Baptist Pastor Tortured by Kidnappers

Sep 8, 2019

If the rate of Christian genocide continues to escalate in Nigeria, the Christian presence there could be completely eradicated in the next 25 years.

I wrote to you last month about the profitable practice of kidnapping prominent Christians in Nigeria and holding them for ransom money that is used to purchase weapons (read full story here).

In that update, I told you about Pastor Noma, the 60-year old Baptist pastor who was brutally kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen. The armed militants burst into his home in the middle of the night and abducted the pastor and his son, who was later released to raise the ransom.

Thankfully, Pastor Noma has been released after his family and others raised enough to pay the equivalent to over eight-thousand U.S. dollars ransom. According to a report from Morning Star News, however, his captors called Pastor Noma’s family so they could hear his cries as they broke his left hand, cut him and burned his head and face to compel the family to pay.

This type of ruthlessness should not be common anywhere—yet Christians in Nigeria face a constant threat from Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram, one of the most lethal Islamic terrorists groups. It is estimated that the two groups combined are responsible for the blood of more than 170,000 Christian martyrs crying out in recent years.

Nigerian Christians have become the targets of annihilation by Islamic militants seeking to build their next caliphate (empire).

Please continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.


A common practice of Fulani herdsmen is burning down homes and farms, destroying crops and livelihoods of Christians to drive them from the area. Survivors of these attacks have become refugees in their own country, with no help, and no way to make a living.

With your help, our Christ-centered partners in the field can minster to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those enduring such harsh persecution in this region, and beyond.

Will you help LRI send much needed relief to our brothers and sisters Nigeria today?

Your generous, tax-deductible gift of 25, 50, 100 dollars or more will help provide emergency water, food and shelter for victims of persecution who have been forced to flee their homes and start over, as well as trauma counseling, literacy training and job training. Your gifts also help with restoration assistance to rebuild churches and homes that have been destroyed.

I am very grateful for friends like you who stand with us to offer prayers and relief to Christians suffering for their faith all over the world. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus to the Body of Christ in Nigeria and beyond!

God bless you,

Mathew D. Staver
Founder and Chairman

*Representative names/photos for security reasons.

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