Take a Moment to Write a Note of Encouragement to those in Nigeria!

Hi everyone,

I wanted to stop in quickly to let you know about an amazing little opportunity to write notes directly to those in Nigeria. Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is offering this service to encourage and comfort those in Nigeria facing extreme persecution from Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen.

It doesn’t take too long– write one today!

With Love,

Annalee of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY

 

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Link to “Pray for Those Who Abuse You”

To go along with this post, John Piper wrote a great article on praying for our enemies. I thought it would be better to give the link than to copy off of it.

I pray it blesses you!! 🙂

A Prayer Guide for Christians Facing Islamist Extremists | From Voice of the Martyrs

An email came into my inbox this morning, regarding how we can all be praying for those facing Islamist Extremism like Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria. I thought the prayer guide that is attached would be very resourceful to those who want to know how to pray for the Chibok girls and those in Nigeria, as a whole!

You can find the prayer guide, here.

Enjoy, and thank you for all of your prayers!

On Prophecy

Although many Christians do not talk about it, the fact of the matter is that it’s getting closer than ever for Jesus to come back. Different prophecies, like the one where it says that many nations will come against Israel (found in Ezekiel 38 and 39), are coming true. Ezekiel 36 and 37 spoke of Israel becoming a nation, which happened in 1948. Psalm 83 is also a Psalm that has much evidence for being seen as fulfilled; after all, Israel’s enemies have attacked them time and again, while never actually conquering them (many people debate this).

I assure you, I am not a specialist when it comes to studying eschatology (studying the end times and prophecies). But, Christ has put it on my heart to be more serious about studying it; and I wanted to share everything my family and I have found, with you. It is incredibly important to understand where the world is headed, and where we are in that process—we must keep our eyes on Christ, ready for His imminent return.

Though this seems to have little-nothing to do with Nigeria, every person who puts their trust in Christ (including those in the midst of such chaos, conflict, and corruption like Nigeria) will be encouraged seeing the words of the Bible coming to pass in, right now, such a seemingly short amount of time.

There are a few men I know of who study the Scriptures concerning the end times, without trying to put dates on prophecies, which Christ has warned people not to do in Mark 13:32. Here are their names and where you can find them!

Many people think of prophecies and teaching concerning the end times as weird. But I assure you that, when taught well and in context, eschatology is crucial to understand, and can be a huge encouragement to your walk with Christ! Come soon, Lord Jesus!


Do you know Jesus?

“…For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.” (Revelation 19:10b)

2,000 years ago, HUNDREDS of Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus coming to earth. Learn more about who He is, why He came to earth, and why it matters, here.


Please pray for (find the prayer sheet for this post, here):

  • Those who do not know Jesus. Pray that they, in every nation, would come to know Him as Lord and Savior!
  • The Chibok girls. You can find their names and pictures, here.
  • Leah Sharibu. She is still not freed; she spent her 15th birthday, May 14th, 2018, in captivity. Pray she is released and rescued soon, and would be strengthened, comforted, and encouraged by Jesus while in captivity.

Thank you for your prayers!!!

 

Prayer Resources: Pray Oregon & Salem House of Prayer

Hi friends,
I learned about Pray Oregon and Salem House of Prayer through fellow blogger, Dylan Raines. It is a beautiful place and organization, committed to 24/7 prayer specifically for Oregon.

Although I do not live in Oregon, I still wanted to share it with anyone who might be in the area and is interested in being an intercessor (one who prays for others’ needs) through Salem House of Prayer and Pray Oregon.

Also, Dylan Raines is now walking the entire Oregon Coast to advocate for National Foster Care Month and to support EveryChildOregon. Learn more about them by clicking here on Dylan’s facebook fundraiser for the event!

As always, thank you for lifting the Chibok girls, and so many others, up in prayer.

With Love in Christ,

Annalee

Focused Prayer: The Captive Chibok School Girls

Hi Friends and Readers of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY,

If you have read this post, you will know that one reporter, Ahmed Salkida, has reported that only 15 of the 112 still-captive Chibok girls are still alive.

Such a prospect fills me with grief; and it is during times such as these that I ask you all to please join me in prayer that focuses on these young women. Whether there are actually 15, or there are 112, I ask that we focus upon their freedom– that we would pray for a breakthrough for these young women (I ask that we would include Leah Sharibu, of the #DapchiGirls, as well).

Will you join me? You can go here to look at the girls’ names and pictures as you pray, if you would like. Please let me know of anything you find/discover in prayer; please also let me know of any comments, concerns, or prayer requests you have!

Things start changing when the church starts praying. Let’s lift up these precious young women to Christ, shall we?

“Indeed, when the women are not free, the society cannot claim to be free.”
–Dare Babarinsa



Do you know Jesus?

Learn more about this God who died to set us free– and what He has freed Believers from– here.


Please pray with me (find a prayer journaling sheet, here)…

Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank You, and praise You, that You have won the war on sin, guilt, shame, and death by Your sacrifice on the cross. We thank You for every Chibok Girl, both freed and still held captive. We pray, in Your glorious, amazing Name Lord Jesus, that You would show Your Power, Goodness, and Wisdom in each of these girls’ midst. Please bring Truth, Power, and Breakthrough that only You can, Lord Jesus. May each of these young women be freed. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen!”

April 2018: Where are we in the war to free the Chibok Girls (and those like them)?

With April 14th, 2018, coming up soon, I have created a facts sheet of where the Chibok girls’ situation lies, as well as to encourage prayer for them this week. To share this information by print and/or digitally, view, share, and download this flyer.

On April 14th, 2014, 276 women, ages 16-18, were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a muslim terrorist group. Four years later, here are the facts:

  • 164 of the young Chibok women have escaped or been freed.

57 of the Chibok girls were able to run away from Boko Haram members shortly after being kidnapped; afterward, one Chibok girl by the name of Amina Ali was found on May 17th, 2016. The Nigerian government and the International Red Cross freed 21 of the Chibok girls on October 13th, 2016, in exchange for four Boko Haram members (source). 82 more Chibok girls were freed on May 6th, 2017, in a negotiation by Mustapha Zanna, an ex-lawyer to the creator of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf (source). On January 3rd, 2018, Salomi Pogu, along with another kidnapped young woman (outside of the Chibok girls) Jamila Adams, was found by the Nigerian military, having escaped from Boko Haram with Jamila Adams.

  • 112-114 of the Chibok girls are still in captivity.

Counting up every instance of where the Chibok girls have publicly been freed, there is approximately 112-114 Chibok girls still left. Many women who claimed to be a part of the Chibok girls were seen in a video released in January of 2018, claiming that, concerning coming back home in freedom, “by the grace of Allah we are not coming back.” After much prayer and thought, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY was continued, seeking to be faithful to Christ in this particular situation. While these young women may be telling the honest truth, there is also a big chance that they were coerced into believing these things. Whatever the truth is, Christ can still do a miracle here, freeing these girls.

  • The State of Chibok, Nigeria

In 2016, BBC reported the state of those in Chibok, Nigeria—many of whom are waiting for their daughters, kidnapped by Boko Haram, to come home. One father, given the name Daniel to protect his and his daughter’s identities, said he called her mobile phone after she had been kidnapped; the person on the other end of the line was a member of Boko Haram, who said that the phone number belonged to his wife (source).

Even in the face of such tragedy, many of these people still keep up hope. “’I gave birth to that baby,’ one mother said of her kidnapped daughter to BBC. ‘Even if she comes to me with a gun in her hand, let her kill me, but I will still welcome her.’”

Now, it has been said in some reports that Boko Haram still has an enclave in Northern Nigeria, contrary to the claims of the Nigerian government, who has said that Boko Haram has been defeated in the Northern region of Nigeria (source). Still today, no one can know the truth, for sure.

  • What has happened to the freed Chibok girls?

Many of these freed Chibok girls have bravely gone to the United States in pursuit of higher education, while the majority of others have been undergoing psycho and social therapy, having been able to go and see their families only on a few occasions.

One Chibok schoolgirl, faced with the possibility of going back to Chibok, tried killing herself (source). Fortunately, she did not pass away from her attempt, and was only injured badly.

These girls, so easily identified by numbers alone, are real young women; each with their own abilities, skills, interests, and dreams.

Not only this; but there are still hundreds of people out there, waiting for their loved ones—the Chibok girls—to come back home. Each day, they wait; they hope; and they pray.

 

As long as these girls are not with their families, we will pray for them, too. Please join us, this April 14th, for a day of prayer for, and awareness about, the Chibok girls.

Because they are not just OUR girls… they are His.

To share this information by print and/or digitally, view, share, and download this flyer.

As of late, I have read this article, where Amina Ali Nkeki stated that she is “not afraid of Boko Haram,” because “they are not her God.” This young woman is so fearless! This post is in tribute to her. Please pray that Amina Ali Nkeki, the first Chibok girl who was freed, would trust in Jesus– and would be further down the path of healing mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually than ever.


Do you know Jesus?

3000 years ago, God became a Man. And because He knew that we would never be able to save ourselves, He gave Himself so that we could be saved– not based on anything we did, but solely based on accepting what He did.

Learn more about this Man, and how you can be saved by Him, here.



Please pray for (get the prayer sheet for this, here)…

  • The Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu. Leah is the only girl from the Dapchi school kidnapping who is still not home– all because she refused to renounce Jesus. Please pray that she would be able to be free, soon.
  • The families and loved ones of the Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu.
  • For increased awareness of the plight of the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, this week. As we approach April 14th, please pray that Jesus would put the Chibok girls in the world’s spotlight; pray that the Nigerian government would not give up trying to save these women.
  • Amina Ali Nkeki. Please pray that she would trust Jesus, and would be more healed than ever.

Thank you for your prayers. ❤