Praise God things seem to be getting much less violent and traumatic for everyone. However ….
Although Maidguri is kind-of getting back to normal there are still thousands of displaced people from outside the city and from most towns and villages of Borno State. The majority are in IDP camps but many others have taken possession of any spare ground including school playing fields and yards. Most primary schools are now functioning again but only some of the secondary schools and colleges. Borno State Government now wants all the schools functioning so all IDPs are being moved into one camp (there will then be 18,000 people). Outside the city many places are still no-go areas. These include Bama, Gomberu Ngala (on the border with Cameroon), Pulka, Gwoza and all the villages around. Just last Friday, it was reported that one man who’s been living with his family in an IDP camp near Jos, went back to Limankara to check on his property and was kidnapped by Boko Haram. Thankfully his 12yr old son escaped and he gave the news. Sporadic attacks by BH still occur but in clashes, the security forces are gradually gaining the upper hand.
On 23/10 a bomb went off in a mosque at a campus of Adamawa State Polytechnic. On the same day another bomb exploded in a mosque near Maiduguri Polo ground killing 7 and injuring 17. In Kogi State, Fulani herdsmen attacked and killed 22 local people at Dekina LGA on 9/11.
Tension and attacks continue, but less frequently, between the Fulani and Berom people on Jos Plateau. The Special Task Force, now called Operation Safe Haven, in Plateau State, detonated land mines at Gembos along Kadunung road in Mangu LGA. Prior to this about 20 people had been killed and 5000 displaced in the same area. The Government has set up a special group to try to reconcile the Fulani and Berom people so let’s pray for success.
Some will remember Malam Ya'u the faithful Fulani Evangelist at Vom Hospital for decades. Sadly for his family he died last weekend after a long illness. David Carling, who was on a brief visit in support of Stefanos, was able to visit him in hospital and pray with him. Mama Dije, the Fulani Christian who was a leading light in the M’guri women’s fellowship also died last week.
One testimony Rev AJ shared was that when the Borno Government encouraged the Emir of Gwoza to return with his people to Gwoza, he said he would not go until the Christians go with him and he can hear again the Women’s Fellowship singing and playing their drums!
A special service was held today to dedicate the new equipment that had been gifted from America. A number of people took the Kan NT to give to their neighbours and friends as a Christmas present.
Please continue to pray for the Kan project team working amongst the IDP in the camps, and around the city. They are able to distribute food and other aid but they continue to need support. The Camp Commandant has applauded their work as they are teaching micro-enterprise such soap and skin cream making to the IDPs. They are discipling 11 people in the camp. the Pray too for the OT translation work and radio ministry.
This week is the General Church Council of COCIN in Jos.
We rejoice in God’s love and faithfulness and remind ourselves that He who is with us is far greater than he who is in the world. Thank You Father.