Christians in Nigeria are among the most intensely persecuted of God’s children throughout the world, and the culprit is Islam behind its politico-economic mask.

Christians in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria are now under near-constant attacks from both Muslim Fulanis — often called “herdsmen” in the international media to falsely ascribe the conflict to land disputes — and the Islamic terror group Boko Haram. Islamic leaders bribe Fulanis with the promise to keep the land if they kill or drive away the Christian farmers.

One weekend killing spree by Fulani Muslims that occurred this summer left an estimated 200 dead, many of them Christians, with some left burned beyond recognition. According to a recent report published by The International Crisis Group (ICG), the conflict between Fulani Muslims and predominantly Christian farmers has already claimed six times as many deaths in 2018 than Boko Haram’s insurgency.

Catholics protest in Kaduna state on 22 May, 2018. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

Smyrna’s dear friend and partner, a Nigerian national, Pastor S., only narrowly escaped an attempt on his life just weeks ago in northern Nigeria and is still recovering from the broken femur he suffered. Three church members were martyred in the attack.

On July 4th thousands attended the funeral service for a pastor, his wife, and another pastor whose bodies were discovered on June 28th after they were ambushed and shot by Fulani Muslims. Pastor Micah Wujit, the associate pastor of the ECWA congregation in Miango, and his wife Ruth Wujit, leave behind eight children and assistant pastor Emmanuel Tingo of the same church’s English-speaking congregation, leaves behind his wife and three children. Praise God that these families know there is hope beyond the grave because of their faith in Jesus Christ and that because of Him they can look forward to joining their loved ones one day. Pray for the peace of Christ’s presence to rule in the hearts of the grieving orphaned children of Pastor and Mrs. Wujit.

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
— 1 Peter 5:10

Ruth Wujit, slain along with her pastor husband and another church leader in Miango, Nigeria. (PC: ECWA)

Pray —

8/9 — Pray for God’s comfort over those grieving the loss of loved ones in the recent attacks in Nigeria.

8/10 — Pray that believers in Nigeria run toward the glorious hope of the Gospel each day for strength. Every sufferer needs to rest in the comfort of knowing that the One who rules over all things is a fellow sufferer.

8/11 — Pray for our partner, Pastor S.’s complete healing from the trauma he suffered and pray for his endurance while he heals and seeks to return to the congregation in northern Nigeria.

8/12 — Pray for the saints in Nigeria to remain unshaken in their faith in Christ despite the storm that rages around them.

8/13 — Pray that Nigerian authorities and world leaders would bring those responsible for the violence to justice.

8/14 — Pray for Nigerian believers’ continued boldness and endurance in the face of chaos, unrest and deadly violence.

8/15 — Pray for God’s protection over all Christians in Nigeria.

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