‘I escaped from Boko Haram’: Nigerian believer Esther tells her story to U.S. President Trump

July 18, 2019 by Lindy Lowry in Advocacy

The stories of persecuted believers around the world—Christians you have prayed for and supported—came front and center in Washington D.C., as thousands of Christians gathered this week for the second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Liberty, the largest religious liberty gathering in the world.

This week, a handful of persecuted believers met with President Trump, including Esther from Nigeria, a former captive of Boko Haram. Through your prayers and support, Open Doors has walked with Esther and her young daughter, Rebecca, providing trauma counseling, food aid and letters of encouragement. Below, Esther shares with President Trump. (Be sure to watch the full video with President Trump to hear from other persecuted Christians you’ve prayed for, including Helen from Eritrea and Miriam from Sudan.)


Open Doors was part of this week’s Ministerial in other ways, as well. In his address focusing on global religious persecution, Vice President Mike Pence cited research from Open Doors’ annual World Watch List, saying that “Open Doors has identified North Korea as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians for the past 18 years.”

Also during this important week in Washington, D.C., Open Doors CEO David Curry met with Vice President Pence to share research and stories focusing on the persecution of Christians in more than 60 countries and Open Doors’ work in strengthening the persecuted church in these countries.

“Vice President Pence shared his appreciation for Open Doors and all that we’re doing to support religious freedom and persecuted Christians,” Curry said about his time with the Vice President, adding that it’s very clear Pence is “very knowledgeable about the World Watch List and all we are doing.”

Please continue to pray with these believers and more than 245 million persecuted Christians around the world. If you would like to go deeper in your support that strengthens persecuted Christians like Esther, consider becoming a Frontline Partner by clicking here.

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