Encourage widow of slain Rev. Lawan Andimi

Dear Friends,

On January 2, Rev. Lawan Andimi, a Nigerian pastor, was kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants. About three weeks later, he was killed—despite ongoing prayer and negotiations to secure his release.

And now, at the age of 55, his wife Mary Andimi finds herself a widow and the sole provider for her seven school-aged children.

In January, we visited Mary at her home to be with her and pray with her. Part of Open Doors’ mission is to be present with our suffering brothers and sisters in Christ. Our presence ministry aims to enter the uncomfortable spaces of loss and grief, unafraid of questions and tears. We simply go, resolving to be with our bereaved family and pray with them—sisters and brothers like Mary.

In our meeting, Mary shared, “I was physically in pain when I received the news. At that moment it felt like God had abandoned me. All the prayers [felt] futile. But I am thankful my husband did not deny Christ till the end. It is God’s will and I understand it was time for my husband to return to his Maker.”

An extension of Open Doors’ presence ministry is to bring letters of encouragement to our suffering sisters and brothers—letters from people like you! Will you stand with Mary as she faces the responsibility of providing for and raising her seven children? We can walk with her as she and her children grieve the violent and traumatic death of their husband and father. Please take a moment to share your heart with her and let her know she is not alone.

Because we truly are one Church; one Family.


*Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.

This letter-writing opportunity is available through August 17, 2020 and is only accepting physical letters.

Writing Guidelines:

  • Greeting cards, children’s artwork and postcards are best.
  • To assist us in translation, please write in simple English and please keep your letter brief.
  • Print clearly.
  • Be encouraging and include 1-2 Bible verses.
  • Please show sensitivity; please don’t dwell on their plight or share about the blessings of life in your country.

For Security:

  • 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.

If you would like to participate in more opportunities like this, you can regularly write letters to persecuted Christians in many countries by bookmarking and revisiting our website.

Mail your physical letters to:

Open Doors USA
PO Box 27001
Santa Ana, CA 92799

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