Friday, 19 July 2019 New biography of Nigerian Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi by Andrew Boyd

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"Three times they’ve tried to kill me. They’ve come close. But each time just makes me more determined to live my life to the full for Jesus."

So says Nigerian Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi in this new biography by Andrew Boyd. Neither Bomb Nor Bullet: Archbishop on the front line draws us right into the battle raging for the heart of Nigeria. Thousands have been killed and thousands more driven from their homes. But men of faith, such as Archbishop Kwashi, are standing firm. You can read an extract from the book at the end of this post.

Boko Haram want to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state and armed raiders are slaughtering Christian villagers, but Archbishop Kwashi knows that neither bomb nor bullet can separate us from the love of God.

‘Whatever the gunmen do; when the suicide bombers do their worst, God’s message will always be: “I love you. I have given my Son for you. Turn to Him and live.”'

His story is a call to adventure – to live the Christian faith to the full, fully trusting in God – the key to a fruitful life.

Baptism at Amper, Ben's home town. After Ben preached the gospel in 2002, 36 people gave their lives to Christ and were baptised immediately.
Baptism at Amper, Ben's home town. After Ben preached the gospel in 2002, 36 people gave their lives to Christ and were baptised immediately.

Neither Bomb Nor Bullet has forewords from Baroness Cox, Archbishop Foley Beach and Paul Robinson, the CEO of Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world.

Paul Robinson writes: "I have spent time alongside Ben with children as young as seven who bear the savage scars of persecution in their bodies and minds. Right there, alongside those who suffer, Ben chooses to demonstrate God’s love to the persecuted – and the persecutors."

In the face of imminent danger, Ben and his wife Gloria are willing to give their lives daily to joyfully serve God, knowing today could be the one in which they are attacked, injured, or killed.

Neither Bomb Nor Bullet raises vital questions about how we should live and act as followers of Jesus in a world where conflict is our everyday context. When it comes to speaking truth to power, living sacrificially and loving extravagantly, we all have much to learn from the courageous example of Archbishop Ben Kwashi.

"God has done wonderful things in my life," he says. "I am so grateful! I have learnt so much that I want to share with you. Jesus is faithful. He has a message to the nations. God loves you. Give your life fully to your Father in heaven and He will do great things!"

 Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi with orphans at a camp for the displaced in Jos. Picture Andrew Boyd.Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi with orphans at a camp for the displaced in Jos. Picture: Andrew Boyd.

Archbishop Kwashi is the General Secretary of GAFCON, the Global Anglican Future Conference. As well as telling his inspirational faith story, Neither Bomb Nor Bullet lays out a pathway for discipleship in the form of a heartfelt letter packed with practical advice on how to live a life worth living.

"Life is an adventure! Let us live it to the full!"

Andrew Boyd has written more than a dozen books, and you can find out more about him here.


THE ASSASSINS RETURN

Extract from Neither Bomb Nor Bullet

They say your life flashes before you when you are about to die. They had tried to kill me before but failed. But today I knew my time was up.

The assassins had returned. They had smashed their way into my house. There were forty of them. With guns and knives.
My killer stood before me, shaking. Adrenaline or drugs. Maybe both. “Man of God, let’s go!”

They had marched me to my room to kill me. And I was saying my prayers.

Gloria, who had been raped and almost killed by them before, had prayed there would be no more bloodshed. My only prayer was they would spare Gloria and the children. The only blood shed that night would be mine.

Prostrate on my face on my bedroom floor, surrounded by my killers, I prayed: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

They say your life flashes before you when you are about to die. What would I make of mine?


To find out more about Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi you can watch this short video with Andrew Boyd and Revelation TV, and find out more about Neither Bomb nor Bullet here.