At Christmas, we recall again and again the incarnation of the Word made flesh, who appeared on our planet over 2000 years ago to herald a new dawn for sinful humanity. His nativity, life and holy death brought salvation, joy and peace to us all who believe in Him.

Just as the bliss of Christ’s descent to humanity was marred by ‘… lamentation, weeping, and great mourning …’ as a result of the massacre of all male children below two in Bethlehem and all its districts at the behest of Herod in his futile attempt to destroy Him who was born king; the solemn appearance of the Son of God has also brought agony, pains and sorrow to many Christians around the world.

As a result of their witness, in states like Borno and Adamawa in Nigeria, many Christian families continue to experience death and sorrow. Christian brethren in Southern Kaduna continue to bear hardship in this jolly season. Coptic Christians in Egypt continue to share not only in the joy and happiness of Christmas, but continue to enjoy the joy of His suffering. It is the same reality in many parts of the world. Christians are being persecuted and their places of worship desecrated.

To all our Christian brethren around the world enduring the pangs of persecution, our thoughts are with you this Christmas and always. We are immensely grateful to the crowd of pious witnesses who have been relentless in making sacrifices to support the cause of the persecuted church. From the depth of our hearts, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a blessed new year.

Isaac O. N. Wusu

President, Stephens Children Home Abeokuta