On Sunday 14 April, Safaratu and her husband John Kabiru Ali dedicated their baby to the Lord in a special service in the Ruhaniya Baptist Church in Nigeria’s central, Middle Belt state of Nasarawa. Later in the day, as believers gathered for a celebration dinner, Fulani Muslim militants burst in and began shooting indiscriminately.

Seventeen believers aged between 10 and 80 years died in the massacre, while eight others were wounded. The baby’s mother is dead and the father was taken to hospital in a critical condition. A funeral was held on Wednesday 17 April.

Local, Jacob Tantse reported that 10 of those killed were members of the Ruhaniya Baptist Church; five were members of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC); one was a member of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) and one was a musician who had been performing for the guests.

Sources: Christian Faith and Freedom, Morning Star News

  • Please pray for those who grieve, for the wounded and for those who are traumatised.
  • Pray for the imperilled church across Northern Nigeria, ask for courage and protection. Pray against any kind of retaliation.
  • Ask the Lord to have mercy on the perpetrators and remove hate, evil and violence from their hearts and reveal to them, the one true God.

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Tears and prayers for our dear brethren in Nigeria for your deep grief and safety concerns. May you know God’s tender comfort and presence with you at this sad time.

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Tears and prayers for our dear brethren in Nigeria for your deep grief and safety concerns. May you know God’s tender comfort and presence with you at this sad time.

TIM JOSE
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TIM JOSE

My Father, please remember the hardest sufferings your children are facing because they follow you. Father,

comfort them with the peace that surpasses all understanding.we can’t do anything to stop this persecution but

Lord, You are all powerful. please let us hear the good news of persecutors coming to know your name in coming

days. In Jesus name, I pray.

TIM JOSE
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TIM JOSE

My Father, please remember the hardest sufferings your children are facing because they follow you. Father,

comfort them with the peace that surpasses all understanding.we can’t do anything to stop this persecution but

Lord, You are all powerful. please let us hear the good news of persecutors coming to know your name in coming

days. In Jesus name, I pray.