Walk with the parents of Leah Sharibu

Dear Friends,

Thankfully, most of us will never know the terror that grips a parent’s heart when they learn their child has been abducted. Rebecca and Nathan Sharibu know that pain firsthand. On February 19, 2018, their 15-year-old daughter, Leah, was abducted from her boarding school in northeast Nigeria.

In an attack on the school, Leah and more than 100 of her classmates were kidnapped from the town of Dapchi. Two months later, through backchannel efforts all of the girls in captivity were released—except Leah. That day, as the girls loaded into trucks to be taken home, Leah Sharibu was told to convert. She refused to deny Christ. Since her abduction, the young girl (now 16) has become globally known and held up as a stalwart of the Christian faith.

In mid-October 2018, ISWAP militants stated that Leah and another Christian, Alice Ngaddah (an aid worker kidnapped in a separate attack), would remain their “slaves for life.”

Nathan and Rebecca must have had many sleepless nights thinking about their daughter, wondering if she’ll ever return. Yet trusting God through it all. Over the last two years, Open Doors has walked with them, and now we have the unique opportunity to come alongside this family—our family in Christ—and encourage them through emails or cards and letters of hope.

Would you take a few minutes right now to let them know you’re praying with them—and that they’re not alone?


*Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.

You can send a physical letter through the mail or a digital message using the form on this page. This letter-writing opportunity is available through February 14, 2020.

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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