The Fight Against Evil

This last week, Al-Shabab, a muslim terrorist organization, blew up cars outside of a Nairobi hotel called the Dusit hotel complex and then proceeded to set off bombs within the hotel. The death toll is confusing; it is either 14 or 47 innocent people1 who were killed in the terrorist attack.

Again, evil seems to reign.

001157df-800.jpgPictures taken at the scene are full of people crying, shocked and saddened by the carnage in front of them. But one does not need to experience a terrorist attack to know what evil is. Like an insidious cancer, evil in this world has been in action since Adam and Eve took a bite of that forbidden fruit. We, humanity, brought evil into this world; and with evil, comes death.

How does one look at such evil in the face, and live? How can one not be swallowed up by evil, becoming more like it every time their hearts become more and more calloused to the world around? Such pain, anger, and darkness that is void of hope is bound to darken a person’s outlook on life.

But I want to hug these people affected by terrorism. I want to cry with them, knowing that no amount of kind words can heal the lacerations all over their hearts.

But most of all, as I look into the eyes of the people in these pictures, I want to lovingly point them to the only Hope we have: Jesus.

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I want to tell them that He is the God of All Comfort. That He did not cause this evil, but rather allowed it, and is yearning to comfort those who are so affected by it.

I won’t pretend that these words don’t hold questions. I do not claim to completely understand evil or why it happens.

All I know is that there is One who has ultimately defeated it, forever. And that, as I look at these tragic photos, gives me Hope.

He is making everything new. Come back, Lord Jesus! Let it be so.

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PHOTO CREDIT: ALAN LABISCH

1 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/explosions-gunfire-heard-kenyan-capital-nairobi-190115130845511.html; https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2019/0115/1023365-nairobi-attack/


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Jesus came humbly into a world full of messiness, illness, and darkness. Learn about what He did—and how it changes everything—here.


Please pray for (Get the prayer sheet here)…

  • Those affected in this attack in Nairobi.
  • The worldwide Church, especially in Nairobi. May the Church come to comfort, love and support those hurt in this event.
  • The Chibok girls, as well as Leah Sharibu.
  • The fight against Boko Haram and Al-Shabab; much more, the fight against evil.
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The Honesty Report

I have been one that has rallied for information about the war on Boko Haram, as well as the whereabouts of the remaining Chibok girls & Leah Sharibu—and I am not the only one. Continue reading

The “Little” Victories

It is with great happiness that I am reporting the Nigerian soldiers have captured

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Babagana Abubakar. Photo credit: HQ Nigerian Army. Source: UGC, Naij.com: https://www.legit.ng/1214725-troops-arrest-wanted-boko-haram-terrorist-photo.html

 

not one, but two prominent figures in Boko Haram! Babagana Abubakar (aka Alagarno) was found January 10th with voter identification cards and military gear. A suspected military leader for Boko Haram, called Umar, was also caught on December 20th, 2018 (source). The capture of these two men is incredibly promising, as it shows even the “smaller” victories that the Nigerian government and military is making against Boko Haram!

Our God is a God who hears our prayers; this shows that while He hears our prayers, these “little victories” will happen in His time, not our own. And in the end, He has won for us the greatest victory of them all!

With these truths in mind, may we continue to lift up the Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu, and the Nigerian military! Our God is moving, even if we cannot see Him!

“Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for the victory that You have brought! Not only against Boko Haram, but for all who believe in You! You have brought us victory over the enemy and the grave, and we can live with Your Power in our everyday lives!
We now pray that You would move in this war between Boko Haram and Nigeria. Continue to give the soldiers morale and strength, and please keep those who are held captive safe, so that they may be freed and reunited with their loved ones!
In Jesus’ Mighty Name we pray,
Amen!”


Learn more about Jesus, and the victory He has won forever and ever, here!

The Fight Continues: Being Peacemakers in a Violent World

Surprisingly, I have something to report that I have not seen in the mainstream news. There have been riots in France, as the middle and lower class are protesting the government and higher classes for trying to hike up taxes (sources). The worst of the riots may be over, but the tension and hatred between the upper-class government and middle/lower-class citizens still exists. With this news going on, 13 more Nigerian soldiers and one Nigerian policeman have been killed by Boko Haram (source). Continue reading

Staying Faithful in Blogging

Hi Friends and Readers,
I wanted to ask for prayer, that my passion for these people and praying for them would not go out, but would instead increase. Please pray that, above all else, I would stay faithful to Jesus in writing as He leads. Thank you!

In Christ Jesus,
Annalee Hoover, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY