Muslim Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram terrorists are massacring Nigerian Christians in astonishing numbers.
With Christians being targeted, and over 3,700 killed last year alone, one might think that Christians might stop practicing their beliefs.
However, it turns out that the opposite is happening.
Thousands of Fulani Herdsmen are converting to Christianity.
“Thousands of Fulani are following Jesus Christ.”
“So this traditionally Muslim tribal group, ethnic group, thousands of them have left Islam behind and are now following Jesus Christ”, claims Todd Nettleton of Voice of Martyrs.
If you have been keeping up with Christian news, you have likely noticed that there are many instances where mass conversions are happening all around the world in the face of adversity.
Why does this tend to happen and what does it mean? Is it a coincidence that Faith grows stronger when the strength of God is seen in those being persecuted?
Perhaps a people who have experienced the violence of their own religion are now craving the peace that only the Son can bring? Perhaps they have realized the strength of the Spirit in those whom they have seen persecuted?
Martyrs are often an inspiration to those who witness the power of God and the light of Jesus Christ shining through those who are Faithful, even when death is upon them.
This is no exception in Africa. There have been many violent attacks on the continent of Africa, and many of those have been against Christians.
In Nigeria, Islam is a dominant religion. Around 50% of the population of Nigeria follows Islam. Many of these followers live without trouble in this area, but there are radicals who have no desire to live peacefully with those who do not follow the Muslim religion. This was more than apparent in late September 2018, when a group of radical Muslims attacked a village in the city of Jos.
This small village would never be the same. But could those who suffered here have changed the lives of some of their attackers?
The Fulani tribe is believed to be the first tribe of peoples in West Africa to have converted to Islam between the 11th and 13th century. They have maintained a large Islamic population since and though many in the large Fulani tribe (about 38-40 million spread all over West Africa) do not cause problems for others, there are some radicals.
It was some of these radical Muslims who attacked the area of Jos. Jos has had its fair share of violence in the past and this was no different. Northern Nigeria is mostly Muslim and the South is mostly Christian. Jos and its surrounding areas are located where the major Christian population begins between the North and South.
Sources say that 17-20 people were killed on this day in late September, 2018, including at least 1 woman and 4 children.
Not only are Christians standing firm in their Faith, but many in the Fulani tribe itself are also converting to Christianity in high numbers.
Though some think that the peaceful religion of Christianity is for the weak, we know that it takes a huge amount of courage and strength coming from God Himself to stand up to persecution.
The kind of Faith that stands in the face of death can be confusing to some and make no sense, but to others it can lead to a searching and subsequent finding of a peace that can not be experienced without the Holy Spirit.
It is the Holy Spirit working throughout Nigeria, as well as through the whole of the world, to bring His beloved people to Him. He is calling those who will listen and change the hearts of those who did not know Him before they saw and experienced this violence.
It seems that, when persecution happens to people, they start searching for some way to feel peace in the middle of it all. So, with all the violence and confusion in the world today, is it any wonder that Christianity is growing at an explosive rate?
This explosive turning to the Father is a sign in Nigeria that all hope is not lost.
Yes, there is a lot of pain in Nigeria right now, but the Christians there know Who is winning the war for the hearts of the people.
God listens to those who pray to Him in His Son’s Holy name.
When we join together in prayer, the Lord is with us and His power can work through our prayers.
Please join us here at Christian Life Daily in praying for those who are being persecuted all over the world.