Sow seeds of hope for Rikiya

Dear Friends,

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, Boko Haram 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—Boko Haram 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 Boko Haram 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.

This letter-writing opportunity is available through December 1, 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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