The family of Jonas, a Bible worker recently killed by extremists in the Cameroon. Their faces are blurred for safety reasons.

Families of murdered Bible Society workers forced to flee homes in Cameroon

The families of two Bible Society workers who were murdered by Islamist terrorists in Cameroon are being moved to a safer location after two more villagers were killed.

The widows of Jonas and Joseph, two Parkwa language literacy facilitators, have agreed to move with their children to new homes to be provided by Bible Society.

Jonas, 42, a church elder, was killed last August while standing guard outside a church, while Joseph, 43, was murdered in his home in September while caring for one of his sick children.

Bible workers Jonas (left) and Joseph were friends.

Bible workers Jonas (left) and Joseph were friends.

Boko Haram frequently raids the village in the strife-ridden far north of the country and two more people were killed on the night of 1 February.

Villagers had previously been hiding in makeshift tents and caves in nearby mountains when the raiders were likely to strike, but even that is not safe any more.

‘Boko Haram attackers don’t hesitate to climb the mountain any more and nobody is safe,’ said a Bible Society worker in the West African country.

‘The widows of Jonas and Joseph are terrified. They don’t want to accept all the help they need – mattresses, etc. – because it would reveal they were getting outside help and they would then be even more likely to become targets [of the terrorists]. They urgently need to move to a safer place,’ the Bible Society worker said.

Bible Society would like to thank all of you who support Bible mission in Africa. Your kind giving and your prayers are greatly valued by the Bible workers who continue their God-given missions in the face of terrible extremism.

Please pray for God’s protection for these two women and their children, and also for the people who have to remain in the village.

If you would like to share the Bible among communities in the shadow of Islamist extremism then please donate now. The Bibles you provide will be distributed to remote communities, people will learn to read in Bible-based literacy classes, and traumatised families will begin to heal through God’s love.

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