Monday, December 16, 2013

Shot in the head, and lived

Nigeria is suffering. A terrorist organisation named Boko Haram - its aim is to see the north of Nigeria placed under strict sharia law - is killing Christians. Two years ago it gave Christians three days to leave or be killed. More than 3,000 are said to have died since 2010.

Out of the killing comes this remarkable story from a Christian named Habila Adamu. He was shot in the head and lived - to tell the world, he says, that to live in this world is to live for Christ, and to die is gain.

And to plead for an end to the ruthless religious persecution in northern Nigeria.

Habila was at home with his wife and children when visitors called. He opened the door and was shocked to find men wearing masks, armed with AK47s.

They demanded he step outside. What was his name? Habila Adamu. Was he a member of the Nigerian police? No. Was he a soldier? No. Was he a member of the state security services? No. He told them he was a businessman.

"OK, are you a Christian?" they asked. "I am a Christian," he said. Initially afraid, he realised they were going to kill him. He began to pray for strength and forgiveness.

The gunmen twice told him they were willing to spare his life if he renounced his faith. He told them he would rather die as a Christian.

They shot him in the face. The bullet went through his nose and came out at the back of his head. They began shouting "Allah Akbar." His wife was sobbing. Habila waited for an angel to come and take him to heaven.

He lay bleeding from 11pm until 7am before he was taken to hospital. Doctors asked him how he came to survive. What power was behind his survival? He told them "The power behind my survival is Jesus Christ."

"What can separate us from the love of Christ?" says Habila. "Is it hardship? Is it persecution? Is it sword? No. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

"We are sinners. We are condemned criminals. We are supposed to die. He took all those burdens. He paid for our debts. He died for us.

"Why can I not submit to Jesus? That is what I did. I stood for Him."

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