“Pastor Musa will be remembered as a father, a friend and as a role model. It will take the Church in Borno a long time to cope with the enormous loss of this bold yet graceful leader and mentor. His deepest desire was to see a strong Church pressing forward despite perpetual harassment and killings at the hands of extremists.” -Open Doors
(Santa Ana, CA)—On May 14, in plain view of his wife and one daughter, suspected Boko Haram Islamic terrorist members gunned down Rev. Faye Pama Musa, General Overseer of the Rhema Assembly International Church and Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno state.
A month later Open Doors workers visited his widow Mercy at her home in Maiduguri. The widow and mother of four warmly received the visitors into her house.
When she sat down to speak to Open Doors workers, she burst into tears. “True friendship is what I am seeing today,” she said. “How did you manage to come to Maiduguri at this dangerous time when people are vacating the city? You are most welcome here in Jesus’ name. I am so happy to see you again.”
The events of the evening of May 14 will never be forgotten. Musa, Mercy and some of their children were home. While Mercy was preparing supper, Zion, a daughter who was sitting outside, noticed three armed men jumping the fence. She ran into the living room to alert her father. Musa glanced through the window and saw the intruders by the front door. The next moment they forced their way into the house shouting, “Everybody on the floor!”
Musa instantly knew why the men had come and tried to escape through the backdoor and over the fence. But they caught up with him and dragged him to the porch. “Today you are a dead man. Call your Jesus to help you, Mr. CAN man,” one of the terrorist shouted.
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