CitizenGO has been working for life, family, and freedom this past year, and have done much to uphold the sanctity of life, the opening of closed churches, and the like. They have specifically “…stood up against the religious persecution in Nigeria. [They] are still involved in the campaign to free young Leah Sharibu who is held against her will by Boko Haram due to her faith in Jesus Christ.”Continue reading
After reading this article, I am asking that people would pray for Naomi Adamu, and five other freed Chibok girls who are currently going through painful physical and financial situations.
These six classmates carry physical wounds from their time in captivity that have not yet been treated. The American University of Nigeria and the Nigerian government made an agreement that the Chibok girls’ tuition and medical bills would be paid for; yet, their medical bills have not yet been touched, causing much extreme pain for Naomi Adamu, and her five fellow classmates.
Asking others to pray about this, one person suggested that the Church both there in Nigeria, and around the world, should try to step in and help pay, if not fully pay, for their medical bills, as the Church has a calling. “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone–especially to those in the family of faith” (Galatians 6:10). It is now my prayer that Christ would lead the Church at large (including myself), as well as the local church in Nigeria, to assist and help these freed girls; perhaps, in giving them relief, they will come to know Christ in His goodness and kindness. So, I am asking for possible ideas on how to help the women, how to transfer funds to these women specifically, or how to otherwise relieve their pain. Any ideas are welcome!
Please, more than anything, pray for these beloved young women. Their lives have been a living hell for more than 3 years now, and they need all of the help, love, support and care they can get.
Do you know Jesus?
Christians do not just “give,” or “do good,” because they have to, or just because it is morally right.
We give because God first gave to us– not only did Christ give us the breath in our lungs, He gave us Himself, dying on the cross for our sins, so that we might know Him forever.
This incredibly generous God is the One we worship, the One we adore. Learn more about Him, His generosity, and His Love, here.
As a follow up to the last post, this quick post is to help equip you, as readers, in practically living out what was written, and encouraged in this post.
A lot of the time, money– or another physical contribution– is one of the most valuable things we can give, especially in a fight that includes poverty, and extreme physical need. But, it is sometimes difficult to choose a target for a donation, that is reputable, financially accountable, and actively working in the region one feels led to give to.
After much prayer, and searching, I have found a couple of non-profits that are working directly in Nigeria, and/or especially pertaining to the Boko Haram insurgency, all for Jesus’ glory. Praying that this blesses you as you choose where to give, Here it is:
**I HAVE NOT BEEN ASKED BY ANY ORGANIZATION FOR PUBLICITY OR RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THIS BLOG IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED BY ANY NONPROFIT. THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST; I HAVE SEARCHED FOR, READ THROUGH, AND CHOSEN THESE NONPROFITS BECAUSE OF THEIR MISSION, FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY, AND ABILITY TO HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY BOKO HARAM. It’s my mere opinion; but I pray it really blesses you! Please let me know if you know of any reputable nonprofits to add to this list.
- CHRISTIAN AID MISSION
Founded in 1970 by a man named Dr. Robert Finley, Christian Aid Mission focuses on supporting missionaries, ministries, and churches that are already in places where there are few, and/or persecuted, Christians– especially in nations where foreign missionaries are unwelcome, or cannot legally enter. Their own website says, “Christian Aid Mission seeks to establish a witness for Christ in every nation by assisting indigenous ministries that share the gospel with unreached people groups.” While Charity Navigator cannot rate them due to not being required “ to file the full IRS Form 990,” they claim to have extensive ethical and financial accountability (learn more here). They are working to both help Christian ministries in Nigeria flourish, as well as to help those suffering because of Boko Haram. Support native African missionaries, and the persecuted African Church through Christian Aid Mission, here.
- CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
Since the early 2000’s, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has aided numerous farmers, local non-profits, and catholic churches in the Niger and Nigeria region. More recently, CRS has increased its aid to those displaced by Boko Haram in the region, especially in Diffa, Niger (source).
Working with Niger’s local non-profits like Demi-E, CRS has provided clean drinking water, as well as access to food through food vouchers, to hundreds of displaced peoples in the region of Niger and Chad.
Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. Bishops’ international aid and development agency, aims to “to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching” by helping aid in disaster relief, as well as encouraging and supplying third-world communities with the resources to “achieve their full potential.”
Catholic Relief Services have come under fire in recent months, being accused of going against traditional catholic teachings, such as prohibiting the use of birth control, and collaborating with secular charities and non-profits to achieve the giving of aid, globally. Catholic Relief Services have replied to these accusations, in this webpage— and affirm that while they do work with “secular” organizations to give aid, they do not participate in projects or causes with secular organizations that go against catholic values (source).
While many core doctrines of Catholicism focus on earning one’s salvation, by good works (which is completely unbiblical: Ephesians 2:5), there are many Catholic Christians, who have been saved, by faith, through grace, and have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Ephesians 2:8-9). Catholic Relief Services supports, and supplies, millions of Christian Catholics (and people, in general), with the resources to give in a reputable, and financially responsible way, to those in this disaster who need it most. Learn more about what CRS is doing in Nigeria, here, and how you can donate to the cause, here.
- SIM USA
SIM USA has been working all over the world, spreading the Gospel, and helping to educate those within Nigeria. They are passionate about letting Jesus be known, everywhere. They are also working to evangelize unreached people groups, “developing SIM teams in strategic centres in the core north, working with Evangelical Mission Society personnel, focusing on evangelism, discipleship, general and theological education, community health, development, and literacy” (source). Learn more about them, here.
- CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN IN NIGERIA (NYE)
Church of the Brethren in Nigeria works directly with Church of the Brethren in various parts of the United States. The Church of the Brethren is very involved in the Boko Haram insurgency and in the kidnapping of the Chibok girls. Learn about how you can help them to help brothers and sisters in Nigeria, here.
- *RECOMMENDED: GLEANING FOR THE WORLD
Gleaning for the world is a faith-based nonprofit, helping all kinds of people, regardless their backgrounds. They are helping within the US, in Syria and Iraq, and have worked on the ground in displacement camps in Nigeria, to do as their motto says: “alleviating suffering by efficiently distributing humanitarian aid.” They have provided food supplements and vitamins to displaced people who would otherwise have to go without in their bland, nutrition-less basic diets. They are also providing medical first aid to those hurt in fleeing Boko Haram. Because of their financial transparency, and high percentile of how much money actually goes toward their program, I recommend this nonprofit. I have NOT been asked to promote any one certain nonprofit, here; I am literally just recommending them completely of my own, unpaid volition.
Learn more about how you can help, here.
- VOICE OF THE MARTYRS
Voice of the Martyrs says that they are “committed to providing widows and children of martyred Christians” through the support and encouragement of connecting them with churches, vocational training to widows (and quite possibly older orphans), and through discipling widows and orphans. They also help those “Front-line workers” who are working to share the Gospel in such hostile regions like Northern Nigeria. You can find a direct link to donate to VOM’s Nigerian Widow and Orphan offer here.
CitizenGO has been known for their commitment to life, family, and freedom. They have fought for pro-life initiatives all over the world, against the indoctrination of children and gender identity, and have especially fought against religious persecution in Nigeria and the release of Leah Sharibu, a young woman who has been captured by Boko Haram. You can give to them here.
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WORKING DIRECTLY WITH/IN NIGERIA
While these organizations are not Christian, they are reputable charities currently helping those displaced by Boko Haram.
- ALIMA (THE ALLIANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL ACTION)
The Alliance for International Medical Action is a highly productive nonprofit, founded in 2009, with its headquarters in Senegal. Dedicated to eradicating treatable diseases within Africa, ALIMA has created 10 research projects in progressive medicine, partnering with other nonprofits and those on the ground in crisis areas to provide cutting-edge medical relief, primarily for malnourished and otherwise ill individuals (source).
ALIMA has worked in IDP camps in Northern Nigeria, specifically helping those who are malnourished. To read more about ALIMA, and help out their nonprofit, click here.
- THE CARTER CENTER
The Carter Center, in its own words, “in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.” The Carter Center has been involved with various Nigerian medical and political phenomena and events since the early 1990’s, and even annihilated Lymphatic Filariasis (a disforming, mosquito-created illness) in Nasarawa and Plateau, Nigeria in 2017. The Carter Center has supported the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health in other ways, as well. Learn more about their effect in Nigeria here.
- THE FISTULA FOUNDATION
The Fistula Foundation aims at surgically healing women who have gone through traumatic childbirth, and have become incontinent through it. Women who give birth in third world countries can have many complications in childbirth, often resulting in the loss of their child. More than this, a woman can develop obstetric fistula, a condition where the vagina tears down to the anus. As a result, these women are left incontinent, and are at times rejected by their husbands and communities because of the incontinency.
The Fistula Foundation funds the best organizations known for fistula operations. Learn more about them, and how you can donate, here.
- SAVE THE CHILDREN
Save the Children is focused on helping children to grow up healthy and strong in communities where these resources are lacking. They are working in Nigeria (or, at least, were working hard there in 2017), fighting back against hunger. On their website, it says, “Save the Children in Nigeria is distributing food to vulnerable families, reaching nearly 16,500 people. Our teams have established therapeutic feeding centers and outreach centers that provide food for infants and young children suffering from malnutrition.” They have 3 out of 4 stars on Charity Navigator. Learn more about Save the Children, here.
- INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
The International Committee of the Red Cross is well-known for giving aid, but caught my attention after seeing that they now have a “Nigeria and Lake Chad Crisis Appeal,” an area that helps reassure donors that these monies will more directly be applied to everything happening within Northern Nigeria and Lake Chad. Read more about this fund, here.
CARE exists to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice. They started working in Nigeria in 2017, though it is unclear on if they are still working there. They were working to remove gaps in food security and helping women from gender-based violence, among other things. You can find them here.
- INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE
This charity provides “vital support and humanitarian aid” to those in Nigeria, and has a 4-star rating with Charity Navigator. They are helping to provide food in the famine happening in Yemen, Nigeria, and surrounding countries. You can find them here.
Again, let me know if you know of any other nonprofits I could add. Thank you, for reading and praying! Praise Jesus for you! 🙂
“Dear Father God,
I praise you, Father, for the community of people, here, who both read, and pray, over the requests written, here.
As these men and women are led, by Your Holy Spirit, to give for the cause of those caught up in the Boko Haram insurgency, specifically those in IDP Camps, the Church there, and those otherwise affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, I pray that You would bless their hearts with remembering all that You have done, for them.
Dear Father God, Thank You for giving all, Father God, so that we might have a Personal, Saving, relationship with You! I pray that, in view of Your Kindness, You would search our hearts, and show us anything keeping us from a closer, richer, more beautiful relationship with You (Romans 2).
Bless them, today, Father God.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
After almost two years of little to no action from the Nigerian government, to secure the freedom of 276– now, 218– young schoolgirls, from the Boko Haram insurgency, Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has declared, at the end of August, that Nigeria is now willing to negotiate with “bona fide leaders of Boko Haram,” for the release of the Chibok school girls (source). This newest development has spurred on new hope for the release of the Chibok girls, who have not been physically seen by the outside world– but are reported to be alive, as of December 2015. While Boko Haram has stated that a few of these precious young women have been killed by airstrikes, there is still sufficient cause to believe that the Chibok girls are alive, and ready to be free.
As this major development has occurred, one other major news development has come up: Aliko Dangote, called “The Richest African” by SuccessStory.com, has vowed to further support Internally Displaced Peoples, who have been chased out of their homes by Boko Haram militants. This welcomed news has stirred up the question, in this writer: “What can be done by Believers– and the Church, worldwide– to “rebuild the walls” of Northern Nigeria, and its people? Continue reading