Today, I watched a portion of US President Donald Trump speak with people from all over the world who are being persecuted for their faith. My heart swelled and felt heavy at the same time, as I saw people of every nationality and ethnic group voice their concerns about religious persecution to President Trump (you can watch the video here).
I saw a young woman dressed in traditional West African garb and wondered if she was indeed from Nigeria. She was!
I started ugly crying as she shook hands with the president and said, “Thank you Mr. President, it is an honor to see you. I’m from Nigeria, and I spent 2-3 years in Sambisa [forest]. I escaped from Boko Haram.”
I started ugly crying because watching her speak to President Trump brought me back to why I am doing all this. Why I continue to write posts about girls who have been largely forgotten; why I pray for the things I pray for, and why any of it matters.
As said in the post “The Story,” Jesus put it on my heart that just as He died for me, He died for the women kidnapped by Boko Haram— that they are not numbers or headlines, but souls who are precious to the Father. Seeing this real, human woman today shake hands with Trump made it all so real to me. I wanted to hug her. I wanted to instill in her words of hope and encouragement about how resilient she’s been, and how much Christ Loves her.
This is the importance of advocacy for these beloved people. This is why I have started this blog. To never let these girls be forgotten, and to look to Jesus for the Hope in their situation.
They are someone’s wife, daughter, friend, and sister. They matter. And watching this today solidified my love and commitment to their cause, and to this blog as a tool for prayer and advocacy.
Please pray for these precious, amazing women. They are real, they are made by Jesus, and they need our prayers and support probably now more than ever. Thank you.
Do you know Jesus?
It is God the Father’s desire that no one perishes (2 Peter 3:9). But there is only one way to know the Father, and to be with Him forever: to believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior (John 14:6).
Learn more about Jesus, and how He can save you, here.
Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here):
- The Chibok girls, both free and still held captive. 112 of the girls still remain captive. Please pray for their soon release!
- Leah Sharibu. She has refused to recant her love for Jesus. Pray that He keeps her strong and for her soon release.
- For this blog. That it is run, out of compassion and passion for the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, not out of mere obligation and religious ritual.
Thank you for your prayers!