By Linda Jones
8/3/2017 Washington, DC (International Christian Concern)- Boko Haram has been actively targeting and attacking Christians over the past seven years. Thousands of innocent Christians have been killed, many more have been injured, and their homes and churches have been destroyed as a result of this jihad. Furthermore, many Christian educational centers have also been demolished, impeding the education of many students, some of whom are pastors who are seeking extensive training.
Thanks to the loyalty and support of our donors, ICC has been able to implement several projects in Nigeria that have helped persecuted Christians and their communities. During the implementation of the Youth Trauma Counseling Program, ICC was able to establish a solid partnership with Pastor John. He was very much involved in this project because he had the heart and desire to help kids and teenagers recover from trauma as a result of persecution. Since then, Pastor John has also helped us with verifying information about attacks that have occurred in Nigeria and also confirming the needs of victims.
Pastor John had previously expressed to ICC his desire to further his education in order to be better equipped in serving his ministry. He was planning to attend a seminary school in Nigeria, but with the many incidents targeting Christian facilities, he feared for his life. Eventually, he decided to apply for a scholarship in the United States, which was granted to him last year at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. The scholarship covers his tuition in full, but Pastor John needed to raise money for his personal and living expenses. Therefore, he requested the school to defer his admission and scholarship to 2017 until he was able to fundraise enough money for his expenses.
As a vital member of ICC’s team during the implementation of the counseling program, we decided to provide some financial assistance to encourage him in this new journey of starting his master’s degree.
He is very grateful for the assistance we have provided in helping him accomplish this goal.
“I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the International Christian Concern for your generosity and providing educational support for my studies at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. May the Lord continue to bless your work for the persecuted Christians all over the world. Thank you,” said the pastor.
Pastor John has served as a mentor to other pastors in the area who have also suffered from attacks by Boko Haram. His heart is indeed with the persecuted and he asks that we pray for these pastors who are often discouraged by these attacks against their own people.
Let’s pray that God can continue to use Pastor John to mentor, train and encourage other pastors as they share the Gospel with those who do not know the Lord and are also in need. Remember to also pray for the persecuted Church in Nigeria, which is under attack because they have chosen to believe and follow God.