Earlier this year, Open Doors field partners handed out more than 130 Bibles to Christian youth in northern Nigeria to support and encourage them in their discipleship journey and deepen their understanding of the Word. For many, this was the first time receiving their own personal Bible.
Because of their faith in Jesus Christ, these young believers face marginalisation and violence every day. They are the minority in their communities, yet they have demonstrated resilience in the face of increasing persecution. According to our local partners, these young Christians are salt and light in their community, and as a result, many people have come to faith in Christ.
They were overjoyed to have their very own Bible!
“I’m so happy to have a new Bible that I can call my own!” Dorcas said after she was given her new Bible. “To me, this Bible is a weapon to overcome and win the battle in life. I believe the Bible will be of great impact in my spiritual journey because it’s the foundation on which we should build our lives, and knowing God for yourself, the Bible is the Word of God, and being rooted in God’s Word will be the best way of living in this world.”
Matthew, a young man in his 20s, was thrilled to receive his Bible. “We only have one Bible that is shared amongst members of my family, and I can’t carry it around or read it on my own time,” he explains. “For me to have my own Bible… I’m so grateful to God. The Bible will help and change a lot in my life, especially in my spiritual journey. I trust that reading the Bible and obeying the instruction of God will bring a lot of changes in my life because the Word of God is light.”
Matthew is grateful to Open Doors for providing him with a Bible, and he prays that God will bless Open Doors and everyone who supports us. “May God open more doors for growth and to reach out to more people in need,” he says.
Dorcas also thanks and prays for Open Doors partners – people like you! – for providing her with the Word of God. “I pray for everyone that contributed in one way or the other for the Bible to reach me and other people in my community,” she says. “I will share it with people who don’t have a Bible and win souls for Christ so that the name of Jesus will be glorified.”
Thank you for your prayers and generosity that makes it possible for us to reach our persecuted family with the Bread of Life and many other much-needed resources.
Today, you can assist more believers in Africa and elsewhere to remain resilient in their faith amid persecution. If you are able to do so, please donate to help them receive much-needed spiritual and practical support to continue to be salt and light in their communities.
Also, join our new multi-year campaign for Africa this month. Click here to learn more and see how you can get involved in the campaign.