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Nigerian Pastor Stands Strong in Faith While Facing Execution

ICC Note:

In mid-May 2013, Pastor Faye Pama Musa was followed home by a group of Boko Haram militants where he was attacked and executed in front of his family. Even though Pastor Musa was facing his death, he refused to give into his attackers and deny Jesus Christ as his Savior, even if that meant he would be executed. In northern Nigeria, the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram continues to wage a campaign of terror against Christians and the Nigerian government. Boko Haram is suspected to be behind Monday's bombing of a Christian neighborhood in Nigeria's northern city of Kano. The Boko Haram conflict continues to dominate northern Nigeria leaving many Christians to live in a constant state of fear. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.

8/1/2013 Nigeria (Charisma News) - On May 14, in plain view of his wife and one daughter, the Rev. Faye Pama Musa, general overseer of the Rhema Assembly International Church and secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State, was gunned down by suspected Boko Haram Islamic terrorist members.

A month later, Open Doors workers visited his widow, Mercy, at her home in Maiduguri. The widow and mother of four warmly received the visitors into her house.

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The events of the evening of May 14 will never be forgotten. Musa, Mercy and some of their children were home. While Mercy was preparing supper, Zion, a daughter who was sitting outside, noticed three armed men jumping the fence. She ran into the living room to alert her father. Musa glanced through the window and saw the intruders by the front door. The next moment the men forced their way into the house, shouting, "Everybody on the floor!"

Musa instantly knew why the men had come and tried to escape through the back door and over the fence. But they caught up with him and dragged him to the porch.

"Today you are a dead man. Call your Jesus to help you, Mr. CAN man," one of the terrorists shouted.

Musa did not give up without a fight. While wrestling with the three men, he continually called upon Jesus. For Zion, her father's desperate battle was too much to bear. She got off the floor and ran to the porch to where her father was struggling. She begged the attackers to spare his life. They fired a shot at her and missed. But the shock was too much for her and she fainted.

The struggle continued. Mercy heard her husband say, "I will never deny my Savior." As she crawled to the door, she saw the attackers shoot him three times in the head. Musa died on the spot. The attackers left in a car.

"Pastor Musa will be remembered as a father, a friend and as a role model. It will take the church in Borno a long time to cope with the enormous loss of this bold yet graceful leader and mentor," said an Open Doors spokesman. "His deepest desire was to see a strong church pressing forward despite perpetual harassment and killings at the hands of extremists."

Musa not only had friends among Christians. Many Muslims expressed shock at his death. A prominent Muslim security official strongly condemned the murder, saying, "Rev. Faye Pama Musa was an ambassador of peace. I will miss this Christian man who was a blessing and a huge asset for this society."

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