting love be with you and May His face shine upon you in Jesus name Amen.

  • Pauline Johnson
    Jul 12 2012 on 05:50
     

    Loving Father, I pray that you would strengthen my brothers and sisters who are being persecuted for righteousness sake. I am drawn to tears about how you are treated for your faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus. Know this that God is truly pleased with all of you and great is your reward in Heaven. I pray that the peace of God that passeth all understanding will comfort you and all your families in Christ. In Jesus Name,Amen.

  • Kristine
    Jul 12 2012 on 08:45
     

    Holy Lord, I ask that you strengthen my brothers and sisters enduring such frightening and deadly persecution. Comfort them, protect them, and let your peace reign in their hearts. Psalm 18:1-3

  • Elmarie Odendaal
    Jul 12 2012 on 08:54
     

    Almighty God:Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we pray for the people of Nigeria. You have sent Jesus Christ to this world of sin to redeem those who put their faith in Him. We pray that you would foil the plans of those of Boko Haram who plan to harm your beloved children. That even among them some would come to know You for who You are - the God of love and peace. In Jesus name. Amen.

  • cossigny daniel
    Jul 12 2012 on 08:57
     

    As christian waiting for Jesus to return according to his promise,we know that all these persecutions will be realised and consequently we must be prepared.The enemy can't do more than this.Believing in Jesus,must make each of grow in faith,waiting upon the Lord's victory.Christians should unite themselves to face up the enemies,instead of being divided among themselves.brothers and sisters of faith let's continue to pray,the enemies are real but our God also is with us in that battle,He don't leave us alone.

  • Roger Wagner
    Jul 12 2012 on 09:06
     

    Beloved brothers and sisters, may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus strengthen you with an unshakable hope in his faithfulness and care. Your sufferings are not in vain as you provide the world with a testimony to the grace of Christ in which you stand — whether in life or in death. We pray that God will soon deliver you from the hands of the oppressors. "Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ…standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God." (Philippians 1:27-28)

  • Olga
    Jul 12 2012 on 09:12
     

    Heavenly Father, I pray that you anoint your children in the Jos region with fresh oil and give them your grace and strenghth to endure to the end. I thank you for their hearts and their courage to stand steadfast on the front lines. That you help them to keep their eyes on the things above - the things of eternity-- and that continue to be salt and light that dark region and that there testimony will lead many of their enemies to your son . In Jesus name . Amen

  • Manuela
    Jul 12 2012 on 09:49
     

    First I cry then I pray, then I decree and declare; that Nigeria shall see the glory fo the Lord, the Excellency of our God. I decree and declare that the Lord will strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. I decree and declare that those who are fearfel-hearted will be strong and will not fear. I decree and declare that the Lord will come and save you.(Isa 35:2-4)In Jesus name Amen.

  • Kelly Barry
    Jul 12 2012 on 09:52
     

    Ernestly we cry out to our Savior, and God the Father...send forth your spirit and they shall be renewed. Now, Father reveal yourself to these believers in a new and tangible way, that they would be encouraged at their foundation, we humbly beseech thee. Comfort, your presence, your might, your Glory we pray over the faithful remnant. Abba, we cry out for your Love and Healing to pour out on the steadfast and the non-believer alike. Use these tragedies to bring more souls to the Kingdom. Let these deaths not be in vain! In Jesus name we pray!

  • Karren Turner
    Jul 12 2012 on 09:57
     

    Dear Brothers and Dear Sisters, We feel the sorrow of Father's heart as you grieve the loss of your dear ones. We are one with you and so when one member of the body suffers we all feel the pain and share the sorrow. I give thanks that you are standing strong in the midst of this storm with Jesus right there in your midst. May you experience His supernatural grace and comfort to be His witness in these trying times. Know that we, believer's in the US, care about you and are praying for you. May you know God's peace. May the gospel message go out with power and may you see His miracles in your midst.

  • Donna Lochridge
    Jul 12 2012 on 09:59
     

    The Promised Presence "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10 The Divine presence is the believer's strength in weakness—his support in suffering—his consolation in the hour of death. The blessed assurance, "I am with you," is sufficient to enliven every scene and sweeten every condition. Its realization opens springs of joy in the cheerless waste of this desert world; it dissipates the thickest darkness, soothes the anguish of the keenest affliction, and lightens the heaviest load of poverty and distress. ~ John MacDuff

  • Phillip Bozarth
    Jul 12 2012 on 09:59
     

    To my brothers & sisters in Nigeria. My heart grieves at your pain and suffering. I will lift you up in prayer to the LORD to have mercy on you and protect you during these terrible times. That you may stay strong in the LORD and never give up hope. That you will feel the LORD'S presence and know HE will never leave or forsake you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

  • Amy Fields
    Jul 12 2012 on 10:07
     

    Father, I pray that you would strengthen and encourage these dear believers through the power of the Holy Spirit. Please give them the grace to trust you and love you even more in the midst of this difficult trial. Please allow them to sense your presence upholding them and filling them. And, Father, I ask that you would take what Satan means for evil and use it for good (Gen.50:20). I pray that your light would radiate from these believers in such a way that their enemies would know that God is with them and that no one can overcome them. Please give them the grace to love their enemies and to return evil with good. Please be strong for them when they feel weak. This is only possible through the powerful name of Jesus and we ask all this in His name and pray that He would be glorified in Nigeria. Amen.

  • Sue Smith
    Jul 12 2012 on 11:24
     

    Dear brothers and sisters, I am praying for you as you face such adversity and loss. Lord, please build your hedge of protection around these believers. Know that many are praying for you, our family. May the God of comfort be with you.

  • Tom
    Jul 12 2012 on 12:51
     

    I have been to Nigeria and met some of the belivers. You are some of the most precious Christians I have ever had the opportunity to meet. You are in my prayers.

  • sarah anne rolofs
    Jul 12 2012 on 01:14
     

    May God Bless thee and keep thee safe in the Shadow of His Wings. Psalm 20- 1-4. The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice. I pray that the Lord will stretch His Hedge of Fire of Protection around you all, my Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus our Savior, I feel the loss you all go through, I pray that you all will find the Peace, Jesus promised us , that the world cannot give. my heart goes out to you all, in the loss of life. I also pray the Father would open the heart and mind, of the Boko haram, and feel sorry for them, that they are chained, in the darkness, Satan are keeping them, and that they will be shown the Almighty Love of our Lord Jesus Christ, through you all, in Jos. Amen !!!!!!!!God is Alive in Northen Nigeria. Halleluja!!!Glory!!!!!!!!

  • Mary E Lourey
    Jul 12 2012 on 04:57
     

    I pray for God's protection and justice, and for peace beyond understanding to guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

  • Stephanie
    Jul 12 2012 on 05:37
     

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I admire your deep faith. I pray God gives you peace and joy in the midst of everything you face. I pray He would show you that He is working in every circumstance for His glory and for your good. He is faithful. With Love, Stephanie

  • Stephanie
    Jul 12 2012 on 05:37
     

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I admire your deep faith. I pray God gives you peace and joy in the midst of everything you face. I pray He would show you that He is working in every circumstance for His glory and for your good. He is faithful. With Love, Stephanie

  • Leah
    Jul 12 2012 on 05:41
     

    To our precious brothers and sisters in Nigeria, our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time! We hurt so much for you in your loss and pray that the Lord will "hide you in the shadow of His wings" and that You will find security, rest,comfort, and hope in Him. We pray for Your protection and peace and for the hearts of the Boko haram to be changed and that they will no longer cause harm to anyone! God's love will prevail! "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" I John 4:4 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,m neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-38

  • Leah
    Jul 12 2012 on 05:42
     

    To our precious brothers and sisters in Nigeria, our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time! We hurt so much for you in your loss and pray that the Lord will "hide you in the shadow of His wings" and that You will find security, rest,comfort, and hope in Him. We pray for Your protection and peace and for the hearts of the Boko haram to be changed and that they will not longer cause harm to anyone as they receive the love of Jesus! God's love will prevail! "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" I John 4:4 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,m neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-38

  • chrisS
    Jul 12 2012 on 06:03
     

    The LORD, the Psalmist's Shepherd. A Psalm of David. 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures ; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul ; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies ; You have anointed my head with oil ; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever He is Always with you , you are never alone.Father please Bless and protect you people whom give their lives for you daily. I just lift them up to you Lord, that you would grant them peace.In Jesus Name I Pray Amen

  • Christine Bhola
    Jul 12 2012 on 06:19
     

    To my dear Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria and all over the world who are being persecuted for Christ sake, be comforted for to be absent in the body is to be present with the LORD. As we continue to prayer we know that God - our God is in sovereign control and through your ordeal that Jesus Christ will show Himself real to the muslim brethren and many will come to the true knowledge of Jesus Christ who is Love, for God is Love.

  • Kathy L Pate
    Jul 12 2012 on 06:19
     

    Father i pray for Nigeria and all the people of Nigeria and i claim Psalm 91 for their protection. Bless and keep them all safe. thank you for always hearing me and for answering my prayers and i give you all of Glory, Praise and Honer in Jesus Name Amen.

  • Marie
    Jul 12 2012 on 06:40
     

    Dear Father, we beseech You regarding our Brothers and Sisters in Nigeria. We read with intense sadness the reports of men who wage war against these Christians. Lord, may those who seek You for comfort be assured that You are the Refuge You have promised to be. Lord,(Ps 27:3) though an army rise against these dear people, I pray their hearts shall not fear. Hide them in Your shelter in the day of trouble (vs 5) and conceal them under the cover of Your tent. Lift them high upon a rock. And (vs 11) teach them Your way and lead them on a level path because of their enemies. Lord, help them to (vs 14) wait for You, be strong and let their hearts take courage as they wait for You. And Father, help them deal with the emotional toll of loss of life and fear for their own lives. Stop the advance of the enemy. Show Yourself strong for these dear believers. We thank You for what you are going to do.

  • Aleatha Moyer
    Jul 12 2012 on 06:46
     

    Brothers and Sisters, When all else is done stand, stand firm and the enemy will flee. This is the Word that came to my mind while praying, asking what to say, and how best to pray in this situation. Please know your brothers and sisters in the United States know of your situation and are praying. You are NOT forgotten! Lord, I pray that you encourage your children, that they know without any doubt that you are with them even to the end of days. I ask for your protection God, and that what Satan means for evil, you will turn to good. I ask that what happens will glorify Your name. In Jesus' name. Amen.

  • Oluseyi
    Jul 12 2012 on 06:47
     

    That is all the enemy can do. Your soul is intact. Please praise the Lord and rejoice that you took part in Jesus suffering and death.Your reward await you in heaven.

  • Audrey
    Jul 12 2012 on 07:53
     

    Our dear brothers and sisters in Christ who are going through such terrible times: To hear about this makes me feel so heavy in spirit. We do not know the mind of God but I do know this that He loves you and cares deeper than any human can. I pray He gives you a wonderful sense of His presence surrounding you and give you whatever you need to get through. He is our ever present help in times of trouble and someday we will understand His great love toward us in times like this. There is power in praising our great God and even when we just whisper the precious name of Jesus!

  • Vani
    Jul 12 2012 on 07:59
     

    Dear sisters and brothers keep your faith strong. Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear (Isaiah 59:1). As Christians we are also called to suffer for Christ, as Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 1:20-21, " but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. We grieve over the death of our Christian sisters and brothers and also rejoice for their eternal life. I will be continuously praying for you.

  • Prega Moodley
    Jul 12 2012 on 09:43
     

    Greetings in Jesus Name. I know it is a difficult time for believers and the church of Nigeria. God seems your struggles and pain. We pray that He will grant you strength and peace during this difficult time. Keep strong and hold on to Jesus, He said He will not leave you, He will always be with you all. Yours brother in Christ Prega

  • Jane Molepo
    Jul 12 2012 on 10:18
     

    Father God, look at the affliction of Your children. Come to their rescue Lord Jesus. Surround them with Your fire of protection Father God. You protected Daniel Father from the lions, You were there Father with Shadrack, Meshack nad Abednigo. Show yourself in their midst Lord Jesus. I pray for your strength, power and presevation upon the Christians in Nigeria. In the Mighty Name of Jesus...AMEN!!! PEACE...

  • Ted
    Jul 13 2012 on 03:13
     

    How does one living in peace comprehend the life so exposed? I don't, but do be reassured of my daily prayers for you and the increase of His Kingdom, that you not lose heart and will resist the temptation to revenge even in the heart. Bless you all. Ted

  • Ted
    Jul 13 2012 on 03:14
     

    How does one living in peace comprehend the life so exposed? I don't, but do be reassured of my daily prayers for you and the increase of His Kingdom, that you not lose heart and will resist the temptation to revenge even in the heart. Bless you all. Ted

  • David
    Jul 13 2012 on 06:47
     

    Father, you are Sovereign and a loving God. I pray for my brothers and sisters in Nigeria, that you will increase their strength and faith in you during this time of persecution. I pray Lord that members of Boko Haram will turn from their wickedness and put their faith in you Jesus. I pray for the families of victims that you would comfort them and assure them that their hope rests in you. Please send them extra grace as they are reeling from attacks and threats. We, in the West, have no idea what they are going through and I pray you unite your children to pray for our brothers and sisters. You are a merciful God and one day you will judge the world. We anticipate your return Lord Jesus and until then, let us be the church live for your glory alone.

  • Pam
    Jul 13 2012 on 07:39
     

    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I too, cannot understand the violence and turmoil that surrounds you. It brings me to tears. I can only pray for our Dear Jesus to comfort, strengthen and encourage you. You've lost much but, you cannot lose your soul or your eternal home and reward. I know Jesus is with you because He said that He would never leave you nor forsake you. May you feel His very presence and peace. I pray that He will reveal Himself to those who want to destroy His presence in Northern Nigeria. Please remember many are praying for you. We love you.

  • Ryan
    Jul 13 2012 on 09:34
     

    My heart is heavy to hear of your unimaginable loss, my brothers and sisters. I pray that the Lord grants you grace to forgive, healing and provision, and the strength to continue following Him. By God's grace, I will keep you in my prayers, and intercede for you often.

  • Tom
    Jul 14 2012 on 07:22
     

    When justice against the persecutors is delayed, life for survivors becomes harder. This is a time that calls for patience and endurance on the part of the saints. I pray for your hearts in the face of this cruel onslaught, that they still sense the love of your heavenly Savior, co-sufferer with you in this hour. From our present knowledge of Him as God Immanent, look ahead with hope for the day of His glory when He has come to put all things right, ans when your loved ones stand with you in His light.

  • Nancy O'Bryan
    Jul 15 2012 on 06:33
     

    We are praying that God will keep you close to him, that you will know the love of Jesus more than ever before during this time, and that God will give you wisdom to know how to respond and the power to love your enemies.

  • David Nostwold
    Jul 15 2012 on 01:58
     

    Thank You Lord God Almighty, that what the "forces of darkness' have meant for evil You will use it for Good ! It is hard for us to understand the pain and suffering that our Brethren and their families are enduring but You understand Lord and have promised restoration..... "Assuredly I say to You (our Nigerian Brethren), there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for MY sake and the Gospel's, who SHALL not receive a HUNDREDFOLD now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life !" (Mark 10:29,30).....Father GOD, for every One of our slain brethren, we expect 100 Muslim households in Northern Nigeria to come Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and serve Him all the days of their lives.....Amen !

  • Beverley
    Jul 15 2012 on 03:12
     

    Heavenly Father, I pray that you will be with christians in Nigeria in this their hour of need. Strengthen them dear Lord and let them feel your presence. I pray that you will wrath a miracle of deliverance for them in this their time of stor. Lord you delivered Daniel from the lions. I know you are the same God. I believe your word and I trust you with all my heart and all my soul that they will be delivered. Give them your peace andd help them to never loose hope. Convict the oppressors and let them acknowledge you as their Lord and Saviour. Forgive the Lord I pray, in Jesus nae...amen.

  • Barney Cargile
    Jul 15 2012 on 05:16
     

    My dear brothers and sisters, Our hearts hurt for you in your persecution. Scripture tells us that when one part of the body hurts, then all parts hurt. So we have been hurt by these attacks. Please know that we love you and we are praying for you.

  • pat dwyer
    Jul 19 2012 on 07:17
     

    Dear brothers and sisters, Your suffering does not go unnoticed. Many are praying for you to remain steadfast, "...strong in the Lord and the strength of His might. Be ever encouraged that as you, "Be strong and courageous ... the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." pat

  • Angela
    Jul 20 2012 on 01:59
     

    My heart, my thoughts, my prayers are with you, precious dear brothers and sisters. My heart cries over your painful harsh suffering and yet my spirit cries out to the Lord Almighty to act, to protect His beloved (you), to bring together justice and mercy there, to let the light break through the darkness and overcome it (it will happen). May the Spirit of Christ that dwells within you enlighten, enlarge, strengthen and comfort your hearts in a way that only He can, and He will. May He fill you with the same wisdom, grace and love that Jesus Christ had when He endured His own great and deep suffering. May He stop your persecutors, open their eyes to see their desperate need, and bring them to repentance and faith. In the name of Jesus by which all will bow down!

  • Anaya
    Dec 10 2012 on 10:00
     

    Dear Nigerians, Im sorry for the way you have to live but if you keep praying everything gonna be alright.

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