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         August 2011

"People left Maiduguri massively"

"Maiduguri has been deserted. So lonely and boring."

"We attend church services under heavy guard"

These are quotes from our friends still left in Maiduguri. They confirm what we are reading on the Internet about the violence and chaos being caused by the Boko Haram who wish to implement Sharia Law in Borno State as the law of the land. Many who have left are from different tribes in different parts of the country and they have gone back to their villages and local governments for safety's sake. So that leaves those who are from Borno State where Maiduguri is their home. This includes many of our team members and friends. Truly saints, we ask you to pray with us concerning their safety and for a resolution to this extremely dangerous situation. Besides praying, if you can, we ask you to also fast with us and our Nigerian brethren the third Monday of each month as we pray for the work there and now especially about this crisis.

Renewed Crisis In Jos
Additionally, after several months of tenuous peace and cooperation, there has been a new outbreak of killing and retaliation in the city of Jos. Here, also, we have many friends and brothers and sisters in the Lord whose lives are in jeopardy daily as they attempt to go about their normal routine of living just because of their faith. Truly, we are blessed to live in the "Land of the free, and the home of the brave", and "One Nation under God", where all are free to worship their god as they so choose without fear of persecution by the government or any individual or organization. At least, that's the way it is supposed to be.

Belated Lesson
The following was sent to me by a friend last month after I had already sent out the July Newsletter. However, I feel that it is so worth sharing that I have included here in this month's news.

56 Signers
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned;
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
Another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants,
Nine were farmers and large plantation owners
Men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

Remember: freedom is never free!


Your Servants In Christ,
Larry - Sarah