Strengthen Hajaratu with your encouragement

Dear Friends,

Hajaratu is a young Nigerian Christian, a mother and widow of two years. Her husband, David Matthew, died of an illness, leaving her to care for her five children on her own. She recently shared her story with us.

On the night of July 10, 2020, Hajaratu sat with her neighbors under a tree before heading home to prepare dinner and get her children to sleep. After they were all safely in bed, Hajaratu warmed herself by the fire’s hot coals and fell asleep.

“About two minutes later, I heard the gunshots,” she says. The young mother ran to wake up her children.

“I flung my little daughter on my back, quickly strapped her [to my back] with a cloth and went outside to the gate,” she remembers. The other kids, old enough to run on their own, ran outside to join the rest of the people fleeing the village. The shooting grew louder, and gunshots cracked and popped right beside her kitchen wall.

“We all ran out, scattering in different directions,” Hajaratu says. She ran toward the river.

Fulani militants had overtaken her village. That night, Hajaratu lost much more than her possessions, grain stores, animals and parts of her home. She survived the attack, but the gut-wrenching reality of life after that night has remained; Hajaratu—unable to swim—nearly drowned as she crossed a fast-moving river for safety. Tragically, when she came out of the water, Hajaratu realized her baby daughter was no longer on her back. Days later, she was reunited with her remaining four children.

Through Open Doors, Hajaratu received food items to feed her children, financial support to rebuild and trauma counseling. She has now returned to her village with her family but continues to wrestle with the loss of her daughter. Thankfully, she’s beginning to find hope again. She sings as she works:

Only words of gratitude

Only words of gratitude

There is nothing I have to offer you, my God

Except words of gratitude

Please take a moment to write our sister, Hajaratu, a card or letter using the Hausa phrase below and strengthen her with your encouraging and uplifting words.

In Christ, we are One Church. One Family.

This letter-writing opportunity is available through June 4, 2021, and is accepting physical letters only.

Writing Guidelines:

  • Important: Hajaratu does not speak English, so greeting cards, children’s artwork and postcards are best.
  • We strongly suggest you use this sentence in her native language of Hausa:

Zuwa ga Hajaratu, Mungode sosai yadda kika baiyana sheda mana labarinki. Wannan abin ya albarkaceni kwarai da gaske. Inayi miki adu’a. Nagode 

The English translation: Dear Hajaratu. Thank you for sharing your testimony with us. It blessed me deeply. I am praying for you and your family regularly.

  • If you don’t use the above phrase, feel free to share one encouraging Bible verse.
  • Show sensitivity; please don’t dwell on Hajaratu’s plight or share about the blessings of life in your country.
  • Print clearly.

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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