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Boko Haram: Nigeria

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UPDATE  November 8, 2014
Boko Haram terrorists attacked a church in Adamawa State in late August.  They killed more than 70 people and kidnapped teenaged girls.  (The exact number of missing girls is not known.)  They entered the church and ordered women and children to get out, and then began firing on the people inside.  Then they left the church and continued firing on the people as they ran away.  They set fire to surrounding houses, stole food, livestock, and a large amount of cash.


UPDATE July 16, 2014
You can download a prayer bulletin to aid in your prayers for Boko Haram.


Boko Haram rebels killed more than 400 people in Nigeria in the first six weeks of 2014.  President Goodluck Jonathan declared a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states in May of 2013, and his government has been bombing Boko Haram hideouts, but criticism is increasing regarding his failure to stop the rebel forces.

On February 15, 2014, members of Boko Haram, dressed in uniforms, surrounded the village of Izghe.  They separated the Muslims from the Christians, and then killed 106 Christians, looted their businesses, and took off into the surrounding countryside.  “Not a week has gone by this year that our Christian brothers and sisters in northern Nigeria have not been threatened, beaten and murdered,” wrote Olaiya Phillips and national secretary Emmanuel Danjuma Subilim, in a statement.  Although many of the attacks have been specifically aimed at Christians, members of many faiths have also been harmed.

On January 26, 2014, rebels attacked St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Adamawa state.  They blocked the exits during a worship service, threw bombs into the building, and shot those trapped inside.  They also burned houses and took hostages during the four hour attack.  Four days later a similar attack was made against the Church of the Brethren during a prayer meeting, killing the pastor and ten congregants.  Local and national leaders are calling on the president to stop these attacks.  The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, said, “Frankly speaking, officers and men of the Nigerian army and the Nigerian police force are doing their best given the circumstances, but you and I know that Boko Haram are better armed and better motivated.”

What You can Do:

  • Pray for the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, for wisdom and resources to combat these terrorists.
  • Pray for the local leaders and law enforcement officers as they attempt to deal with the attacks.
  • Pray for people of all faiths to unite together in resisting terrorism.
  • Pray for the salvation of the members of Boko Haram.  It’s happened in the past, and God can do amazing things with rebels.  He is the Ultimate Redeemer!

Source:  Open Doors

Heavenly Father,
We are Your children.  You have a plan for each of our lives, and there is nothing man can do to thwart Your purpose and intention.  We lift up all the people of Nigeria, its leaders, and law enforcement officials.  We ask you to give them wisdom about how to stop these vicious, barbaric attacks, and we ask You to provide them with the resources necessary to do so.  We pray for those perpetrating the attacks.  Bring them to their senses.  Set them free from their delusions, and the lies of hatred.  Surround them with knowledge of You, and flood their lives with the power of Your mighty love.  Bring them to their knees in repentance, and make them into Your sons and daughters.  Father, pour out Your love on the victims of these attacks.  Comfort them in their pain, their sorrow, and their losses.  Fill their hearts with forgiveness and Your love for their attackers.  Let Your light shine in that dark place, and bring everlasting good out of this evil.  Show each of us what we can do to help the people of Nigeria.  In Your Eternal Name, Amen.

Eluid Mshelizza Gwamma: Nigeria

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Boko Haram killed Pastor Eluid Bshelizza Gwamma, and 18 other people, on September 24, 2014, when they were returning from a church program in Shaffa.  The terrorists targeted specific homes which they attacked and burned.  Pastor Gwamma was 44 years old, and had been a pastor for five years.  Please pray for his wife and four children who remain.

Source:  Voice of the Martyrs

What you can do:

  • Pray for Pastor Gwamma’s wife and four children, and the members of his congregation.
  • Pray for Nigeria, its government, and military to control and destroy the terrorist group Boko Haram.
  • Pray for the terrorists, that they will see God.
  • Contact your US representatives regarding the need for action against the current religious persecution sweeping the globe.

Father, I lift up these families to You.  You are with them, and You were there during the attack.  I ask You to show the survivors of the attack the coming glory, and how they are “filling up the lack in the sufferings of Christ.”  It’s hard to believe there is any lack left in those sufferings, but I pray that You will redeem the entire situation in a mighty, glorious way.  Make Yourself absolutely real to each individual, from the youngest child to the oldest adult.  Strengthen them, support them, lift them up, and forgive any bitterness, fear, or hatred that may try to take root within their lives.  Let Your light so shine before men, that they will praise Your good works and glorify You in their lives.  Amen.

Death Threats: Nigeria

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After receiving death threats, Christians fled from the state of Borno in Nigeria.  Many people who did not flee were killed.

  • On April 16, terrorists stopped traffic in the village of Dalwa, and separated Christians from Muslims.  All Christians (29 of them) who refused to recite the Shahada (the Muslim confession of faith) and denounce Jesus were killed.
  • Three days later, a group of men beat Christians and tore up their property.
  • Two weeks later, terrorists burned buildings, and killed many civilians.
  • On May 14, Rev. Faye Pama, Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Borno State, was murdered by Boko Haram militants.

Boko Haram is responsible for these attacks.
Source:  Voice of the Martyrs

Father, I pray for the people of Boko Haram who are causing so much terror in African countries.  I pray that You would pour out Your mercy and grace upon them, reveal Yourself to them in all Your power and glory, and bring them to You.  I pray for the people of Nigeria who are being terrorized, and killed, every day by this group of extremists.  I thank You that You are with each person, and I ask You to show Your presence to them.  Strengthen them, encourage them, and support them.  Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with what they are going through I don’t even have words to say, so I thank You that Your Spirit prays for me on their behalf.  I put them all in Your hands, Lord God Almighty.  Amen.