In Nigeria, the Islamic group, Boko Haram, has targeted everything and everyone it views as being outside “true Islam.” This includes not only Christians, whom they call infidels, but also secular schools and irreligious Muslims. As a result, tens of thousands of families have been destroyed or torn apart.
One Christian woman, Deborah, was talking with her neighbor when five young men drove up in a pickup, jumped out with their guns, and ran into her house, shot her husband. They scooped up Deborah’s two daughters, aged 9 and 7, and drove off. Three months later her 12 year old boy was ambushed as he walked home from school and killed. Deborah then fled with her pastor and family to a refugee camp.
How did she handle losing her husband, her daughters, her son and home? “I wasn’t in my real mind, “she said. “I lost myself completely. I lost weight. I was going through a lot of trauma.” She struggled with hopelessness for about three years, but eventually began to trust that God had a plan and a future for her. “I feel whatever God’s plan is—if it is His will for me not to get the girls back, then lead them to heaven. But if it is His will to let us come together again, let the men release the girls. That is my prayer. I know that no matter what, we will still meet at God’s feet.” –from Voice of the Martyers Magazine