A group of militants that came to kill Nigerian missionaries is now a group of disciples instead after they saw Jesus' love on display.
“I remember there was a particular mission field where we were ministering to people, and some people came to kill us,” Oscal Amaechina tells The Christian Post. Amaechina is the president of Afri-Mission and Evangelism Network in Nigeria.
"They confessed that they were there to kill us. We saw them with their machetes, we saw them with their swords, and we believed that that was our last breath. We thought we were going to take our last breath and go.”
While he and his fellow missionaries "stared death in the face" they decided to live out their mission one last time. The missionaries prepared gifts of food for the militants. It was a move that caught the would-be murderers off guard and stunned them.
"We were here to kill you," the leader said to the missionaries. "Since we are poor, no one has ever given us gifts, but because of these gifts, we want to become Christians."
Amaechina says their response stunned the missionaries, but they happily led the group to Christ.
"It was wonderful, it was awesome and it was an eye-opener. Since that day, we have never resisted showing kindness. There's power in kindness and love. And that is what we believe in ministry.”
Nigeria is the seventh most dangerous country in the world for Christians according to Open Doors' World Watch List.
"Persecution in Nigeria is, simply put, brutally violent. In much of northern Nigeria, Christians live their lives under the constnat threat of attack from Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Fulani militants and criminals who kidnap and murder with few consequences," Open Doors says on Nigeria's country profile. "While all citizens of northern Nigeria are subject to threats and violence, Christians are often specifically targeted because of their faith—ISWAP and Boko Haram want to eliminate the Christian presence in Nigeria, and Muslim Fulani militants attack Christian villages specifically."