SUPPORTING THE SECRET CHILDREN
...to give them protection, provision and a Christian education.
Thousands of children have been displaced, orphaned, or separated from their parents because of violence in the northern states of Nigeria. At a refugee camp in Yola, Open Doors has been supporting Christians to look after 1,000 children who lost their parents in a Boko Haram attack on Mubi.
Thanks to supporters who have committed to give and pray regularly for children, Open Doors has been able to provide emergency relief for them, including bedding and clothing. On one visit, Open Doors worker Isaac* delivered 100 Bibles, handing them out personally and praying for each child.
Some of the children had been hoping for a Bible for a long time. Ibrahim Pogu said: "Wow, I am so happy to receive a copy of the Bible today. I have been asking my father to buy one for me when he was alive, but today I got it. I am happy. I will learn how to trust in God through this Word of God. I am so happy."
Hafsat Barnabas told us he hoped his Bible would help him to begin to heal from the loss of his parents. He said: "I hope this Bible will help me to forgive the killers of my parents. I found it very difficult to get it out of my mind, but I know that there is an answer in this book."
"This is a day of joy. This Bible will be my everything," shared Ibrahim Mshelia. "I remember one day my father told me that the Bible has answer to all our needs - physical and spiritual. This gift is so precious to me. In a time like this, the Bible is the best companion. I will sleep with it and walk with it until I fully experience God in my life."
*Name changed for security reasons
Supporters in the UK and Ireland contributed £495,054 towards supporting children of the persecuted church last year - and much of this was through regular giving. This has enabled us to provide regular ongoing support and prayer for children and young people.
We provide them with:
- Safe houses and homes, to give them a safe and loving place to grow up
- Education so that persecution won't stop them from fulfilling their potential
- Sunday schools and children's camps, where they can be free to learn more about Jesus and make friends
- Bibles and Sunday school resources to help them encounter God for themselves.
Thank you for helping us to assure these children that although they are bereft of parents, they haven’t been forgotten by their global church family.