Bearing Persecution with Joy

How to Pray for Christians in Nigeria

By Bennett Rolan – BSF Editorial Manager

Halfway through his morning commute, Luka’s senses are on alert. As he walks through the streets of Jos, Nigeria, Luka scans his surroundings for subtle changes. Even a slight shift in the mood or crowd could indicate immediate danger. 

Luka’s path to work leads him directly through a Muslim neighborhood. Years ago, he was simply unwelcome here, but today, he is targeted. As a Christian, the days of unrest in the middle belt” of Nigeria have turned into a real risk of persecution.

While statistics remain unclear, reports estimate that an average of 17 Nigerian Christians were killed per day in 2021. Thousands of school children have been abducted and held for ransom. Rural villages are targeted and burned, resulting in mass killings. In a January 11 attack, 100 homes were burned to the ground and 18 people were killed, including an 18-month-old child. 

Once I start the journey from my house, I rely on the voice of the Spirit to help me know if there is danger,” he said. I have to know what is happening in front and behind. Once I sense something is not normal, I have to turn around.” 

As a long-time BSF Teaching Leader, Luka finds confidence in God’s promises, balancing wisdom and faith. 

God’s grace is sufficient for us in all things and at all times and in all circumstances,” he shared. God’s presence has been a great encouragement. Knowing that what we are passing through is because we bear His name, we can continually go through persecution with joy and that is a blessing. Persecution is scriptural, it is prophesied, and it is fulfilled because God said we shall suffer when we follow in Jesus’ footsteps.” 

Nigeria is divided religiously, about half of the population identifies as Muslim, while the other half are Christians. Most of the Muslim population lives in the north, while the Christian population mainly resides in the south. In the early 2000s, unrest began to rise throughout the nation because of the emergence of Islamic militant groups such as Boko Haram and the Fulani militia. 

Christian massacres were formerly relegated to rural villages, especially in the northern part of the country, but the wave of persecution is moving southward. Located in the center of the country, the Christians in Jos are now experiencing increased abduction and economic oppression.  

Currently, there is kidnapping everywhere,” Luka said. Christians are the major target.” 

Hope in the Darkness

In the wake of increased violence, Luka considered suspending BSF meetings for safety, but class members were determined to meet. The group changed their class time so members could return home during daylight. 

This has not deterred our members from coming to class. I discovered something about our class members, the more there is attack and insecurity, the closer they grow to God. One thing I learned about BSF members is that they are willing to die for Christ,” Luka said. There was a crisis in Jos two days before our meeting and I was thinking about stopping the class. That meeting we had the best attendance. They don’t want to miss a class because of what God is doing.” 

As the class continues to study Matthew, Jesus’ teachings encourage those in their darkest moments. Finding hope through the compassion and miracles of Christ gives them confidence to cling to God’s Truth. Exploring Jesus’ fortitude when faced with the cross, and the joy of His resurrection, brings Philippians 1:21 to life — to live is Christ and to die is gain.” 

A Call to Pray and Remember

For each of us, the persecution of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria reminds us that our days are not our own. Jesus doesn’t promise us safety or comfort. He doesn’t guarantee that our lives will be long. But Matthew 28:20b promises that He will go with us as we walk in faith. 

In the places where there is no persecution, I pray you will use the privilege God has given to you,” Luka shared. Walk in evangelism, walk in witness, walk in Christ, so we can turn the whole world to Him. We are very needful of the prayers of believers all over the world. While we are passing through this time of persecution, we feel your prayers through the Spirit. It is our joy that you are praying.” 

Together, let us pray for the perseverance of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Let us always remember their suffering and find hope in their joy. Bound by Christ in His Spirit, may we Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit …” (Matthew 28:19)

Bennett Rolan

BSF Editorial Manager

Bennett joined the BSF staff in 2017 after working for several publications, Christian ministries and non-profits. She loves to combine her passion for God’s Word and her journalism background to share stories of God’s Work in and through BSF. As a wife to a busy college football coach and a mom to four young children, BSF studies keep her relationship with the Lord grounded and focused. She loves to learn from fellow believers as God faithfully grows her each day.

 

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295 Comments

  1. Someone said they “follow” Luka and I was wondering if that is correct and how can I connect to that link/blog? Thank you, Luka, for being the beautiful feet on the mountain who bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of Jos.

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    • Dear Julie,
      I’ll put in a request to update this article! Our classes in Nigeria continue to meet as persecution increases. Thank you for praying!

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  2. I lived in Jos, Nigeria as a youth and remember the dangers Christians faced. This was a beautiful reminder of God’s protection, His people’s perseverance in times of persecution and the hope of eternity.

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  3. Lord you are sovereign and you will always be. I thank you that in you there is hope for any and every situation. Lord I pray for protection, courage and hope in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Lord release your mighty angels to hide them from their persecutors to the glory of your name. Strengthen their faith in you in Jesus name. Amen

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  4. God, may your presence and guidance be felt by Luka, his entire class and the entire Christian community in Nigeria! Please protect them so that they may proclaim your Word as it is stated in Psalms 118:17 “I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the LORD has done.”

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  5. When do we start?

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    • Hello, please contact your local class administrator or group leader to determine the start date of your class. If you do not know who to contact, please go to join.bsfinternational.org, find your group, and click “contact.” Thank you

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  6. Praying for Nigeria . Our God is great. As we trust each step in His will … If we suffer for the cause of Christ Jesus. He is with us. Our days are in his hands .. we pray for courage and peace .

    Ps 100. He gives us Joy

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  7. Being a member of the class Luka is leading, I can testify that the Holy Spirit’s ever-abiding presence is real. Before the year 2000, Jos was a city that one drove in all sections with confidence and no fear. But since 2001, one has to look over one’s shoulder. The Holy Spirit’s soft whisper “this the way, walk in it ” becomes a reality. The recent development is that even the countryside is not safe. Farmers cannot confidently go to their farms. In some villages one cannot be out after dusk. Pray that we may discern the Spirit’s voice as He guides.

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    • Dear Jonah – thank you for the update. We continue to pray for your country and are inspired by your faith! Father, thank you for protecting these men and women, make your voice known and your presence felt daily. Help them to rest in your future justice and plan.

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    • I am praying for you and the other believers in Nigeria. God, help them to be salwart in their faith. Oh, dear Father, please protect them.

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  8. Yes the Lord is our sisters and brothers light and salvation and we will keep on praying that they will not be afraid because he is their fortress and protector from danger so that they will not tremble but keeping on witness and standing in faith for for our lord as they boldly live for him

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  9. I have been praying for Luka and his class. I shared this blog with my group and they are also praying. Is there an update? We’ve been wondering how they are.

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  10. I join you all in prayer. Thank you for telling us about Luka and his class!

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    • Luka ,our dear brother, I pray that enemies eyes don’t see you and don’t hear where you are.
      In Jesus mighty name Amen🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  11. Lord, be with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria where the persecution is so heavy. Strengthen their faith, increase their hope, joy and love for you. May they sense your presence ever so strongly and cling to the promises of your Word. Give them the same courage king David had as he stood before Goliath. I pray for their protection and safety as they trust in your mighty power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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    • Thank-you Anna for your beautiful prayer. I too will use your prayer.

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  12. Luka sets me a challenge here, where there is no persecution yet . Australia is largely cold and indifferent to Christianity. Thank you Luka for urging to “Walk in evangelism, walk in witness, walk in Christ, so we can turn the whole world to Him. Praying for our fellow believers in Nigeria.

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  13. A real story of perseverance in the face of real and ever-present danger.
    Good job, Bennett.

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  14. Thank you for sharing Luka’s situation. I had been doing short term missions since 1995 to Africa, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Cambodia, Cuba, Egypt, Granada, Guatemala, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine and maybe others, which I can’t remember, but I always thought that my life was in God’s hands while I traveled to and from the area and especially while in some of those countries. I never felt threatened although we were lined up by secret servicemen in Russia while in one of their cities and were all told we had to sign a paper, decease and desist our teaching of Christian Ethics & Values Curriculum, and were escorted out and told we could not return to Russia for five years. However, it was our understanding that the teachers (Christian interpreters) carried on and continued the course that week and we gave God the glory that our experience resulted in the locals carrying on the teaching of the curriculum which continues today in various cities throughout Russia where it has been implemented. The newest curriculum they are doing is Conferences via Zoom so I no longer have been able to go in person since the pandemic, but my heart cry is for foreign missions even today as I rapidly reach 73 years old. So I pray that the Lord still has plans to use my husband and me in His service wherever that may be. We both have been teaching Bible classes and Sunday School for over 20 years and we miss those opportunities of overseas mission work that we once cherished as our second family. Now BSF and my other biblical teaching opportunities have been confined to local( in person) studies since I am electronically challenged, but my husband is much more astute when it comes to computers
    technology.
    So I pray that Luka and all his flock will be protected by our Lord Jesus and that there will a breakthrough of a revival throughout his country and the continent of Africa as a result of his steadfastness and perseverance in sharing the love of God’s Word and of Jesus’ free gift of eternal life to all who turn to Him and accept His death, burial, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father…
    I look forward to meeting Luka someday: here, there, or “in the air”. God bless all of those who daily are in harms way as Luka, others and as. the Apostle Paul did in service to his Lord and King…to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (Song: What a Day that will be when my Jesus I shall see…)

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  15. The situation in Nigeria as shared by our brother Luka calls us to prayer, Study of God’s Word, Unity of the Body of Christ and the realisation that these are the end times.
    We are not alone or destitute for Christ will never leave us or forsake us. Let’s keep our eyes on Christ the author and finisher of our faith.
    Maranatha!

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  16. Hearing your story gives me great urgency to pray for you and those around you. Praying for you Luka especially for strength peace and endurance.

    Psalm 91.

    “As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”
    ‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:1-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    May the message of the Lord spread rapidly and be honored!

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  17. Christians from Jos in Nigeria, I salute you.! 👏 May God sustain you with power from on high to continue standing amidst persecution. We’re praying for you. SA.

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  18. My prayers will be with you, dear Brothers & Sisters, in Nigeria.
    It hurts to know what you endure but yet, I am so encouraged to read of your fortitude and spirit in Christ.
    May He grant you protection and cover as you endeavor to live faithfully for Him.

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  19. Thank you for sharing the information about fellow believers & classmates in Christ

    It is so important that we see ourselves as one ” United in Christ. No one stands alone.
    PRAISE GOD!!

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  20. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
    (Psa 23:4)

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    • It gives me joy that you are praying for persecuted Christians in Nigeria. Also for reminding us that our days are not our own.. The Lord, will teach us to number our.days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 NIV. BSF LESSONS IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW IS REALLY TIMELY. Thank God l am growing in faith daily despite the persecution. God bless BSF Leaders, members and Workers
      Worldwide Amen..

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  21. praise god Nigeria for your faith in god and his promises and remaindering me that to live is to die and to die is gain and not only just to pray but increase my diligent to never stop praying for each other

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  22. Nigeria is in my prayer.

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  23. My prayers are always with my brothers and sisters of Nigeria .God bless.

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    • AMEN AMEN AMEN

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  24. Thank you for highlighting the persecution in Nigeria! Their commitment and willingness to DIE for their faith puts me to shame. It seems that the ease of life in America could change soon.
    We must be diligent while we can to pray and share vigorously!!

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  25. It was good to share the challenges of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria and through it all so strong in faith…. Surely will be praying for Nigeria … for safety of all believers and gospel may continue to spread across the country 🙏

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  26. Thank you for sharing your experiences of how God is encouraging you even as persecution rises where you are. Praising Him for deepening the faith in & love for Jesus among persecuted Christians in Nigeria!

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  27. To Luka and our brothers and sisters in Christ in Jos.
    Your faith is more precious than rubies.
    Your lives bring light in the darkness.
    Your courage and perseverance is such an encouragement.
    May your obedience bring many to see Philipians 1:21 “To live is Christ, to die is gain”.
    To GOD BE THE GLORY

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    • Julie, this is so well said!

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  28. It’s truly an encouraging story , and it helps me to not take our safety and freedom to study God’s words for granted ! And I will keep our brothers and sisters in Nigeria in prayers , pray for their protection , the strengthening faith in Christ day by day and the peace that transcends all the understanding ! May the light of Jesus Christ shine upon them and through them !!

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  29. Thank you, Bennett, for sharing Luka’s testimony. It is truly a witness to the power of our God, & encouraging to us who haven’t yet experienced such persecution, but someday might. Praying for our brothers & sisters in Christ who are such examples of faith.

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  30. Hebrews 13:3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also. (NKJV)
    May the Lord guide, protect, and give wisdom to our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ. Enable them to be ‘wise as serpents and harmless as doves’ in the midst of this ‘crooked and perverse generation.’

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  31. Thank you Bennet for sharing this article and the life, trials and persecution of Luka and his fellow believers. My heart is in sorrow for those who have been captured and tortured for their continued faith in our God and Lord Jesus. My heart aches for them all, as I will never truly know the pain and depth of living in daily fear of their lives. I ask my God to continue to strengthen them, give them courage, perseverance and endurance to remain strong in their Faith and His provision. Forgive me Lord God for taking your Word for granted and the country that you have planted me in (Australia) to continue to share my faith with others. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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  32. My heart is burdened for the persecuted church and they truly are a testimony of faith and commitment to Christ. I pray for them and wonder how Americans will face persecution if confronted with it. America has been extremely blessed by God and I often wonder if they even consider it could happen here. I know I do and pray I will have courage and endure what my Savior would ask of me for the sake of His Kingdom. We need to pray for one another here in America as well.The Lord is worthy.

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  33. Goes quite well with this weeks lesson. An absolute picture of faith and trust, Thank you.

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  34. Thank you Bennett for such encouraging article, and Luka for such courageous testimony. BSF should compile all these blogs, stories into a book so we can purchase and give to friends and family, nonbelievers, new believer or any believers who need to see how real God is, to encourage their faith. Will be praying for Luka, Nigeria and BSF.

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  35. Praying for my Christian brothers and sisters around the world! Oh how we take our freedom to worship for granted! Also praying for the hearts of those who persecute to see Christ in those they persecute and turn their hearts to Jesus! What a testimony the persecuted followers of Christ must be to the nation!

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  36. I am praying every day for the people who are persecuted for their faith

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  37. I pray for my Nigerian brothers and sisters as well as brothers and sisters in BSF around the world. I pray we don’t forget the fact that Jesus died to give us the Treasure of His Word. And He gave us the commandment to “Tell it” so that all may come to know Him and be saved. Forgive me Lord for taking Your Word and my freedom for granted. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen

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  38. What I heard a woman say the other day was that “our ground is being fertilized with the blood of our loved ones & watered with our tears” This hit me very hard because it is so true. Sometimes it is overwhelming if you think about it too long. But when we focus on our blessings, our faith, what Jesus has already done for us, and His continued promises… the bigger picture (future) is not so bleak.

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    • Yes, this one for sure is heart stopper. May the Lord be faithful to all those who are suffering right

      now for naming the name of Jesus.

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  39. Thank you for this wonderful reminder of how God promises us to preserve through the tough times and He is present with us. This story of Luka brings tears of hardship and joy to me. I want to share this with my BSF group because they and I whine about the hardship of not being able to meet in person. I realize how much this is so NOT a hardship at all. May we remember the provisions given us, may not be what we want but are what is needed to study the Word and Let us rejoice!

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  40. Thank you so much Luka for sharing this testimony of great faith in Christ our Lord! It is a great teaching in itself, not to me alone … You have reminded us to ge grateful for the many things and situations, big and small, that we do take for granted everyday! In our daily prayers, my family and I will remember you and all who are being persecuted for their faith, and we send so much love!!! Benette, keep shining!

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  41. Praise God and our Lord Jesus Christ, who enables and sustains our brothers and sisters in Jos City, Nigeria to continue to shine the light of the Gospel in the midst of great persecution. Praying for you to continue to stand fast on your faith.

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  42. Thank you Luka for your faithfulness to our Lord! It is a blessing to live with religious freedom and we shouldn’t take that for granted over here. I’m praying for you and the other brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus out lord.

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  43. Thankyou so much Bennett for this story. At a time when there is so much disharmony in our own country it is a stark reminder of just how blessed we are and lucky to have the freedom of speech and religion without having to look over our shoulder or fear persecution for our beliefs. Bless Luka and his BSF members for relentlessly pursuing their love and worship of God in the face of such obstacles. I am praying for all.

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  44. Thank you! I’m praying God will continue to work in Nigeria and for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

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  45. May Almighty God Continue to give TL Luka and the BSFers in Jos City and entire Nigeria the persevering spirit to mature & they may be complete & Not lack in any way since the faithful LORD will enable Luka & all the BSF participants to stand and overcome as We Stand with them in Prayers for God’s strengthening and sufficiency of His Grace_James 1:2-4

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  46. I pray for Luka and the Christians in Nigeria to ‘be strong and courageous’ Joshua 1:9. I also pray for myself that I’d share Christ more and more as ”night comes when no man can work”. Thank you for this loud call to pray for our brothers and Sisters.

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  47. Thank you for your work! Keep it up! I love LOVE love the international focus. I have a bizarre Spirit-led encounter through BSF in Nairobi, Kenya. Bless you!!

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  48. “Walk in evangelism, walk in witness, walk in Christ'”….Thank you Luka for these powerful words. May the Holy Spirit strengthen you . Keeping all of you in heart and mind as you continue to fearlessly share the good news of Christ amidst persecution. I will do the same even as I have freedom and liberty. Praying continually and constantly for all of you.Faint not ,fear not nor forget God’s promises .God is near.

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  49. Incredible! Here in the U.S we take our freedom for granted. Praise God for BSF dedication to these people, otherwise what hope would they have?

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  50. Praying fervently for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Thank you, Luka, for sharing your story and for continuing to be a light for Christ in the midst of darkness! Our love and prayers for protection are with you all!

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  51. Praying for the BSF in Jos Nigeria luka is a brave leader he depends on God and the Holy Spirit I pray for divine protection for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria and all over the world we serve a Mighty God and yes we must go through some challenges but God will see us through them all amen!

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  52. I can’t even imagine what Luka goes through walking to his class in the Muslim neighborhoods. I’ve read similar stories that fellow Christians have endured and continue to do so in faith so great that they can’t wait until their next class. Most of us will never know what they go through. They find joy suffering in pain and agony. How blessed are they that suffer as Jesus did for us. My prayers are with them daily. My our Lord Jesus Christ protect each and every one of them always.

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    • You are so right Marilou, I can’t imagine either as I have never experienced persecution. My heart is full of love and I will hold Luka and our fellow BSFers and Christians in Nigeria in my prayers. May they continue to perserve and may God continue to be their strength and joy. May God’s peace be with them.

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  53. I just read this to my Grandchildren we will pray!

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  54. My heart hurts for Luka and the trials in His life. And my heart hurts for me because I do not have any idea of the trials he encounters minute by minute. Living a quite comfortable life in the Dallas area I will never know the persecution, pain and trials the other side of the world lives in. And I fear I will never know the depths of God, trust and dependence on God that Luka does. Thank you for this article.

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  55. I and my fellow prayer warriors will pray for Nigeria at 5am, 8am, 6pm each Monday through Saturday. Thank you for this request.

    Evangelist Sunny

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  56. Thank you for this story. Will pray for perserverance, Luka, his bible study group and brothers an sisters in Nigeria.

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  57. Thank you Lord for Luka and our brothers and sisters in faith in Nigeria spreading the gospel! 🙏Thank You for the call to us to pray and evangelize and walk with Christ. May we take our eyes off of self and keep marching forward in His Work! For His Glory! Jesus 🙌💞

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  58. Thank you for this reminder of how blessed we are to be able to worship and attend class without fear. May we be faithful to share the Good New of Jesus while we still have the freedom to do so without fear of being killed.

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  59. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
    I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
    I pray that God’s goodness and mercy will follow Luka and the Christians of Nigeria all the days of their life.

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  60. How iam encouraged to always focus on Christ despite the difficulties and challenges Hi promise is yes and Amen He is always with us

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  61. Thank you for the example from Luka’s life to continue to walk by faith and not by sight. The privilege to know the Lord and live in His Truth is better than anything!

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  62. Luka and his BSF class experience is a big lesson to me who has so much time available to me and I waste
    some of it. It teaches me to look into my faith, listen to the guidance of Holy spirit so that I give the word
    more time than I do.

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  63. I pray for Lukas’ commitment to serving in such a stormy environment together with his BSF colleagues in his class in Nigeria. The book of Psalm 27:1 is my prayer for them “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid”? The lord be with them as they seek to know Him more. I will pray with them for protection.

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  64. Prayers, Luka, and Christians in Nigeria for your safety as you gather to share God’s Word. I am humbled by your steadfast love that keeps you meeting with one another. Blessings abound for you!

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  65. There is great power in numbers. We should use the power we have to demand that our government use its influence to procure peace in this dangerous region of the world. There are way too few Americans speaking up for precious lives in Nigeria.

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  66. Praying for Luka and those along side him… thinking of Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
    Asking God to give bold courage, wise humility and a peace that totally passes understanding!!

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  67. Reading this week’s blog has opened my eyes and heart for the Nigerian Christians that are being persecuted on a daily basis. Praying for their safety, courage and protection.

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  68. What a powerful reminder of the grace we are given by our Father God to live in a place (USA) where we gave the freedom to worship and share our knowledge of sovereign Christ to anyone, and freely encourage one another in Him anytime. We don’t have to worry that our life will be cut off if someone overhears us talking about our faith. It must be terrorizing, and yet God supplies those under pressure with a unique and supernatural peace and even JOY in their spirits! That could ONLY be our loving ever-
    present God above. We must remember each day that life is fragile, and ever changing, and that we are called to be present and mindful in HIM as we move through our day. The Christians of Nigeria are an inspiration and a wake-up call to me not to take the gift of life lightly or with complacent indifference. Tell others about Christ — even if only in the parking lot, or grocery store! Tell! Tell! Tell! LIVE IN HIM each day. Think about Him and TALK to Him, and Listen for His voice, all day. That’s a start anyway…..

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  69. The Persecuted Church inspires me so much. They expect persecution and when it comes they thrive as this story points out. My prayers are with them in Nigeria. May we in the U.S. have that kind of faith.

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  70. Thsnk.you for enlightening us to the dangerous perils our brothers and sisters endure for the sake of our God and the gospel. May we all fervently pray for these Christians and be thankful and bold in proclamation and attendance to our BSF. This report should stir such compassion and love for these. May God protect and guide .

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  71. Today, reading this story was what I needed to carry on standing up for Christ, my Lord! Thank you for sharing the story and To God Alone be the Glory!

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  72. Hearing Luka’s story makes Scripture even more relevant, that Christians will be persecuted for their faith.

    It was wonderful however, to read how God is moving in spite of persecution.

    Praying for Luka’s safety and for all the other Nigerian believers.

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  73. It is humbling to read this story of faith as I sit comfortably in my home. I will ponder it and pray for Luka’s class as I drive to my discussion group each week. My comfort and safety is indeed a blessing, but I dare not let these blessings desensitize me to the real hazards others face as they participate in the same discussions I have. Thank you for making me aware of Luka and for reminding me of my responsibility to pray for my brothers and sisters around the world.

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  74. I was a member of BSF in Jos between 1994-1998 and I enjoyed the time so much. If I recall correctly Bill Jackson later succeeded by Wayne Keminski was our leader. I remember well The Life of Moses study was introduced for the first time then. I want to appreciate the good work BSF is doing globally. May the good Lord continue to bless all the leaders and staff and members of the BSF family worldwide. Amen

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  75. I thank God for Luka’s commitment to serving Him and all the members of his BSF Group. May the Lord continue to protect all the Christians in Nigeria and may the word of God grow stronger and stronger for HIs glory.

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  76. Wow good to know what’s going on and how to pray for Nigerian Christians. Thank you!

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  77. I am grateful to God that I live in a country where persecution of Christians is minimal. Luka’s example is so very encouraging. We can help: Open Doors is an organization that tracks persecution around the world. You can download their app & they will send you emergency prayer requests. Check it out in the app store.

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  78. Like Peter stepping out of the boat, with the waves crashing and the storm raging, when he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was safe. May Luka and his BSF family continue to keep their focus on Jesus and trust Him to calm the storm and carry them through this tumultuous time. My prayers are with you dear brothers and sisters. What an example you are to all of us. Blessings 🙏

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  79. Thanks Bennet for this reportage. I feel my faith is encouraged by the persistence of Christians in Nigeria. At the same time, I am humbled by it in face of all kinds of danger and persecution. Over here, we are pampered as we can choose to attend church in person or watch services on Social Media. Our BSF meetings also are still online due to the pandemic. We are so used to electing comfort over risk. This repot brings the need to pray for Nigeria that much closer and with fervent urgency.

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  80. What a challenge and encouragement! God calls and and equips us to do his work and we must trust Him in all circumstances, not matter how dire the consequences. May I, like Luka and his BSF class in Jos, put my trust in Him and grow in faith as I serve Him unreservedly.

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  81. God bless Luka and the other Christians in Nigeria. I pray God will give them strength and courage to stand for Him. I pray for protection for them, for their families and for their Country. Help them to keep their eyes on Him all the time. When they are afraid, let them call out to Jesus for protection. I praise them for wanting to continue in Bible Study Fellowship. I pray God will give them peace, and they can remember Isaiah 43:1-5 “Do not be afraid for I am with you.”

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  82. Thank you for sharing this story from my brother in Nigeria.

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  83. What s mighty example of faith even during trips to BSF to study Gods word’s, he walks in danger and allows the Holy Spirit to guide him along his journey.. amazing faith and example for us.. Pray God’s protection for and over Luka as he continues to share God’s Good News.. continued blessings

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  84. I pray for the faith of BSF brothers and sisters and all Christians who are being persecuted in Nigeria. I pray that you continue to let the Holy Spirit lead you in the battle against the darkness that clouds your country. God will never lead you, or forsake you as you find the strength for each day. In Jesus name I will continue to pray for you.
    Amen

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  85. God bless Luka for continuing to lead his BSF class! What an inspiration! May the lord protect him and the BSF members. 🙏🙏

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  86. I will pray for our BSF brothers and sisters in Nigeria. I pray for your safety, and ask God to protect and keep you from danger. May God bless you, in Jesus name, Amen

    Those who hope in the Lord will renew strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

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  87. Praying for the continued courage,safety and Faith for Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Nigeria.

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  88. Dear Jesus, teach me how to pray for my brothers and Sisters under persecution for your name

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  89. This is profound faith in Christ by our Christian brothers and sisters undergoing such persecution. I join in praying for them for continued reliance on the Holy Spirit for discernment, boldness and peace in their daily lives.
    Praying many will come to know Christ and receive salvation. Praying that our Christian friends’ Light shine through the darkness that prevails in the hearts of their enemies. God is unstoppable. His Word will not return void.

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  90. Thank you for reminding us to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in dangerous places and in dangerous times. We can become so complacent in our lives that we might or might not attend our BSF class or get into God’s Word if it’s convenient, but these suffering people cling desperately to God’s Word and will go to their classes, risking death. I, as well as others, will pray for this teacher’s life and ministry and will pray that God will continue to protect them.

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  91. May God continue strengthening Nigerian Christians to stand firm in their faith that will transform their persecutors to come to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior

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    • Amen Hisaniel! Joining you in that prayer

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  92. I will pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria ! I am so encouraged by their faith and courage! God Bless them . God is Faithful!!

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  93. Praying for Luka and all who come to Christ through his BSF class.

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    • Amen Karen!

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  94. That is so awesome, when we walk by faith the Lord is with us. That is so wonderful and a great example for me as I walk with the Lord. Thank you for sharing.

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  95. I will be praying for those Christians in Nigeria; They really are God’s soldiers of the truth. They are following Christ’s ways in getting His word out to them. May God bless them all for their perseverance in such troubled times.

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  96. Thank you for sharing Luka’s story. Praying 🙏💕🙏 for His ministry & the protection of all His class! May Nigeria come to the Knowledge of God’s redemption & love for them.

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  97. ABBA Father God please have mercy on Your children in Bible Study Fellowship around the world and protect them from Your enemies like only You can. Give Your witnesses discernment as to when to be bold witnesses by the Power of Your Holy Spirit in them to increase Your kingdom on Earth. Protect them from the evil one and his minions. Fill them with the Fruits of Your Holy Spirit to overflowing so that unbelievers are attracted to them and become believers. Thank You for Your Only Begotten Son Jesus who has taken the sting of death away and given Your children HOPE for eternity in heaven with You ABBA Father God. To God be the glory forever and ever, in Jesus’s name we pray, Amen.

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    • Amen!

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  98. In addition to teaching God’s Word, BSF taught that we should not become complacent in a “Holy Huddle” but to step out of our comfort zone, to teach and share His Word as God calls us. After 20 years in BSF and various ministry participation I had the opportunity to join an organization that ministers to incarcerated youth. We provide weekly Bible discussions and Sunday services in Juvenile Hall. I was assigned to a Unit that housed youth arrested for class A felonies, most of the youth associated with gang violence. The youth come to our Bible discussions by choice, we are not allowed to solicit attendance, it is God’s calling not our persuasive argument that brings them to the table. Because of the serious charges, these youth are held in JH for up to two years as their case winds through the court system. We get to know the guys who choose to come to the Bible discussions over this extended period of time. One young man who first came to the table 12 years ago was sentenced to 15 year in prison. He asked that I write him while in prison which I have done over the last 12 years. He has grown strong in the Lord during those years and will be released in April. He looks forward to a ministry to troubled youth, who are on the same destructive path he was on so many years ago, to tell them of a better way in Christ Jesus. As Peter did in Matt 14:29, when Jesus calls us, we need to get out of the boat, out of our comfort zone, and keep our eyes on Him.

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    • Bob, thank you for sharing! Praying that each us will find the courage to step out of our ‘Holy Huddles.’ Praying for you and the young men you are serving!

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  99. I’m praying for the continued strength for my brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Your Faith in Our God and the Joy you have through your suffering is a real encouragement! I stand with you as we walk proudly and confidently in our Love and Trust in Jesus.

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  100. Thank you so much for sharing this information about the situation in Nigeria. We can be focused on praying for protection and courage for these dear brothers and sisters as we study Matthew together.

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  101. Will be praying for strength and renewed faith for persecuted Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Thank you for the reminder that “he will go with us when we walk in faith” , even in our darkest moments. Thanks be to our Father!

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  102. Thank you for this real life evangelism story. God bless these God following Christians. What a great example to “put on the breastplate of God” and to continue to meet when real evil is all around them.

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  103. Thank you for sharing the needs in Nigeria. Luka and the BSF class.

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  104. Thank you Luka for your faithfulness to GOD’S calling on your life. May The GodHead’s presence with you, Strengthen you & His Righteous Right Hand uphold you to be Bold & Courageous for The Cause of Christ in this dark world.

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  105. Luka, bless you in your persecution. God knows about it and is with you every step of the way. May your witnessing turn people to Him and save them from a life without God. Keeping you and fellow believers in Nigeria in my prayers. May the Lord hold you and keep you and shine His face upon you and give you peace.

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  106. Praying for Divine protection for you brother Luka and for all our brothers and sisters around the world who are persecuted for Christ. You will continue to be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  107. May God Almighty give Lukas and his brethren in Nigeria sufficient grace to go through the season of persecution victoriously in the name of Jesus Christ. Shalom.

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  108. What a challenge to read about the Christians in Jos, Nigeria. They are holding on to Jesus in persecution, as should we all. May the Lord make His presence tangible to them, strengthen them in a way that will even lead their persecutors to Christ.

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  109. The people of Nigeria’s commitment to God in spite of danger and persecution is proof that all Christians should witness and share their faith no matter how difficult. Many of us are incredibly blessed to worship freely. We MUST use that blessing to bring others to Jesus and God.

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  110. So thankful for this blog post to read about Luka and his class members and what they go through to study God’s Word! What faith! Praying for Luka and his group and all believers in Nigeria. 🙏🏻❤️

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  111. Sometimes, we are not so aware of the privilege of having freedom to go to church, to study God’s Word and to witness for Christ.
    Luka’s story reminds me of that privilege, but also challenges me to take time to pray for Christians all over the world who face persecution. You are such a good model for all BSF leaders and GMs all arounc the world.
    I pray for you, for your class and for the leaders and GMs Luka. May you always feel God’s presence in the midst of the danger you are facing daily. May you be God’s tool to encourage your fellow believers and to strengthen them in their faith in that time of hardship.
    May God bless you all!

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  112. Praying for our brothers and sisters who face persecution and death.

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  113. Lord, I pray that the Holy Spirit will go with Luka and all Nigerian Christians.
    I come to You with this request, and hope that by Your grace, it shall be granted.

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  114. I will be praying for Luka and the Nigerian Christian’s. I will also put his prayer request on our class prayer list ( ASK’s). Peace in the Holy Ghost Luka.

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  115. Praying for Luka and all your fellow believers. May each of you feel His presence and His strength and protection in the face of the time and place you are in. Thank you for sharing your story so that as a community of believers and BSF Family, we can know how to pray.

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    • The Lord our God is good all the time. We pray for transmission of the peesecuters justluje Paul was transformed. In the name of the Father the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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      • Ann, that is a beautiful prayer! Praying with you.

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  116. Really enjoyed the story about Luka. I have a prayer list I do everyday and the people of Africa are on it. I basically refer to Philippians 6 and 7 when I pray. I do believe that no matter what our circumstances are, we can feel the peace, love and joy of God within. This is what I pray for them. Was thrilled and warmed to know they’re studying Matthew also.
    Thank you,
    Patti Nelson

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  117. God bless you, Luka. I will remember you and your fellow believers in my prayer. May the Lord keep you.

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  118. I’ll be praying for Nigerian Christians. Their courage and faith in the face of such horrendous persecution causes me to feel much more privileged to live where there is nothing like this! Thank you for posting this blog—it was wonderful, educational and inspirational!

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  119. This blog really opened my eyes to Christians being persecuted.. I am a BSF online group leader and this just touches my heart because we can meet weekly with no repercussions but in Nigeria their lives literally depend on meeting to come closer to God and grow in Jesus. Seeing how willing they are to meet in spite of danger to their lives encourages me to do just as Luka said; let my group know, my friends know and the world know about Jesus. I will pray for the Christians in Nigeria and the world.. God bless them..

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  120. Thank you for helping us understand the plight of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. God is alive and active in every corner of the world, and I ask for His forgiveness in not praying for His people who are overcoming so much.
    Christians in Nigeria, I join my other brothers and sisters praying for your safety and witness.

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  121. Thank you for posting this true story of standing for Christ in the midst of opposition. This encourages my faith as i read of the faith of my brothers and sisters who are not backing down in their witness and is even to die for their faith. Those that look on must be amazed at the faith of our faithful brothers and sisters as they bring glory to God!! It reminds me of the scripture this past week where the disciples went to get the body of John the Baptist, buried him, and then continued to tell the Jesus. They were not afraid to stand with John! We should not be afraid because we know where we are going and we know the gospel has to go forth! May Jesus Christ be praised and glory given to Him !!!!

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  122. I feel for the Christians in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world for facing persecution . I pray for them whilst I thank God that in our country we have freedom of worship, hence this makes my faith grow and wanting to continue studying the Word of God even when at times I feel I have learnt enough . I realise I need to keep pushing with BSF until the end .All glory to God🙏

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  123. Thankyou for this story about Luka, I will pray for him as he faithfully serves the Lord in the midst of persecution. May God protect all those who are being persecuted for bearing HIS name. I have it so comfortable here in my “little” world in Ontario,Canada.
    I pray for more boldness to share the gospel..I want to be more like Luka, totally dependent on God’s Holy Spirit.

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  124. This was a beautiful testimony of the mercy and the grace of God. The prayers of the rightousness availed much. We are his family in Christ and we have to intercede and pray those who are persecuted. Lord, may you help and protect your people who are diligently studying your Word of truth.

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    • With you in prayers to hold on to your faith in the persecution you are facing as Christians

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  125. Hold on tight to the promises that God gives us in His Word. Be strong and courageous, He will not forsake you. He promises to walk beside us all the way
    Proverbs 3:5,6 Prayers for all God’s children everywhere.

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  126. Will pray for Luka and those in BSF the Spirit to guide him and protect them.

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    • Thank you brother Luka. This is a true testimony. My family are still in Nigeria and I hear a lot of testimonies from them on how God has been protecting them. I thank God for the faith our Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria have and is the grace of God that keeps them moving. I pray for my family and all Christians in Nigeria every day for God to continually protect them in Jesus name. Lastly, praying that God restores peace in every state in Nigeria and for the Islamic militant to stop all evil doings, repent and turn to Jesus.

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  127. Luka’s smile is so joyful in the photo. I thank God for Luka’s personal courage and enduring trust in the Lord. What a reminder to pray for suffering brothers and sisters around the globe. Our BSF class in Virginia will pray!

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  128. We are defintely so blessed but I fear are blesses will be short lived

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  129. Dear Luca,

    I am so saddened to read how Christians like you are being persecuted for the sake of the gospel of CHRIST. Although the bible does warn us, it’s still sad to know that while we enjoy freedom of worship in Zimbabwe, in other parts of Africa, things are not going well for believers.
    I am ashamed too that I’ve taken this freedom to worship our GOD for granted, especially as I read how you have to take great risks to meet with fellow BSF brethren. May the LORD remember mercy and keep you all covered under the shelter of HIS wings.

    Praying for you Luca and will encourage other BSF group members to uplift you in prayer.

    HIS love and mine, to all my Nigerian brothers & sisters in CHRIST.

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  130. Daily as we go about our day we are reminded of the love of many who are praying for us here in Nigeria. The persecution s are real,the oppressions and sufferings palpable but above all God’s love is bigger and stronger and that is what gives us joy as we continue to live each day knowing our God reigns.

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  131. This story encourages & inspires me. In the U.S. we think we are suffering but how the rest of the world is suffering so much more. I am reminded the need to pray continually for not only what happens in the U.S., our hometown & family but the world at large. Praise God for He is still in charge and protects His own.

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  132. I will most definitely be praying and share this with my group in the U.S. We are so privileged here and need to be reminded of what our brothers and sister’s are facing! May “His”Word go forth and Praying to be faithful in our Lord’s great Commission!!

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  133. I am grateful that prayers finally pouring in from everywhere in the world to God in Heaven for the Nigerian situation. I too, I’m a Nigerian, and I know for a fact God loves us. His Light shines in darkness and the darkness cannot comprehend it. We are winning because God got this battle. I will never relent in prayers until all this forces of darkness bow their knees and confess that Jesus is Lord.

    God bless my Christian brothers all over the world, for your prayers.

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  134. Thank you for this message.

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  135. Luka’s story really touched my heart with conviction. The Christians in Nigeria are awesome. Their love for God is amazing. I want to reach out to more people and share the gospel with them. I ask the Holy Spirit to lead me and help me share Jesus with others. God bless Luka, the BSF class, and other Christians in Nigeria who live surrounded by persecution every day.

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  136. Thank you for this very inspiring story. We live in a very dangerous world, evil is trying very hard to take over. In this country the threat is more subtle but yet just as powerful and getting stronger and stronger, infiltrated everywhere and in our children and polluting their mind with evil. Now more than ever we must pray and unite together and not compromise, not despair, but instead pray for the power of the Fruit of the Spirit to equip us all to be His representative and to shine light where there is darkness, to have the awareness and discernment to recognize the wolves in sheep’s clothing and the Pharisees. Let us unite and pray. And be strong and bold and deeply rooted in His Word.

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  137. God has given me a heart to pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world who are being persecuted for serving our Savior! We know to live life eternally with Christ far out weighs the persecution we experience while in our body. May His moment to moment presence be so near and dear to all. We pray for you and all being persecuted. We are not so naive to think that persecution will not touch America.

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    • Amen and amen!!!!

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  138. Prayers for BSF Christians in Nigeria. I pray God fills you with His Holy Spirit that will teach you and give you power to overcome the persecution you are having to endure. Prayers for unity of the Christians in Nigeria and all over the world who are suffering for Christ’s sake.

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    • Amen! Prayers for all our brothers and sisters suffering in the Faith!

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  139. Luka’s courage and commitment to spread the Word of God in the face of persecution inspires me to not take the faith for granted. This is a good reminder to pray for the entire body of Christ worldwide.

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    • Well said! Amen and amen!

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  140. “If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:9-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    ““Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.””
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:14-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    Be strong, Luka. God will never you nor forsake you. Praying for you all. What an inspiration you are to me. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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  141. I will be praying for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria! This powerful testimony reminds me not to take for granted the freedom to worship and serve God. 🙏🙏

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  142. Pray for those who have been locked away by their own families because of their faith.
    Keep them strong,Lord, in following you.
    Pray for Christians who lost their jobs or education because of their faith.
    Let’s pray for them to find new hope for the future.

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  143. Thank you for this personal view of a Christian in Nigeria. I’ve been praying for them… But now I can specifically pray for Luca and his group as well as all of the Christians in Nigeria. Father, thank you for their example to those of us who have such an easy life.

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  144. Thank you for this post! My heart ❤️ and prayers go out to our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus in Nigeria. And to other countries all over the world! May we stand in spirit with them and May our Lord give the courage and strength that we all need!

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    • Amazing faith. Wil

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    • My Daily Word for to today was Pray. We take so much for granted here in the States. My heart go out to Luka and my sisters and brothers in Nigeria. All countries where those in Christ are persecuted. Thanks for the reminder that we should always Pray. May God cover each and everyone of you all over the globe.

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  145. Having had the privilege to serve alongside the early missionary team bringing BSF to Jos , I wish I could show you the pictures and paint a picture in your mind of the environment and culture of these people. I have decided that as a group leader in Oregon, I will tell the stories from first hand perspective. I encourage everyone to check out images of churches, transportation, and the market places to see what our brothers and sisters in one of the home towns of BSF in Africa. Read up on conflict and then imagine again seeing Luka living and trusting God. Imagine a young family mom and dad stepping out in faith to Walk the roads that lead to the meeting place. Imagine this all then reread Lukas words to us. It continues to be a privilege to serve alongside all in BSF worldwide. Thank you for this timely update of the endurance and faith of our persecuted family in Nigeria and around the world. Perhaps it’s coming to a town near you and I soon. Let us build our faith in the Rock of truth of Jesus.

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  146. “In the places where there is no persecution, I pray you will use the privilege God has given to you,” Luka shared. “Walk in evangelism, walk in witness, walk in Christ, so we can turn the whole world to Him.
    Thanks for your reminder and encouragement, Luka!
    Prayer from Canada!

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  147. I cannot even imagine living as Luka describes, but I can pray for him and his BSF class. Thank you for sharing your story so we may walk alongside you in prayer and submission to God’s leading. I pray Hebrews 4:14-16. May the people of Nigeria come into a saving relationship with our almighty Lord and Savior. And may those who follow Him be protected in their country.

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  148. It’s so touched my heart, how Luka, Joe and brothers and sisters is now experiencing but they still are faithfully and count on God.Hope them continue to pledge grospel . May God be with them, gives them strength and wisdom, and protect them from dangerous

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  149. Thank you for sharing this story. I live and work in Haiti and while we are also being challenged with unrest and insecurity, we are not necessarily targeted for being believers. It is good to have perspective on what is happening in the rest of the world.

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  150. As the world grows darker, may the Light of the world continue to shine brighter through BSF.

    “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” ~ Philippians 1:29

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  151. Praying for you Luka and fellow Christians. That you all would be protected and guarded as Christ goes before you, with you and behind you. I pray that your enemies will see that our God is the Way, Truth and Life. May the LORD God Almighty continue to give courage to fellowship and encourage one another. In Jesus name. Amen and Amen

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  152. Thank you for helping all of us to realize that Christ is with us all in light affliction and even in death !
    This gives me courage to carry on in the name of Christ and to diligently pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world !

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  153. Thank you for the wonderful reminder of God’s love and protection over all of us! And for the wake up call to pray for my brothers and sisters in Nigeria and around the world!

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  154. Thank you for this urgent, current reminder to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Thanking God with you for the courage and devotion that they display in increasing measure despite the persecution!

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  155. Praying for our BSF Brothers and Sisters in Jos, and everywhere in the line of persecution. God Bless and give you strength to endure, give you comfort, joy and keep you. This I pray in the Holy name of Jesus Christ.

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  156. Thanks to the Lord for.the privilege to pray for Nigerian Christians. Prayer links us together with concern for God’s truth to be spread through BSF classes. Thank the Lord for believers like Luka.

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  157. This story touched me deeply and I have purposed to pray daily for Nigeria and others suffering persecution for the cause of Christ in the world. Thank you for sharing.

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  158. Thank you for this wonderful account. Many here in the States need to hear the perseverence of the saints there in Nigeria! I will pass this on to my Friday Bible Study.

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  159. Wonderful witness to God’s working around the world.

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  160. Let The Truth Of The Holy Spirit Guide You Luka For All Your Steps And Circumstances.Your Ministry For BSF Is Anointed By Our God And Savior. God Bless!

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  161. Thank you so much for sharing, Luka’s story, It’s encouraging and convicting that the faith that have is unwavering. Am doing a gut check on my level of my Faith. Thanks again.

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  162. Thank you for sharing a fabulous story. It touched my soul and reminded me of all the Luka’s around the world that need our prayers and the tremendous privilege we have of worshiping in peace.

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    • Praise and thanks for God’s provision of courage and faith that enable Luka and his class to persevere despite the dangers they face every day. Will pray for their safety and for more and more hearts to turn to Jesus because of their witness.

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  163. Praise God and his son Jesus ! I will be praying for the Christians in Nigeria and all over this dark world. Christ is and always be in control !!!

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  164. My heart breaks for these brave Christians desiring to study God’s Word in the midst of real physical (and spiritual) violence. I pray daily for those in restricted and hostile regions of the world. And may we in the ‘free’ world step out of our complacency, wake up, and be bold for Christ.

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  165. I will be praying for Luka and his class and the believers in Nigeria. Thank you for sharing this amazing account of such strong faith and faithfulness in the face of such opposition. Surely Jesus will come soon for His bride.

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  166. May our Lord Jesus continue strengthening you Luka and the other bsf members in Nigeria.May Jesus continue filling you up with peace and joy as you stand for His truth.May you receive the peace He promised us His followers in John 16:33.And indeed may you receive His divine direction and wisdom as the Holy spirit leads you in all the ways.Blessings and peace on all of you in Nigeria.In JESUS NAME AMEN & AMEN

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  167. Praying for our sisters and brothers in Nigeria. Thank you so much for your powerful testimony and passion for Christ. Your words has encouraged me to pray pray pray!

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  168. Thank you for sharing the courage of
    christians in Nigeria. It makes my problems appear insignificant!

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  169. I am praying for you, Luka. And for your ministry there. May God continue to give you courage to do all he has called you to do. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord in such hard circumstances. Your life gives God much glory.

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  170. I applaud the resilience on Luka and his team despite the ongoing tribulations. My prayer to believes in Nigeria is for God’s covering in every way. For God to put a hedge of protection around them and their families, to protect them under the shelter of His wings where the enemy can do them no harm and to be gracious unto them. We know the enemy only comes to steal, kill and destroy but I thank Jesus because He came so that we may have life and have it in abundance. Therefore I decree and declare life upon the people of Nigeria and when the enemy comes like a flood, we know our God will raise a standard against him because that’s the portion of the righteous. And in those moment of fear and anguish, I pray that God’s grace would be sufficient for you all.
    Finally, I ask for God’s forgiveness for any moment I failed to appreciate the freedom of worship in my country Kenya. This has come both as a challenge and a wake up call in my service to God and fellowship with beleivers.
    From Kenya, much love and God’s light🙏

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  171. The notes of BSF Lesson 14 and the persecution story of Christians in Nigeria as explained and experienced by Luka, BSF teaching leader, have given profound challenge that “seeking Christ’s Kingdom is worthy whatever it costs.” What a challenge and and blessings to faithful believers to share God’s truth?! May God strengthen and protect Luka and other Christians in Nigeria. Amen.

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  172. saints, did you notice these words by Luka ” the more there is attack and insecurity, the closer they grow to God” and these, “There was a crisis in Jos two days before our meeting and I was thinking about stopping the class. That meeting we had the best attendance. They don’t want to miss a class because of what God is doing.”

    this kind of persecution is scary and painful, however, it is good and produces an increase in the hearts of the persecuted and in their numbers. so i will pray that the church in Nigeria will, like Paul, learn to count it all joy and that they will be strengthened through it.

    2 Tim 1:12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

    with love to the faithful in Nigeria from your sister in Kenya

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  173. Go in the strength of the Lord Luka. My He Hide you under his mighty hand. Be sa fee knowing that our father neither sleep nor slumber.

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  174. I will pray for you daily. May God protect and bless you as you teach and study his word. May He provide for all your needs.

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  175. Luka’s testimony and, through him, the testimony of his fellow Christians in Jos, Nigeria humbles me. I know I love the Lord but would I eagerly attend BSF classes in the middle of such devastating persecution? I will be praying for my brothers and sisters in Jos and around the world.

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  176. My wife and I have prayed for Nigeria. We will continue praying and encouraging ourselves and the leaders to keep trusting the Lord.

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  177. What a challenging testimony from our Nigerian brothers and sisters. May the Lord protect you and may you continue to walk in confident assurance that indeed to live is Christ and to die is gain.

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  178. Reading this story makes me appreciate what we have in our country where there is freedom of worship.You can worship wherever you want and nobody will come to attack you.

    I pray for God’s protection for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. May God Almighty cover them with his precious blood so that the enemies will not see them. May his grace abound and may he strengthen his followers more and more and may they look up to him for survival. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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  179. I’m encouraged this morning to keep pushing despite the insecurities in Jos. May God continue to protect you Luka.
    I will pray along for safety for you and your members. Shalom

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  180. Indeed God’s grace is truly sufficient … praying you will all be strengthened in your faith in God.

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  181. “For each of us, the persecution of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria reminds us that our days are not our own. Jesus doesn’t promise us safety or comfort. He doesn’t guarantee that our lives will be long. But Matthew 28:20b promises that He will go with us as we walk in faith. ”

    God is with us, what an encouragement!!! Praying for Luka and christians in Nigeria.

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  182. This was so meaningful my parents lived in Nigeria thanks for sharing

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  183. Father God, we remember our brothers and sisters in Jos and in any part of Nigeria and the rest of the world, who are being persecuted because they call on Your name. But You also promised us that in this world we will face persecution yet You will go through it all with us as we walk in faith. We pray that the faith of Luka and all the members will not fade as they face daily persecution. We pray that the killings will stop and we pray that those who are persecuting Your children will come to know You. May the Holy Spirit plough the soils of their hearts to be receptive and responsive to Your Word. In Jesus’s name, Amen!

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  184. Praying for you Lukas!, and all the Christians in Nigeria! May God place a hedge of protection all around you and your people always! This is my 5th year in the BSF studies, and truly God has found a easy way to teach us his Word book by book, and with many other Brothers and Sisters doing the same. And all across the World we will shout his name! No evil formed against us will prevail!
    We are here in Fort Worth Texas USA sending the power of God to you my Friend!!

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  185. In prayer for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria ,May God strength you as you spread the gospel of peace . Am challenged our country Kenya though we also have equally many muslims we live together peacefully and I pray that I can see more opportunities to be useful for God’s kingdom. God bless as we keep each other in prayer for His Glory !

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  186. I had tears in my eyes reading about Nigeria and felt their pain as we in Myanmar are passing through a very difficult time due to the Army coup. We are able to have our zoom meetings every week but we are drawing closer to our Lord and Saviour in whom we trust and believe that He will deliver us. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.Phillipians4:13

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  187. Thank you Luka for your encouraging testimony. I pray that God our Father will equip you and all the believers in Nigeria with what you need to stand and after you had done everything to stand.

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  188. Dear Heavenly Father,
    1) May our persecuted family all over the world sense Your deep love for them.
    2) May they sense Your nearness to them, not fearing but being strong and of good courage.
    3) We love You, dear Father, and thank You so much that this is not our home.
    4) May the persecutors come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord.

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  189. May the good Lord continue to protect and bring comfort to you Luka and the communities in Jos.
    God bless you.

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  190. I pray for our Nigerians BSFers and all Christians for God to protect them about all persecutions from the enemy and let them be covered by the power of God and more faith in Him.
    Glory to God.

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  191. Thank you for posting this article about persecution in Nigeria! It has been a problem for a long time & is worsening. I’ve been involved in ministry to the persecuted for 25 years. Sadly, few American Christians know- or they don’t want to. I hope this raises awareness & involvement!

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  192. This is very encouraging!….. let’s use our freedom wisely here in north america and go spread the gospel in the smaller places God puts us. Win souls for Jesus one person at a time.

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  193. Thank you for that beautiful courageous testimony Luka. Praying for you and our other Brothers and Sisters in Nigeria as you all continue to Stand Fast in the strength of our God.

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  194. God bless and strengthen you Luka, and the entire class and believer’s in Jos. You were my roommate in Genesis during the PPL 1 summit, and I remember you touching and moving us greatly by your testimony in how you serve Jesus under the circumstances in Jos. We pray with you that the name of Jesus will continue to have pre-eminence in your service for Him and His divine purpose and will unfold for you all. To God be the glory.

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    • Lukas from my little knowledge about Nigeria I was under the impression that Jos is as safe as could be. Lo and behold I now realize I was wrong. Am being challenged to utilize the freedom of assembly and speech that I take for granted in my country.
      May the almighty God continue protecting you and strengthening you

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  195. May God’s mercy and grace come to the people, thy kingdom come to the place and His salvation and protection to Nigeria. In Christ name, we pray.

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    • God bless and strengthen you Luka, and the entire class and believer’s in Jos. . We pray with you that the name of Jesus will continue to have pre-eminence in your service for Him and His divine purpose and will unfold for you all. To God be the glory.

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  196. As a former Peace Corp volunteer, I did visit Jos in 1965. It was nothing like today. It was safe for everyone. I certainly will pray for those BSF members who risk their lives to learn from God’s word. PTL for their hunger for God’s Word.

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  197. Thank you for this inspiring story about Luka in Nigeria. I will definitely have our precious brothers and sisters in
    Nigeria added to my prayer list as well as Luka. I have no excuse not to. Anything that I think is trouble for me is nothing compared to what is taking place in Nigeria.
    I love BSF!

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  198. Bless you Luka. You will be on my daily prayer list along with all Nigerian Christians

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  199. God is our stronghold and all we need in any situation. A BSFer for more than 20 years, and while time flew by, many occasions I felt like stopping with my classes, just to realize they became one of my great tools to continue growing in my faith. To keep my eyes on Jesus and His sacrifice for sinners like me, I need to persevere, until the day My Father allows me or calls me home. Proud of my brothers/sisters in Nigeria. Persecution for carrying His name is our privilege!

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  200. It is an honor and encouragement to read of the gift of faith the Father has poured out on these brothers and sisters. Praises to God and prayers for their courage, hope, and strength to be ever renewed.

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  201. My heart was moved as I read the article about the persecution in Nigeria. We thank the Lord for Luka’s sharing..I will pray for continued courage and faith as he follows the Lord and leads the people there.

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  202. Thank you, Luka, for sharing your story. You are a great example of what we all must be – depending on the Holy Spirit for direction and guidance. May you always remain sensitive to His voice and His leading. May your fellow leaders and class members grow in this also. Thank you for giving me a visible reason to pray for believers in Nigeria. Your face will remain with me even as I pray for others there. May you be strong and not be moved as the winds of persecution flow around you.

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  203. 🙏🙏🙏

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  204. May God give them strength to persevere .I pray that He will put them under His wings for protection as they soldier on in spreading the good news

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  205. We in Melbourne, certainly have it too good, with so many resources and freedom that we often forget to thank God and magnify His Holy Name.

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  206. Praying for sisters and brothers in Nigeria

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  207. God’s blessings and strength and courage and perseverance to you all my brother! I pray that the Holy Spirit continues to guide and protect as He grants you discernment! Amen!

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  208. I am so proud of Luka and inspired by those Christians in Nigeria who must endure persecution every day. May God bless you and keep you safe. I am happy that BSF reaches you and we can all study Gods word together. Praying for your safety.

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  209. Thank you for sharing your story of how we are to pray to the persecuted Christians in Nigeria. I will be praying for them. That is a reminder for all of us. God bless you as you continue to spread the gospel

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  210. I thank God for Luka’s Faith and courage to stand for Jesus. May God guide and protect you and all persecuted Christian’s. 🙏🏻

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  211. My prayers are with my brothers and sisters walking through this journey with Christ Jesus going before them with our Holy Spirit as their guide and comforter. My prayers are with you all. May you continue to be strength and encourage in the Lord. Continuous prayers 🙏🏿

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  212. God promises that He will go with us as we walk in faith. 
    let us pray for the perseverance of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Let us always remember their suffering and find hope in their joy.
    🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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  213. Having been to Jos (on a mission), we found out that within a month of being there Muslim warriors/jihadists had burned 6 churches and killed over 100 people including some pastors. The Christians there in Jos and the whole country of Nigeria really need prayer.

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  214. That we may honor the Lord by demonstrating a different lifestyle to those who do not submit to Him.

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  215. I enjoy being in my group learning about Jesus and his words

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  216. Wonderful article & encouraging to me as i spend my days caretaking my mom and at times feeling sorry for myself! I am praying for Nigeria BSF & to have the same joy thirst for God they do. Thank you for sharing!

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  217. My prayers are for all my Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria! May our Lord and Savior protect them from all evil! The battle is the Lord’s!🙏🙏🙏

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  218. I sit here and cry for the circumstances of these CHRISTIAN PEOPLE! Of GODS people, my people. So often in life I feel like I’m being persecuted by this world. I feel sad that the good ones have to fight so hard against the EVIL ONES! I read this story and weep, I feel proud of them, I feel so much less persecuted then them and I CAN NOT IMAGINE THEIR PAIN!! My pain, here in the US is bad, sad and sometimes feels unbearable and I am actually so much better off here, in this country then ANY CHRISTIAN IN NIGERIA!! GOD BLESS ALL MY PEOPLE THERE AND EVERYWHERE!! We must remember that even GOD himself has suffered from EVIL, in heaven as GOD, on EARTH as JESUS and in all of our SOULS as THE HOLY SPIRIT within us!My fellow CHRISTIANS, WE MUST REMEMBER EACH OTHER AND THE PROMISE WE ARE GIVEN. Not here on earth but for ETERNITY with HIM who suffers all of our pains along with us and while enduring his own as well! Keep the faith and help us GOD TO Never FORGET THIS ourselves WHEN We are feeling WEAK! Amen

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    • Amen beautifully said!

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  219. Luka has a wonderful smile that must reflect the peace and joy in his spirit.
    We love you brother – may we be as faithful as you!

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  220. Thank you for enduring persecution and risking your life to give out the Gospel 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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  221. WOW!!!!! IF we ‘all’ took this attitude as we walk with Our Lord!!

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  222. Thank you for this story of a fellow BSF Christian. We all need to be aware of other’s needs so to pray for each other.
    God be with you.

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  223. I do what I can to share Christ’s Gospel however my efforts are but, “filthy rags”, compared to these Believers that Persevere in this horrific Environment. May All the Blessings & Protection that Christ can provide be there’s’ continually.

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  224. Thank you for sharing Luka, it warms my heart and brings tears of joy to you and your class’s faithfulness. You make Jesus smile with your testimony.

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  225. Thank you for keeping this blog going and the wonderful sharing to edify one another! May we all take comfort in our Lord as we turn our eyes upon Jesus, our King, our deliverer, who tell us in John 16:33,

    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

    Keep praying for all brothers and sisters around the world, especially those being persecuted in Nigeria.

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  226. Prayers of protection in Nigeria! 🙏🏾
    Wow! Lord, I do not want to take the opportunity of freedom to worship You and share Your Word for granted.
    May each of you continue to wear God’s holy armor daily, Eph 6:10-20

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  227. Thank you so much for getting Luka’s story to us. May God’s almighty protection be over Luka and each and every one of our brothers and sisters in Christ now and persistantly.
    WE HAVE SO MUCH AS FREE AMERICANS TO BE THANKFUL FOR!! PLEASE GOD LET US NEVER TAKE THIS FREEDOM FOR GRANTED AND BE STRONG IN THE LORD IN ALL THINGS!! Praise Your Holy Name!! Much evil in in the air through the fiery darts satan is being hurling at us at directions and we MUST put on and use the
    Armor of God at all times for protection and to fight the enemy through God Almighty, not forgetting that yes, God will fight our battles through the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of Truth-IF we will only use what He alone has and can give us. No wonder we need to know His Word the best we can through Christ and the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6: 10-18 (the whole armor of God)

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  228. Prayers for Luka and all believers in Nigeria for religious peace

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  229. This story is a good reminder for all of us that are not persecuted on a daily basis for our beliefs. Those of us that are free to share without fear for our safety should spread the Good News and pray for our brothers and sisters far away that so strongly cling to their faith in Jesus Christ. I pray that God will keep you safe and walk before you daily. Amen !

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  230. I love how Luka depends on the Holy Spirit to guide him as he walks to work and that he has not canceled any of their classes out of fear! What lessons for us all! Praying for God’s continued favor on this group and for bold and courageous witnessing within it. Thank you for sharing!

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  231. I have prayed for the persecuted Christians around the world to be delivered and protected. But putting a name and face on my heart makes my prayers more fervent and persistent. Thank you for this urgent message.

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  232. Praying for the Christians in Nigeria especially for the BSF leader & the members.

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  233. Praying for safety and protection for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria!

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  234. What a joy to be part of an online class that is led by one of His daughters in Nigeria. It touches women’s lives from countries all over the world!

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  235. I could barely finish as I read this story to my husband.
    This moved me to tears and has inspired me. Praying for Luka, our BSF brothers and sisters in Nigeria, and all christians world wide that continue to face religious persecution.
    May God bless and keep you.

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  236. What inspiring faith! May the LORD protect and keep Luka and his community. Praying for you all.

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  237. I will be praying. Luka’s reliance on the spirit for safety really amazed me. I pray for each of the members and for their families and children. We walk by faith. They are truly a living example of this.

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  238. You are an inspiration to us all Luka. Thank you for your faithfulness

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  239. God help us to remain steadfast and holding on you in times persecution. help our brothers and sisters in Nigeria that their faith may not be shaken by the prevailing persecutions, instead i pray that their steadfastness in such challenging times may be testimony to persecutors to come to this knowledge of truth and be saved from eternal condemnation.

    amen

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  240. Thank you Brother Luka for sharing what it means to be truly strong snd courageous, Joshua 1:9. Also, thank you for the reminder that “God’s grace is sufficient for us in all things and at all times and under any circumstance.” May The LORD keep you all under His mighty Wings in Jesus’ name, amen.

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  241. I am so humbled by Luka’s confident faith in God’s goodness and sovereignty in spite of horrible persecution. May God protect him , his leaders and class members as they live their faith to the glory of God and inspire us.

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  242. I pray that the Holy Spirit cont to guide Lukas path where ever he goes and that the Lord will put his hedge of protection around all of them. Praises be to the Lord !

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  243. Thank you for reminding me that joy in Him occurs even in the midst of severe persecution. These faithful Christians are people I’ll spend eternity with! Praying empowered by Jesus, you will impact Jos for Christ. “ We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

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  244. I appreciate your article on the persecuted Christians in Jos. I pray the following for each member of BSF in Jos, Nigeria (This is a prayer guideline I received from VOM some years ago, and it guides me in praying in these situations):

    Pray that Jos Christians will sense God’s presence (Hebrews 13:5)
    Pray that they will see God open doors for them to witness for Him (Colossians 4:3)
    Pray that they will be able to forgive and love their persecutors (Matthew 5:44)
    Pray that they will experience the joy of the Lord, even amid suffering (Acts 5:41)
    Pray that they will know I and other Christians are praying for them (2 Timothy 1:3).

    Blessings,
    Phill

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  245. I pray for Luka and the BSF class in Nigeria. This brings back to mind the lesson we studied Unstoppable. No matter what, God’s plan and word is going forth.

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  246. Praise be to God who gives us The Hope and courage to face each day…persevere in the Lord!

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  247. You’re truly sacrificing your life to worship our Lord. No matter what obstacles try to get between me and BSF, being persecuted is not one of them. I’m humbled by your faith and that of your group members. May God continue to bless your journey each day!

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  248. What a wonderfully written article to teach us, and to pray for Luka and others with fervent prayers. Thank you, BSF.

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  249. May their “light” shine thru the “darkness”, bringing many to Christ!!

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  250. May God Continue to order their steps. We serve a God whom is mighty, awesome, ever present. To God Be The Glory.

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  251. Praying for our Nigerian brothers and sisters, and will also ask my group members to pray faithfully. Thank you for the sacrifice reminder that we all belong to our King and must recommit daily to the privilege of being called His children. May God bless you abundantly and protect you in this walk with Him!🙏❤️

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  252. Thank you for encouragement to pray and how to pray for those in dire circumstances. God is with them as He is with us. Praise the name of our Mighty and all knowing God and careGiver! Alice

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  253. This is a moving and powerful story of the witness for Christ in a rural foreign country enduring persecution in full that so many take for granted. Indeed we need to share prayers for people like this that have it much worse than ourselves and extend other means of love as we are able to those in need. Thanks

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  254. Your example through persecution is a encouragement to all Christians. I will be praying for your country.

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  255. I will be praying for the people of Nigeria. What a testimony!

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  256. Praying for you in the mighty name of our Savior. May he places angels around you for protection.

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  257. Ps.91:1-6He(we) dwells in the Shelter of the most high will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “ my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!”3 for it is he who delivers you from the snares of the trapper, and from the deadly pestilence.4 He will cover you with His pinions, and under his wings you may seek refuge;His faithfulness is a shield in a bulwark.5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day;6 Of the pestilence that stocks in darkness, or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.Matthew14:31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him. As He does for us .Lifting our brothers and sisters up to the Lord.

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  258. Praying for our dear Brothers & Sisters in Nigeria, as they walk to meet in Fellowship, share BSF truths and grow in their Christian Walk! May the Lord give them strength, hope, and safety in their journey to share the Word of God.

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  259. May our Lord keep angels around each of you as you persevere in evangelism, with faith. How awesome is our God!

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  260. Thank you to Luka for sharing your story. Those of us who live in safety need to hear about our brothers and sisters in Christ who do not. We need reminders to never stop praying for you.

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  261. My God bless and our Nigerian brothers and sisters to His glory.

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  262. Thanks for sharing Luka’s life and witness. Tremendous testimony and admonishment to “Live for Christ “.

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  263. I will be praying for God to continue to draw them closer as they continue to meet. May God keep them safe that they may continue to be His light in their dark world. I am so thankful to hear that they know the Holy Spirit is leading them as they go to and fro. God is our refuge and strength!
    Thank you for sharing this so we can pray for them!

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  264. May God continue to guide and protect you.

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  265. Oh my heart. We have no idea of the persecution going on in our world. May our Sovereign God protect, guide, minister to, and keep in perfect peace Luka and his Nigerian family and friends as he continues to be faithful to God’s call to teach and reach. Praying.

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  266. May the Lord of all grace continue to keep and preserve His own.Amen

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    • Praying for you, your family and BSF extended family

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