To Readers, and Fellow Partners in Prayer,
The picture, below, has been the “banner image” of this blog for almost as long as this blog has been in existence.
The picture features names and pictures of 60 of the missing Chibok schoolgirls.
I wanted to take some time to focus on each of the Chibok girls who have been kidnapped– those named and pictured, and those who have not been, yet are remembered in the hearts of their Loved Ones. Below are the names of the 60 Chibok schoolgirls, listed correspondingly to each number seen in the picture shown above. (While I hate “labeling” these young women with numbers, I only do so, so that you, the reader, can read their names.) I have posted their names below, as well as 15 more names of girls not pictured in the banner, but pictured, and named, here.
Please be advised that some of the names may have minor misspellings. I have tried to copy them down as correctly as possible. Here are their names:
- Eugena Samuel 21. Maryamu Wayi 41. Fzi Manna
- Eugena Mutah 22. Margaret Watsai 42. Esther Joshu
- Eugena Abigi 23. Malmuna Urean 43. Glory Ali
- Kauna Lalel 24. Maryamu Tafuya 44. Patience Jacob
- Lydia Skemph 25. Maryamu Lewan 45. Ruhila Yahonna
- Ruranda Irkiba 26. Majua M. Mina 46. Margret Shettima
- Ama Nrima 27. Amina Ali (FREED ON 5/17/2016!) 47. Lydia Emmar
- Maryane Abubukar 28. Manatu Stephen 48. Ruth Lewan
- Rhoda Peter 29. Na’omi Bitrus 49. Rhoda John
- Rfutu Galang 30. Naomi Adamu 50. Rebeca Joseph
- Esther Ayuba 31.Gloria Dama 51. Rejoice Sanki
- Saraya Amora 32. Haratu Nuhu 52. Esther Usman
- Grace Paul 33. Filo Dauda 53. Mutha Babu
- Kadisa Yolubu 34. Majera ba 54. Docas Yakubu
- Yogara Joshua 35. Fatima Igbi 55. Baraya Musah
- Solomi Titus 36. Nguba Buba 56. Comfort Habila
- Na’omi Luka 37. Tabitha Thomas 57. Ana Abuja
- Comfort Amon 38. Kayma Battal 58. Glory Yaga
- Fatimta Lewan 39. Hauwa Abdu 59. Rosa Daniel
- Maryamu Yakabu 40. Gloria Mainta 60. Naomi Zakaria
I challenge you, to pray individually for these young women, as the Spirit leads. This is not a legalistic charge, but rather, an encouragement to spend more time with Jesus, praying as the Holy Spirit guides.
On April 14th, 2016, footage was released of 15 of the Chibok girls, purportedly filmed in December of 2015 (source). One of them is Naomi Zakaria. This young woman is the last in the banner picture, above. The rest of these girls are pictured, and named, here (originally found in this article):
Finally, CAN (the Christian Association of Nigeria) published 178 names of the Chibok girls– approximately 139 of which are not already listed, here, in this blog post. I listed them in this printable, easy-to-view, online Google Docs document. 129 are said to be Christian. At least 15, in the entire listing of names, are muslim. I tried my best to make sure that none of the names were already mentioned, but many of these precious young women have dual names– so, please keep that in mind, as you view, and use, this document.
While the majority of these young women are Christian, there are still many who are muslim, who need to see, and know Christ. Please be praying, not only for the Chibok girls’ physical freedom, but their spiritual freedom, as well.
In all, please feel free to use both the numbered picture resource, above, this slideshow, and this document to spur on prayer for these 214 young girls.
At the end of the day, there are still many more of these young girls still captive– at least 4, if none of these names are dual names. While these 4 young girls may not be widely pictured, or named, they are still Loved by Christ (Isaiah 49:16).
Please continue to pray for the Chibok schoolgirls– and the countless, but not nameless, young men, women, and children who have been held captive by Boko Haram.
“‘I will say to the north, “Give them up!”
and to the south, “Do not hold them back.”
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.’”
(Isaiah 43:6-7, NIV)