This woman barely escaped Boko Haram … and still stands for Jesus

January 13, 2021 by Christopher Summers in Africa

Nigeria (No. 9) entered the top 10 this year, as extremist groups such as Boko Haram and Fulani militia attacked Christian communities. One such attack changed Afordia and her families’ lives forever. In 2014, Boko Haram attacked her village while she was at work at a clinic.

“I had to go under people’s roof to avoid the bomb blasts, to avoid the gunshots, hiding here to try and reach my house for my children,” Afordia shares. Her husband was shot and killed in the attack, but she escaped with her children.

When David Curry, President and CEO of Open Doors asked Afordia how Americans can pray for her and the people of Nigeria, she said:

“I would like the Americans to pray for us, for God to deliver us from such cruel killings, then for God to strengthen our faith and heal our heart from the traumas that we have gone through.”

Listen to Afordia’s full story below and find out how you can pray and care for Christians just like her in Nigeria and around the world.

Pray with Afordia:

  • Pray God will protect her and other Christians living in northern Nigeria. Pray they will be safe from attacks and violence.
  • Pray God will continue to comfort widows like Afordia. Ask God to give these women peace as they recover from trauma.
  • Pray for Open Doors’ trauma care programs, that they would be used by God to provide healing and restoration to people impacted by violence.
  • Pray for extremists in Nigeria, that their hearts would be turned to Jesus and that He would break through the hatred they have for Christians, just as He did with the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus.

A prayer for Nigeria

Lord God, we lift up our brothers and sisters in Nigeria facing extreme violence and other forms of persecution. Comfort those who mourn, we pray, and replace their weeping with joy. Heal their trauma and show them who they are in Your eyes. Protect Christian communities from Islamic extremist attacks, and transform the hearts of those who persecute believers so ruthlessly.

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