Wednesday, March 21, 2007

(From Open Doors USA) CALL TO ACTION: Letters of Support for Nigerian Sisters

In April 2006, Open Doors International launched a letter-writing campaign for Hannatu and Jemima Alkali, sisters in Nigeria who have been suffering persecution since 2004.

Jemima Alkali is in desperate need of encouragement--we request your letters once again!
Hannatu, 22, fled the country on September 28, 2006, according to Compass Direct News. When five Muslim militants invaded her family home on Christmas Eve 2006 in search of her and were unable to find her, they assaulted and raped her older sister Jemima, 26.*
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Open Doors is extremely concerned about Jemima’s wellbeing. She has still not received any trauma counseling. Not surprisingly, she does not want to reflect on the horrible experience.

When the sisters received letters of encouragement last year, Hannatu told Open Doors:

“I know that Muslims are hunting for me to take my life, but the God who delivered Shadrach, Meshech and Abednego from the burning furnace will surely do the same for me and Christians worldwide, who are passing through persecution, to the glory of His name. All we must do is to look to Jesus’ example.”

Since Hannatu is no longer in Nigeria, Open Doors has no way of getting any letters to her, so please send any letters of encouragement to Jemima only, following these Writing Guidelines:
  • Do not mention Open Doors in the letters
  • Greeting cards, artwork by children and postcards are best (send postcards in an envelope, do not write the Open Doors address on the postcard)
  • Print clearly (only write in English)
  • Be encouraging, keep the message brief, but include 1 - 2 Bible verses
  • Be sensitive when writing letters; ex. please refrain from referring to the rape incident
  • Don't say anything negative about Islam or Muslim extremists
  • Provide your name & country, not your full address
  • Don't send money with the letters

Please Pray:
For God to continue to comfort and heal Jemima through this time, and that she will be able to receive adequate trauma counseling. Psalm 23

That Jemima will experience the faithfulness and love of God through His presence and through the encouragement received from her brothers and sisters around the world. Colossians 2:2

That God will continue to equip Hannatu for the carrying of her cross and following after Christ, bearing His love and truth to those around her. John 12:25-27

Note: Please send all letters to the following address:

Open Doors USA
PO Box 27001
Santa Ana, CA 92799

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