When people gradually started coming back to the church, Open Doors came and hosted a seminar on trauma healing. They gathered pastors and members and kept encouraging and teaching us.
Gradually, people began to come back to their senses. Open Doors also distributed food for many, because no one had food stored—not only food but also financial support. You kept encouraging and training us. Because of these teachings, a lot of people became encouraged and strengthened to stand strong and they returned to the church.
Today, the church is full, and the greatest source of our encouragement came from you—through your teachings, encouragement and the support you have given.
We can’t quantify our gratitude, and only God can reward you. You have really strengthened our hope in God. On behalf of my congregation we are sending our appreciation to you.
Also, you have drilled two boreholes for us to provide clean water, which we never had and it’s functioning well. We know that is the love of Christ in you that has led you to extend this love to us—which we have never experienced.
A message for Boko Haram
If I were able to speak with a member of Boko Haram today, I would tell them we will not repay evil for evil. I would tell them what they are doing will not take them anywhere and they should repent, come and follow Jesus Christ. What you have done, we won’t pay you back, just turn back to Christ. All that you have done: You killed people, you looted people’s property; you destroyed houses and burned churches, but God is willing to forgive you all your sins, that is the good news I have for you today.