In all of my blog posts about the war on terror worldwide and especially in Nigeria, I talk a lot about the victims—the women and children, especially. But I have realized that I have not spoken about the men who have been victims of Boko Haram.
The fact is, just because these men are not spoken of as much, their struggle is incredibly real, too. Approximately 38,000 people have been killed in the war against terrorism in Nigeria, thousands of those being men; and many hundreds of innocent men have been killed by the Nigerian government upon suspicion that they are part of Boko Haram (source). Boko Haram has stolen boy children to use as slaves and child soldiers, and men have been executed for their faith– sometimes watching their wives get raped, and/or their entire families get executed or held captive right in front of them. It is painfully clear: women and children have gone through hell—but let us not forget the hell innocent men have been through, as well.
One of the saddest aspects of these statistics and stories is that there is stigma around men sharing what they have gone through. This does not only pertain to the war with Boko Haram; but it surely has a place within the conflict. Like any person who has gone through trauma, men are deeply marred by what has happened to them—and yet do not feel it is safe enough to seek help for their trauma. They are left alone in the dark, their deep wounds festering in secret as they watch and wait for their daughters to be freed, and their lives to heal.
Jesus: The Perfect Man who Knew Suffering
Jesus Christ is not a stranger to the type of pain these men have gone through. He, the most innocent man in all of humanity, underwent the most gruesome murder in all of history—all so that we, broken humanity, might look to Him and find only the healing that Christ can provide.
And so, this post is for the men. The men who have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram, and at the hands of any evil, really. They are a part of this insurgency in some way or another, and they need Jesus’ healing touch in their lives to heal from the tragedies that have befallen them.
They need to know they are not alone in their pain. That they, and their stories, matter. They must know that there is hope, and it is found in Jesus Christ alone.
Today and in the days ahead, let’s lift up these men in prayer, asking Jesus to do an amazing, healing work in their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. After all, only Jesus knows how truly and deeply they need it.
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Please pray (find the prayer sheet here)…
- For the men currently caught in the war against Boko Haram. Pray for soldiers, child soldiers, and men who are displaced from their families especially.
- For Boko Haram members. That they would be completely humbled, brought to Justice, and ultimately know Christ as their Lord and Savior.
- For the Worldwide Church. That we would come alongside these men and let them tell their stories and express their pain.
- That families and lives would be restored.
Thank you for your prayers!