Nigeria – The Most Dangerous Nation For Christians Today
“Christians are killed daily in Nigeria,” Addison Parker of the International Christian Concern (ICC) declared.
There were attacks on March 23 and on April 4 that killed up to 37 people, and that included two military personnel and 32 residents. The ICC Persecutor of the Year report stated. “Nigeria is one of the deadliest places on Earth for Christians, as 50,000 to 70,000 have been killed since 2000.”
Just this year, over 200 homes have burned down around the Nigerian Christians, and this has left many in a state of hopeless desperation. Unfortunately, the Nigerian Christians have been unable to build a secure community around themselves.
Open Doors ministry reports the persecution level in Nigeria as “Extreme.” They say, “…persecution in Nigeria is brutally violent” and that “in much of northern Nigeria, Christians live their lives under the constant threat of attack from Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Fulani militants and criminals who kidnap and murder with impunity.”
This tragic situation was just one of the reasons why Thaine, BTJ’s IT coordinator, traveled to Nigeria to work with the church there. Thaine’s heart has been greatly touched by the connection. While back in Nigeria again, Thaine takes a pause to join the podcast along with his Nigerian brother, Lengdung, to talk about the amazing things God is doing in Nigeria despite the intense, ongoing persecution.
You can listen to their conversation below:
Boko Harem I read on the BBC as being a dangerous gang in parts of Africa. Also among them are various militia groups that also come into villages and kill. Africa was once a Tribal Nation but Islam and Christianity entered and many became either or. Christians are not welcome with Muslims in Africa with certain groups. It’s dangerous. I know a well educated Nigerian Catholic Priest who studied in Sweden for his Doctorate and absolutely loved Jesus and rhe Blessed Mother and spoke with love when he gave talks or his Sermon. Father Sylvester is he. Practicing a Religion is a County like this is dangerous. There’s no place to go. They flee to various lands for safety. It’s no different than in Biblical Times where many fled when God told them to flee. If they listened to God they got up and left otherwise they would have been killed. Moses led the Jews out of Egypt into the Promised Land and parted the Sea so they could cross and when they crossed God sent all the water back and flooded all those pursuing them even in Chairoteers.All perished. Then the Jews were free from captivity and slavery and brutialty. Always listen to God. Do what he tells you to do and be Obedient.