Bank building destroyed by Boko Haram in Adamawa State, Nigeria.
Destruction and total annihilation is what Boko Haram and Islamic State (IS) have in common. The picture shown above is sadly a telling sign in Nigeria that Boko Haram have arrived, killing and destroying everything in their path.
Boko Haram and IS have a common agenda: to annihilate anything that does not fit with their Islamic ideology.
Who is Boko Haram?
Boko Haram are found in northern Nigeria. They are an Islamic extremist group who want to eradicate western influence, or anything does not fit with their ideology. They specifically target Christians. In 2014, around 200 school girls were abducted. The leader, Abubakar, was quoted saying, “I abducted your girls, I will sell them in the market, by Allah. I will sell them off and marry them off.” (Source: BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-18020349)
Who is IS?
IS are found heavily in Syria and Iraq but are also having a wider influence in places like Egypt, Nigeria and throughout the Middle East as more and more extremist groups turn to them for support. Their goal is to make an Islamic state that imposes their rendition of Islam.
What can we do?
It’s easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed by what is happening in places like Iraq and Nigeria, and then don’t do anything about it. This is what we cannot allow ourselves to do.
There are four ways we can help our persecuted brothers and sisters today.
- Be informed
To pray, we need to know what to pray for. If a friend of yours were sick, you would want to know what they were sick with and the background of their sickness. This would allow your prayers to God to be more specific and personal. It is the same for our persecuted family. We should know what is happening to them so our prayers and our care can be more personal. You won’t find much information in mainstream media on Christian persecution – it’s unpopular. But you will find it from Thirteen Three. Sign up to our monthly enews or VOM’s weekly prayer email to stay informed.
Prayer is powerful and we have a God who listens and responds to our prayer. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7.
Look at Releasing the Gospel into North Korea Part 2 for an example.
Tell your friends, tell your family, tell all of Facebook what is happening to our Christian brothers and sisters. They too may be unaware and through your sharing might become #boundwiththem. The more people praying and caring for our persecuted family, the more encouraged they will be to stand firm for Jesus.
Become a partner with Thirteen Three by booking a Thirteen Three speaker or by considering investing into some of our projects. Your contribution goes a long way in supporting persecuted Christians and by helping the spread of the Gospel.
On behalf of persecuted Christians, may we thank you for your partnership and support.