I am reading an article, and my heart bows low. Numbers of dead bodies and statistics fill its sentences. According to this article, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has said that Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram have killed 280 people in February and March terrorist attacks, including 130 deaths in Kaduna, 120 in Zamfara and 30 in Benue states—all within the middle belt of the country.
All of these victims were self-proclaimed Christians. And it leads me to think: when was the last time I stepped out of my comfort zone and told a person the Gospel, or much less, that I was a Christian? What would I do in the face of death for loving Jesus?
Our brothers and sisters are being murdered daily. Hundreds of those who follow Jesus are here no more, leaving behind families that are drowning in tears and anguish.
Do we think about this enough? My question to myself is: do I allow this news to make it to my heart?
I don’t know what to do. What to say. People are hurting; no cliché can remove this pain.
I just want to hug them. To hold them. To cry with them, in their presence, letting them know that they are not forgotten by at least me.
Friends, please, let us not forget those who are being persecuted all over the world (Hebrews 13:3). I pray that we would allow it to touch our day to day lives, and that we would lift them up to our Father, the God of All Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5).
One day in heaven, tears will disappear—heaven is our Hope. So, let us not forget the people all around the world who are our brothers and sisters in Jesus, people who we will spend eternity with.
Until eternity, friends, let us remember. Let us mourn. Let us pray. Let us love.
Do you know Jesus?
One day, Jesus will come back, and all of this pain and anguish will be forgotten. Because of the pain Jesus felt on the cross, we can rejoice that the pain is not forever. Learn more about what Jesus did, and how it has changed suffering forever, here.
Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here)…
- The Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu.
- The violence between Fulani Herdsmen, Boko Haram, and Christians in Nigeria.
- Jesus to come back soon.
- The worldwide Church to love and support those in deep, deep pain.
Thank you for your prayers!