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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Attack on Bishop Kwashi's Family



Thank you to Canon Harmon for posting this request for prayer on his blog. Here is from the email that Canon Harmon received.

…Last night (night of February 17), a group of men armed with clubs, knives and guns descended on the Bishopscourt in Jos. They injured Morris, the gatekeeper, broke down the door and burst in. Demanding to know where Bishop Kwashi was, they overpowered his sons- Rinji (who was knocked unconscious) and young Nanminen (who is in hospital now for injuries suffered to his mouth). They then took Mama Gloria and tortured her for information on the Bishop’s whereabouts. Unable to find him, they then proceeded to humiliate her and violate her personally, causing much damage to her head, back, hips, and other areas (she is currently in intensive care at Jos University Teaching Hospital).

They then robbed the house and marched Gloria by foot some 3km to the Diocesean offices, where staff including Miss Susan Essam, Administrative Chaplain to the Bishop, suffered minor injuries as well. After some theft there, they departed and Deaconess Susan was able to rally help. At this time, it is not known who the attackers were.

Father, you know our difficulties and our needs.
In your love we can overcome all things;
Strengthen our confidence and our faith,
And let us know your fatherly care. We put before
You, Bishop Kwashi's family and all those involved
in this terrible act upon them. Lord pour
out on us your Spirit of love, understanding and sacrifice;
may we then give effective help to the suffering
we meet on our way. Help us to answer their cry,
for it is our own. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

UPDATES: ht to Canon Harmon.
Here and Here.

What is amazing is some of the press and comments that I have personally heard concerning how these Christians are being "supported" by the wealthy Western churches and are playing church politics with statements made and actions taken. I sometimes wonder if we are even worthy of being in their presence. May God protect our Christian brethren in Nigeria and may He confuse those who seek to do them harm. Kyrie eleison!

2 Comments:

Blogger Becca said...

I am so devastated by this news! Do we know whether the Bishop is safe? I will be praying for his family ... especially Gloria.

1:55 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Becca, I agree. This is terrible. I have not heard any update as of yet. If you do, please let me know.

10:33 am  

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