More than two years after extremist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a school in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria, VOM continues to serve their families and other persecuted Christians in the region.
Most recently, VOM distributed Bibles to Chibok. Bibles were given to people whose names were collected through our Bible for Every Believer program. VOM workers also met with parents of the some of the 218 “Chibok girls” who are still missing.
On July 1, VOM workers traveled more than five hours on an often bumpy, sometimes muddy road, through several military check points between Adamawa state and Borno state, where Boko Haram is based. Upon arriving at EYN Church in Chibok, they were greeted by a large crowd. The church’s auditorium was filled to capacity and many children gathered outside in anticipation.
The crowd continued growing after the two-hour distribution began. As demand outnumbered supply, the names of those who did not receive a Bible were recorded for a future distribution.
VOM workers faced multiple challenges with the distribution. The day before, Boko Haram attacked a small village less than five miles from Chibok. The militants burned down the entire village.
Workers originally sought to distribute the Bibles in May, but Boko Haram activity in the region caused the Nigerian military to block the road into Chibok.
VOM has previously conducted numerous medical projects in Northern Nigeria, including in Borno state. In 2015, we conducted 116 medical projects serving 281 patients. These surgeries and other procedures totaled more than $535,000.
Pastor Philip Madu, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said Christians in the region remain strong in their faith despite the threat of Boko Haram, and that the church is more united than ever. He added that many are coming to Christ after seeing the church’s love for its persecutors.
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Posted: July 18, 2016