The Nigerian government has finally acknowledged that radical Islamist groups like Boko Haram are targeting Christians for attacks. It only recently released a statement saying as much, but the problem has been going on for years.
Ed Weaver of Spoken Worldwide says the situation is complicated. “There are times when everything’s going well and the church is responding well. And then there’s times when the church is responding in incorrect ways. So there’s times when they’re brave, and there’s times when they’re full of fear.”
And it isn’t just Christians who are suffering from the attacks. Boko Haram’s beliefs and practices do not reflect the attitudes of Islam as a whole, and nominal Muslims often face violence just as fierce.
“They get caught up in in the same kind of violence and maybe even are more abused at times, than the Christians. It’s because [the militants are] saying, ‘You’re even worse than Christians because Christians don’t claim to believe what we believe. But you at least, [fellow believers of Islam] claim to believe what we believe.”
Those especially targeted by Boko Haram include pastors and other leaders of Christians communities. And yet Spoken Worldwide wants to train more pastors in the country.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that Christians in Nigeria will be given supernatural grace and love from the Holy Spirit.
- Ask God to transform the country of Nigeria, bringing peace and joy instead of hatred and violence.