NIGERIA - We rejoice that the communique issued by the Wukari peacebuilding consultation held in Makurdi in September 2017 has been the subject of much public conversation on television and talk shows in Nigeria. We also celebrate that both Christian and Muslim leaders are following through on the consultation plan of restraining inflammatory preaching in Wukari and its environs. While some progress is being made in restoring peace in Wukari and the surrounding area, major violence broke out between peasant farmers and herdsmen in the middle belt region on January 1, 2018 and led to the brutal killing of many innocent people. Peasant farmers, who are mostly Christians, accuse herders of migrating to grasslands in their areas, thereby damaging crops and making farming difficult. The herders, who are mostly Muslims, accuse farmers of squeezing them out of traditional grazing routes.
For millions of people, 2017 was like living through a nightmare. Bombed out homes in war-ravaged Syria; east African communities crippled by malnutrition; homes left in ruin after an earthquake in Mexico; parents weeping over their lost sons and daughters in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
NIGERIA - Why is there so much evil and injustice around the world? Do people who do evil really find satisfaction when their actions bring pain to known and unknown persons far and near? We give thanks to God that there is healing, peace, and justice through the accomplished work of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth Christians worldwide will be celebrating on December 25. In response to this truth and God’s call upon us, World Renew continues to holistically empower the poor and vulnerable; facilitate healing for the broken-hearted; promote justice, peace, and reconciliation; support healthy living; help disaster survivors and communities; and improve food security. We do this all as we await a new heaven and a new earth, a time when, as it says in Revelation 21, God will dwell with His people and wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things will pass away.
NIGERIA - One woman dies every ten minutes in Nigeria because of complications in pregnancy or childbirth. 528 infants under 28-days old die each day. 2,300 children under age five die daily. These alarming statistics from the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health underscore the importance of World Renew’s efforts to improve maternal, newborn and child health in Nigeria.
The largest humanitarian crisis since 1945 is happening and many in North America don’t know. More than 20 million people are on the brink of famine and starvation in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, and millions more in neighboring countries are facing similar circumstances. Please tell your friends and family about the enormous needs.