After his father was killed by Islamic militants, Ayuba* from Nigeria was determined to kill the person who helped the extremists identify their targets. But after attending a trauma centre run by Open Doors local partners, a remarkable transformation happened.
“I thank you so much,” he says. “It is because of you that I have peace in my mind now. I said I would never forgive, and I wanted to take my revenge, but now I have forgiven totally. I have learned to leave everything at the feet of Jesus.”
Sessions at the centre focus on what trauma is, and how to respond in a resilient and biblical way. This includes workshops that help trauma survivors – especially church leaders, women and young people – to process and work through their trauma and start to heal. Practical support is also offered.
“The act of listening to victims of violence and allowing them share their frustration, humiliation and fear for the future proves to be very helpful,” says Tirham*, a volunteer at the trauma centre. “They are able to open their hearts to share their ordeal and express their fear and sometimes suicidal thoughts.”
Your prayers and generosity are enormously contributing to the precious work of the trauma centre. Now you can give help in a different way – by writing to both beneficiaries and frontline workers at the centre!
Ayuba has now left the trauma centre feeling strengthened and encouraged to resume his life, but you can write to other believers like him who are still at the centre, or workers like Tirham who are selflessly supporting survivors. Your words will be a powerful source of encouragement.
You can send digital encouragements to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to us at:
PO Box 6
And we’ll do the rest!
Please note this campaign ends 31 May 2024.
*Names changed for security reasons