An accidental fire has severely damaged the top floor of a vital discipleship centre in Nigeria and it is in urgent need of repair.

A VOM ministry partner runs the centre which offers firsthand help and vocational training for persecuted believers. Most of the young men and women who find themselves there are Muslim background believers (MBBs), fleeing life-threatening persecution in the Islam dominated North.

While the fire was accidental and no one was hurt, it has caused considerable damage to centre facilities including the top floor roof and windows. This leaves the centre susceptible to water damage ahead of the rainy season in March.

Without repair, no new MBBs can be accommodated and current disciples are sleeping in emergency accommodation.

We have set up an emergency fund to rebuild the safe house dormitory for the disciples. A laundry block with solar water heaters is also needed to reduce fire risk.

All of the centre’s disciples have fled life-threatening persecution, including beatings and imprisonment because they have turned to Christ. There are currently 61 live-in disciples, many of whom must overcome difficult backgrounds.

Graduates of the discipleship program have gone on to further missions training, many returning to evangelise among their own people. Others have used business and vocational skills gained in the program, to start their own small businesses.

To donate to this urgent project, please visit www.vom.com.au/donate

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