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NEWS ALERT: Nigeria Militants Kill Children Of Christian Convert, Missionaries Say
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“Upon discovering the man’s conversion to Christianity, Boko Haram members invaded his home, kidnapped his two children and informed him that they were going to execute them in retribution for his disloyalty to Islam. Clutching his phone, the man heard the sound of the guns that murdered his children.”
By Stefan J. Bos
11/23/2011 Nigeria (BosNewsLife)-A militant group seeking to enforce Sharia, or Islamic law, throughout Nigeria, has shot and killed two children of an ex-terrorist and “murderer” because he converted to Christianity, well-informed missionaries told BosNewsLife Wednesday, November 23.
Boko Haram, meaning “Western education is a sin”, carried out the killings this month after discovering that a former fellow fighter refused to kill a Christian and instead accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, explained Rae Burnett, Africa Director of the U.S. based Christian Aid Mission (CAM) group.
Burnett told BosNewsLife that the father and Boko Haram militant “was poised to slit the throat of his Christian victim” during November attacks in northern Nigeria that killed at least over 130 Christians, including missionaries, when “he was suddenly struck with the weight of the evil he was about to commit.”
Dropping his machete, the man ran to the nearest church, asking a pastor for help, Burnett said.
INDIGENOUS MINISTRY
The pastor referred him to a CAM-supported indigenous ministry, where “native missionaries are reaching remote villages with the message of Christ,” she added.
“When the call came, the ministry leader was grieving the loss of several close missionary friends who were murdered in the Yobe State slaughter. He immediately met with the confessed killer and joyfully led him to Christ. He is discipling him in a secret location because of the extreme danger.”
Burnett declined to identify the former Muslim militant and missionaries, citing security concerns.
“After meeting the Lord, the converted terrorist [and] murderer called his former colleagues to testify what had happened to him without disclosing where he was,” she said.
CHILDREN KIDNAPPED
However, “Upon discovering the man’s conversion to Christianity, Boko Haram members invaded his home, kidnapped his two children and informed him that they were going to execute them in retribution for his disloyalty to Islam. Clutching his phone, the man heard the sound of the guns that murdered his children,” the CAM official added.

Christian missionaries said that during the attacks Muslim “extremists” of Boko Haram also demanded that Christians recite the Islamic creed. Those who refused, were reportedly butchered on the spot.

Though “severely traumatized,” the former Boko Haram fighter who lost his children “is growing in the knowledge of Christ through the loving care he is receiving from his brothers and sisters in the ministry that is sheltering and training him,” she said. “He knows he is called to become a missionary to Nigerian Muslims.”
CONVERSION WELCOMED
It was not immediately clear whether he would hand himself over to authorities for possible wrongdoing in the past, but Burnett made clear his conversion came as a boost for an “indigenous missionary ministry” which “has been working tirelessly to take the Gospel to Nigeria’s unreached Islamic northern states.”
Areas where CAM missionaries work are dominated by Muslim Hausa and Fulani tribes, many of whom are reportedly illiterate and remotely located.
“Millions have never even heard that Jesus died [and rose up from the death] for them,” Burnett said.
She claimed that despite “the extreme difficulties involved in reaching Muslims with the Gospel” several former Muslims “have made a commitment to follow Christ.”

GOVERNMENT PRESSURED
The government of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has come under international pressure to improve protection of minority Christians in northern areas.

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