Share in Sele’s dream to impact others

Dear Friends,

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.

This letter-writing opportunity is available through October 7, 2022, and is accepting physical letters only (no digital/email messages).

Writing Guidelines:

  • Sele speaks and reads English but greeting cards, children’s artwork and postcards are best.
  • Feel free to share one encouraging Bible verse.
  • Print clearly.
  • Show sensitivity; please don’t dwell on Sele’s challenges or share about the blessings of life in your country.

For Security:

  • Do not mention Open Doors in your letters.
  • If you write a postcard, please send it in an envelope and do not write 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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