Stand in faith with Amina and her sons

Dear Friends,

Amina is one of many Christians who wears the internal scars of the Boko Haram insurgency in northern Nigeria. She and her family’s story show us what it looks like to walk through the flames of persecution with faith.

In 2012 on a quiet evening in Maiduguri where the family lives, Boko Haram fighters stormed Amina’s home and forced her husband Daniel and their three sons to the ground. Shouting, they delivered a deadly ultimatum: “If you are not going to denounce Christ, we are going to kill you today.

Death threats didn’t deter Daniel and his sons. They plainly refused to deny Christ.

Daniel died with a prayer on his lips. “They slaughtered my husband,” Amina shares. Then the fighters turned to Amina’s oldest sons, Daniel and Manga, and slashed  their necks. They spared the youngest son’s life, Kambu. Under their code, he was too young.

“They brought out his clothes and saw he is too small,” Amina remembers.  

Miraculously, Amina’s sons are still alive. They spent a month hospitalized and today their necks bear deep scars where the knives cut through skin, veins, sinew and bone.

“At first, we were shy of these scars. You know, it is something that attracts attention… “ Manga candidly shares. “But later, we came to realize [our scars] are a testimony. It is evidence of the existence of God.”

Daniel, the oldest son, shares: “This incident has affected my life in so many ways. It has really increased my faith. No matter what the enemy will do against you, if your time has not yet come there is nothing the enemy can do about it.”

I wish I could tell you this was the family’s only encounter with Boko Haram. But in 2017, Amina was kidnapped, along with 10 other women, and held hostage for eight months. In captivity, her previous devotion to Scripture helped sustain her faith, Amina says.

“The Bible says you should teach a child the words of God when that child is small, because if that child grows up, he will not forget it…” Amina explains.

Boko Haram has forever changed Amina’s life. By God’s grace, she received trauma counselling. Slowly, she has learned to live without Daniel. She is healing and is even closer to God, she says.

“All these things that happened to me, it makes me come closer to Him, more and more,” she says, thinking deeply about everything her family has walked through. “Now I only focus myself on God and my children.”  

This beautiful faith of Amina, Daniel, Manga and Kambu in the midst of suffering and loss is a bold example to us of trusting in God in every situation, even in the fire.

Now, we have what I believe is an amazing opportunity to write to this family and tell them how much their story encourages us to keep following Christ—and, in turn, encourage them to keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7).

In Christ, we are One Church. One Family.

Photo: Amina and her children. Manga is on the far left and Daniel the far right.

This letter-writing opportunity is available through November 30, 2021 and is accepting physical letters only.

Writing Guidelines:

  • Greeting cards, children’s artwork, and postcards are best.
  • To assist 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.

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