While millions of people around the world were free to celebrate Christmas with families and friends, Christians, including small children, in Nigeria were being horrendously tortured and killed.  We must never forget to pray and help those who are suffering for their faith.  Persecution is growing rampantly.  Soon it will reach every nation.  MB

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Islamic extremist group Boko Haram reportedly killed 16 people, including children, in an attack last week in a Nigerian village, continuing its long history of massacres on Christmas Day.

Nigerian national newspaper THISDAY reported that terrorists raided the Kimba village in the Biu local government area, located in southern Borno State, which the rebels still control.

The militants invaded the village Friday evening, setting houses and shops on fire, and kidnapping six other people.

There was no immediate information on how many children were among the 16 dead.

AFP added that hundreds of Kimba residents fled to Biu nearby, where they were placed in a refugee camp that is already full of people who have fled Boko Haram.

“The gunmen killed 14 people and burned the whole village before they fled,” said Mustapha Karimbe, identified as a civilian who is helping the military in its campaign against Boko Haram.

“Not a single house was spared in the arson,” added Musa Suleiman, another vigilante.

Boko Haram has waged a war on the Nigerian government for almost six years now, killing over 20,000 people in its various village raids, shootings, and suicide bombings.

The Islamic terrorists have especially focused on Christians, who make up close to half the nation, and have stated that they want to drive them out of the country.

The terror group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has attacked churches and Christians on Christmas Day for several years in a row.

One of the deadliest Christmas Day massacres occurred in 2011, when the militant group killed 37 people in the bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, on the outskirts of Abuja.

Nigerian Christians have remained defiant despite the constant attacks against them, however, and have continued attending Mass and church services despite the extremist threat.

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to eradicate the terror group, though a deadline he set earlier in the year for achieving the mission by December has passed.

Air Commodore Yusuf Anas of the Center for Crisis Communication admitted at the end of November: “The timeline on when to stop the insurgents from activating sleeper cells and detonating bombs into soft targets in any part of the country, especially in the front-line states, is therefore not tenable.”

Last week, the United Nations Children’s Fund reported that children have suffered greatly due to the ongoing conflict, with as many as 1 million youngsters being forced out of school specifically due to Boko Haram.

“Across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, over 2,000 schools remain closed due to the conflict — some of them for more than a year — and hundreds have been attacked, looted or set on fire,” UNICEF said in its report. “In far north Cameroon, only one out of the 135 schools closed in 2014 has re-opened this year.”

Nigeria is ranked #10 on the Open Doors 2015 World Watch List ( of the 50 worst persecutors of Christians. The 2016 WWL will be released on Jan. 13.

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I seek first the kingdom of Christ because everything else in this world is perishing. All that I have is from God who is always faithful. I have worked hard all my life and will continue as long as God lends me breath. The mistakes and bad judgments I made in my life all stemmed from me trying to work things out by myself. I have learned the hard way that the victory over all of my problems and the answers to all of my desires lie solely in my Savior, Jesus Christ. It is now my desire to share the words that God gives me to encourage and give hope to others who need the strength that only faith in Christ can give.

Comments 2

  1. Mrs. CJB

    Thank You for posting this, Marianne. I have precious friends in the church I attend who were originally from Nigeria. My dear Sister in Christ, Oluchi, told me she spoke to Boko Haram by the Holy Spirit as she watched the horrific news out of her home land and said “In the name of Jesus you are going to be destroyed because Christ will have all victory!” It must be heartbreaking to see and hear this news out of Nigeria for this family. Yes, I am agreeing with you Sister Marianne for persecuted Christians around the world. I believe it is coming here also. God Bless You.

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      Marianne Bernard

      Greetings, Mrs. CJB and thank you for your comment. I was deeply troubled after reading that article. I had visions of the screaming and fear that those children must have endure before they were killed. My heart is literally breaking for them. I know that Christ is in control and I trust him to work this out according to his purposes but it is heart wrenching to see and hear about the horrific persecutions that our brothers and sisters and their little children are going through. May God be with them and help them. May our prayers be heard and move the hand of our God to provide for their needs and protect them. May Christ return soon to make all things new.

      Happy New Year, my sister, and may God bless you and your family.

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