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Tears of Gold

Explore the stories of seven courageous, persecuted women with our new church resources. Discover how God is turning their grief to joy.

Ladi was only back in her village in Nigeria because it was a school holiday.

She never returned to school. She was abducted by Boko Haram extremists and forcibly married to one of the soldiers.

“I became pregnant and gave birth to my son, Emmanuel,” she recalls. “I decided that it was time for me to escape. One night, I took to my heels and kept running.”


Ladi is one of the women featured in our new church resource, Tears of Gold. It contains portraits of seven courageous, faithful Nigerian women, all of whom have survived abuse and persecution because of their gender and their faith.

One set of their portraits was painted by UK artist Hannah Rose Thomas, the other set was painted by the women themselves.

Many, including Ladi, painted tears of gold on their faces. A symbol of how trauma and tragedy can be transformed through the love of God: how tears of pain can become tears of gold.

The pack includes: