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Esther Joseph can’t hide her grief.

Four years ago, her daughter went to school to take an exam. But she never came home. The militant group Boko Haram had stormed the school, forcing Esther Joseph’s daughter and more than 200 other schoolgirls into cargo trucks before speeding away into the night.

Today, Esther Joseph is still waiting for her daughter to come home.

Her face is a picture of anguish and pain. When she spoke to us, she tried hard to suppress her sobs. But her words wrenched our hearts.

“My daughter has not come back. I am in sadness. I need your help. Help me by praying.”

Persecution reaching extreme levels across Africa

For over 60 years, Open Doors has worked in the world's most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their beliefs. Open Doors equips persecuted Christians in more than 60 countries through programs like Bible & Gospel Development, Women & Children Advancement and Christian Community Restoration.

LIVING IN FEAR

African believers need your help

The Chibok kidnappings are just one example of the threats facing Christians in Africa today.

The time for the Body of Christ to act is now. Our brothers and sisters in Africa can’t wait for help tomorrow. They need help today.

In the northern part of Nigeria, militant Fulani herdsmen use violence to take land from Christians.

And recent attacks—like the one that occurred on June 21-24—are on the rise.

In 2018 alone, militant herdsmen have targeted and killed more than 600 Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region, raiding Christian villages and setting fire to homes and churches.

In East Africa, Christians are targeted by fundamentalist groups such as Al-Shabaab. 

And in countries such as Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan, some Christians must worship in secret and live in constant fear of being imprisoned—or worse—for their beliefs.

These suffering Christians need our immediate help. In many cases, their lives depend on it.

Your support will provide for their immediate needs and encourage them to keep their eyes fixed on Christ, knowing that the worldwide Body of Christ is standing with them. Please prayerfully consider how God is leading you to help. Then please don’t delay in your response.

We are seeing a staggering level of persecution in Africa. Faithful believers are in desperate need of lifesaving aid and critical support right now.

Will you allow God to use you to provide immediate relief for our brothers and sisters in Africa?

What will your gift provide?

When you give today, your gift will double in impact, thanks to a $50,000 Challenge Grant from a generous donor, to provide lifesaving aid and critical support programs to African believers risking all they have to follow Jesus. Here’s how your gift may be used:

$87
to help provide clothing and blankets for three Christians

$126
to help provide a Christian family with food support for one month

$421
to help provide a Christian with medical aid

$17,000
to help provide a safe house for Christians

Will you join God in providing immediate support for persecuted Christians in Africa right now?

Right now, a generous Challenge Grant will double the impact of your giving, up to $50,000. This is an amazing opportunity to make your gift go further to help African Christians experiencing oppression and severe persecution.

Please don’t wait—give your gift today to provide twice the lifesaving aid, critical support programs, training, Bibles and Christian resources to African believers. Your support will help sustain our persecuted brothers and sisters in the midst of extreme suffering.

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LIVING IN FEAR


$50,000 Challenge Grant doubles your impact

Help provide immediate support for persecuted Christians in Africa

The rise of terror 

Boko Haram made headlines overnight when they brazenly abducted 275 schoolgirls in the small town of Chibok, in the south of Nigeria’s Borno state.

Some girls managed to escape. Two years later, 103 girls were released through negotiations.

But many of the girls still remain in captivity. The parents of these girls can do little but wait, hope and pray for their daughters’ safe return.

You can pray and help provide lifesaving aid and other critical support programs to African believers risking all they have to follow Jesus.

In Nigeria, Fulani militants attacked the village of Tuku in Kano State—killing Mama Aisha’s husband and young son.

“I keep asking myself, ‘Where will I find food to feed my 10 children or the money to care for them?’ But one thing I tell myself is that God will never let me down.”  

—Mama Aisha

Threats and attacks increase daily

In the Central African Republic, Muslim extremists descended on a village and burned down two churches—killing many Christians. Pastor Jean and his wife narrowly escaped.

“We just ran away into the forest. Now, after the attack, we are still struggling to get our lives going again. Many survivors do not have a house or even a roof to sleep under.”  

—Pastor Jean

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Urgent Update: Militant Fulani herdsmen recently went on a four-day killing spree near the town of Jos in northern Nigeria. Our field workers report at least 200 Christians were killed between June 21-24. There is currently a dusk-to-dawn curfew in place, but the violence continues.

Support is critical right now for our persecuted family in Nigeria and throughout Africa!