Life in Nigeria is complex. We struggle to decide how much trouble is enough trouble that we should leave vs the need for the Gospel to prevail and vitality of ministry out here. How ever sometimes things happen that get attention and so our office have released this statement that we feel might be helpful to you.
Many of you will be aware of the kidnapping that took place over this past weekend (16-17 February 2013) in northern Bauchi State, Nigeria. Seven foreign construction workers were taken from their company’s camp and a security guard was killed. The nationalities of those taken are still to be confirmed, but apparently includes at least one Italian, one Greek, two Lebanese, and possibly some British.
This situation is the latest in a series of incidents that have been taking place in northern Nigeria. Kidnappings of expatriates are on the rise in the north of the country as a strategy of terrorists and militant groups. The most serious events have been in the far north of the country—quite a long way from Jos, where most of our staff live. In light of our assessment of the situation, the Nigeria Group Director Team has put in place a travel restriction to places north of Jos for our expatriate staff. We continue to monitor trends and events across the country and will make adjustments as the situation changes.
We appreciate your prayers for us all as we seek to honor God and advance Bible translation in Nigeria. Please do contact us if you have questions or concerns.