The deadliest terror group in the world is Boko Haram in northern Nigeria where it has killed over 4,000 Christians in 2015. As Christians flee the region, church leaders in the southern half of Nigeria are developing plans to both plant new churches and to raise greater international awareness of the violence up north. The interdenominational group hopes to spur their government to take additional action and to prompt an investigation by the U.N..
Why this matters for church leaders:
It’s easy to miss the story of Nigeria in the news, but it’s the scene of the worst persecutions against Christians in the world throughout 2015.
- Praying for the persecuted church: While we know about persecution happening in China, Iran, and North Korea, the ongoing violence against Christians in northern Nigeria is easy to miss, but these Christians are in desperate need of our prayers.
- Cooperation across denominations: Christians from all backgrounds and denominations are joining together in order to advocate for those in the north and plant new churches, a reminder that mission can overcome theological differences.
- Who are we forgetting? The story notes that pastors in southern Nigeria are having a hard time raising awareness of believers in the north. Are there people who are suffering in our own contexts that we have overlooked?
What are some ways that the Nigerian church speaks into your own ministry context?
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