Praying for Nigeria

§  Half of the 192 million people in Nigeria are Christian, and about 25% of these Christians are active Anglicans, which means that 1 out of 4 Anglicans in the world are in the Church of Nigeria — by far, the largest province in the Anglican Communion.

§  The other half of Nigeria, especially in northern and central states, is predominantly Muslim.  There, Christians are treated as second-class citizens, denied access to clean water and medical care, and are violently persecuted by radical groups, such as, Boko Haram and Fulani nomads.  OpenDoors conservatively estimates that at least 560 people have been killed thus far in 2018 due to their Christian identity.

§  During the last week of April, Fulani terrorized villages in central Nigeria with AK-47s and burning down 160 homes, killing 39 Christians, including:  17 lay people and 2 priests who had gathered for 5:30am mass at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Tuesday April 24th.  Later that night, seven Christians who had taken refuge in a Protestant church sanctuary were killed there.

Liya-Sharibu

§  On February 19th, over 100 high school girls were abducted by Boko Haram from a northern school.  When the terrorists realized that only one of these girls was Christian, they released all except her: Leah Sharibu [pictured here].  She remains their captive.  106 of the Chibok girls abducted in 2014 are still captive — most of them are now in their early 20s and have borne children for their Muslim ‘husbands’.

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