October move in completed: The displaced Christian orphans we have cared for over the last several years have moved into their new home in Jos, Nigeria.
The children have sent photos and videos of appreciation which I know are genuine. They know we care for them with the love of the Lord. The smiles on their faces are genuine.
The Jos Christian Refuge for Children (JCRFC) is fully functional although some more work needs to be done. A block of six classrooms is now under construction and should be finished soon. Other finishing touches are needed and of course, over time there will be other additions as the orphanage matures.
All this in fourteen months! It was in August of 2021 that the original orphanage in Miango was destroyed along with our farm. I thank God our orphanage director managed to get all 147 children to Jos City the day before the Sunni Muslim herdsmen overran the grounds and burned every building to the ground.
The children left Miango with nothing but the clothing they wore that day. Fourteen months later we moved them into renovated and newly constructed buildings on land that we purchased inside a major city.
The children have new mattresses to sleep on, new clothes to wear including school uniforms, new textbooks and new Bibles. They have everything they need until they graduate!
What happens to the children when they age-out and graduate? The unemployment rate in Nigeria is currently 33.3%. The youth unemployment rate is a staggering 53.4%.
Three recent graduates are living with the orphanage director’s father while they try to find full time employment.
Two recently graduated females are being partially supported by baking cakes. Both received baking training while at the orphanage.
Transition house: Currently I am investigating the rental of a house in Jos for graduates in transition. A mentor couple would be present to manage it. I am also in talks with other ministries to open joint facilities for graduates from Christian orphanages.
See below for images from the momentous move-in day!
William J. Murray, President