When Boko Haram lit Abdoul’s village on fire, he and his congregation quickly escaped to the river marking the border between their home country, Nigeria, and Niger. Although some didn’t know how to swim, they crossed, praying they would make it safely. Three of them were killed as they tried to run.
Since then, the 300 members of his church have dispersed—some live in the Nigerien bush, some in a town called Diffa. They have no church building, although Abdoul hopes to one day have the funds for one. He tries to visit his members and to continue his ministry, even without any means of transportation other than his own two feet.
Abdoul has continued to live out his faith in his new home. His previous ministry in Nigeria focused on traveling to places where others didn’t go to share the Gospel with people who otherwise wouldn’t have heard it. He had a motorcycle to aid him in his work because he said a car was too big to get into the places he wanted to go.
His ministry in Niger is much the same, without the aid of a motorcycle. Although radical Muslims chased Abdoul from his home and tried to ruin his ministry, he doesn’t hate them. He still hopes to share God’s love with them. In Niger, 98 percent of the population is Muslim. He spends his days trying to help those who are in dire situations by sharing food and buying medicines.
“We want to help them get life, to save them, to get Jesus Christ as a Savior,” Abdoul said. “That’s why [we want] to reach them with the Gospel.”
Samaritan’s Purse has helped Abdoul and his congregation by giving them food and other necessities. With his basic needs met, Abdoul can focus solely on his ministry. He doesn’t plan to stop until all the Muslims in Niger have been reached.
“We continue with the Gospel,” he said. “We don’t stop. Life is difficult, but we continue.”