Planting Seeds of Hope in Nigeria
09/10/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – For many years, Boko Haram and Fulani militants have terrorized Christian farming communities throughout Nigeria. The attackers violently sweep into the villages, destroying the families’ farms and displacing them from their land.
In response, ICC has been helping these communities get back on their feet through massive communal farms. By handling the upfront costs of rebuilding the farms, we are helping them get back to the work they love in a dignified manner.
But we are just getting started! If you are interested in supporting our Nigerian brothers and sisters who are still in need, please consider giving today.
Most people have no idea, but Nigeria is probably the epicenter of persecution in the world today. Over the last 20 years, 50,000 to 70,000 Christians have been murdered. No one really knows the real number, but that comes from two sources. That comes from Boko Haram, and a lot of people have heard of Boko, but then it also comes with the tribe of the Fulanis.
What happens is that the Fulanis come into a vision village. The Fulanis are herders. They have cows. They have cattle. The Christians are typically farmers. They come in, and they shoot up the village. They take out machetes, and they kill people. They drive off the Christians. This has happened over and over, to the point where now there are… I think it’s between 2 million and 3 million Christians, farmers, that have been pushed off their lands, and they’re living as displaced persons in their own country.
A couple of years ago, we said, “Let’s do something really big,” and we came up with this concept with the Nigeria Farms Project. Basically, we go into a village, we visit with the chief, and we say, “We want to get your people back to work and being fed and employed and et cetera,” and say, “The only thing we need from you is the land.” He donates the land, gives it for a while, and then we come in with tractors. We till the land, and we harrow it. Then we provide seed and fertilizer and herbicide, et cetera.
We give them everything they need, even water pumps if we’re doing rice. We do all kinds of things. But we provide the resources that they don’t have. Then what happens is they grow a crop, they sell the crop, they have income for the year, they can feed themselves for the whole year, and they’re back to work.
They have dignity again too. They’re revitalized. We’ve already done 11 of these farms. It’s taken a lot of hard work, but we know what we’re doing now. We know how to build out these farms, and we know how to run them successfully. We have an immediate need to build out five new farms, and I’d love to get your help on this. Honestly, what we want to do is scale up and put 100 farms out there. That’s a lot bigger investment.
We’re looking for people who really want to make a difference in Nigeria and who want to put a whole bunch of people back to work and get their bellies fed and just take care of a brother and sister. If that sounds like a good thing to you, look for the link and get involved with us. Let’s make a difference in the world. God bless you.
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