Please Read Will It change anything? at Mission Network News.
The U.S. finally declares Boko Haram a terrorist organization. This radical Islamic militant group has been waging jihad in northern Nigeria since 2009. Open Doors USA CEO David Curry says it's not clear why this designation took so long. "What is clear is that across the board, our government seems to be hesitating on calling out Christian persecution, wherever it's happening across the globe. We have some geopolitical connections with these governments...but yet we're not encouraging them to crack down, try to protect Christians where persecution is happening." Curry hopes the U.S. designation is more than just words, but the actions of Nigerian Christians speak for themselves. "Christians are praying there; they're holding together in unity. They are saying, 'We have to find a spiritual solution, because a practical, physical solution seems to be so slow here on the ground.'" Will you join them?"
Read VOM Canada Will Keep Caring for the Persecuted, No Matter What at Mission Network News.
"Who are the Boko Haram? Voice of the Martyrs Canada spokesman Greg Musselman says, "They want to set up an Islamic state...with strict Sharia law. They've got this in their mind that Christians are of the West...they want nothing to do with the West, and they see Christianity--particularly evangelical Christianity--as being American or Western." Boko Haram has killed over 2,000 people in the past four years, many of them Christians. It's easy to get overwhelmed by this ongoing reign of terror in Nigeria. "People just kind of put their hands up in the air and say, 'There's nothing we can do.' Of course, that's not true. There is much we can do." It all starts with prayer. "Our prayer really needs to be for the Church in Nigeria, that they will be strong." "
Please read Expert: More Christians Killed Last Year in Northern Nigeria Than Rest of World Combined. by Michael Gryboski, The Christian Post.
" "We documented 1,200 Nigerian Christians in the North of Nigeria who were killed, some by Boko Haram, some by Fulani herdsmen. These two types of attacks are persistent within several of the Northern Nigerian states," said [Ann] Buwalda, who participated on a panel on Christian persecution in Nigeria...
"..."Statistically, we are looking at approximately 60 percent of the world's Christians that were killed for their faith last year was in Northern Nigeria," she stated."