Today, I am honored to share Rikiya’s story with you. Rikiya is a Christian widow from Nigeria. One month after Rikiya’s husband died, an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria attacked her village. When she received the news, she gathered her children and they fled with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They stayed in another village for two months before it was safe to return. When she came back to her village, her house no longer existed—an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria had burned it to the ground.
She had lost it all.
“When I came back, it was not easy for me. I was a widow with three children. It was not easy,” she says, pinching her eyes to hold back the tears. “I was so traumatized; my husband is gone, and an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria had captured our village.”
Open Doors was able to provide Trauma Support and a microloan to help Rikiya on her way to recovery and support her family.
“You are the [ones] who brought hope and healing back to me,” she says. “Honestly, if not for the loan I received to raise these goats, I don’t know what I would have done.”
Rikiya’s life has been full of difficulties and loss, but through it all, God has stayed near to her. Your support has changed her future and given her new hope. In a way, God has used your prayers and support to show Rikiya that her name indeed does mean “exalted by the Lord.”
Now, please join us in writing letters, cards and postcards to Rikiya to continue sowing seeds of hope in her.
One Church. One Family.
*Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.
You can send a physical letter through the mail to us. This letter-writing opportunity is available through December 1, 2020.
Open Doors USA
PO Box 27001
Santa Ana, CA 92799