A word from the pastor with your coffee..
Danjuma's grave is still empty. Villagers had dug the 13-year old boy's final resting place after he was critically hacked with machetes during an attack by Islamic insurgents.
But this young Nigerian miraculously survived. After a long recovery, still bearing the scars and reminders of the attack, Danjuma says that his relationship with Jesus has grown stronger. He asks that when believers around the world hear his story, they pray for him, that he would have strength to serve the Lord.
24-year old Mary Patrick was kidnapped when the Boko Haram attacked her Nigerian village. She experienced four months of captivity, during which she was raped multiple times and watched, as her sister was murdered for not renouncing her Christian faith.
One night when the terrorists were drunk, Mary Patrick and an older woman escaped. She is now the only living member of her family.
When asked how believers can pray, she said, "I am a born again Christian, and I am thankful for my life. Pray that all Christians in Nigeria will be strengthened."
The writer of the book of Hebrews says, "Remember those in prison, as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated, as if you yourself were suffering."
Let us read accounts like these in a spirit of prayer for our brothers and sisters who are suffering.
Let us give thanks for those who are willing to suffer, rather than deny Christ. Let us be ready to give an answer to anyone who challenges our belief in Jesus Christ.