Imagine going to church to worship the Lord – when all of a sudden a group of madmen storm in and start shooting.
This horrific event actually took place in Nigeria – when several lunatic gunmen disguised as worshipers unleashed a bloody attack on innocent churchgoers.
And once you hear the details of what happened on Pentecost Sunday – you’re bound to be filled with grief.
Yet again, terrorists have launched a hateful attack on those who worship Jesus.
One can’t even imagine what would possess someone to open fire on a group of congregants in a church.
But hate in a sinful heart can cause people to explode with violence and rage.
On Pentecost Sunday, while a group of Catholics were in church singing praise to Jesus, a group of deranged men unleashed a bloody attack – killing more than 50 people.
Children are reported to be some of the casualties.
Joel Veldkamp, who heads international communications at Christian Solidarity International, solemnly shared the details of what happened that day.
“It was Pentecost Sunday in Nigeria, so the church was full of people gathered,” Veldkamp said.
“According to one report, the gunmen snuck in disguised as worshippers. And then other gunmen arrived on motorcycles from the outside and started shooting from the outside, and then the ones who were already inside the congregation started shooting as well.”
The assailants then reportedly placed bombs on the altar and around the church before detonating them.”
Peaceful worshipers were gathered together – only to be attacked and killed by those who hate Jesus.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Christians in Nigeria have been persecuted.
Nigerian terrorists are known for kidnapping Christian schoolgirls – and then demanding an exorbant ransom.
In fact, Open Doors ranks Nigeria as one of the most dangerous places in the world for Christians.
But while Christians in Nigeria are slaughtered without mercy – much of the world seems to ignore this massive genocide.
President Biden went so far as to remove Nigeria off the State Department’s religious persecution list – which sparked international outrage and was called out as being a political power-play by the Biden administration.
But the Lord knows what is happening to Christians in Nigeria – and He is with them even and especially as they are persecuted for His name.
Let’s take a moment and pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria – pray that God will continue to empower them to plant churches and proclaim the Gospel – and protect them as they evangelize to the lost.
Even the hardest hearts can be changed by the love and power of Jesus – and we must never stop praying for those who don’t know Jesus.
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