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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.




This story and the story in the previous post are from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands.

Benjamin is a Christian boy in Nigeria. He was 8 years old when Muslim fighters attacked his village. Benjamin and his uncle tried to escape, but they were not successful.

The Muslims asked Benjamin and his uncle if they wanted to become Muslims. Benjamin’s uncle was afraid. He told the fighters he would become a Muslim.

Benjamin did not agree to deny Jesus and follow the Muslims’ religion. So, one of the fighters struck Benjamin with a large knife. Benjamin was seriously injured, but through a miracle he recovered from his wounds.

[Source: Stef; edited and translated from the original]

Read the previous post about Benedicte, a girl in Nigeria. In times of persecution, some Christians are fearful, and others are courageous. We are called to remember and pray for all of them (Hebrews 13:3).



The following story is from Stef, the children’s publication of SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands.

One day while Benedicte was in her classroom in Nigeria, the school was attacked by Muslim fighters. She ran out of the school, climbed over a fence, and fled into the woods — until she was discovered. Muslim fighters found her and asked, “Are you a Christian?”

At first Benedicte was very scared and didn’t dare to say anything. But then she said very clearly, “Yes, I am a Christian.”

Maybe the fighters were planning to harm or kidnap Benedicte. But then they heard soldiers who were coming to chase them away. The Muslims fled, and Benedicte ran away to a safer area! Praise God for His protection!

[Source: Stef; edited and translated from the original]

Another Story from Uganda

Girls in Uganda
Girls in Uganda

Recently a worker from The Voice of the Martyrs met with two girls in Uganda whose family is persecuted for their faith. The girls’ father left Islam, the religion of Muslims, and became a Christian. Their mother continued to be a Muslim. She was forced to leave her husband and was given to a Muslim man.

The mother wanted to keep her daughters with her. But they did not want to be Muslims, so they went with their father. They love their mother and they often miss her. But they can’t visit her. Muslims close to her have threatened to harm the girls and their father. The girls are living in a safe place now.

“They are happy to be in school, and they want to be teachers in the future,” said the VOM worker who visited them. “They are young, but they seem to understand what it means to be hated because of coming to Christ.”

Ask God to comfort these Christian girls when they are lonely and miss their mother.

Update on Pastor Umar and His Family

Pastor Umar

Previous posts (Pastor Attacked in Uganda, Family Still Separated, and Update on Pastor from Uganda) told the story of Pastor Umar form Uganda, who was attacked on his way to church in 2011. He is still healing from the attack. The photo in this post shows Pastor Umar with five of his children.

“Until I was attacked, many pastors never believed that persecution was serious,” said Pastor Umar. “Now they know it exists.”

Pastor Umar had to leave his country to get treatment for his injuries. One of his daughters said, “When my dad was attacked, I thought he was not coming back home. Life became very hard, and I was very scared. We cried a lot, especially when we couldn’t see him for a whole year. We are glad that God healed him and brought him back to us.”

Pastor Umar has bodyguards to protect him and his family. “Please pray even for the security I have, because it is God who protects,” said Pastor Umar. “Only He can work through these men to protect us.”

Pastor Umar continues to share his testimony with others.

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