Women, poverty and the persecuted church…

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress. – James 1:27

Recently I have been researching and reflecting on the circumstances of women around the world. Here are some astonishing statistics from the Poverty is Sexist report from One.org to get you thinking: 

  • Only about 20% of poor rural girls in Africa complete primary education.
  • In many countries women in paid work earn 10–30% less than men.
  • 39,000 girls under the age of 18 become child brides every day.
  • A woman in Sierra Leone is 183 times more likely to die giving birth than a woman in Switzerland.

Some of you might be thinking, “Okay sure, women are more deeply affected by poverty – but what has that got to do with persecuted Christian women?” Well – a lot! Continue reading

Life With Boko Haram

WARNING: Content may distress some readers

Recently Isaac*, an Open Doors worker in Nigeria, travelled to meet some of the women freed from Boko Haram. Taking with him a local pastor from the area, Isaac was initially denied access to the camp as security was on high alert. Returning on the second day however, the Lord used a prominent government official to gain access, enabling Isaac and the pastor to step into the world of the escapees.

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