While you may be aware of the tragedy that took place earlier this month in Paris in the Charlie Hebdo shootings, you may not be as aware of the ongoing violence in Niger that is also being carried out by Charlie Hebdo protestors.
Here is an article by Christianity Today that summarizes some of the recent events in Niger. The headline of the article is “Scores of Churches Destroyed by Charlie Hebdo Protests in Niger.” However, the devastation goes beyond simply churches as this quote from the article makes clear (emphasis added):
More than 70 churches have been destroyed, along with numerous Christian schools and organisations, including an orphanage.
The extent of the attacks came to my attention through Scott Eberle, a math teacher working with Christian schools in Niger. Scott has commented on this site numerous times and I have been after him to contribute some full length posts whenever he is able. I encourage you to learn more about his ministry of bringing the Gospel through Christian education to Niger. Here is one particular post that I have shared here before on “The Beauty of Math: From Theory to Classroom Practice.”
Please join me in praying for Scott, his family, his ministry in Niger, and everyone else who has been affected by this terrible tragedy.