Gospel Continues to Go Forth In Nigeria Despite Boko Haram Attacks

Nigerian refugees in the makeshift Gagamari camp in the Diffa region of Niger line up to have their children screened for malnutrition by Save the Children. ©EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie.
Nigerian refugees in the makeshift Gagamari camp in the Diffa region of Niger line up to have their children screened for malnutrition by Save the Children. ©EC/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie.

As Boko Haram militants continue to attack Nigeria and threaten neighboring countries, Christian workers there say the Gospel is going forth and impacting receptive hearts.


Greg Dorsey*, a Christian worker in West Africa, said Nigerian Christians are effectively engaging many areas of the country.

“The northeastern corner of Nigeria where Boko Haram has wielded most of its activities remains a difficult area for believers to freely worship and share their faith,” Dorsey said. “However, God has raised up believers who have remained steadfast and bold in the midst of applied pressures to silence them.”

Another Christian worker told of hearing the testimonies of believers from troubled areas of northern Nigeria at a recent meeting. “Each one that shared was brought to the Lord by a brother or other close relative. Earlier this year, some of these same men were imprisoned. While we prayed for their release, they were sharing their faith and welcoming new brothers into the Christ-life.”

One man exhibited amazing joy in Christ even as he showed scars from his imprisonment and torture. The day after the man shared his story, he received a phone call that his house had been burned and his family scattered.

In what is described as Boko Haram’s deadliest attack to date, hundreds of gunmen invaded the town of Baga and 16 surrounding villages in Borno state on Jan. 3 and continued to slaughter residents and burn homes throughout the following week, killing an estimated 2,000 people.

Yet, Nigerians continue to seek peace in the midst of the country’s struggles, according to Christian workers.

One worker shared the story of a religious leader who said, “I’ve searched the Quran for peace, and every time Jesus is mentioned. Can you tell me about Him?”

After hearing stories of Jesus, the man repented, prayed for salvation and was later baptized.

Amid the persecution, believers are reminded that even their persecutors can experience the power of the Gospel.

“Remember that the apostle Paul was once a religious terrorist until he met Jesus on the Damascus Road. Ask God to open the eyes of those who are blinded by the deceiver and bring them to Christ that they too might become great evangelists,” one Christian leader said.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press

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