Prayers for the Three Mass Shootings in the US

Three.
That is the amount of school shootings that have happened in the last week in the USA. One shooting was at the Rite-Aid distribution center in Maryland; another was “in a courthouse in Masontown, PA”; and yet another another was at the “WTS Paradigm software company in Middleton, WI” (source). Continue reading

Cameroon: The Pain is not Forever

It was reported on December 28th that Boko Haram killed approximately 30 civilians in the town of Mbaljuel, Cameroon Saturday. These innocent men, women, and children were among 4 soldiers attacked on the Waza-Mora highway Friday, which killed one Cameroonian corporal and injured 3 others.

These attacks come in light of the Cameroon military’s counterattacks against the terrorist group, which have killed 53 Boko Haram members and destroyed a training ground for the insurgents. Cameroon’s military is now positioning soldiers in the far North of Cameroon, to guard its borders against Boko Haram.

The relative area Boko Haram has been documented operating in. Their sharia law has been instituted in a few northern states in Nigeria. Their base of operations lies in the Northernmost parts of East Nigeria, extending into small pockets of Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

The relative area Boko Haram has been documented operating in. Their sharia law has been instituted in a few northern states in Nigeria. Their base of operations lies in the Northernmost parts of East Nigeria, extending into small pockets of Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

While the Cameroonian military seems to be doing a much more effective job fighting the Boko Haram than the Nigerian military, this news expresses that surrounding nations– not only Nigeria– are in real danger of being infiltrated and harmed by Boko Haram. News of this slaughter has shocked and saddened many; it is obvious that Cameroon is in need of prayers and support as well.

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Nigeria: Physically Well, but Spiritually Sick

Amidst the heartbreaking news that so often floods headlines when speaking about Nigeria, news has come that sheds light on Nigeria’s potential in fighting corruption, war, and crime. In August, it was reported that Nigeria had contained Ebola, and was working hard to prevent future cases. The effectiveness of their strategy has shown the world what Nigeria is capable of in regards to healing their nation.

This news is welcomed, as it is an encouragement to those observing the happenings in Nigeria. Nigeria’s potential has also been showcased in their successful attempts at taking back cities from the nation’s notorious terror group, Boko Haram. This fall, several cities were taken back from the terrorists, including the cities of Mubi and Damboa.

Yet, despite all their success, Nigeria still suffers from kidnappings, raids, and the mass killings of “infidels” by Boko Haram– which have reached increasingly evil levels of barbaric violence. Corruption has also spread to the Nigerian military; low morale has seeped into military ranks, with privates and corporals staging mutinies against their commanders. The military has claimed to be ill-equipped for facing the terrorists, causing many to refuse to fight. Why then, when a country has such potential and seemingly “functional institutions” (Source), is Nigeria still struggling with the disease of corruption within it’s nation, as well as terror from groups like the Boko Haram? Continue reading