In the heart of Nigeria, 13-year-old Sele is dressed in his Sunday best. He and his family are getting ready for the Christmas Eve service. Tomorrow, they will return for a second Christmas Day service.
“My [favorite] thing about Christmas is the dramas we watch in church and the songs we sing, and how they share Christmas gifts.”
After the Christmas Day service, Sele’s family and neighbors will enjoy a humble meal and sing together. And if there is a little extra money, maybe each will open a small gift. But there is an empty seat at the family table—a visible and painful reminder that Sele’s father is not there. He was killed in a 2011 attack for his faith.
“Sele never knew his dad, Solomon,” Sele’s mom Cecilia explains. He died when Sele was just two years old.
Cecelia has managed to carry on farming without her husband. But not without help from Sele and his siblings.
For some children, the field surrounding their house is as far as their future will go, simply because there’s no extra money for school. But thanks to your support, Sele can go to a school where he can study and dream.
In the classroom Sele is focused; he and participates enthusiastically. “One day, when I grow up, I want to be a doctor… I want to save lives and help people,” he shares.
Sele is a happy child. He is blessed with a God-fearing mother, loving relatives, strong community and Christians like you who continue to enable his education.
“I want to say thank you to the brothers and sisters who are helping me to pay my school fees,” Sele says. “May God bless you.”
Would you take a few moments write a message to encouragement to Sele and remind him that he’s part of larger family who loves and cares for him? What an honor to tangibly show him we are One Church. One Family!
Photo: Sele in front of his school.
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