Patience, Revelation and Rejoice

These were the names of children, ages 13, 6 and 4 killed by Fulani herdsman in Nigeria this week.  At least 17 people were killed and six others injured when the village was attacked about 11:30 PM Monday evening.  One of those killed was a six month old infant.

After breaking into the family home, the attackers killed the 40 year old father Jonathan Yakubu, his wife and the three children – all hacked to death.

More than 38 Southern Kaduna people have been killed by Fulani herdsman since the COVID-19 lockdown on March 25, more than have been killed by the virus.

Fulani radicals have been attacking Christian villages in Nigeria for the past five years. The attacks have displaced thousands – and that is the point.  The Fulani want the land inhabited by the Christians.

How is it not genocide when children and infants are hacked to death with machetes? Genocide is deliberate killing of an ethnic, national, racial, or religious group—in whole or in part.  It is a crime against humanity.

The ancestors of the Fulani people were pushed from the Sahara southward around the third millennium B.C.  They were among the first people in African to convert to Islam around 500 AD.  The Fulani are among the last nomadic people on the planet. Recent climate changes have not been kind to their way of life – but killing children is surely no solution.  


pilot dies delivering corona virus tests

Joyce Lin was a remarkable soul, an MIT graduate who gave up a lucrative career in computing in the United States to be a bush pilot.  After her Master’s from MIT, she studied theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. 

She was flying COVID-19 tests to a village in the mountains called p.  She was the only person on board the single engine aircraft when she encountered technical difficulties and asked to turn back to the airport in Papua. She sent out a distress call, but the control tower lost track of her.

The 40 year old woman’s body was retrieved from Lake Sentani about two hours after the crash.  Joyce worked for Mission Aviation Fellowship taking humanitarian aid to some of the remotest places on earth, the jungle covered mountains of Papua.  She was carrying food, books and school kits along with the COVID-19 tests when her plane went down.

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is a Christian organization that provides aviation,  communications, and learning technology services to more than 1,000 Christian and humanitarian agencies, as well as thousands of isolated missionaries and indigenous villagers in the world’s most remote areas.   Joyce had been with MAF for about three years.

Joyce Lin gave her life for something more important than herself.  Please remember her family and friends in your prayers.