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2015-07-15 12:06:42

Sponsored: Boko Haram Militants Ravage Christian Communities

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Out of the ashes

From the Writer: Boko Haram militants are an Islamist terror organization seeking to establish extreme Islamic rule in Nigeria. They have terrorized northern Nigeria for the past six years, in one of the worst campaigns of Christian persecution in recent history.


WORLD’s Jamie Dean visited some of the towns and villages the militants attacked and occupied last fall in one of the only instances of on-the-ground coverage of the plight of Christians in the wake of the Boko Haram attacks. In Dean’s own words:

“I was able to walk through the ruins of many destroyed churches and speak with many local pastors who had returned to serve their congregations and maintain a gospel witness for the Christian church in northern Nigeria, despite the ongoing danger for Christians in this area.”

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Out of the ashes

NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA—On the Sunday morning Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Michika in northeastern Nigeria, Pastor Joel Billy gathered the children of his congregation to the front of the church.

Fears were thick, as rumors swirled the jihadists might arrive any day. Some townspeople had fled, but others stayed, realizing they had few options to find safe haven in the rugged terrain nearby.

On a Sunday morning last September, hundreds of Christians gathered for worship at Billy’s church, a congregation of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN). The pastor walked down the platform steps, laid his hands on the children’s heads, and delivered a harrowing message.

“It is the plan of Boko Haram to come and drive us from our homes and from our churches,” he remembers telling the little ones. “If they do come here, never deny Jesus. If they kill your parents, never deny Jesus. If they take you away to the Sambisa Forest, never deny Jesus Christ.”

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