A campaign urging greater protection for Christians in Nigeria is releasing a powerful worship song by Noel Robinson today.
The award-winning UK songwriter and worship leader wrote No More Sorrow to highlight the plight of Nigerian Christians being targeted by Boko Haram and other militants.
The No More Sorrow track, released officially on iTunes today, is part of a campaign of the same name being run by charity Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world. The campaign is calling on the Nigerian Government to do more to protect vulnerable Christian communities in the run-up to elections next year.
The song features a unique line-up of worship leaders and singers, including many UK-based Nigerians. Noel Robinson co-wrote the track with Lyanna Austin of Release.
Release’s proceeds from sales of the song will go to help persecuted Christians being supported by Release partners in Nigeria. It will be used to provide essentials such as food for survivors of attack, trauma-counselling, medical aid and repairs to damaged homes.
The campaign and song launch have proved very timely, says Noel. ‘When Release commissioned us to write a song that would give voice to the suffering of the persecuted church, we had no idea that the world media was going to be highlighting the plight of the more than 200 young women who were kidnapped,’ he says.
‘No More Sorrow is a plea to stop the persecution in Nigeria. I am so honoured to have been asked to help give voice to this cry of a community caught in this terror.’
Release chief executive Paul Robinson adds: ‘With the elections looming, the fear is that attacks against government institutions and Christians will increase as militants attempt to influence the outcome. We need to stand by the church in Nigeria and join our voices to theirs, crying out to God and petitioning the Government to act to bring an end to the bloodshed and suffering. Christians in northern and central Nigeria need our support, both practical and spiritual.’
The song can be downloaded from iTunes for 79p. A video to accompany the song can be viewed on Vimeo.
The artists featured on the track are: Noel Robinson, Wole Awolola, Peter Odemesi, Fummi Shittu, Esta Adeyemi, Gabriel Esiashe, Brian, Evans Ogboi, Michael Pounds, Shola Victor Sajowa, Jemiyoyan Nwadike, Kelechi Ifeanyi, Aaron T Aaron and Lyanna Austin.
Thousands of civilians in Nigeria have been slaughtered since 2009, when the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram launched its armed insurgency. Christians are a particular target as the group attempts to extend strict Sharia (Islamic law) across north Nigeria and eradicate Christianity. With presidential and legislative elections due in February 2015, it is feared that Christians living in marginal electoral seats could be targeted and driven out.
Through its international network of missions Release International serves persecuted Christians in more than 30 countries around the world, by: supporting pastors and Christian prisoners, and their families; supplying Christian literature and Bibles; and working for justice.