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 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
Mwa Malam Pogu
Saraya Mal Stover
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.