That’s nearly 13 Christians a day, 372 a month and 4,650 a year—representing only the deaths we have record of in 2021 (many go unreported). Just six months into 2022, Nigeria is on pace to match—and even exceed—that total.
And while the numbers help tell the story, it’s the lives of Nigeria’s martyrs that can bring us up close to the more vivid picture of what’s happening.
The reports of violence in our world are so commonplace that as individuals, we have become desensitized and numb to the humanity. We can get lost in the numbers and brutality—forgetting that every martyr was a son, a daughter, a mother, a father, or a beloved friend.
We combed through articles, Facebook posts, news reports and memorials for details and photos to introduce you to 10 martyrs—our Nigerian family—now part of the hall of faith we read about in Hebrews. and honor their lives. They are just 10 of tens of thousands of Nigerian Christians killed because they made the decision to follow Jesus.
As you read about these believers and share their inspiring stories, please pause to consider the reality and humanity and pray—for comfort, for strength, for courage, for perseverance, for hope.