- Have any of you visited another country? (Allow students to share about any other countries where they have lived or visited.)
Sometimes when we grow up in one place, we don’t always know what it’s like to live in a very different culture. Nigeria is one country that is often in the news for being targeted by terrorist attacks.
- What have you heard about Nigeria? (Allow your students to share. If they haven’t heard anything about Nigeria, you might say something like: Nigeria is a country in West Africa that is at war with an Islamist terrorist group called Boko Haram. This terrorist organization frequently targets and attacks the Christian population in Nigeria.)
Let’s watch a quick video about two young women, Janada Markus and Maria Joseph, who survived being held captive by Boko Haram and have clung to their faith in healing from that traumatic experience.
Play the following video [start at 3:40]:
Boko Haram: The Persecution of Christians in Nigeria
After your class has watched the news video, discuss the following questions together:
- What bothered you the most about seeing this video? (Answers will vary. Accept all reasonable responses.)
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Nigerian Christians face persecution for their beliefs. By meeting as churches and by professing their faith, Christians risk kidnapping and attacks from terrorists groups such as Boko Haram.
The Bible shows us many examples of people groups and nations refusing to obey God’s commands. Although a large percentage of the Nigerian population identifies as Christian, the Boko Haram terrorist group is not Christian or obeying God’s commands. It is important for leaders to obey the principles of God’s Word, even when it’s hard. A people group—like Boko Haram—who defies God should be prepared for a lot of trouble.