Christians in Nigeria continue to get slaughtered by violent extremists, but this time their target was not only a pastor…
… but also his precious 3-year-old son.
And once you hear the reason why terrorists targeted this family, it’s bound to break your heart.
Leviticus Makpa was a devout Christian who served his community well.
Not only was he a pastor, but he was a church planter and had even established a Christian school to teach children the Gospel.
But all of this public declaration of his faith made him a target.
And sadly, his life was cut short due to the hatred of those who hate God.
On one dark day, Fulani herdsmen surrounded his home plotting an attack on the Pastor and his family.
By the grace of God, the Pastor’s wife and daughter were able to flee to safety and survive the attack.
However, the Pastor and his sweet 3-year-old son were not able to escape and were violently shot to death.
And this wasn’t the first time the Pastor had been attacked by this group.
It had happened before but, because he loved Jesus, he refused to renounce his faith or quit preaching the Gospel.
His dedication to Jesus may have cost him his earthly life, but as Christians, we know God promises that those who lose their life for Him gain eternal life with Him forever.
Those who knew the Pastor best spoke on the life he lived.
In fact, one of his closest associates spoke with reverence on the kind of person Pastor Makpa was.
The Morning Star News reported:
“Fulani bandits came against them, they hid in the cave to save their lives, and after they left, he went back to the field with his family; how many of us can do this?” Solomon said.
“He eventually lost his life and that of his son; the wife and daughter escaped. He knew his life was at stake, but burden for souls won’t let him run away from the field.”
Talk about a man who truly lived out his faith until the very end.
It truly is heartbreaking to hear continuous stories about all the Christians in Nigeria who are dying for the sake of the Gospel.
From kidnapping schoolgirls to terrorizing Christians, there seems to be no end to the killings and pain.
But we must remember we serve a big God and He has written in His Word that Christian persecution is inevitable.
However, on this side of heaven, we can still mourn with those who mourn, and weep over the loss of life.
Let us remember to pray without ceasing for our Christian brothers and sister in Nigeria, that they will feel the peace of God that surpasses all understanding and remain strong until He calls them home.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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