Write a letter to encourage Hajaratu

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In 2019, Hajaratu from Nigeria lost her husband to an illness, leaving her to care for their five children on her own.

Now she is trying to come to grips with another tragic loss whilst continuing to keep the rest of her family safe and fed. 

While fleeing an attack by Fulani militants in July 2020, she tried to cross a fast-moving river with her young daughter strapped to her back. After being submerged in water and led astray by the dangerous current, Hajaratu reached the riverbank to discover she was alone.

“I began to cry uncontrollably,” she shares.

For Hajaratu, it is yet more unthinkable grief. Alongside this are the understandable questions and doubts: Why has this happened? But she is holding on to Jesus, still praising Him and clinging on to the hope He gives.

You can give comfort and strength to Hajarutu by sending her a message, reminding her that in her grief and responsibilities towards her children, she is not alone.

Writing guidelines

  • Hajaratu does not speak English; it is best to send greeting cards, children’s artwork, and postcards
  • We suggest you use this sentence:

Dear Hajaratu. Thank you for sharing your testimony with us. It blessed me deeply. I am praying for you and your family regularly.

Zuwa ga Hajaratu, Mungode sosai yadda kika baiyana sheda mana labarinki. Wannan abin ya albarkaceni kwarai da gaske.Inayi miki adu'a. Nagode

  • If you don’t want to use the above phrase, feel free to share one encouraging Bible verse
  • Show sensitivity; please don’t dwell on the recipient’s plight or share about the blessings of life in your country.

For security

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your letters
  • If writing a postcard, please send it in an envelope and do not write the Open Doors’ address on the postcard
  • You may provide your name, but do not provide your full address
  • Do not criticise a country’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system, or political leaders
  • Do not send money or make proposals to help.

Send to us!

Send your drawings, cards or letters to us at:

PO Box 6
Witney
Oxon
OX29 6WG

And we'll do the rest!

Please note this campaign ends 31 May 2021

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