Remembering Columbine, 20 Years Later

20 years ago, 12 high schoolers and one teacher died at the hands of two sadistic teenagers. Parents, classmates, friends, families, and loved ones were left in the wake of the tragedy, picking up the pieces of their shattered lives.

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In view of what Sol Pais may have been planning to do, it reminds me that we are not immune to such attacks today. In fact, the attacks have seemingly gotten more and more violent and frequent. What are we to do in such a world as this?

Jesus said, “’Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. … ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’” (John 14:1; 14:27; 16:33).

In times like these, we must look up. To comfort and strengthen those hurt by such tragedies, we must be full of Jesus’ Love and the Holy Spirit. As they face an incredibly dark reality of losing their loved ones, we must, and can be, the Light.

Keep shining, friends. May we never forget such a tragedy as Columbine, and may we love on all those who were affected.

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Do you know Jesus?

Jesus Christ went through the most excruciating pain possible; and He did it out of Love for you and for me. Learn more about Jesus, and all He has done, here.


Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here):

  • Those who are grieving today over what happened at Columbine.
  • Those who do not know Jesus and His Comfort.
  • Those who may be heading down the same path as the shooters—that Jesus would change and save their lives before something horrific happens again.
  • The Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.

Thank you for your prayers.

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Prayer for Leah Sharibu

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It has been a little over a year since Christian girl Leah Sharibu was taken captive. She was kept in Boko Haram’s clutches because she refused to renounce her faith in Jesus Christ.

I want the same boldness and loyalty to Christ that Leah has. I would like to think that I, too, would refuse to renounce Jesus, but I cannot know for sure.

Leah is an inspiration; a gem who is precious to our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Please take some time today to pray over Leah, and over her family.

Thank you for your prayers!


Leah’s faith in Christ is amazing. Learn more about Jesus, and what He has done for you and I, here.

Haunted Eyes: A Poem

Hey friends,
I wrote this poem after seeing a news headline about Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, declare that “no territory is controlled by Boko Haram.” Let’s pray for those still being held captive by their own strongholds.


Muhammadu,
you say
that your enemy has no stronghold,
is close to being defeated.

Have you looked into the eyes
of those affected
by such enemies?
They are haunted–

because there are
strongholds that are not physical.
While Boko Haram may or may not
have physical strongholds,
there are spiritual ones,
ones that make the bones shake
with fear.

Mr. Buhari,
you need to know
that Jesus is near.
Holy Spirit,
may Your presence
be found in utter darkness,
in places where it seems impossible
for You to come in.

Fill victim’s haunted eyes
with Joy again, Jesus.
Tear down these strongholds.
Set the captives free.

For we know it is something
only You can do.
Buhari can declare all he wants
about his victories;
we know they belong to You.

Declare victory and freedom, dear Jesus.
The beautiful part is, You already have;
on the cross, dying and humiliated,
You and You alone came back from the dead.

Breathe Your Life into this situation, Jesus.
May Buhari boast of You–
and may haunted eyes be full of hope again.

(c) Annalee Hoover 2019

Pray for the health of Carin!

 

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VERY URGENT!!!! I am asking everyone for your prayers. We need a Mighty Touch from the Lord for our very special friends, Chad and Loretta Harris, their family and their youngest 4 yr. old daughter Carin. Carin was in Joplin in the hospital a few days ago and they could not find out was wrong with her. They life – flighted her to Kansas City, Mo. to Children’s Mercy Hospital. She is now in ICU, diagnosed with a brain infection. Chad has asked that we just share this and pass it all over the world for prayers because we know prayers work. Michael and I are thanking the Lord, right now IN JESUS NAME for Carin’s Healing. Won’t you please join us and pass this around to everyone you know.”

“By Our Love”: Loving Muslims Affected by the New Zealand Terror Attacks

Dear Friends and Readers who Follow Christ,

Today has been an incredibly traumatic, life-altering day for many, many muslims in New Zealand, and all over the world. If you have not heard, two terror attacks in New Zealand mosques have taken place, killing at least 49 people and wounding 20 more (you can stay up to date on the event here).

Friends, this is the perfect time to love and be there for these dear, precious people. Islam is a hateful religion; but we ultimately know that we do not fight the people who believe it as much as we fight the ideology itself. These are people, just like you and I, and they are in deep, deep grief.

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A candlelight vigil is held in Melbourne. Note the empty prayer rugs, signifying the loss of those in the attacks. Photo Credit: Max Walden

Whether it would be praying for them, or reaching out in support on their behalf and presenting the Gospel, let’s think of the ways we can love these people in the darkest hour of their lives. As we do so, and as we are given opportunities to share the Gospel, they will know we are Christians by our Love and genuine care for them– and it will glorify our Loving, Gracious, Truth-filled Savior. In doing so, they will know Jesus’ Love– and hopefully give their lives to Him.LOVE

Right now, these people need love. May the way we conduct ourselves honor and please Jesus, who Loves all and wants all to come to Him.

Amen?

Your Friend in Christ,

Annalee


***YOU CAN DONATE TO THESE PEOPLE BY LEGITIMATE CROWDFUNDING SITES, WHICH YOU CAN FIND HERE.***


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus once said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). Jesus wants to comfort those in distress– and comfort those who are distressed by their sin, by being their Savior. Learn more about Jesus, and what His action on the cross meant for you, here.


Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here)…

  • Those who are in deep grief over these terror attacks.
  • The perpetrators– that justice would be done, and that they would be incredibly humbled and brought to Jesus.
  • The Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.
  • Jesus to come back soon.

Thank you for your prayers. 

Prayer & Appreciation for Women in the US Armed Forces!

These women spend much of the prime of their lives fighting for the USA, but seem to be much less appreciated than their male counterparts. (I’m not trying to create an argument, it’s just what I see!)

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If you know any women in the US Armed Forces, please make sure she knows she is so appreciated!

Let’s pray for these brave women in the US!

Love, in Christ,

Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY