By SAM EYOBOKA
WORRIED by the spate of violent attacks on Christians in parts of Nigeria and Ken-ya, 81-year old American evangelist, Dr. Morris Cerullo has called on Christians across the globe to pray for a cessation of sectarian crises in the two African countries.
In his daily despatch to millions of his students and associates across the world, the American-Jew whose life has been dedi-cated to fulfilling the call of God to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every living creature, lamented the sectarian killings in the two African nations.
God has used Dr. Ceru-llo to pioneer overseas ministries and open many countries that have been considered closed to the Gospel. Recently, he was in Kenya from where he made the appeal titled; “Pray for Nigeria and Kenya Now!” reads:
“Fifty Christians were burned alive in their pastor’s home as they fled for refuge from a terrorist attack by the Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram. We must pray for Nigeria and Kenya now!
“Boko Haram is a vio-lent jihadist terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria that seeks to establish Shar-ia law in the country. Some analysts also be-lieve this organization is attacking Christians in the North so that it can press for the separ-ation of the Muslim-majority North from the Christian-majority South. This group is known for attacking Christians and bomb-ing churches.
“According to the Christian Post, terrorist organization Boko Haram, which has been waging war on Christ-ians and attacking churches in Nigeria for months, has come out with a statement mak-ing it clear that its goal is to eliminate follow-ers of Christ from the region and establish an Islamic state.
“A spokesman for the group, Abul Qaqa, is said to have told report-ers over the phone: “The Nigerian state and Chri-stians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achie-ve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state. We are responsible for the suicide attack on a church in Jos and also another attack on anoth-er church in Biu.
“Recently, dozens of people were killed, at least 58 people, includ-ing two Nigerian law-makers. A Nigerian past-or is blaming the gover-nment, saying the weak government is allowing Christians to be shot at every Sunday.
“Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, one of my spiritual sons and president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, called on the Foreign Affairs Com-mittee of the U.S. House of Representatives to officially declare Boko Haram a terrorist organ-ization that the intern-ational community needs to battle against.
“This would be the equivalent of designat-ing Bin Laden as a ter-rorist, but failing to de-signate al-Qaida as a te-rrorist organization,” Ayo noted in response to only select members of Boko Haram being reco-gnized as terrorists,” he stated.
Continuing, Dr. Ceru-llo said: “In Kenya, dead-ly church attacks have also been aimed at Chri-stians. Recently, how-ever, both Christians and Muslims vowed to keep peace amid arrests in those deadly church att-acks.
“Beloved, these attacks against our people in the Kingdom of God, will not deter us from the spread-ing of the Gospel of Jes-us Christ. Our eyes are not upon the Boko Har-am. Our eyes are not up-on the politicians. Our eyes are not upon the government. Our eyes are upon Jesus Christ! Declare with me: ‘Niger-ia, Kenya and all of Afri-ca shall be saved!’
“In Nairobi, Kenya, de-spite the many dangers lurking in this terrorist-laden country, with citiz-ens being killed and in-jured in a suspected gre-nade attack on a local church, I stayed firm in my schedule ministering in that nation’s capital.
“Despite the church bombings in Kenya, I prophesied that within the next 12 months, there would be such an out-pouring of God’s wheat, His provision, upon the people of God there. I further prophesied that they may have seen moderate rain there in Kenya, but that they we-re about to see rain moti-vated by the hand of God —not by some big-shot preacher, not by some te-levision personality, but the hand of God was about to move!
Beloved, God is using the African people. He has scattered them all through Europe. I want to tell you as a prophet of God, If it wasn’t for the African people in Euro-pe, there would be no re-vival!
Beloved, you and I need each other. We need the African people and they need us. Would you please pray for them? Pray that peace will prevail in that reg-ion. Pray that the Church will arise, press in, and take that territory for the Kingdom of God. Pray that the Boko Haram will turn to Jesus Christ, and that they will be a tool for peace, and not a tool for war. Why? So that God gets the glory!