Terrorists destroyed building but church still gathers

Nigerian church elders hold Sunday service amid the ashes of their burnt-out church just two days after a devastating Boko Haram raid. 

Originally published in UG Christian News

Uganda Christian News has learnt of Christian worshippers in Nigeria who still come together for prayer despite their church building being razed by terrorist group Boko Haram.

The Barnabas Fund, an international Christian aid agency, reports that four church elders in the village of Garkida, held a Sunday service in their burnt-out church building on February 23, two days after Boko Haram militants abducted some of the church’s female members and set fire to the building.

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The agency says heavily-armed militants on February 21 stormed into the premises during a women’s fellowship meeting and kidnapped some of the Christian women and left the building a burnt-out shell.

“In spite of their anguish and shock, the pastors decided to continue to meet together to show that ‘church’ isn’t the building razed down, but the Christians living – the Christian body is the church,” a local Christian leader was quoted as saying.

The Barnabas Fund says the attack lasted around six hours, during which two other churches were also set alight, a local market looted, a health centre burnt down and two ambulances destroyed.

Furthermore, the jihadists approached the village in Adamawa State “in about nine trucks, and more than 50 motorcycles carrying at least two persons on each,” a local eyewitness told Barnabas.

The number of attacks by Islamist militant groups has sharply increased, since April 2019, according to Barnabas. Christians in Nigeria are on high alert, calling for urgent prayer against the onslaught of Boko Haram attacks against them.

One Comment

  1. Allan Verreynne

    One quickly realizes that the church consists of believers, who often meet in a building. Recently, in India, I asked believers: “What are the middle two letters in the word CHURCH”Light dawned upon them when I elaborated “UR” the church, not the building! I salaute these leaders & believers who are reliant in their faith & worship of God, despite the prevailing, adverse, circumstances! God bless them all. A wonderful example set for us all!