Writing Campaigns

Encourage Esther From Nigeria

Esther* a 17-year-old girl from Gwoza, Nigeria was kidnapped by Boko Haram in October 2015.

Along with another group of girls, Esther was taken to a hideout in the forest. When the girls refused to become Muslims, they were beaten and assaulted. Esther soon became pregnant.

“I felt that God had forsaken me. There were times when I was so angry with God... But still, I could not get myself to renounce Him. I found myself remembering His promise to never leave me or forsake me.”

A year later Esther was rescued and able to return home. Her community rejected her.

“They mocked me because I was pregnant,” she said. “Even my grandparents despised me and called me names. I cried many tears. I felt so lonely. What broke my heart even more was that they refused to call my daughter Rebecca. They referred to her as ‘Boko’.”

Since Esther’s return she has received trauma counselling from Open Doors. Your support has helped her to work through anger, pain and shame. She said she now feels she can forgive her captors.

We would like to invite supporters to write a letter of encouragement to Esther.

Please send cards and letters by 30 September to PO Box 51236 Tawa, Wellington 5249

*Name changed for security purposes

Nigeria 2017 0270101749

Writing Guidelines

  • Print clearly in English
  • Be brief and encouraging
  • Provide your name and country (not your full address)
  • It is best to send greeting cards, artwork from children and postcards (send postcards in an envelope, do not write Open Doors' address on the postcard)
  • Please don't mention Open Doors
  • Don't send money
  • Please don't criticise a country or make proposals to help


"I am so happy because I know that I am not alone and that other believers out there are praying for me."

– Mercy James, Nigeria

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