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Ask God to give believers wisdom and strength in the ongoing struggles they face due to terrorism.

An explosion rocked a market in Isware, Nigeria, on April 19th, killing six people and injuring more than a dozen. In a statement issued the next day, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility, stating that the attack was intended to target "a gathering of infidel Christians."

A few days later, 11 people were injured when another blast hit the state capital of Jalingo on April 22nd. Most of those injured were between 11 and 18 years of age. ISWAP also claimed responsibility for that attack. These recent incidents mark the first time Islamic militants have carried out attacks in the Nigerian state of Taraba.

The spread of terrorist activity raises concerns for Christians in areas of Nigeria that have not previously been targeted by militant Islamic groups. To view further reports on the ongoing violence against Christians in Nigeria, including informative video discussions, go to our country report.

Pray for the physical and emotional healing of all who were injured in these recent attacks, and for God's comfort to be tangibly known by the families of victims who have tragically lost their lives. May the perpetrators responsible for the attacks come to the realization of God's tremendous love for them, as well as His desire to extend mercy and saving grace. Pray that the governing authorities will increase their efforts to stop the harm and destruction caused by militant members of Nigeria's diverse Islamic groups, thwarting the offenders' fight for control of this troubled nation.

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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