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Join with Nigerian believers as they wait on the Lord for His guidance and deliverance.

Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria, were devastated after an attack took place in the village of Kakau Daji on October 31st in which at least one worshipper was killed and 66 kidnapped. (Read an earlier posted report about this incident.) Sadly, five of the hostages were shot by their captors on November 6th, leaving two dead and three others hospitalized.

We are grateful to receive news that all 61 remaining hostages from the church were released on December 3rd, along with nine other hostages unrelated to the abduction of the congregation members. Rev. John Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, announced the release, stating that a ransom had been paid to gain their freedom. All the surviving hostages were taken to a hospital for post-trauma evaluation and have since been reunited with their families.

While kidnapping for ransom is becoming increasingly common in Nigeria, many of the incidents have the added element of religious opposition, as Islamic militants specifically target Christians. Unfortunately, ransom is not always available and, even when paid, does not guarantee the safe release of the victims.

On November 8th, Pastor Dauda Bature was kidnapped and ransom had been demanded by his captors. When his wife brought money for his release on November 18th, she was also abducted. The kidnappers eventually released her on December 6th, keeping the money, and then demanded more money for Pastor Dauda's freedom. Days later, before any funds could be raised, the pastor was tragically killed.

While we can praise God for the recent release of the 61 Christians, we are reminded of the need to continue praying for the many others still being held in captivity by militant groups. May He provide these abducted Nigerian brothers and sisters in Christ – as well as all who are mediating on their behalf – wisdom, guidance and encouragement so they can respond to persecution with His forgiveness and love. In the midst of the threats and violence, ask the Lord to ensure the safety of Christians throughout the country by helping Nigeria's governing authorities to take necessary steps to end the bloodshed of innocent lives.

Current Ministry Projects

Through a vast variety of projects, VOMC works with in-country partners to encourage and strengthen Nigerian Christians who have experienced extreme forms of persecution. Christian widows receive trauma counselling to help them heal from the aftermath of tragically losing their husbands due to persecution-related attacks. These widows are also provided skills training so they can have a practical means of income to support their families. Children who have lost their parents and other relatives during incidents of persecution are provided a safe place in which to grow and be nurtured. Medical fees are paid for Christians who have suffered serious injuries perpetrated by militants affiliated with Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Fulani groups. Discipleship and vocational training are being offered to Muslim-background believers to help them start their new lives spiritually and practically.

The ministry also gives persecuted Christians who are completing their master's degrees – and have a desire to share the Gospel in their communities – the opportunity to benefit as recipients of the Glenn Penner Scholarship Award. Another one of VOMC’s projects in Nigeria involves the distribution of food aid to persecuted Christians residing within Internal Displacement Persons' (IDP) camps. Through this distribution effort, displaced believers who have been forced to flee their homes and communities because of their faith not only receive daily sustenance but also the encouragement that’s needed to rebuild their lives.

Project Funds: Women’s Ministry, Bibles (Distribution), Medical, 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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