Deborah Peters attends university in the US. However, in 2011 she was living in Chibok, Nigeria, the same city where the Muslim extremists group, Boko Haram, kidnapped nearly 300 girls attending a school with the intent of selling them as wives or into sexual slavery. Most of the girls were Christians.
At a presentation to the Hudson Institute, Deborah shared her families brutal encounter with Boko Haram.
Deborah was 15 when three members of the group invaded her family’s home. Her father who was a pastor was having a shower.
“It was 7:30 and three men knocked on the door and asked where my dad is…
They drug him from the bathroom and shouted for him to deny his faith. He said he wouldn’t …
So they told him they were going to kill him if he didn’t deny his faith.
But he told them he would rather die than go to hell fire. So he told them God said anyone that denied Him, He was going to deny in the presence of His Dad in heaven. So my dad refused to deny his faith and they shot him three times in his chest.”
The extremist then turned their attention to Deborah’ s younger teenage brother. She said they debated whether to kill him because he was young. But in the end decided to murder him because the extremists were fearful that one day the boy might become a pastor.
Deborah said they shot her brother twice in the chest and when that didn’t kill him, one put his gun in her brother’s mouth and fired.
Jesus warned about the hate
In Matthew 10:22, Jesus warned His disciples:
“You will be hated because of my name, but it is the one who endures to the end who will be saved” (NASV).