When Michael was killed for his faith, he left behind his wife, Meskele, and 6 young children. Hear Meskele’s story of faith and hope in the midst of persecution.
“I love God. God also loves me. I know that He feeds my spirit and gives me what I need.” – Miriam, Meskele’s daughter.
You can help Christians like Meskele and Miriam though Walk to Water.
Christian persecution in Africa is on the rise. As part of this global family, we need to ask the question – how can we help? But first, what does persecution look like in Africa?
What’s it like to be a Christian in Ethiopia?
In some regions of Ethiopia, radical Islam is growing and Christians are becoming more and more vulnerable. Some Muslims harass Christians and deny them access to public resources. Some tribes also pose a threat to Christianity, they demand loyalty from members and see faith as a denial of tribal identity.
What’s it like to be a Christian in Nigeria?
The Islamic militant group Boko Haram have destroyed many churches and left Christians traumatised. Thousands have been kidnapped, including the 200 Chibok girls. Christian communities are also often denied basic living needs like clean water, health clinics or new roads.
READ: Mother’s Day for over 200 Mothers of the Kidnapped Chibok Girls Continue reading
In the Horn of Africa, the number of Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) has increased radically despite the high cost conversion. Recently Open Doors workers met with several MBBs, including 20 year old Hawa.
Hawa* from the Horn of Africa.
Street scene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, part of the Horn of Africa. The Horn of Africa region includes Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Awel* is a tall, thin man. His lanky body clad in a bright red sarong, a well-worn shirt and a jacket fraying at the seams. But he is full of joy and greeted visitors on a recent trip loudly, with the only English word he knew.
Pointing a bony finger to the sky he burst out, “Jesus!” Continue reading