It is hard to be a farmer in the Muslim-majority regions of East Africa. It is hard to be a Christian as well. But thanks to the gifts and prayers of longterm Open Doors supporters in the UK and Ireland, including thousands of Secret Child sponsors, many Christians are learning how to support their families, increase their independence and maintain their dignity.
In these predominantly rural, subsistence farming communities, Christians struggle with poverty and exclusion. Violence and persecution have left many widows and orphans, and followers of Jesus have to stay under the radar. But despite the danger and the hardship, beneath the surface, change is growing. With God’s help and your support, these believers are planting the seeds of faith, and beginning to see a harvest. See how your support is transforming lives in this short film:
In a small border town, surrounded by beautiful mountains, Ruth* and Fabian* have opened a school. This was once a predominantly Christian area, but today the town is dominated by mosques and minarets. Indeed, to tell you the name of this place would put the Christians there in peril.
Ruth and Fabian came to this town from the nation’s capital, in response to a call from God to bring the gospel to rural communities.
“We learned that many children were not in school because their parents couldn’t afford it,” says Fabian. “We desperately wanted to help but had no resources.” The couple attended an Open Doors training course, and Open Doors gave them some money so they could buy land and build a school.
Today they have 32 pupils, eight of whom are orphans. One of them – a six-year-old boy with learning difficulties – was previously forced to work on a farm. They also run a growing church. “Many are secretly coming to faith,” Fabian explains.
“We have gone through a lot of challenges,” says Ruth, “but we have learned that the Lord is faithful to His promise to never leave or forsake us. He is faithful to bring it to accomplishment.”
*Names changed for security reasons
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