“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of
Letter from Jeff King of ICC-note what’s in bold and italics.
I just came back from vacation today rested and refreshed having spent precious time
with my wife and kids in safety and in ease at the beach. Each day we rode bikes,
played in the pool, went fishing, and swam in the ocean. I even began to teach
my kids how to surf. They were able to live as care-free youth and their biggest
concerns were over whose turn it was to play on the tablet. All-in-all, it was a
classic American vacation and a perfect investment of time into what really counts.
On my first meeting of the day back at the office though, I sat down with two of my Regional Managers who had recently
returned from Nigeria which they described as a killing ground for Christians. They told me about their journey and the river
of victims that passed in front of them. Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsman they have armed are butchering Christians
on a ferocious scale. Christians in the North that haven’t been killed or kidnapped to face a life of rape, like the Chibok
girls, have been driven off their ancestral lands to live in extreme poverty as refugees in their own land. They are Internally
The old among them will die away from their ancestral lands, a grievous burden that haunts them. The young grow up in
rags and face a life of poverty due to the lost years without education. Many others though have lost a father, mother or both.
I listened to my RMs and felt the pain they had experienced and were trying to process. Together we felt the frustration of not
being able to solve a problem of massive pain and severe suffering of our brothers and sisters. Don’t get me wrong, we will
help many, but we will not solve the problem. One national politician there told us that most of his colleagues don’t really
care. Even worse, many politicians, police, and military leaders are aiding and abetting the enemy within.
The contrast between my vacation and the experience of my kids and the experience of Nigeria’s IDP’s was strking. Like
you, I don’t really know how to deal with it. We have been blessed in America. Truly blessed. There is a reason that so many
around the world still come to our shores. It’s not that we don’t have cares and burdens; they just pale in comparison to the
plight of those targeted because of the name of Jesus.
For that reason, I am thankful for you and your care for your brother and sister. As you read this issue and get an overview
of what’s happening around the world, take some measure of satisfaction in the fact that you are part of a small minority of
Christians that are aware of and care for their persecuted brother and sisters. (are you?)
Without you, their lives would be measurably worse.
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