Thousands of believers in northern Nigeria have been displaced and are on the run from persecution. Fulani Herdsmen and the Boko Haram terrorist group, which pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2015, have been known in recent years for their violence, kidnappings and murders, especially against young Christian women.
The city of Jos sits along the “Islamic Rim”, a socio-political marker recognizing the fractured nature of sub-Saharan Africa. For Christians, it represents a spiritual line in the sand marking the gospel’s advance through the region.
Christians have fled to Jos from all over northern Nigeria, seeking shelter and safety. Their situation is desperate. Through the Alpha Relief initiative we’re engaging with frontline church leaders in this key city to reach displaced Christian families in Jos with relief aid, encouragement, and hope, and we’re training local pastors in church planting and leadership.
Ensuring the strength of the church in this region is vital to seeing the gospel push back into Islamic North Africa.