By Angela Wittman
‘Remember those in prison as if you yourself were their fellow prisoners, and those who are ill-treated as if you yourself were suffering’
~ Hebrews 13:3
The Stefanos Foundation describes itself as ‘the rising hope of the persecuted’ and bringing hope to a troubled nation while working for peace and justice. Some of their featured projects include widows support, care of orphans, trauma counseling, advocacy / media awareness , and rehabilitation/reconstruction of burned and damaged homes while providing micro-funding to small businesses and helping to establish self-supporting small businesses.
The foundation also provides advocacy and legal aid for those imprisoned and suffering injustice throughout the region. Their goal is to serve God’s Church by speaking as advocates for the persecuted while showing Christian love and compassion to all parties involved.
Evangelism efforts include facilitating a radio program which broadcasts God’s Word to the unreached people of northern Nigeriaand providing support to pastors in crisis prone areas. This support includes providing leadership training, Bibles and Christian literature on how to ‘love’ their persecutors to Christ.
Nigeria is a nation in Western Africa with a population estimated at over 170,000,000 in 2012. Wikipedia reports it to be the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populated country in the world. The government is listed officially as a federal constitutional republic which became independent in 1960. The country is made up of mainly the Muslim religion in the north with Boko Haram, militant jihadists who seek to establish sharia law and Christians in the south.
The Stefano Foundation reports that in Nigeria “hundreds of homes and churches have been torched, and Christian men, women and children terrorised, macheted or shot. Government military forces provide little or no protection and are increasingly complicit in these attacks. In the North-West, victims are not eligible for relief funding if they are Christians.”
Here are ways you can help the Stefanos Foundation and the persecuted church in Nigeria:
- Provide prayer support.
- Tell others about the persecuted church in Nigeria and the work the Stefanos Foundation is doing.
- Contact them and sign up for their news reports.
- Donate much needed funds.
- Share their resources with others.