EXTRAORDINARY account of Brutality vs Faith

Am sharing with You Another post by Anna Waldherr, again by Copy and Paste, (well You know the reason by now. Sigh).

I Only Pray that I too might have this YOUNG boy’s Love and Faith.

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Below, Anna’s post:

“Below is an excerpt from the August 2015 edition of the Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter.  VOM, http://www.persecution.com, is a Christian non-profit serving the persecuted church.

boko haram in nigeria

[Bombing by Boko Haram 4/14/14, Source Voice of America (PD-US federal govt.)]

The events described are brutal.  The faith of this 13 y.o. boy stands in sharp contrast.  It should be humbling to the rest of us.

Danjuma Shakaru’s…face is marked by horrendous scars…and by a beaming smile…He remembers running for his life and then being confronted by some of the more than 1,000 Islamic insurgents who attacked his Christian village, burning homes and killing villagers who didn’t manage to escape…

Danjuma can’t recall the attackers hacking at his left arm with a machete.  He has no memory of them cutting out his right eye.  And he doesn’t remember them cutting off his genitals.

Danjuma is among the thousands of Nigerians who have been brutalized in violent riots, bombings and village raids since 1999, when Islamists began their campaign to establish Islamic [Sharia] law and an Islamic territory in the north.  The Insurgency escalated in 2009 with the rise of the extremist group Boko Haram…

In spite of what he has suffered, Danjuma is certain that God is still in control…Danjuma not only forgives his attackers but almost pities them for the condition of their hearts.

‘I forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing,’ he said, echoing the words of Christ.  ‘If they had love, they wouldn’t behave that way.’

Following the attack, which left 23 villagers dead and 38 injured, survivors began to dig graves for those killed.  Villagers had walked past Danjuma’s body and assumed he was dead, but later they heard him crying and shouting…

Danjuma said his relationship with God has only grown stronger since the attack.  He continues to pray and seek God’s guidance…

[But] Danjuma’s life is much different now.  A catheter extends from his lower abdomen, draining urine into a bag that he must carry as he walks.  He is fully dependent on God, on his mother and on the care of others around him…

‘If they hear the story, they should pray for me – for my [broken heart] and that I have strength to serve the Lord,’ he said…

‘If they find themselves in such a situation, they should embrace God,’ he said, still smiling.  ‘They should believe that the God who created us knows everything about us, so let’s be faithful and let’s be kind…’ ”

Ref: http://alawyersprayers.com/2015/08/02/brutality-and-faith/

[Emphasis mine]

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My Thanks to Anna Waldherr for sharing this Extraordinary account with Us.

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