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ICC Note: Christians in Niger are praying that Muslim attackers who have persecuted them would turn from Sauls to Pauls, repenting of their attacks on followers of Christ and putting their faith in Jesus. After the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo printed images of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in mid-January, Muslims in Niger rioted, burning Christian churches and looting Christian homes. Now months later, those who were attacked are seeking to extend forgiveness and the love of Christ to those who have offended them.

By George Thomas

4/17/2015 Niger (CBN News) – It took only a few hours, but it was enough time for hundreds of radical Muslims in Niger, West Africa, to destroy dozens of churches and several Christian homes.

Ten people lost their lives and hundreds were injured when Muslim mobs went on the deadly rampage in early January. Now, three months later, Christians living there are moving forward, determined to still preach the Gospel despite the dangers.

CBN News has obtained exclusive, never-seen-before video of dozens of these angry Muslims attacking, then burning Pastor Musa Issa’s church. “They took pews, Bibles, chairs and sound equipment then set them on fire,” Issa, pastor of Bethel Horizon Church in Niamey the capital city, said. “They did this while chanting, ‘Allahu Akbar!’ I felt so sad. I started to cry.”

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