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Nigerian School Girls: Nigeria

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UPDATE  December 9, 2016
One of the Chibok girls has escaped from Boko Haram.  On November 5, 2016 soldiers in northern Borno state found Maryam Ali Maiyanga (#198) as they were searching the forest for escapees from the terrorist group.  Nigerian government officials confirm that she was found, along with a 10 month old baby, Ali, cradled in her arms.  She was kidnapped on April 14, 2014, along with her twin sister (who has not been found), and almost 300 boarding school girls.  Please pray that all the girls will be released, or enabled to escape from their terrorist captors.

Source: BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, DW, Open Doors


UPDATE, April 18, 2015
April 14 marks the first anniversary of the kidnapping of the Chibok school girls.   Some authorities claim they will never be found, but we can continue to pray for them.  Go here for a list of girls to pray for, by name, each day.


UPDATE, November 10, 2014
The leader of Boko Haram says that all the school girls kidnapped from their school at Chibok have been converted to Islam and have been married off.  Please continue to pray for these girls, and their families.


UPDATE June 20, 2014
Representatives of Open Doors recently delivered letters written to the families of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls.  They learned that two parents have died under the strain of their missing girls.  One visitor to the region from Open Doors stated, “What they are going through is unimaginable. Many we met were simply too broken to say much at all. They just cried. Clearly the pressure is taking its toll.” 

More girls continue to be kidnapped by Boko Haram.   Eight to eleven more girls were kidnapped on May 4th by the terrorist organization.  “I have kidnapped the girls. I will sell them on the market in the name of Allah,” said a man who may be  Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.  He recently released a 57-minute video, obtained by the Agence France Presse news agency.  “I’ll sell them as slaves in the name of Allah. There is a market where they sell human beings.  Western education must stop. Girls must leave school and get married,” the man said. “I would give a 12-year-old girl in marriage; I would give in marriage even a 9-year-old girl.”

Please continue to pray that Nigerian forces will be able to locate the girls and free them, and that the kidnapping of young girls will be stopped.

Source:  Open Doors


UPDATE May 29, 2014
Go here to write a letter to the grieving families

UPDATE May 27, 2014
Late on April 14, 2014, men dressed as soldiers entered the dormitories of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria.  Joyce was still awake when the men entered, threatening to shoot anyone who didn’t cooperate.  “We thought they were military,” she said. “They ordered us to gather in one place, before setting fire to our buildings. Even our own personal belongings have not been spared.’’   They forced the girls into vehicles and took off into the woods.  The girls were given drinks and told to prepare food.  The next afternoon, pretending to go to the bathroom,  Joyce and two other girls were able to escape.  They reached a tribe of nomadic herders that evening.  They were able to spend the night with them, and the next day arrived back home.  About 40 other girls have managed to escape.  There are still about 270 girls who are missing.  One of the families of the missing girls lives near Chibok.  ‘‘We live in anxiety day and night,” said the man (name withheld for safety reasons).  “We are idle, while the rainy season (for farming) has started. We mourn and pray day and night for the return of our daughters.”   Some of the scholar’s of the Islamic world have denounced the kidnappings.

Source:  Open Doors


On April 15, Boko Haram kidnapped 300 teenaged girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok.  284 girls are still missing.  Boko Haram has been waging war on Christians in Nigeria for years.  They have made a habit of kidnapping teenaged girls, forcing them to marry members of the terrorist organization.  They frequently attack Christian villages, burn homes and businesses, and kill indiscriminately.  The kidnapping of 300 girls from the government school has finally brought this situation to light.

What you can do:

  • Pray for the missing girls and their families (see individual names listed below).
  • Contact your political representatives and encourage them to act on this situation.

178 of the missing girls
Deborah Abge
Awa Abge
Hauwa Yirma
Asabe Manu
Mwa Malam Pogu
Patient Dzakwa
Saraya Mal Stover
Mary Dauda
Gloria Mainta
Hanatu Ishaku
Gloria Dama
Tabitha Pogu
Maifa Dama
Ruth Kollo
Esther Usman
Awa James
Anthonia Yahonna
Kume Mutah
Aisha Ezekial
Nguba Buba
Kwana Simon
Kummai Aboku
Esther Markus
Hana Stephen
Rifkatu Amos
Rebecca Mallum
Blessing Abana
Ladi Wadai
Tabitha Hyelampa
Ruth Ngladar
Safiya Abdu
Na’omi Yahonna
Solomi Titus
Rhoda John
Rhoda John
Rhoda John
Laraba John
Rebecca Luka
Saratu Markus
Mary Usman
Debora Yahonna
Naomi Zakaria
Hanatu Musa
Hauwa Tella
Juliana Yakubu
Suzana Yakubu
Saraya Paul
Jummai Paul
Mary Sule
Jummai John
Yanke Shittima
Muli Waligam
Fatima Tabji
Eli Joseph
Saratu Emmanuel
Deborah Peter
Rahila Bitrus
Luggwa Sanda
Kauna Lalai
Lydia Emmar
Laraba Maman
Hauwa Isuwa
Comfort Habila
Hauwa Abdu
Hauwa Balti
Yana Joshua
Laraba Paul
Saraya Amos
Glory Yaga
Na’omi Bitrus
Godiya Bitrus
Awa Bitrus
Na’omi Luka
Maryamu Lawan
Tabitha Silas
Mary Yahona
Ladi Joel
Rejoice Sanki
Luggwa Samuel
Comfort Amos
Comfort Amos
Sicker Abdul
Talata Daniel
Rejoice Musa
Deborah Abari
Salomi Pogu
Mary Amor
Ruth Joshua
Esther John
Esther Ayuba
Maryamu Yakubu
Zara Ishaku
Maryamu Wavi
Lydia Habila
Laraba Yahonna
Na’omi Bitrus
Rahila Yahanna
Ruth Lawan
Ladi Paul
Mary Paul
Esther Joshua
Helen Musa
Margret Watsai
Deborah Jafaru
Filo Dauda
Febi Haruna
Ruth Ishaku
Racheal Nkeki
Rifkatu Soloman
Mairama Yahaya
Saratu Dauda
Jinkai Yama
Margret Shettima
Yana Yidau
Grace Paul
Amina Ali
Palmata Musa
Awagana Musa
Pindar Nuhu
Yana Pogu
Saraya Musa
Hauwa Joseph
Hauwa Kwakwi
Hauwa Musa
Maryamu Musa
Maimuna Usman
Rebeca Joseph
Liyatu Habitu
Rifkatu Yakubu
Naomi Philimon
Deborah Abbas
Ladi Ibrahim
Asabe Ali
Maryamu Bulama
Ruth Amos
Mary Ali
Abigail Bukar
Deborah Amos
Saraya Yanga
Kauna Luka
Christiana Bitrus
Yana Bukar
Hauwa Peter
Hadiza Yakubu
Lydia Simon
Ruth Bitrus
Mary Yakubu
Lugwa Mutah
Muwa Daniel
Hanatu Nuhu
Monica Enoch
Margret Yama
Docus Yakubu
Rhoda Peter
Rifkatu Galang
Saratu Ayuba
Naomi Adamu
Hauwa Ishaya
Rahap Ibrahim
Deborah Soloman
Hauwa Mutah
Hauwa Takai
Serah Samuel
Aishatu Musa
Aishatu Grema
Hauwa Nkeki
Hamsatu Abubakar
Mairama Abubakar
Hauwa Wule
Ihyi Abdu
Hasana Adamu
Rakiya Kwamtah
Halima Gamba
Aisha Lawan
Kabu Malla
Yayi Abana
Falta Lawan
Kwadugu Manu

Father of the Missing Girls,
You know where each one of these precious young girls are. You know each of them by name. You knit each one of them together in their mother’s womb.  You have a plan for each of their lives.  Reveal yourself to each girl, Father.  Open her eyes to the truth that she is not alone.  Show her a glimpse of the glorious future You have in store for her.  Give her strength, courage, endurance, wisdom, understanding, compassion, forgiveness, love, hope, faith.  These are young women, Lord, stolen from a school where they should be safe and protected.  Intervene in a powerful way, like You have for thousands of Your other children.  Set them free, bring them home, and heal them.  You are their Father.  Strengthen, encourage, and support their parents and families.  Words as so hard to find so I hand my prayer over to Your Holy Spirit who prays for us with words that can’t be spoken.  Let Your light shine, and Your Spirit hover over each one of these kidnapped girls, and all the other kidnapped girls in the world.  Bring peace and release, Father.  Only You can save them.  Amen.

Amos: Nigeria

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Attacks by Boko Haram left hundreds of Christians in their hands on October 29, 2014.  The terrorists overpowered the guards at a military base, and released the prisoners who then went door-to-door searching for Christians who were rounded up and set to be killed.  Most of them were able to escape.

Amos was living with his uncle at the time of the attack.  The family escaped from the terrorists, but were injured in an accident during their escape.  Amos was living with his uncle because he was so traumatized by the kidnapping of his two sisters from the Chibok School in April 2014.  He was visiting them at the time of the attack, and they have not been heard from since.

Source:  Voice of the Martyrs

What you can do:

  • Pray for the people of Nigeria, and those involved in this attack.
  • Pray for Amos and his family.
  • Pray for Amos’s two sisters who remain missing from the Chibok School attack in April 2014.

Father, I can’t even comprehend what Amos and his family, and all the other families like his, are feeling at this time.  They have suffered two extremely traumatic attacks within six months, and still don’t know what has happened to his sisters.  I thank you that the new government of Nigeria appears to be committed to stopping Boko Haram, and I pray that you will give the leaders wisdom and favor as they seek to eliminate this terrorist group.  I pray that you will comfort, protect, and provide for each person involved in this attack.  Strengthen them, and give them courage and endurance.  Hold tightly to them and forgive them if they falter in their faith.  We are just people, made of dust, and much weaker than we think we are.  Love them, fill them with Your presence, revive them, and renew them.  In Jesus’ name.

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.

John Yakubu: Nigeria

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A Nigerian Christian was recently tortured by Boko Haram terrorists when he returned to the village in the Gwoza area, from which he had fled.  John Yakubu, 43 years old, fled from his village with his family to a refugee camp in Cameroon due to persecution, but he was unable to find a way to feed his family, so he returned to the village, to gather up some of his animals for sale.  He was recognized by members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, who captured him and demanded that he convert to Islam.  When he refused they tied him to a tree and attacked him with knives, leaving him to bleed to death.  John was rescued and taken to a hospital where he is being treated.  He said, “I have forgiven the Islamic militants because they did not know what they were doing.”

Sources:  Voice of the Martyrs
Open Doors

What you can do:

  • Pray for John and his family
  • Contact your representatives and urge them to act on behalf of persecuted people in Nigeria and around the world.
  • Spread the word.

Father, I lift up John and his family to You today.  I thank You for his steadfast spirit and the courage You give him and his family as they face this persecution.  I ask You to bless them, provide for them, and give them a new, safe place to live, where they can praise Your name and share Your goodness with everyone around them.  Thank You for Voice of the Martyrs that works so hard to support and defend Christians persecuted for their faith.  But Father, we know it’s not just Christians who are being targeted, but all those opposed to the will of the terrorists.  I pray for everyone of them as well–protection, courage, endurance, strength, and truth.  I ask You to pour out, through Your Spirit, revelation knowledge of You upon the terrorist camps around the world.  You have done this so many times before and I ask You to continue with greater frequency the revelation of Jesus through dreams and visions among terrorists.  Let Your light shine in the great darkness, and what is intended for evil, transform into good.  Thank You that You are there, and You will never leave us or forsake us.

 

 

Kamka and Naya: Nigeria

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Two sisters who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria escaped from their captors when a kind, Muslim woman took pity on them and showed them the way out.  Kamka, aged 19, and Naya, aged 16, were kidnapped from their home when their father was absent.  Their brother was hurt in the attack.

The girls were forced at gunpoint to walk through the woods with the terrorists.  They carried water and cooked for their captors.  They were told they were to be married, and when they claimed to be too young, they were shown an 8 year old who was already married.  Naya’s “husband” threatened her with a knife and gun, stating that if she continued to resist he would kill her.  For two weeks the girls prayed and cried together before they were enabled to escape.  They fled through the woods, knocking on the door of the first house they came to.  The Muslim man who lived there took them in, allowed them to bathe, and fed them.  His sister took the girls to a Christian village nearby.  “I thank God that He has saved us from the hands of these bad people,” Naya said. “Everything is now behind me and I’m not afraid anymore. I only want to look forward now.”

The girls are doing relatively well, although they have been greatly traumatized by the event.  They can’t return to their homes because of the danger, so Voice of the Martyrs has them in a safe house until new living arrangements can be made.

Source:  Voice of the Martyrs

What you can do:

  • Pray for healing for Kamka and Naya.
  • Pray for the government of Nigeria, that they will be able to control and stop Boko Haram.
  • Pray for the terrorists of Boko Haram to come to their senses and come out of the kingdom of darkness in God’s marvelous light.

Father,
Thank you for allowing these girls to escape from this horrible situation.  Thank You for the kind Muslims who helped them.  Protect them from revenge, bless them, encourage, support and strengthen them.  Bring healing to these young women, Lord.  They have endured atrocities.  Don’t let their experiences destroy them or permanently damage their hearts or minds.  Restore them.  Reveal Yourself in new ways that will amaze them.  Give them a double portion of blessing and reward.  Comfort their parents, and give them beauty for ashes, and the oil of joy for their mourning.  In the name of Jesus, our healer, 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.

College Students: Nigeria

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Members of Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group, invaded an off campus dormitory of the Federal Polytechnic College in Northern Nigeria on Monday (October 1, 2012).  They separated the Muslims from the Christians, and then allegedly murdered up to 30 Christian students.  Please pray for the families of these students, who are mourning the loss of their children, brothers, and sisters.  I can’t even imagine the pain they are in.

Father, these are Your children who’ve been slaughtered by hatred.  Pour out Your comfort into the hearts and lives of each person affected by this horrible event.  Destroy any root of bitterness or hatred attempting to grow in the hearts of the victims and their families.  Let each of the survivors feel Your great love, not only for them, but for those who massacred their loved ones.  Meet the needs of the Muslim students who were separated out of the group and saved.  Protect them from hatred, anger, and desperation, toward either the victims or the attackers.  Only You can bring good out of such an evil event, Lord.  You are the Sovereign God.  Use what happened in Nigeria to bring a rich harvest into Your kingdom.  You are the God of all mercy.  We need mercy, Father.  I don’t even know how to pray in such an overwhelming situation, but I thank You that the Spirit prays for us when we can’t pray for ourselves.  Nigeria needs a fresh outpouring of Your Spirit today, Lord.  In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Source:  Open Doors