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Rev. Jen Tivkaa Moses -- Photo: Morningstar News
Rev. Jen Tivkaa Moses after
his release by kidnappers.
Photo: Morningstar News

Christian leaders have announced that a previously abducted pastor was freed on August 9th, five days after being kidnapped. Rev. Jen Tivkaa Moses had been seized on Friday, August 4th by young Fulani herdsmen while travelling along the highway from Jos to Abuja in Plateau state. Thankfully, he was brought safely back to Jos at about 1 o'clock in the morning the following Wednesday. While it is unclear whether a full ransom had been granted to the kidnappers, who demanded one million naira (approximately $3,400 CAD), a payment was made to secure his release.

The kidnapping occurred as Rev. Moses and his driver were on their way to attend a leadership seminar. Although the driver, Yohanna Maina, had been released late on the night of the abduction, he sustained a gunshot wound to his thigh when the assailants shot into the windshield of the car he was driving.

In recent days, other pastors and church members -- including pregnant women and children -- have also been kidnapped by young Fulani herdsmen along the Abuja-Kaduna road. Reports indicate that the hostages are often subjected to varying degrees of trauma and only released after payments of ransom are made. Due to these unfortunate series of incidents, Christian leaders have urged the Nigerian government to step up its efforts to secure lives and property.

A spokesperson for the leaders of the Evangelical Church Winning All stated that they will remain committed to praying on behalf of "all those in authority, for wisdom to lead justly in accordance with God's will." While sharing their gratitude for Rev. Moses' safe return home, we can join along with fellow believers in praying that he will continue to effectively lead his congregation and minister to those in need within his community.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC works with in-country partners to encourage and strengthen persecuted Christians through a variety of methods. Christians are equipped with audio bibles to distribute to their persecutors. Christian widows receive skills training and trauma counselling as a way to provide an income for their families and heal from the trauma they’ve faced in losing their husbands. Children who have lost parents and relatives due to attacks are provided with a safe place to grow and be nurtured. Medical fees are paid for Christians who have suffered injuries due to attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani. Discipleship and vocational training are given to Muslim Background Believers to help them start their new lives spiritually and practically. The Glenn Penner Scholarship Award is used to help equip persecuted Christians completing their Masters and have a heart to share the Gospel with the lost in their community.

Project Funds: Women’s Ministry, Bibles, Medical Fund, Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Relief & Development

Country Information

Population
219,463,862 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Hausa (30), Yoruba (15.5), Igbo (15.2), Fulani (6), Tiv (2.4), Kanuri/Beriberi (2.4), Ibibio (1.8), Izaw/Izon (1.8), Other (24.7)

Religion (%)
Islam (53.5), Christianity (45.9), Other (0.6)

Leader
President Muhammadu Buhari (2015)

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law (in 12 northern states), and traditional law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Nigeria

May God minister great comfort and healing to all who have been injured or bereaved as a result of the militants' brutal attacks. In addition, pray for the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls, that they will be assured of the Lord's abiding presence as they await release from captivity. Continue to uphold President Buhari and other members of the Nigerian government as they make further attempts to rescue the remaining girls and provide protection for vulnerable citizens. As they persevere in their endeavours to overcome terrorism, may they be granted wisdom, courage, strength and help from on high.

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