By Dan Wooding, who was born in Nigeria
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
BOKKOS, NIGERIA (ANS) -- Morning Star News (http://morningstarnews.org), is reporting that Muslim extremists had once prior widowed Faith Kore Usman, a 29-year-old mother of five children, before Fulani herdsmen killed her second husband on New Year's Eve.
After losing her second husband to Muslim extremists, Faith Kore Usman says she is trusting God. (Morning Star News)
Besides killing Usman, the assault also killed a 41-year-old mother of six children and a 14-year-old girl.
"I have placed my faith in God and am waiting on Him to comfort me and keep me and these five children," Usman's widow told Morning Star News.
She said she and her second husband had been married for nine years.
"My first husband, Davou Philip, was killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Jol Village in Riyom Local Government Area in 2002," she said. "I had only a son with him. However, God brought me and Kore Usman together, and we got married. God has blessed us with four children. I thought my burden has been lifted as a widow, and now, again my second husband has been killed by Muslim gunmen."
Eyewitnesses said that as the Christians were praising God for his faithfulness in 2013, about five Muslim Fulani gunmen stormed the Christian community at about, shooting at the Christians gathered on the field near their worship auditorium.
Luka Tejan's wife Naomi was killed in the attack on the congregation. (Morning Star News)
"We see these killings of Christians as evil acts aimed at truncating the spread of the gospel in this country," he said. "The devil has been using these Fulanis to kill Christians. The good thing is that we have hope that in spite of the pains, the suffering and the tears, we shall overcome in Jesus' name."
Of the couple's six children, one is 25 and two are 20-year-old twins. The others are ages 12, 7 and 3.
"Usman's widow called on the gunmen to repent of their unprovoked killing of Christians," said the story.
The 14-year-old girl killed was Nandi Jamok, according to the Rev. Danlami Yatu, pastor of COCIN congregation in Maihakorin Gold village, 43 miles (69 kilometers) south of Jos. Twelve other Christians were wounded, he said, identifying them as Marium Random, 35; Tyamol Maram, 14; Uvwat James, 15; Shagul James, 32; Rita James, 8; Yibal Philemon, 8; Mashat Geofrey, 10; Macif Mabul, 17; Alex Yunana, 41; Emmanuel Ishaku, 30; Malo Marium, 50; and Victor Barnabas.
The Rev. Danlami Yatu, pastor of COCIIN congregation in Maihakorin Gold village, Plateau state. (Morning Star News)
It was the fourth attack on the community in the two-plus years that he has served as pastor, he added.
"During the first attack in 2011, the Muslim attackers came here and attacked homes, but they were repelled by security agents," he said. "So also, another attack was carried out against us in 2012. A member of my church, Alex Yunana, was injured, and our church secretary too,Mabas, was attacked in his home, but he escaped unhurt miraculously."
In the third incident, the pastor's home and that of another church member, Joel Mafyil, were attacked, he said.
"Spirited efforts by our members in repelling the attackers saved us," Yatu said.
Fulani herdsmen on a rampage
Hosea Haruna, assistant church secretary for the local congregation, and Jemimah Isaac, a leader of the Women's Fellowship in the church, told Morning Star News that the 500-member church's daily Bible study programs and fellowship activities have ceased due to the attack. The church began 22 years ago.
Haruna and Isaac appealed to the Nigerian government to takes measures to end the terrorist attacks not only on their community but against all Christians in northern Nigeria.
Note from Dan Wooding: Having been born in northern Nigeria to British missionary parents, Alf and Anne Wooding, both from Liverpool, my heart aches for the courageous believers of this part of the country of my birth.
Please join with me in prayer for them as they daily face such violence.