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ICC Note: In an interview with the Daily Trust, Bishop Ransom Bello describes how faith in Jesus gives the the persecuted Christians of Kano the strength to follow Christ’s examples in peaceful outreach to their Muslim neighbors. Bishop Bello is the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
9/29/2013 Kano, Nigeria (Daily Trust/ – …The truth is we still have a vibrant lively church–church as a body of Christ now in Kano State. The fact that we’ve gone through several persecutions, religious turbulences and provocations and deprivations has not quenched the light of the church. Solidly, we’re there because you can destroy a church building but you can’t destroy the church itself. You can kill people but you can’t kill the church because in our own biblical injunction, the Lord said, “I built my church and the gates of hell can’t prevail… ”
We understand that the church will suffer a lot of attacks but we’re still there. The church is thriving and we’re making our inputs as much as possible in Kano State as much as possible. If you go to CAN Kano State or just call my name–google my name, you’ll see our activities outlined–a lot of things we do in Kano. Almost every month, I speak in the papers. I shout when I need to shout. I talk, we can’t be repressed.
The church in Kano is alive. Even though numbers have decreased tremendously… we have suffered a lot of persecutions, neglect by the government; we’ve suffered reduction in our membership, many have been killed, many have relocated because of fears. There’s no doubt about that. Some churches have closed. When you lose a pastor, members killed, church burnt, the church closes down. But that does not mean we don’t have church in Kano. We’re still there.