ICC Note: Christians in northern Nigeria are under constant threat of attack from militant Islamist terror group Boko Haram. Sunday mornings represent a particularly vulnerable time as church gatherings prove to be a common target. These are just a sample of the burdens Christian pastors face in remaining obedient to their Biblical charge to guard the flock of Christ.
3/26/15 Nigeria (Christian Today) - Call it coincidence, but an alarming number of the stories of Boko Haram attacks I heard when in Nigeria last week took place near churches.
Sunday mornings seem to be a favorite; while people are worshiping, their homes are ransacked and burned.
65-year-old Amos ran home from church to find Boko Haram soldiers in his home. Terrified, he couldn't think where else to hide so he shinned up a tree and sat in the branches for hours while they raided his house.
"I can't believe I managed it," he told me. "It must have been the Lord's strength."