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Rikiya (Nigeria)

Rikiya survived a brutal attack on her village. But as a widow, she then faced social exclusion, as well as poverty. Women like Rikiya are doubly vulnerable to persecution, targeted for their gender and their faith. But your support is sowing seeds of hope, healing and new life.

 

After fleeing with her three children to a nearby town, Rikiya and her children were able to return home two months later. By this time, it was too late, she had lost everything.

Yet, despite these terrible circumstances, Rikiya’s faith has never been stronger. She says, “All of this has made me closer to God than I have ever been before.”

 

Today you can encourage this widow on her road to restoration.

OPEN DOORS LETTER WRITING

July 2020

INDIA

Sisters, Meena* and Sunita* were badly beaten with bamboo sticks by some of their Hindu neighbours who were angry they had decided to follow Jesus. Your support enabled Open Doors' local church partners to provide them with food and medical care immediately after the attack.

Letters of encouragement from their church family around the world have helped strengthen their faith, and they know that they are not alone.

Your letters of encouragement are so valuable. We invite you to send us a card or letter of encouragement to send to a brother or sister in India.

*names changed for security reasons

Nigeria

Rikiya survived a brutal attack on her village. But as a widow, she then faced social exclusion, as well as poverty. Women like Rikiya are doubly vulnerable to persecution, targeted for their gender and their faith. But your support is sowing seeds of hope, healing and new life.

After fleeing with her three children to a nearby town, Rikiya and her children were able to return home two months later. By this time, it was too late, she had lost everything.

Yet, despite these terrible circumstances, Rikiya’s faith has never been stronger. She says, “All of this has made me closer to God than I have ever been before.”

Today you can encourage this widow on her road to restoration.

Republic of Congo

Francoise (52) , her husband Rev. Batsemire- Ngulongo Yese (67) and their grandson were travelling to go to their farm in North Kivu Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, when they heard gun shots. Scared that they were going to be ambushed, Francoise told us, “ In that moment of panic, we thought it wise to hide in the bush in case the enemy was on the road. We were hoping they would pass us. “ They spread out to hide, and Rev. Yese unknowingly had hidden in an area the extremists used as a shortcut. They shot him and brutally killed him there. Since this horrific event,  Francoise continues to struggle with grief . Words of prayer and encouragement from you will be like a healing balm for her.

Laos

Savang was training to be a Shaman in Laos when one of his friends brought him to Jesus and inspired him to share the good news. After
leading most in his community to Christ , he started a church in his house. But he faced persecution from the Laotian government and was imprisoned for several months. Savang is out of prison now, and his church is thriving. Support and prayers have enabled him to attend our persecution preparedness training. The authorities are onto Savang, and he still needs our prayers and encouragement. He says, “When you follow Christ there is no guarantee that persecution will not follow.”

Please write in simple English and do not use verses that talk about Israel, armies or war.
*name changed for secur i ty reasons.

Republic of Congo

When Georgine waved goodbye to her husband Dieudonne one morning in January, 2020, she had no idea that she would never see him again. Dieudonne went to their farm but was ambushed and killed by extremists. It is believed that he was killed for his faith and involvement with the church and school. Georgine and her children have been severely traumatized by this sudden loss. Georgine recalls, “ I arrived at the farm and was calling out to find him, but I only found his bicycle abandoned along the road...  I want to thank Christians who think about me. I am pleased to know that people are praying for me, for God to comfort me and my children.”

Your words of encouragement will bring great comfort to this young widow.

Ethiopia

When Marta was in her mid- teens, she left the house of a witch-doctor that she was forced to marry and told her family she had found Jesus. It was a traumatic journey, but she stood strong for her faith in Christ. Soon, her family began to follow Him too. But Marta’s story isn’t over yet. We sent some of your letters, encouraging her as she recovers from her traumatic past. “Thank you for thinking of me” , Marta said. “I love you very much! May God bless and give you grace.”

You can write a letter to Marta and encourage her as she continues her journey to shine for Christ.

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LETTER WRITING GUIDELINES

For Security Reasons

  • 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 criticize a country's religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system, or political leaders.
  • Do not send money or make proposals to help.
  • Print clearly in English.
  • Be brief and encouraging —Include 1-2 Bible verses it is best to send greeting cards, artwork from children and postcards.