This past week, the Bring Back Our Girls movement has been commemorating the third anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping, where 276 young women, ages 16-18, were kidnapped by radical islamic terrorists in the town of Chibok, Nigeria.
To commemorate this solemn anniversary, they have had a GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION, with the theme, “#3YearsTooLong, #NoMoreExcuses” (source). All week long, marches have been had from the Unity Fountain to the Nigerian President’s Villa Gate; speakers have spoken; Creatives have had open dialogue concerning the Chibok Schoolgirls kidnapping; fliers of “Citizen’s Solutions to End Terrorism” and “ABCs of the Bring Back Our Girls’ Movement’s Demands” have been passed out on streets.
Prayers have been prayed. Daily, moment by moment.
Yet, the Chibok girls were not rescued this morning. The 195 who are still captive have spent this day under the oppression of Boko Haram.
It is a solemn day. It is a day, where it is easy to cry out and ask, “Jesus, so many people are doing so many things to advocate for and bring back these young women… Where are You? Why aren’t You moving?”
But the Truth is, Jesus IS moving. He IS in control, and He has bigger plans and purposes for this tragedy than any human could foresee.
As the Bring Back Our Girls movement has press conferences and lectures on this most disparaging of days, let us pray.
“Dear Lord Jesus,
In Your Word, You said, ‘Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7). You were talking about Your crucifixion; something that caused Your Disciples a lot of pain.
Jesus, we are in a lot of pain. Some of us have not let ourselves fully feel it… but we are hurt. Discouraged. Angry. Please, comfort our hearts and minds this day, with the Truth that though we do not understand now, it does not mean that You are not Alive, Sovereign, and at Work in this situation.
Help us to trust You in this.
Please bring back these beautiful girls, soon.
In Jesus’ Name we pray,
Thank you for your continued prayers. Please visit the Bring Back Our Girls’ website for more information.