Persistent violence plagues these men and women, and the threat of death hovers around them, but they know God is worth the cost. In Nigeria, it appears the diaspora fuels the spread of the gospel. “In several areas in Northern Nigeria, the Christian presence has become virtually extinct or substantially diminished while in other areas church congregations have grown due to an influx of Christians fleeing violence and a number of Muslims converting to Christianity,” according to a new report released by Open Doors.

The study states 1.3 million Christians have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution. But the “severely traumatized” Christians reportedly have seen an increased experience of connection with God and feeling His presence. Boko Haram and other radical Islamic groups like the Muslim Hausa-Fuani herdsmen hunt Christians, especially those who left Islam. READ MORE