Victims of GBV are Our Mission
Consider These Facts
Nigeria is the largest country in Africa by population.
It has the third most internally displaced persons (IDP's) in the world, behind only Syria and Sudan.
The largest man-made famine in the world due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
49.6% Christian located primarily in the south
49.3% Muslim located primarily in the north
The Boko Haram are Muslim extremists who have been labeled by the UN as the most violent extremists in the world. They are responsible for four times as many deaths as ISIS and ISIL combined.
The following proposal is offered by the largest church denomination in the affected region (EWCA). Our joint partnership seeks to minister the love of Christ Jesus to those most vulnerable widows and fatherless children.
"Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) is a church of over 8 million members based mainly in northern Nigeria, but also with a strong presence in the southern part of Nigeria. ECWA Church has successfully penetrated the Muslim North with the gospel of Jesus Christ and as a result the church is considered by Muslim extremists the greatest threat to the Islamic North.
EMS of ECWA is the mission arm of ECWA and has 1,834 missionary couples engaged in cross-cultural ministry to the least reached peoples group.
In Nigeria, the Core Muslim north is EMS' major mission field. That is why we are more abreast with developments and especially as regards the religious crisis of the persecution of Christians by Boko Haram Islamic Militants and other Jihadist groups like Fulani Herdsmen. EMS has four main levels of reporting starting from the Missionary to the District Coordinator, to the Regional Coordinator and then Head Office. Our spread, network and clear functional lines of reporting enable EMS to get early and first-hand reliable information about the crisis, especially attacks by Boko Haram and other Islamic Jihadists, which often attack the more vulnerable rural areas because they have no security forces for protection.
Due to increase in crises generally, and persecution against Christians in particular, EMS has become more and more involved with crisis relief, care for widows, orphans and vulnerable children and other victims, including victims of sexual abuse. So far, EMS has reached out to girls who are victims of sexual abuse and GBV with prenatal and postnatal help for their crisis pregnancy. As part of its general wholistic mission work in a context of increasing crises, we have established a close collaboration with Bingham University Pro-Life Unit as regards medical care for victims, ECWA AIDS Ministry and others. We have however been constrained mainly by lack of capacity in terms of resources.
It is our contact with Dr. Ekene Osakwe that made us begin an intentional focus on sexually abused victims of religious-based violence. Most of our efforts pertaining to this program involve studying new approaches and developing innovative ways to implement them. We evaluate our success in this field by gathering qualitative and quantitative data, and using that information to measure shifts and changes from our baseline measurements. A sample of findings obtained from the survey on the subject of abortion issues within few a communities in the northeastern state of Gombe is just a tip of the ice berg."
Rev. Stephen Panya Baba