Pastor in Nigeria Appeals for Release from Islamist Terrorists
A church pastor in Nigeria who went missing on Oct. 19 has been captured along with two Christian women by militants of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), according to a video released by the terrorist group.
In the video clip uploaded on YouTube today (Oct. 29), the Rev. Polycarp Zongo of the Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) says the militants captured him and the women as they traveled from Jos, Plateau state to the city of Gombe in the state of the same name.
‚ÄúOn Monday, 19 October 2020, I was traveling to Gombe for a church conference when we encountered the caliphate‚Äôs armed men who captured me along the way; and right now I‚Äôm with them,‚ÄĚ Pastor Zongo says in the Hausa language, appealing to the Plateau state governor, state Sen. I.D. Gyang, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and COCIN leaders to help secure his release. ‚ÄúThey too, captured two Christian women who...
O Lord, our brother and sisters are held captive by dangerous men bent toward evil. We beg You that they would be released alive and unharmed as a testimony of Your goodness to Your people. We also pray that even their example in suffering would be tools that You use to bring their captors to saving faith in and thru Jesus. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.