For decades,militant groups, including child soldiers,are fighting corruption of the government and international companies to gain control over Nigeria’s oil resources.
The government sent the military to quell the unrest. The result was that the violence escalated.
After years of senseless bloodletting, the government offered the militants amnesty if they would lay down their arms. Slowly the youth came out of the jungle, turned over their arms and were put into internment camps.
The problem however still festered
Paul Dangtoumda was running youth training programs in Southern Nigeria. His program was impacting the lives of hundreds of young people. Then he heard of the great need of seeing change made in the lives of these ex-militants and a thought occurred to him, “Could my program help re-integrate these ex-militants back into normal society and life?”
After quite a journey, he moved his program into the middle of an internment camp. Many hair raising and dangerous experiences later, he got through to the ex-militants. Many made peace with God and the rest of society through faith in Jesus Christ. Since then, Paul developed a highly effective training track for these ex-militants.
Paul Dangtoumda and his team have to date rehabilitated 1,800 former militants through their transformation course. 168 of these have gone on into further training and, currently, 2/3 of the staff were former militants.
Every day, Paul Dangtoumda sees the power of the gospel in transforming lives.
The program consists of a “Discipleship Training School” (6 months of lectures and learning to serve people), “Literacy School” and a “School of Biblical Studies” (9 months where the young people read the Bible 5 times in 9 month time frame). At the end of the course the ex-militant’s life is changed and transformed. They go on to becoming missionaries, youth pastors (or actively involved in church work) and/or they get jobs as normal citizens.
So far we have been able to raise enough funds to put 52 ex-child soldiers through these training programs.
Our goal is to raise enough sponsorship for each ex-child soldier who desires to participate in this training program.
To sponsor one ex child soldier for the whole two year program only costs $1,500 (tuition, room and board inclusive).
We have 100 young people on the waiting list
Our hope is that these 100 ex-child soldiers would become peacemakers of the current conflict and build peace for the next generation.
Would you join us in making a difference in their lives?
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