Persecution can bring out the best in us. It is in Nigeria. Hanatu Solomon is a 46-year-old mother of five children.
Hanatu became a window this on Dec. 4, when a group of Muslim Fulani militants attacked her peaceful village and slaughtered many. Most of the dead are Christians.
The news came to her village as a warning of the attack to come. Hanatu’s husband, Andu, sent her and the children to Numan where they would be safe.
Andu decided to stay and fight for their village. The Nigerian Airforce decided to bomb the militants as they attacked the village.
Andu was killed in the bombing. The air force did little to stop the terrorists, and the Fulani razed the village, leaving their usual calling card of death and destruction.
“A good man was killed just like that, without anything done to his killers,” Hanatu says of her husband and the injustice that typically accompanies Fulani violence.
Now Hanatu, a leader in the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, is taking courageous steps to rebuild her life and her village.
“Leadership is by example,” she said. “l returned so that other women will be encouraged to do the same. We can’t desert our ancestral homes simply because we have been attacked–that will give our enemies victory over us.”
The village became deserted, but Hanatu leads the return. Many of the village women became widows, but only a few returned with Hanatu. She is determined to rebuild not only her home but the local church and the village itself.
“When will the killing stop?” she said. “It’s either Boko Haram insurgents or Fulani herdsmen killing our people, who are mostly Christians.
"Many Christian women have lost their husbands. Our children cannot go to school again when our husbands, the breadwinners, have been massacred.”
Please be praying for Hanatu and all Christians in central Nigeria. During the month of March, the Fulani Muslims murdered 275 Christians and razed many villages.
The current President of Nigeria is of Fulani decent, so he is not in a big hurry to wage war with this Muslim group.
Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.