What your support has meant for God's people
Across sub-Saharan Africa, Christians live in places where they are constantly at risk. Churches are targeted and communities filled with Christians are easy targets for extremist groups. Women and children are particularly vulnerable—even if they aren’t direct victims, they have to deal with husbands and fathers murdered, churches and communities destroyed, and much more. The risks and danger are real. This is the reality in which Open Doors works. And your gifts and prayers helped Christians so much! Here's how you helped:
You gave over $265,000 in March/April 2020,
despite the rise of the coronavirus pandemic around the world.
In Nigeria, that amount
could provide a year of trauma counseling for nearly 700 people.
Thank you for giving.
Your support is making a huge difference for God’s Kingdom.
What your gifts have done:
Providing for victims of violence
Last year, at least 12,580 people were displaced by the conflict between militant herdsman and farmers in just a single part of Nigeria. People were killed and properties destroyed; and survivors were left behind in despair. Earlier this year, your support helped Open Doors provide vital relief aid to 1,500 families, including many widows.
Support for Christian refugees in Nigeria
Despite COVID-19 lockdowns, attacks have continued against Christians in central regions of Nigeria. The violence forces people into makeshift refugee camps. In May, at least 1,500 people arrived at one such camp seeking refuge. The need is so great, and, sadly, most days there is only enough food for one meal a day. But thanks to your generous gifts, Open Doors has been able to return to this camp with desperately needed emergency relief. For the next few months, Christians are assured of at least the bare necessities of life.
Help in the DRC
An Ebola outbreak and violence made parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo impassable for most of 2019. But in the second half of the year, Open Doors had a brief window of opportunity to bring urgently needed relief aid to believers there. We were able to deliver rice, beans, salt, palm oil, laundry soap and clothes to at least 1,300 (mostly Christian) families.
Empowering Christians in East Africa
In East Africa, Christians are pushed to the edges of society because they follow Jesus. Open Doors' economic empowerment programs aim to equip more than 8,000 East African Christians by the end of the current program cycle, to understand and live out their calling to be salt and light, even in hostile environments.
“I want to thank Open Doors for their good gesture, thank you for bringing this food to the people of Naka, we have never received anything like this before. God will bless and provide all your needs.” Thanks to your support, Veronica was one of the recipients of urgent aid in Nigeria.