VOM workers say Christians in northern Nigeria are facing
unprecedented trials and fierce persecution. It was therefore a special
privilege for VOM workers to distribute the gift of 37 bicycles, 15 motorcycles
and 50 megaphones to pastors and Christians workers in the north recently.
These simple tools will help them evangelize and preach the gospel in northern
At a distribution in Gombe state, one of the hardest hit
areas in the north, at least 2,500 Christians gathered for a worship service.
Widows, orphans, pastors and entire families from all over Gombe came together to
hear a pastor preach about loving their neighbors. The pastor reminded worshipers
that they must not hate their attackers and that martyrs like Stephen forgave
“At this point, I began to realize the weight of love,” a
VOM worker at the distribution said. “This made everyone focus on the Lord’s
intent and design for us, which surpasses all understanding.”
Christians are targeted and “butchered like animals” nearly
every day in northern Nigerian cities, with little alarm sounded by the
international community, according to the VOM worker. Christians are targeted in
their homes, at their businesses, on farms, while traveling on highways and
even in their churches.
“These Christians are imprisoned — though there may not be
physical walls barricading them — but they are confined to one fate which is
death by bombing, bullet, fire, cutlasses, machetes and economic hardship,” the
VOM worker said. “Christians are not allowed to go to markets or farms, all for
the sake of their faith in Christ Jesus.
“These Christians live as if every day were their last. Someone
told me in one of the cities, ‘We are just but walking corpses on the street
waiting for our burial days.’ And although seen as second class citizens, these
Christians [in northern Nigeria] remain strong in their faith and only wish to
advance the gospel.”
The gift of bicycles, motorcycles and megaphones will help
these faithful believers in northern Nigeria continue to advance the gospel in
a hostile land.
Sources: VOM contacts
Posted: February 4, 2013