Gyang is a 27-year-old Christian living in Nigeria. He is a student at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Jos and the only surviving member of a family of seven.
Just a few weeks ago Gyang saw a post on Facebook about how his village had come under attack from Fulani militants. Almost immediately he called home to speak to his father, Rev Adamu Gyang, but his father’s phone was switched off.
Sensing something was wrong, he called his mother, but her phone was switched off too.
A few minutes later he called a friend who told him that both his parents, his three younger siblings and his grandmother were dead.
Gyang could hardly breathe. He picked up his bag and got on a bus to his village as quickly as he could.
Hours later, sitting on a half-burned bench in what used to be his family’s living room, he heard from his friends how Fulani militants had arrived at the village one evening and killed 12 people, including all the members of his immediate family.
With tears in his eyes Gyang said: ‘My father was a strong, godly man. Right now, I don’t know how my life will be without him and without all the people I love.’
The picture above shows Gyang’s parents before they were brutally murdered.
During that dreadful night the Fulani burned 95 homes and destroyed most of the village’s crops that were almost ready to harvest.
The persecution and killings of Christians in Nigeria is increasing
The bad news is that Fulani militants are set on destroying the church and punishing Christians in Nigeria’s central and northern states.
They are killing pastors in their churches. They are attacking Christian families in their homes – killing whoever stands in their way. Destroying crops and stealing cattle.
This is what one of our partners in Nigeria told us: ‘According to trustworthy sources, in the first six months of 2018, some 6,000 people have been killed and close to 50,000 displaced. The escalation of killings is very clear.’
Yet amid such suffering and devastation there is good news. The good news is that local churches and ministries like Release partner Stefanos Foundation are providing emergency shelter and food, as well as trauma healing for many internally displaced people.
Earlier this year Stefanos responded quickly to the cries for help of 400 Christian families in different areas of the country affected by persecution. In Nassarawa state, for example, 100 families affected by persecution received rice, beans, cassava flour, eating bowls and toiletries.
And, in central Benue state food and clothing were provided to another 200 Christian families.
They have also provided Bible-based trauma-healing workshops for the survivors of persecution like Gyang, many of whom have witnessed brutal murders.
Thousands of Christians helped by your generosity have resettled in safer areas. But, as persecution escalates, more believers who have lost everything desperately need our help.
Christians are being killed or imprisoned in many other places too. In Eritrea Christians have died in prison and their families need our help. In Pakistan, Somalia, Kenya, Egypt and India Christians are being murdered. Often, those who are left behind find it hard to keep going.
They desperately need practical and spiritual support.
Thanks to your generosity Release’s partners working in these and other countries where Christians are being martyred can help those who are suffering and have no one else to turn to.
Please give as generously as you are able. You can donate online here.
And, please pray for an end to the violence against Christians in Nigeria and other countries where believers’ lives are under constant threat.
Thank you for caring for those who are suffering for following Jesus.
“When a Christian goes to prison and often to torture or death – the suffering only begins. The family suffers endlessly. We can and must help them.” Richard Wurmbrand