The Stephen Center in Nigeria is a home and school for children whose families have suffered because of attacks by radical Muslims. Watch clips of some of the children singing praises to God here and here.
Read a story below about Nasara, one of the first children to receive help from the center.
Nasara was sad. She cried throughout the 10-hour ride from the Stephen Center to her home in Nigeria. She had received the worst grade in the class on her final exams! The students who came in first, second, and third received prizes. But Nasara got nothing.
Something even sadder had happened when Nasara lived with her parents, brother, and three sisters. Radical Muslims attacked Christians in her hometown, and her father died in the attack. “My father was a farmer,” said Nasara. “He was known as an active Christian in the community. He was killed by rioters when he was coming home from the farm.”
In the Bible, King David said, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). No one would have blamed Nasara if she had lost heart after experiencing sadness and failure. But God helped Nasara to trust Him. And He provided for her family after her father died. The Christians at the Stephen Center took her in, gave her an education, and helped her learn more about growing as a Christian.
Things were different when she returned to school the next term. “There was a miraculous change in her life,” said her teacher. At the end of the next school term, Nasara came in first on her exams. “I changed to do better by listening to my teacher,” she said.
Nasara didn’t forget about the prize for students who came in first. She was delighted to receive a prize package of pencils, a pen, a ruler, and books. After that, Nasara regularly came in first in her classes. She looked up to Job in the Bible as an example. Job trusted God, even when sad things happened to him. “He feared God and stayed away from evil,” said Nasara.
Read an update about Nasara in the next post.