Saltburn Evangelical Church
Talk of the Town
Here is our latest feature in "Talk of the Town", Saltburn's free monthly magazine, delivered to every home:
On 15th March a senseless act of brutality against innocent people in Christchurch, New Zealand cost 50 lives. The media reported, and the world was stunned.
Four days earlier, gunmen attacked the Nigerian village of Dogon Noma. They torched houses, shooting and hacking down anything that moved. 71 people died … and this is the first you’ll have heard of it. The daily systematic extermination of Christians by extremist groups like Boko Haram is not news, and goes largely unreported.
Sharia penalties recently introduced in Brunei have attracted wide condemnation, but you won’t have read in your paper that converting to Christianity is already a capital offence under Sharia in several countries. Christmas has been banned in Brunei since 2014!
When Boko Haram kidnapped 76 Nigerian converts to Christianity four women were forced to watch as their husbands were executed for refusing to renounce their faith in Christ. Next they were threatened: “Renounce your faith or your children will be shot tomorrow.”
They prayed, and during the night Jesus Christ appeared to them in a vision telling them to stand firm, and promising protection.
Morning came. They still refused to deny Christ. The militants took aim at their children. Then suddenly, “Snakes!” they screamed. Some ran away; the rest dropped dead where they stood. One of the children said, “Can’t you see the men in white fighting for us?”
It didn’t make our papers of course, but those children will never forget! “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.” (John 1:5)