YOUR SUPPORT HAS ‘BROUGHT HOPE BACK TO THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE’ Thanks to your prayers and support, the Christians of Naka in Benue State, Nigeria, have received life-giving food aid after years of attacks and destruction from militant Fulani herdsmen. Pastor Sule Sunday, who ministers to the community, was worried for his people. “Some began to doubt that God listens and cares for us,” he says. “There was severe hunger and difficulty in the land. We received some food, but it was so little that only a few families could be helped.” But thanks to your support, Open Doors partners were able to visit with relief aid to many people in Naka – just before the coronavirus restrictions were put into place. Pastor Sule could not be happier: “Today I am overjoyed! Open Doors has responded to our plight! I kept hearing my people say, ‘God is alive! He has answered our prayers and brought help to us’. This support has indeed brought hope back to the hearts of the people of Naka.” Watch: how your support is making a huge difference in Naka. PLEASE PRAY:
Join with Pastor Sule in praising God for the timing of the delivery
That the community in Naka would be protected from further attacks
For Pastor Sule and other church leaders caring for those experiencing trauma. May the Lord provide them with compassion and wisdom to comfort believers.
CHURCHES MONITORED IN MYANMAR There is an increasing emphasis on Buddhism in Myanmar (which is number 19 on the World Watch List), to the exclusion of all other faiths. The persecution of Rohingya Muslims has been widely publicised, but less attention has been given to the continuing war affecting Kachin, Shan and Karen States, where the population is predominantly Christian. Churches are often monitored, and land grabbing from Christians is common. Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Myanmar through local partners and churches. The work includes distributing Christian literature, discipleship and leadership training, livelihood support and persecution survival training. What’s life like for Christians in Myanmar? A prayer for Myanmar Heavenly Father, may the church in Myanmar know how much they are valued in Your sight. Strengthen them in their faith and protect them from violence and discrimination. Help them to continue to shine as a light into the darkness and be a blessing to their communities. Amen. With many thanks for your prayers.