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Prayer needs for this week - Saturday 25 November

Dear Peter

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” Psalm 34:17

“I was so glad that somebody advocated for us.” Pastor Gideon, Nehemiah IDP Camp
 
Today, we want to thank you. Over the past eight months, CSW supporters have campaigned tirelessly for peace for Christians and other minorities in central Nigeria. Though thousands of men, women and children have been killed by Fulani militia, the crisis has received almost no international attention.
 
But you heard their cry and spoke up on their behalf. Here are a few of the people whose lives were changed by your prayers and action:
 
Thank you from Nehemiah Camp
Many of you have been praying for the camp in southern Kaduna for people displaced by Fulani violence.  Recently, CSW Nigeria provided training in income generating skills to a group of destitute widows and gave them  start up materials.  When we visited in October, the ladies were transformed.  Their faces glowed with hope as they told us they were now able to provide for their children and had even accumulated small savings.
 
A Breakthrough for Students
One of the calls in your emails to Governor El-Rufai was for the reopening of colleges and universities in southern Kaduna, which he claimed he had closed due to “insecurity.”  In September we were delighted to hear that he was reopening them.  
 
Following your emails, students like Jeremiah, whose final year was disrupted by the closures, can at last look forward to finishing their studies and getting on with their lives.
 
Though our primary goal of seeing  the attackers being brought to justice is still to be achieved, we’re encouraged by these answers to prayer – so keep praying! It means so much to the people in central Nigeria.

 

In summary, please pray:

  • Thanking God for lives transformed in Nehemiah Camp by the training
  • Thanking God that students are finally able to continue their studies
  • That the perpetrators of the brutal attacks on unarmed communities would be brought to justice.

Nigeria

Last month we prayed for Nigeria as part of One Month, One Church, One Prayer: a fantastic opportunity to unite with churches all over the world and pray as one church family! November is over, but Nigeria still needs your faithful prayers as its people continues to face huge challenges. 

Sunday 
 
Pastor Gideon runs Nehemiah Camp, which cares for over 400 people who have been driven from their homes by the violence of Fulani militia seeking to take their land. Pastor Gideon runs the camp without any government support. Thank God for him and for churches and individuals  who support him. Pray that God would provide abundantly for his work. 
 
Monday
 
Imagine setting out on a journey, fearing you may not reach your destination. This is the reality for many Nigerians, as kidnapping for ransom is a severe problem, especially on the road from Kaduna to Abuja. Please pray that God would protect every traveller and that the kidnappers would be brought to justice.
 
Tuesday 
 
“We want you to hold us in prayer, that the Lord will bring an end to killings.” These are the words of Victoria Illiya, a woman from Nehemiah Camp whom we met during a recent visit. Her village was attacked by Fulani militia. When her husband was killed she was forced to flee, and must now provide for her five children by herself. Pray for God to provide for Victoria, and that she’d find somewhere safe to live permanently with her family.
 
Wednesday 
 
Plateau State borders Kaduna State and is seeing a resurgence in violence by Fulani militia. In September, 15 people died in an attack on Ancha village, while 22 were killed and six wounded when Hwak-Kwata village was attacked. Pray that the government would make a serious effort to end the violence and arrest the perpetrators.
 
Thursday 
 
As well as attacks by Fulani militia, Nigerians face the threat of the terrorist group Boko Haram. It’s recently split into two factions, doubling the violence: over two months this summer there were 79 attacks in one state alone. In a single attack, a suicide bombing in Maiduguri, 17 people were killed and 21  injured and  in November  50 died when a mosque was attacked. Pray for swift healing for the survivors, and for God to bring an end to the violence soon.
 
Friday
 
Pray for Luka Binniyat, the latest journalist to be harassed judicially for highlighting Fulani attacks in southern Kaduna, when the state government prosecuted and detained him – despite his ill-health. He spent  96 days in custody after initially receiving ‘nearly impossible’ bail conditions. He is currently out on bail.  Pray all charges are dropped.
 
Saturday
 
Father God, we pray again for the nation of Nigeria. There’s so much to pray for, from attacks by terror groups to kidnapping to questions about the rule of law: but we know that you’re a God who is powerful enough for every detail, no matter how small or complicated. Thank you for all you have already done in Nigeria. Bring justice where it’s needed, peace to those in turmoil, and provision for those without, we pray. Amen. 

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Posted on 2 Dec 2017

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