On Sunday, May 30 a band of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria attacked villages near Izzi in Benue State where there are several churches associated with the Nigerian Reformed Church, a Word & Deed partner ministry. The death toll currently stands at 136 people with many others injured and homeless. The attackers burned down homes and businesses in these villages, leaving many of the survivors with nothing.

The synod of the Nigerian Reformed Church has requested help for about 675 people in three phases, the first phase being the provision of food, clothing, and medical care. The second phase will focus on education support for children who have lost parents in the violence and the third phase will assist in rebuilding homes for those left homeless. The Board of Special Needs in the Netherlands will provide the relief funds for most of phase 1 with Word & Deed providing a small amount for phase 1 but anticipating a larger role in assisting with phases 2 and 3.

If you wish to give toward this relief effort, please designate your gift as “Nigeria Relief” in the memo line. Please remember the impacted families of the churches in Nigeria in your prayers as they seek to comfort and counsel one another with the Word of God.

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Villagers Fleeing the Violence

A child receiving treatment (photo courtesy of BZN)

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