He stood before the people, giving dismal, daunting news to those listening. “In total more than 37 aid workers have lost their lives in service of humanity since the beginning of the conflict,” Mr. Peter Ekayu, United Nations Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Activities (UN-OCHA), said. Continue reading
Recently, thousands have fleed from Gubio, Nigeria after being raided and attacked by Boko Haram.
Unfortunately, news like this is not at all “new.” Back in 2014, one of my first posts (if not my first post) was on the same idea: people running for their lives from terrorists. I have ridden this rollercoaster of chaos for over 5 years, documenting what I could of the physical and spiritual state of Nigeria, among other things.
Please pray with me for these men, women, and children– that Jesus would protect them, and come back soon, as we long for the day when these tragedies won’t be on the news anymore.
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Today, I watched a portion of US President Donald Trump speak with people from all over the world who are being persecuted for their faith. My heart swelled and felt heavy at the same time, as I saw people of every nationality and ethnic group voice their concerns about religious persecution to President Trump (you can watch the video here).
“If I die doing this work, I know my parents would be proud of me because I died for my state,” said Kaje, a woman who is currently working for the Nigerian military against Boko Haram. According to this article by Aljazeera, Kaje is a woman who lost two of her closest relatives to Boko Haram.
But, instead of allowing the darkness to overwhelm her, Kaje decided to be apart of the Civilian-Joint-Task-Force, a league of people committed to fighting Boko Haram. She and other women like her are needed, too– Kaje searches women’s hijabs, clothes and purses before they walk into heavily populated areas such as markets, something that men are usually not allowed to do.
There are many women like Kaje today: women who have seen their loved ones die, and have stepped up to protect those in Northern Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon who are still alive. These women are absolutely amazing, and are a symbol of hope and strength as they fight against Boko Haram.
The resiliency of these women is amazing. I only hope that, if I were ever to be put in such a situation, that I would be able to rise to the occasion as Kaje and so many other women have. Let’s pray for these resilient women, that Jesus would protect, guide, and favor them as they work against the forces of darkness in this world.
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Human trafficking is much more prevalent than we have ever seen before. We would like to think that it only happens in third world countries, far away from our own neighborhoods… but unfortunately, that is not the reality of the situation. Continue reading
Dear Friends and Followers,
Today, I asked myself what love is. I’ve been asking myself this question for awhile, pertaining to some circumstances in my life. I’ve made it a prayer of mine, that I would find out what Love truly is. Continue reading