Tuesday, April 21

Niger Churches : Muslims Burn 69 Churches

NIAMEY, Niger-- It took only a few hours, but it was enough time for hundreds of radical Muslims in Niger, West Africa, to destroy dozens of churches and several Christian homes. Ten people lost their lives and hundreds were injured when Muslim mobs went on the deadly rampage in early January.
Now, three months later, Christians living there are moving forward, determined to still preach the Gospel despite the dangers.
CBN News has obtained exclusive, never-seen-before video of dozens of these angry Muslims attacking, then burning Pastor Musa Issa's church.
 
"They took pews, Bibles, chairs and sound equipment then set them on fire," Issa, pastor of Bethel Horizon Church in Niamey the capital city, said. "They did this while chanting, 'Allahu Akbar!' I felt so sad. I started to cry."
 
Wrestling Against Principalities
The cell phone video also shows the crowd beating a member of Issa's church.
 
"I feel horrible when I watch the video. I ask myself 'Why'? Why did they do this to us? What did we do to deserve this?'" Issa said.
 
It happened January 17, just 10 days after two Muslim terrorists stormed the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, executing 12 people for publishing satirical images of the Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
 
About 3,600 miles away in Niger, Muslims, angered by the cartoons, attacked the country's Christians in revenge.
 
"We spent years building the church," Issa told CBN News while standing in the ruins of his church. "Within minutes it was all gone!"
 
And it wasn't just Pastor Issa's church. Mobs also destroyed Boureima Kimso's church.
 
"Sixty-nine churches and 11 homes were destroyed. That's a total of 80 Christian buildings within a few hours," Kimso said.
 
Kimso, head of the Alliance of the Evangelical Churches in Niger, says the viciousness of the attacks shocked the Christian community.
 

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