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Nigeria: Urgent prayer needed

June 6, 2016

Please pray for the Ninte Christian community in Kaduna State, central Nigeria. They have been under heavy attack from Muslim Fulani herdsmen.

An Open Doors contact reports, “Believers in Ninte are ran for their lives following an early morning attack, which led to the burning of all the churches and houses in the community.

“Children, men and women were seen running, heading towards nearby communities for safety. The church leaders in Kafanchan, in Jemaa local government, have set aside a temporary place to settle the displaced people arriving into the town.”

The attack has come at a time when believers were planning to return to their lands for the farming season.

“It is a great setback to the believers in southern Kaduna as people will not be courageous enough to go to farms,” wrote our contact. “Pray that God himself will arise and deliver his people.”

What’s this all about?

Islamic Hausa-Fulani herdsmen frequently carry out violent attacks on Christian villages in Nigeria’s middle belt. The nomadic tribesmen travel with their herds to gain grazing land, which they often take from Christians by force. As well as causing trauma and bloodshed, these attacks leave indigenous Christian communities without their homes, churches, fields and livelihoods.

Please pray

  • That the Lord’s hand of protection would be over the Ninte Christian community as they seek safety
  • That the affected Christians would have the courage and the resources to farm during this critical season
  • For peace in the region, that the Fulani herdsmen would no longer take lands from Christians by force.

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