A Nigerian pastor and his wife have been killed whilst on their farm in the Northeastern state of Taraba.
Rev. Emmanuel Bileya, a pastor with the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria (CRCN) and his pregnant wife were both attacked and killed, reportedly as part of tribal conflicts which has engulfed that part of the country.
The couple leave behind 8 children!
“Pastor Emmanuel and his wife, Juliana, had a passion for God and the work of evangelism,” said Mike Van Der Dyke, team leader for Resonate Global Mission in Nigeria following their death.
“Bileya felt the call of God to leave his teaching job and go into ministry full-time. He was posted to Makurdi, the capital city of Benue State, and he planted a CRCN church there that is a strong congregation today. He continued working as a church planter under the CRCN Missions Department in various parts of Nigeria,” said Van Der Dyke.
He added: “We thank God for their lives and pray for God’s peace for the children and family during this difficult time,”
The attack leading to their death is said to be the latest in a series of tribal conflicts plaguing the state.