Leah Sharibu: An Inspiration

Have you ever felt exhausted over something? Felt like nothing was ever going to change? The sadness and initial anger, once fiery hot, has become hopelessness, resentment, unbelief, and apathy. Continue reading

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The Compassion of God

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your servant; save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.”
(Psalm 86:15-16, NIV)

There is no compassion like our God’s.

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Bible Study: What to Do When You Get Knocked Down

In an Internally Displaced Peoples’ (IDP) camp, a place where one is supposed to be at least relatively safe, Boko Haram has infiltrated and killed four people while injuring four more. It was reported on Saturday, June 30th, 2018, that Boko Haram insurgents made it past the Nigerian army’s security measures, and had opened fire Friday night. Two of the insurgents were killed; the rest escaped after the Nigerian army fought back.1 Continue reading

Psalm 79: Prayers for the Desperate

As of late, there has been much bloodshed in the Northern and middle parts of Nigeria. Villages in Plateau, Nigeria were attacked on June 23rd, 2018, as Fulani herdsmen and Nigerian farmers fought over the increasingly unusable land that both need to prosper.1

The fighting was horrific. With approximately 200 people killed, it has only worsened the state of affairs in places in the North and middle of Nigeria. If this violence was not enough, hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced People in Nigeria have fled due to Boko Haram violence, losing one of their only sources of income: agriculture.2 Continue reading

Shatter, Shekau (A Prayer)

Have you ever wondered at what made evil people so evil?
How the villains who make headlines for their crimes became the person in the pictures?
They were a child once. They once
Lived on nothing but milk, people who were helpless,
not only in taking care of and doing good
To others,
But in even taking care of themselves.

 

But now, here they are.
Weapons in their hands;
Hatred in their veins.shekau

 

Shekau, do your parents weep for you?

Do they pray for the light to dawn on your soul,
Lamenting who you could have become?
Sources say they do– (source).

Praise God, “Right” in religion has not become so wrong–
may those who love you never smile in pride at your headlines.

Shekau, don’t you feel empty?

“allah” keeps stringing you along,
lying to you about the wages of your deeds.
I pray
that you are made sick by what you have done–
that you are broken and rebuilt by the Christ you
look to in disdain.

Right now, you are
the embodiment of evil.
But so was the apostle Paul. This gives me Hope
–Even for you.

May your leader be seen for the coward he is;
may satan be cursed and cast down forever.
and may all those who do his work
be shattered.

These are my prayers for you, Shekau. You’re disgusting–
but not even you are a hopeless case.
I pray, I pray, I pray.

So Shatter, Shekau!
Christ alone has the glue
and the kind of Love needed
to rebuild you.

“’You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?”
– Jesus Christ
(Matthew 5:43-47, NIV)

© Annalee Hoover, 2018

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Do you know Jesus?

Without Jesus, there is no real salvation. He alone is the only One who can save our souls– including even the repentant soul of someone like Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. Learn more about Jesus, and why we need Him, here.


Please pray for…
– The Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu. Find their names and pictures, here.
– Abubakar Shekau. Evil as he is, Christ has the power to change his entire life– as He did with the Apostle Paul. Let’s pray for his salvation.
– Justice. What Shekau and Boko Haram has done is nothing short of the very essence of evil. Let’s pray that Justice is served for those who have suffered senselessly at the hands of Shekau and Boko Haram.
– Salvation for all people. Including Boko Haram members.

Thank you for your prayers and support!!!