Nigerian Pastor Arrested After Hiding Girls Fleeing Forced Marriage
If I could pick one common theme which constantly amazes me about the persecuted church, it would be the difficult moral and ethical dilemmas that they have to face. Sometimes it is the ethical dilemma of disobeying the government by owning a Bible or leading a small group. Other times, it is choosing between following the Lord and your non-Christian family. And in North Korea, it is knowing that if your faith is discovered, you and three generations of your family could be sent to a labor camp for the rest of your lives. These are among the most difficult decisions a person could ever have to make. The following is a story from Nigeria with a similar theme. Would you take a moment to read this story and pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters who are involved? Thank you for standing One With Them in prayer! A Nigerian pastor from Bauchi was arrested after Muslim men spotted three under-aged girls fleeing forced Islamization and forced marriage at his house. Open Doors understands that the father of the three girls aged 15, 13 and 10 recently converted to Islam. He gave his Christian daughters one week to become Muslims and promised them in marriage to Muslim men. Before the week was over, the three young girls had trekked from their village and sought refuge at the pastor’s house. From there, they were taken to a safe house in a different location. He has since been charged with kidnapping and has been sent to prison, awaiting trial. Open Doors field staff attended the court proceedings and brokered legal support for the pastor. However, we fear for his safety, even while he is in prison.
- Please pray for the three very young girls who are facing such very difficult circumstances. Pray that the Lord would comfort and strengthen them.
- Please pray for God’s protection and grace for the pastor as he faces these serious accusations.
- Pray that justice will be done and that the legal team will have much wisdom.
This pastor had to make a difficult decision, but knew it was the right thing to protect these young girls, even though it has meant imprisonment for him. Sadly, this is not the first time that something like this has happened in Northern Nigeria and is a strong reminder of the importance of providing safe houses in areas like this. But even more importantly, it is a vital reminder to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters who have to face these dilemmas. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to pray! *photo changed to protect idenity