The Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping: 7 Years Later

Hey friends,
I feel so bad. I forgot that yesterday, April 14th, 2021, was the 7th anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls being kidnapped. What I would like to do here today is reflect on this tragedy, my journey with it, and what Jesus has shown me.

At the time of the girls’ kidnapping, I myself was in a captivity of sorts– something to write about for another day. But Jesus moved me so greatly on behalf of these young women… they were always on my mind, and much of my life as an 18 year old was dedicated to advocating for them, praying for them, and telling others about them.

That intense fervor has, admittedly, changed. No longer do I cry out on behalf of these young women. My heart has grown cold and stone-hearted, and I will concede that a lot of my writing has been done out of duty to make sure these young women are advocated for.

But I feel Jesus stirring that love and passion for these young women within me again. While I was growing cold, His Love for these young women remain as passionate as ever. Even now I write, close to tears, about the conviction I feel from the Holy Spirit that I need to come back to my First Love: first Jesus, and then these young women.

Freed Chibok schoolgirls meet the now President Muhammadu Buhari.

So that is what I will do. For those of you who do not know, 7 years ago, an islamic terror group called Boko Haram kidnapped 276 young women from their boarding school. 112 remain in captivity.

They have names. Faces. Family and friends, love and dreams, hopes and fears. And they went missing like animals or objects: the Nigerian President denied it even happened at first.

So today, I pray that Jesus will have mercy and grace on these young women, and that they would be truly free: physically, yes, but so much more– spiritually. Please pray with me as we go through another year without 112 of these young women freed… may Jesus hear us and turn our weeping into dancing, our sorrow into joy.

Do you know Jesus?

Jesus knows what it is like to suffer and die. He understands and has experienced all that we go through (Hebrews 4:15). Learn more about Him, here.

Please pray for…

Thank you for your prayers!!!

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