Ask a VOM Worker Story
Published on June 11th, 2014
Two workers recently traveled with other VOM team members to Nigeria to minister to Christians there. One of the travelers shared her comments in a previous post. The following comments are from the second worker, who identifies herself as a “Devil Wrecking Machine.”
Question: What problems do the Nigerian Christians face?
Answer: Frequent attacks. They can’t recover from one before another one comes. Husbands are the breadwinners, so widows struggle to survive. After they become widows, [others] may try to take away their children and property.
Question: What have you learned from persecuted Christians?
Answer: They have taught me to appreciate what I have and not take things for granted. “Luxuries” can be taken away at any time.
Question: Who was one of the most memorable people you met?
Answer: Monica, a Nigerian widow.
Monica’s neighborhood was attacked by radical Muslims in 2004. Monica and her two children hid, but her husband did not survive the attack. “[Then] they went into our house and got all our belongings. That is what they normally do….They go into your house, select the good things from your house, and burn them,” Monica said.
Monica reminded her children that God was still their protector and provider. “It is God who will keep us,” she said.
As for the Muslim attackers, Monica said, “Every day I pray for them that God will open their eyes… that they would repent of their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Question: What did you do in Nigeria?
Answer: We prayed with widows and ministered to them. We sang and worshipped with them and gave them gifts. We ministered to them as a group and in smaller groups.
Question: What were the Nigerian children like?
Answer: The kids at the Stephen Center were happy and excited to be there. They were not sad. Pray that the Christians in Nigeria will remain faithful, strong, and courageous despite severe attacks; pray for their protection.