03/03/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to Barnabus Fund (BF), four church leaders from the town of Garkida, in Adamawa State, Nigeria, held a church service on February 23 in the building which had been destroyed just 2 days prior. In the photo on their website, the four men are sitting on plastic chairs amongst the ashes and remains of their church building. According to BF, they did this as a statement that “’church’ isn’t the building razed down, but the Christians living – the Christian body is the church”. This is the kind of strength that the persecuted church can have.
On the day of the attack, gunmen believed to be a part of Boko Haram stormed the mainly Christian village of Garkida. They destroyed at least three churches, many homes, and other properties. This attack comes one month after the group released a video in which a young man executed a Christian university student named Ropvil Dalep. In the video, the child soldier can be heard saying that Boko Haram has not forgotten Christian aggression of the past and will be targeting them. Other attacks have also raised the alarm amongst Christians in Nigeria, especially in Northern Adamawa and Borno State.
This show of strength and courage will hopefully bring many people to Christ. Please continue to pray for the Nigerian church, which is under siege. Pray for the men leading these churches to remain strong and faithful in times of fear and hardship. Pray for them to be pillars of the faith and to stand up to the adversity and hate of groups like Boko Haram. Pray that acts like these would help spread the gospel in a way that words never could.
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