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NEW TRAUMA CARE CENTRE NEEDED
Over 150 years ago there were almost no Christians in northern Nigeria. Now they form 31.2 per cent of the population. But the persecution is extreme. Church attendance has more than halved in some of the most violent areas. In many places, the Christian presence has almost been extinguished.
- Up to 11,500 Christians have been killed.
- More than 1,000,000 have been persecuted, with many driven from their homes
- 13,000 churches have been abandoned or destroyed.
They are family. They need our support.
TRAUMA VICTIMS NEED PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT
Valerie was asleep in her rural community when the Fulani attacked. They killed everything and everyone they came across. She was shot three times in her chest and stomach. Her husband was killed. Fifty people who were hiding in a straw house were locked inside and burnt to death. Two small churches were burnt down.
Believers like Valerie need trauma care. They need professional, long-term support. That's why Open Doors' partners have decided to take action and build a new trauma care centre in northern Nigeria: the first of its kind.
PIONEERING NEW TRAUMA CARE CENTRE
The newly-designed trauma centre will accommodate up to 30 trauma victims at one time, and will have a training annexe to help equip church leaders whose congregations have suffered terrible atrocities. It will be staffed by qualified people, skilled in dealing with post-traumatic stress and all of its associated conditions.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Tell your church. This is an amazing opportunity for your church to work together to bring restoration and healing to our Nigerian brothers and sisters.
To help you share the vision for this project, order our special church resource pack, called Love Overcomes, containing background information and a DVD showing the site of the planned new trauma care centre. The pack also contains a sermon outline, posters and individual response forms.
Another way your church can support our persecuted family in Nigeria is by writing a letter to the Nigerian Ambassador – and a sample letter is included in the pack.