A Note from Inside Nigeria
“Nigeria has experienced a lot of terrorism in recent years. We see staggering needs among vulnerable children, especially girls. Some of the girls in our house are Muslim converts who’ve run away. Quite a number are orphans. Some are displaced children, some have been accused of witchcraft, and some come from the extremes of poverty. It’s not uncommon for the girls to have been beaten, starved, or raped. Horrific things have happened to them, and when they come here they just need love and a secure place to call home.
“They also need positive role models, people who will listen to them. Along with lots of hugs, we offer them a positive view of adults so their perception can begin to change from seeing adults as people who hurt them.
“We help them through trauma healing and counseling; we disciple and empower them with vocational and farming skills. We’re teaching them to be the future mothers of the country, the women who will make a difference in society.
“It’s amazing to see the change in these girls when they realize they have hope for their future, they have a voice, and they know they’re worth something.”
—Nicky Brand, 12-year SIM worker; based in Nigeria
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” —Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
ADONAI’S NEW LIFE
Adonai Adams arrived at the House in 2008 when she was around 8 years old. She was born to a mother who suffered from mental illness and was unmarried. Adonai’s father was unknown. When her mother died, Adonai was left to fend for herself, begging throughout her village for food.
She had never had the opportunity to go to school and was severely malnourished when a relative brought her to our ministry. She was a very nervous girl, and would not allow anyone to get close to her.
Gradually, Adonai relaxed. She began attending school and discovered she really liked learning. She became a Christian and has grown hugely in her faith.
She has now graduated from secondary school with good grades and is hoping to go to university to study to be a legal advocate so she can fight for those like she was, those who don’t have a voice. She teaches Sunday school in the local church and is a beautiful singer. She is so grateful to the Girls Transition House for taking her in and giving her a new life. With Jesus, she now has a hope and a future.
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