A radical Islamic group called Boko Haram (which means Western Education is sin) continues its terrorist attacks throughout Northern Nigeria, especially in the city of Maiduguri. Hope Springs has worked with the Wulari Jerusalem Church of Christ for a number of years and has supported a small farm here that serves as an oasis of the Love of Christ to this city of over 2 million souls. We received the follow report this morning from Rambi Ayala concern the continued violence.
“The security situation in Maiduguri has grown much worse with bombings becoming a daily occurrence. When I spoke a while ago with one of the Shepherds at the Wulari Jerusalem Church of Christ, the wife of Dr. Eni, who is currently on his Sabbatical and the youth leader for the Wulari church they all confirmed the worrisome media reports coming out of Maiduguri.
At the time of writing this letter two bombs were reported to have exploded today. Yesterday the University in Maiduguri had to be close down due to security concerns. The Wulari church, that had over 170 members in attendance on July 3, recorded just about 70 this past Sunday. The preacher and his family had to be moved to my father in-law’s house in Shagari lowcost which is considered a relatively safe area because of its proximity to the military barracks and most of the people that live there are ex-military officers. There has been a mass exodus of people from Maiduguri to other parts of the country.
This is not to say that other parts of the North is any better. There were bomb attacks on two churches in Suleja and Madalla very close to Abuja with some casualties. These are trying times for Nigeria. The Chief of Army staff described it as a “passing phase” in the security situation. For us Christians what can we say other than to console ourselves with the words of Christ, “And I say to you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.” (Luke 12:4)
Please urge brethren there to be on bended knees for Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria and indeed the entire country for God’s intervention.”
Please join us in pray for this city filled will peace loving Muslims who themselves have been attacked by this radical sect. Please pray for our fellow Christians who most often are the targets of this unprovoked violence.