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Nigeria: How they keep going

August 22, 2016

The recent footage released of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram is a painful reminder of the violent persecution facing Christians in Nigeria. But the prayers and support of people like you have been able to make a real difference to our persecuted brothers and sisters.

In this short film, Bishop Mike Moses from Adamawa State in northeast Nigeria describes the violent persecution faced by Christians in northern Nigeria, the faith that helps them keep going, and gives thanks for the support they have received from their global church family.

Thanks to you

Over the past two years, Open Doors has provided relief to more than 2,000 people in Adamawa State alone, including:

  • Practical help to hundreds of orphans in refugee camps
  • Food aid to 2,000 Christians in refugee camps
  • Encouragement to 100 Adamawa pastors
  • Hundreds of widows each receiving similar aid to Doregne
  • Fifty other beneficiaries across Mubi also received food.

Although relief aid is demanding a lot of resources from us at the moment, this is not all we are doing to bring hope to our persecuted brothers and sisters. Our assistance can be divided into three areas: addressing immediate needs (such as food, clothing, Bibles), mid-term needs (such as trauma care, restoration of income generating activities) and long-term needs (such as restoration of infrastructure). We are also in the process of assessing the circumstances of Christians who are returning to their almost completely destroyed towns to pick up the pieces of their lives.

Do something…

Speak out. Write to the Nigerian High Commission.

Pray now…

  • For comfort, protection and provision for our persecuted church family in Nigeria
  • For strength and wisdom for our workers and local partners as they serve our persecuted brothers and sisters
  • For guidance for the Nigerian government as they deal with Boko Haram and other extremist groups.

We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.