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Project(s): 39-970, 39-772

Country/Region: Nigeria, Africa

She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger.
Luke 2:7

 

Nigera map
Map showing the location of Nigera

 

Nigeria is a nation divided between a strongly Muslim (about 93%) North and a predominantly Christian (around 80%) South. The population of the Middle Belt states is more evenly mixed. There is a long history of tensions between Muslims and Christians, which have been made worse by the country’s political instability.

Sharia has been introduced in twelve Northern states, and although the Christians there were promised that they would not be made subject to it, in practice they have to conform in certain respects. Christians in the North have suffered discrimination for many years. Various Muslim organisations are engaged in a vigorous programme of Islamic mission, and many churches are ill-equipped to counter their well-coordinated and funded strategy.

Anti Christian Violence in Jos 2010
A boy beside a car burned out in the horrific anti-Christian violence in Jos, Nigeria, in early 2010. Barnabas Aid sent aid to the victims

Islamist militants aim to Islamise the whole country under the rule of sharia, and in pursuit of this goal they routinely resort to violent tactics. In January and March 2010 there were several horrific massacres of Christians in Plateau State in the Middle Belt, and the attacks spread to neighbouring Bauchi State in the North. These were only the latest in a long series of such major incidents, and there has been further violence since on a smaller scale. Barnabas Aid has sent help to Christians bereaved or made homeless to enable them to rebuild their lives.

Pray for the churches of Nigeria as they seek to respond to the challenge of Islam in their country. Pray that God will raise up strong leaders who can strengthen His people in the knowledge and love of the Lord Jesus. Ask that the reach of sharia will extend no further. Give thanks for those who have been faithful to Christ even to death, and pray for their bereaved families and friends. Pray that the Nigerian authorities will have the courage and resources to restrain the violence of the Islamist groups. Pray too for greater political stability.

 

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