Sources of persecution: Islamic extremism
The Islamist agenda to bring Nigeria under the ‘House of Islam’ versus the election of a southern Christian as President has caused much unrest. The Islamist group, Boko Haram, has claimed the lives of at least 800 Christians. The decisions of local government, especially in the twelve northern Sharia states, mean that Christians experience restrictions in schooling, threats of abduction, forced marriage, as well as denial of employment, clean water and healthcare. It is dangerous to convert and for churches to integrate new converts.
Give thanks that believers are responding to recent pressure with increased prayer, evangelism and care for MBBs
That Christian youths will resist the temptation to respond with violence to Muslim attacks
For Open Doors workers providing emergency support and trauma counselling to victims of attacks.