A Death in the Family

Neima 1Neima Abiad Idris (49) was a household name in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The Nuba people knew her as the "Peace Singer." Her first Christian album was entitled, Faith is Essential to Achieve Our Goals. Her most recent album was a musical expression of her personal prayer and aspiration for the Nuba entitled, Building Peace, Forgiveness & Reconsiliation. A wife and mother of four sons and two daughters, Neima was a committed Christian who lived out her faith with great courage under daily threat of death by the officially Islamic state. PPF was first introduced to Neima in 2003 in the city of Kauda. She was leading a choir of ladies singing songs in her native Koliib.

On November 6, 2014, Neima was slain by shrapnel from an Antonov bomb that struck her home village of Kadir.

Neima's life testimony represents the faith and courage of so many Nuba Christians. She is a hero and a martyr. She died because she wouldn't run away from the genocidal terror that targeted her family and her community. She lived in Dellami county with her family in an SPLM-N administrated "rebel-controlled" area and never considered moving away to the "safety" of a government garrison town under sharia law. Her songs were always of peace, forgiveness, faith and perseverance.

Our heart aches for Neima's family, but we know she is experiencing the real peace of heaven. She could sing about peace while living in a war zone, because she knew the Prince of Peace.

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on. 'Blessed indeed,' says the Spirit, 'that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!'" Rev.14:13