Resilience. That is the word I think of when I think about many of those held captive.
The war is far from over. Just Sunday night, approximately 92 Nigerian soldiers were killed by Boko Haram, and thousands of people have been kidnapped by the terrorist group. Some of those women, however—women meant to ruin towns and cities by being suicide bombers—refused such a fate, forsaking their bomb gear and running away instead.
Their stories are amazing. I can’t even imagine being in such a place, at such a time. Yet, the women and their stories speak of strength and the refusal to allow darkness win. It is something that gives me hope and resilience for the future, too.
Boko Haram is a nightmare—but that’s just it; with Christ, it one day will all be a bad memory, as He comes back for believers and makes all things new. Jesus has won the war on sin and death; now, as His People, we are to walk in victory, giving hope and resilience to others who do not have any.
Today, let’s pray for the very real needs in Nigeria, and that Jesus would meet those who are in need in a very real way. May they carry hope and resilience, through the battle and through the fight.
Do you know Jesus?
It is in Christ that the greatest strength and hope is found. Learn more about Jesus, and His victory on the cross, here.
Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here):
- The men and women currently under Boko Haram captivity.
- An end to Boko Haram’s reign in Africa.
- The Nigerian soldiers.
- The Nigerian government.
- The local and worldwide church, that they would work to help those in need as much as possible.
Thank you for your prayers.