A ministry serving persecuted Christians around the globe is continuing to provide support to the families of 276 Christian schoolgirls who were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram more than a year and a half ago.
More than 200 of the girls who were kidnapped from the northern Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014 still remain missing. The organization Open Doors USA is on the ground working with the families, and spokeswoman Kristen Wright explains that many of them continue to live in isolated and dangerous places.
"Open Doors is able to go to them and also provide trauma counseling for the families after all they've been through,” she tells OneNewsNow. “[The work is] to provide basic, practical support like food and shelter, and then also to provide encouragement – letting them know that they're not alone, they're not forgotten, and that people around the world are praying for them."
She says that Open Doors USA will be launching an advocacy campaign for Christians in Nigeria.
"We're certainly looking at it from the political angle of pressuring the government to search for the girls and to bring the girls back alive, but we're also looking at it from the angle of support for the families on the ground and support for other Christians who have faced persecution from Boko Haram," she says.
Wright encourages prayer for those who have been affected by the violence and trauma to rest secure in God.