Bandits kidnap about 66 worshippers at the Emmanuel Baptist Church (Urban Christian News 11.13.21)

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According to Punch Nigeria, Bandits who kidnapped about 66 worshippers at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have killed two of the captives. The worshippers were kidnapped when the bandits who came in large numbers invaded the church on October 31, 2021, during service. The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State, Rev. Joseph Hayab, confirmed the killing of the two of the abducted 66 worshippers on Sunday. He also said three other victims were seriously injured by the bandits. The CAN chairman in a WhatsApp message sent to our correspondent in Kaduna, said, “Two of the 66 worshipers abducted on Sunday, October 31, 2021, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State have been killed by their captors. “The bandits opened fire on five of their victims on Saturday, November 6, 2021, and killed two people while three others were seriously injured and are currently in the hospital. The lives of the Kaduna abducted worshipers are in danger and requires an urgent intervention of government and security agencies. The insecurity in Kaduna state has continued to grow beyond our imagination and is threatening the peace of the nation.” He continued, “CAN Kaduna State is appealing to well-meaning individuals, organisations, those in authority, especially the federal government and the international community to come to our rescue. The evil we are experiencing is more than what an ordinary person in Kaduna and Nigeria can handle. CAN is appealing to all Christians and people of our state to be united in fighting this evil and be watchful.”

According to NBC New York, The mother of 14-year-old Jashyah Moore is under arrest. The East Orange teen had been missing since Oct. 14, but was found safe Thursday night in New York City. As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reports, officials announced Friday that Jashyah Moore ran away. When she was found, she made statements to police about her home life. Friday they questioned her mother, and now she is in custody, facing charges of child endangerment. Jashyah Moore’s mother Jamie had been pleading for her daughter’s safe return, posting flyers, starting a GoFundMe page, organizing search parties, and insisting she did not run away. But the Essex County prosecutor’s office says 14-year-old Jashyah Moore did not want to be found. She ran away. “Obviously this was an extremely resilient and resourceful young lady and she decided she wanted to be someplace other than where she had been and she made it happen,” said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens. The teen was last seen at a couple of East Orange delis last month, had been at several locations in New Jersey, ultimately ending up at a Brooklyn shelter. She was found near the corner of West 111th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem after going to meet someone who then called police. They say, when asked, she initially denied her identity. Mother and daughter were not reunited. 39-year-old Jamie Moore, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The charges include allegations of physical abuse and neglect. Both Jashyah and her 3-year-old brother are in the custody of the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

According to Christian Headlines, The Bible app YouVersion celebrated a major milestone this week with its 500 millionth install, making it the only faith-based app ever to reach that mark. The 13-year-old app launched in 2008 as one of only 200 free apps in the iOS App Store and quickly grew in popularity, becoming the most-downloaded Bible app in the infancy of the iPhone (which was first released in 2007) and iPad (which debuted in 2010). Thus far in 2021, approximately 64 billion Bible chapters have “been read or listened to,” which is an increase of 21 percent compared to 2020 and 56 percent compared to 2019, according to the news release from Life.Church, the app’s creator. The eye-popping number represents installations on 500 million unique devices, Life.Church said. “While some people claim the Bible is irrelevant and Scripture engagement is declining, these 500 million installs indicate otherwise,” said YouVersion founder Bobby Gruenewald. “The Bible continues to be relevant and has the power to transform lives. That’s why we’re excited to celebrate this milestone. Not just because it’s a big number, but because each install represents a chance for someone to go deeper in their faith and grow closer to God.” The YouVersion team has a goal of 1 billion installs. “Throughout the last several years, we have continually seen God do more than we could imagine through YouVersion,” Gruenewald said. “As the app has grown exponentially to reach people in every country of the world and change millions of lives, our faith has also grown to see new possibilities. We believe this is just the beginning for YouVersion. We have a fresh vision for where the Bible App is headed, and we’re excited to roll out new features in 2022 to better serve pastors and church leaders.”

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