“Please pray along with us. These armed Fulani herdsmen are out to destroy us completely.”
Grace Daniels received distressed phone calls from family members living in Gidan Waya village – Islamic Fulani herdsmen were attacking people and destroying homes and church buildings in the predominantly Christian area. From Wednesday evening until Friday afternoon (Nov. 23-25), the terrorists wrought destruction, killing 12 Christians. This attack came hard on the heels of a November 13 slaughter where Islamic Fulani herdsmen murdered 35 people in another Christian village, destroying 120 homes and six church buildings.
Nigerian Christians like Grace know these Fulani herdsmen claim to be fighting in the cause of Allah, even though the media often refers to them as “unknown gunmen.” Christian leaders are urging the government, who has yet to arrest the attackers, to intervene in this ruthless campaign of “religious cleansing.”
Boko Haram supports and encourages Fulani herdsmen to carry out these attacks. Samson Ayokunle, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said, “Is this not Boko Haram in another color? I want to plead with the government – this is a moment of truth. It is not about politics, religion or ethnicity. It is about the value that is attached to life.”
“Since the latest onslaught on southern Kaduna began [in May 2016], at least 138 people have been killed, most of them women and children, and at least 1,300 homes and church buildings have been torched.” – the Rev. Zachariah Gado of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA)
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”
-1 Corinthians 2: 4-5
1/24 – Pray that God will encourage Nigerian Christians with the truth that their trials, though temporally very painful, are gaining imperishable and eternal victories in heaven!
1/25 – Ask God to equip and prepare pastors in Nigeria to minister powerfully to hurting congregations of Christians.
1/26 – Pray that Nigerian believers fulfill His will for them and that the light of their witness will shine brightly in the current darkness.
1/27 – Pray for the Holy Spirit to provide Christians in Nigeria with the liberating ability to forgive enemies and offenders.
1/28 – Pray that Nigerian Christians, like Grace, will grasp more every day the power and love of the indwelling life of Christ.
1/29 – Pray for God’s wisdom and truth to penetrate and move the hearts of those in authority in Nigeria to action on behalf of suffering Christians.
1/30 – Pray for comfort for those who mourn the martyrdom of their family members and friends in Nigeria.
1/31 – Pray the Nigerian Church will depend daily on the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for courage & strength in the face of fierce trials.