Despite Christianity being one of the major religions in the country, Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places to follow Christ.
According to Open Doors more Christians are murdered for their faith in Nigeria than in any other country. Some estimates suggest there is roughly one new Christian martyr every four hours. Extremist groups such as Boko Haram and others have gained ground and attack the Church violently.
In the face of such persecution the Word of God brings comfort and strength. Helen Williams with World Missionary Press says the Gospel is also spreading. “There’s a hunger, and my contact Andrew, he says that, people are just reaching out for the material and crying for it, so to speak. And one of our other major distributors in Benin City – in the south as well – they’re a Bible training school. So they use [materials] in Bible studies, in English and in some of the other languages. And they are sending out these young pastors and evangelists.”
A Great Need for Materials
Nigeria has been a sending country to other regions of Africa for years. Despite the persecution, the Church there continues to send Christian workers and literature to other countries as well as to it’s own people. Earlier in 2020 one of their Nigerian contacts said that they used up 1000 boxes of literature in six weeks, bringing the Good News to other Nigerians.
With that kind of need World Missionary Press is doing everything they can to keep up with the demand. They are currently sending a new shipment over that contains about two million pieces of literature. That container should arrive and clear customs by mid-March.
However, they are already planning to start another container as soon as this one arrives. Nigerian contacts think the one arriving will be used quickly, so the goal is to send another one before the end of the year.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Anna Deckert
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that God would strengthen and embolden the Church in Nigeria through His word.
- Ask God to open the hearts of unbelieving Nigerians through World Missionary Press materials.
- Join World Missionary Press by donating to help send additional containers of literature to Nigeria.