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Christians persecuted in Nigeria

MORE CHRISTIANS KILLED IN NIGERIA Please pray for the families of a number of Christians killed in recent assaults on villages in Nigeria’s eastern Taraba State. At least ten Christians were killed when suspected Fulani Islamists and other terrorists raided the Yangtu Special Development Area near Takum last weekend. One resident told Morning Star News, 'Some of the Christians were killed while they were returning from their farms, while others were killed in their houses in the affected villages.' A member of the Ussa Local Council said, in a text message, 'There have been issues of Fulani bandits’ attacks in our area, and they’re constantly attacking our villages. These terrorists have been attacking our communities without restraint from security agents.' The violent raids have brought untold misery and hardship on Christians in the area, he said. 'More worrisome is the fact that Christians are being attacked as they work on their farms.' The Taraba State Police Command has verified that 10 people were killed, but locals have claimed the number is higher. UPDATE Mayflower Church members settling in Texas! A number of families from the Chinese ‘Mayflower Church’ are establishing a permanent home in Texas, Release International’s partner for China has reported. More than 60 members of what was the Shenzhen Holy Reformed Church escaped harsh persecution in China, late in 2019. Spells in South Korea and Thailand followed. They were detained in Thailand’s Immigration Detention Centre, before the US government intervened. Most of the families arrived in the States earlier this year. They have now moved to be closer to Release International’s partner’s Texas base. 'These faithful Christians have built up so much momentum since coming to the United States in early April – from studying English, to going to school, to working hard to provide for their families,' said our partner. PRAY For the families of those Christians killed in recent Fulani attacks on villages in Nigeria’s Taraba State. Pray they will know God’s grace and comfort For church leaders in the area, as they seek to pastor those living under the threat of repeated raids That the Nigerian authorities will be more effective in defending Christian communities in Taraba, and elsewhere in Nigeria Give thanks that members of the ‘Mayflower Church’ are settling well in Texas and establishing a new life. Pray for job opportunities, effective schooling of youngsters and for biblical discipleship of all the families. (Sources: Morning Star News; ChinaAid)

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