Today Christians are suffering, making sacrifices and enduring suffering to remain faithful to Christ. So whatever you Give Up this Lent, Don’t Give Up on Them!
Lent is a time of spiritual challenge, uniting our own sacrifices with Christ’s life-giving and eternal Sacrifice. Will you take up the challenge this Lent and give up something for the 40 days of Lent to help the suffering church.
WHAT YOUR LENT GIFT COULD DO
Your Lent DONATION will support projects around the world helping Christians in need.
Remember the Suffering Church and loved ones during Lent by Making a Mass Offering or by lighting a prayer candle.
Join us in Prayer during this time of spiritual challenge with our Lent readings and reflections.
WHO YOU ARE HELPING THIS LENT
Widows and orphans affected by Boko Haram violence, NIGERIA
“Boko Haram fighters came to my home early in the morning” – explains Esther – ”they started to loot everything, then they took my husband and told him to convert to Islam, and when he refused, he was slaughtered in front of my eyes.”
Rose’s husband “was shot right in the forehead” for refusing to convert to Islam.
Agnes, mother of 9 children, laments that she was not able to bury her beloved husband. “My husband was a builder; he was working outside of a house when Boko Haram surrounded all the people and gunned them down.
The terrorists didn’t allow anybody to into the place to recover the bodies…They just left the bodies to rot there”. When she finishes speaking Agnes dries away her tears.
These stories are but some of the thousands of traumatic experiences that Nigerian women in Maiduguri have endured. Behind each number there is a face with their hearts are full of pain.
The majority of people in his diocese have been severely traumatized.
The bishop went on to explain that most of those killed by Boko Haram were men, which has left the diocese with over 5,000 widows and 15,000 orphans to care for.
FUNDRAISE THIS LENT
Why not think about a sponsored fast or coffee morning to get involved and fundraise for our Lent Appeal. You and your parish can stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. Please do share your fundraising activities on social media – use the hashtag #DontGiveUpOnThem.