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Prayer for the persecuted Church in Nigeria and Africa

Some of the harshest persecution of Christians is in Nigeria and other parts of especially Muslim-inhabited Africa. Here are two reportsfrom well-respected African leaders:

  1. It was reported that on 4thFebruary, 2017, the US Congress affirmed that the most dangerous nation on earth for anyone to be a Christian is Nigeria.
  2. There are five notable Islamist terror groups worldwide. The 1stmost terrible is Boko Haram and the 4this Fulani herdsmen. Both 1stand 4th operate in Nigeria.
  3. According to World Watch Monitor, over 60% of global Christian fatalities as a result of persecution are Nigerian Christians killed in Nigeria.
  4. A research report by Arne Mulder affirms that as of December 2014, over 13,000 Church buildings have been destroyed and abandoned in northern Nigeria.
  5. The current Federal Administration in Nigeria is openly pursuing an anti-Christian agenda that has resulted in countless murders of Christians all over the nation and destruction of vulnerable Christian communities. Just recently, Elder Statesman Gen. T. Y. Danjuma raised an alert that Christians should take steps to defend themselves.
  6. Mass burial of Christian victims of Jihad is becoming a regular occurrence in Nigeria. The most recent one was done by the Catholic Church a few days ago.
  7. Christians have been emasculated out of the security infrastructure in the country.

Reuben Ezemadu
International Director, CMF Inc
Continental Coordinator, MANI

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GAFCON: authority of Scripture for all nations

British evangelist Rico Tice spoke at GAFCON, warning that God would take His power, spirit and gospel outside the Anglican institution if Anglicans leaders do not submit to scripture and repent of sin. He said he could relate to Rev Behan when he said he wept and grieved over New Zealand’s church; adding, ‘To come here and see the largest collection of Anglicans for the last 50 years meet together and have a Nigerian bishop rebuke us about our sin was so refreshing.’ He said that the road to ruin in Britain is defined by tolerance and permissiveness, doing what you please, thinking what you please. ‘In a way I come to GAFCON partly grieving but also delighted to find a family that is Anglican, that I can trust, who submit to the Lord Jesus and to Scripture. There’s a loss of nerve in the Church because culture is intolerant of people holding onto the uniqueness of Jesus and his high and holy standards.’

Pray: for today’s Church to recognise that salvation’s gate is narrow. (2 Timothy 3:16)

More: http://vimeo.com/275769735

Nigeria: Christians still being ambushed and killed

On 10 June Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed two Christians and seriously wounded another in central Nigeria. Ibrahim Weyi, 45, and Larry More, 53, were hacked to death when herdsmen ambushed them as they were going home on a motorcycle from an evening worship service.  A third Christian, 23-year-old Samuel Weyi, was wounded and is in intensive care. Lawrence Zango said, ‘Fulani herdsmen have continued to kill innocent Christians in our villages, yet the Nigerian government has not taken proactive measures to end the onslaught.’ President Muhammadu Buhari is also a Fulani Muslim.  A spokesman for the Plateau State Command said an investigation is under way. Herdsmen attacks on Christian communities in the Bassa area intensified late last year and have continued in spite of the presence of military personnel. Victims are either ambushed and killed or attacked in their homes at night.

Pray: for President Buhari’s military to end Christian persecution. (Job 26:2)

More: http://morningstarnews.org/2018/06/two-christians-ambushed-killed-in-central-nigeria/

Nigeria: crime and violence

Criminal gangs raid villages and steal cattle in bloody attacks. Earlier this month, 71 died after a bloody clash between armed bandits and militiamen. The kidnappers took advantage of a security lull on the road as a result of local elections taking place. Kidnappings for ransom often happen. A Syrian construction worker was kidnapped in Sokoto. Police dispatched to rescue him were ambushed by the kidnappers, and three were killed in the fight. Nigeria is battling an array of security threats across the country, from Boko Haram jihadists, oil militants, nomadic Fulani tribesmen, and criminal gangs kidnapping for profit. Churches are desecrated, Christians slaughtered, and women, girls and young men are kidnapped or forced into suicide missions.

Pray: for President Muhammadu Buhari and his resources to curb violence. (Isaiah 45:5)

More: www.vanguardngr.com/2018/05/birnin-gwari-kidnap-kidnappers-started-contacting-families-ransom/

Nigeria: gunmen attack bishop

The Bishop of Makurdi, Nathan Inyom, was attacked by gunmen in Nigeria’s Benue state on 6 May. None of the five passengers (who included his wife Becky and his chaplain) was injured, but his car was stolen in the attack. Benue is an area that has been beset by increasing levels of violence in recent weeks. Last month two Catholic priests, Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, were killed when herdsmen stormed the church in Ukpor where they were celebrating Mass. ‘This was an attack on everything that we ever stood for and believed in’, a spokesman said. See

Pray: for safety for all Christian leaders, and for peace in the whole of Nigeria. (Luke 1:79)

More: http://thenationonlineng.net/gunmen-attack-anglican-bishop-2/

CAN PRESS CONFERENCE: Islamist Insurgents Pushing Nigeria Off The Edge Of The Precipice


Nigeria: Year of Prayer Launches 1st May 2018

We bring you Calvary greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) having considered the current state of the nation is organizing a ONE YEAR of PRAYER PROJECT.

The Year of Prayer is scheduled to launch on May 1st 2018 until April 30th 2019.

It will involve all Pentecostal denominations, Para-Church Prayer Ministries, Women and Christian Youth Ministries and Fellowships under PFN and University Campus Fellowships across Nigeria.

We would like to invite our diasporas, international partners and supporters in prayer to join us.

A rolling monthly prayer guide has been prepared, and is available from our website here: http://www.pray4nigeria.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=317&Itemid=290

Please help us to get the message out.  We so value your joining in prayer and intercession with us at this crucial and challenging time for our nation. 

We pray for restoration of the glory of the Lord, His Church and our land in line with Scriptures, (Joel 2:17).

May the Lord strengthen and give you grace.

Yours in Him

Pastor Austen Ukachi | Rev. (Mrs.) Mercy Ezekiel

For the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria

http://www.pray4nigeria.org/  |  http://www.pfn.org.ng/



"Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6:1-2"

Pakistan, Iran, Burma, Nigeria, Mexico: Religious discrimination in schools

Christian Solidarity Worldwide called for action to end religious discrimination in Pakistani, Iranian, Burmese, Nigerian and Mexican schools. They explored violations where many children experience various forms of mistreatment because of their faith. During an event at the Speaker’s House, in the United Kingdom Parliament, attendees heard how children and young people experience discrimination, verbal abuse, physical violence and even forced conversion at school because of their religion or belief. The Executive Director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace in Pakistan said religious intolerance in his country is facilitated by syllabuses that fuel prejudice. He said, ‘This intolerance has threatened the entire social fabric of our nation, and we have to begin by addressing the biased education system, policies and practices prevalent in Pakistan,’ A speaker representing the Iranian Baha’i community called it ‘cradle to grave’ persecution, ‘Baha’i children do not have an absolute right to education.'

Pray: for the United Nations Human Rights Council to apply pressure on governments to protect minors and minorities suffering persecution (Luke 18:16)

More: http://www.csw.org.uk/2018/02/28/press/3850/article.htm

Nigeria Update: Justin Welby’s mediation progresses

Last month, Archbishop Justin Welby offered to do what he could towards peace negotiations in Nigeria as violence escalates. Last week we reported that Justin, ‘once again exhorted President Buhari and other authorities, civil and religious, national and international, to build a coalition to end violence immediately.’ On 11 April, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and High Commissioner George-Oguntade met Archbishop Welby and the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Josiah Idowu-Fearon, in London to discuss ‘inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and the world’. Pray that their efforts will end the suffering resulting from raids on Christian communities and villages as far south as Delta State. May their discussions lead to God-inspired actions against escalating violence in Nigeria, and the end of the suffering of the poor. President Buhari will have more meetings in London ahead of next week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Pray: for the current round of meetings to resolve a complex Nigerian security situation. (Pr.21:22)

More: http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2018/04/nigerias-president-muhammadu-buhari-meets-archbishop-of-canterbury-in-london.aspx

Nigeria: Archbishop’s mediation in violent region

In January Archbishop Justin Welby tweeted his sadness about the killings and displacements in Nigeria. Writing to the country’s primate, Nicholas Okoh, he offered to contribute towards negotiating peace. He has now repeated that offer, saying, ‘My condolences go to those who have lost loved ones and property. I urge the authorities to seek for ways to ameliorate their sufferings and losses. I call on all people of goodwill to continue to pray for the peace of Nigeria. I mourn with this great country and stand with them in prayer. I once again exhort President Buhari and other authorities, civil and religious, national and international, to build a coalition to end this violence immediately.’ Since January 175,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Benue State and are now living in refugee camps.

Pray: for an end to the conflict between the nomadic herdsmen and the farmers who cultivate the land for crops. (Matthew 5:9)

More: www.anglicannews.org/news/2018/03/archbishop-of-canterbury-offers-to-contribute-to-peace-negotiations-in-violence-hit-nigeria.aspx

Nigeria: Christian girl defies Boko Haram

Last week we praised God for the release of 104 Dapchi school girls by Boko Haram. Five of the 110 girls died and were buried in the bush. What happened to the other girl? Her name is Leah Sharibu, and she defied Boko Haram by refusing to renounce her Christian faith! She is still in captivity. Her father, Nathan Sharibu, said, ‘They gave her the option of converting in order to be released, but she said she will never become a Muslim. I am very sad, but I'm also praising God because my daughter did not renounce Christ.’ Leah sent a message asking her family ‘to pray for the will of God to be done in my life’. What bravery, what faith, what a testimony to the world! One lone Christian girl among 110 defies the abominable Boko Haram. What will happen to her? President Buhari has been asked to ‘uphold the tenets and principles of the Nigerian constitution’. We must pray!

Pray: for Leah to feel God’s comfort and protection, and for Him to destroy Boko Haram by His power. (Deuteronomy 33:27)

More: win1040.com/post.php?id=3354&cat=EPA

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