2 CHIBOK GIRLS FOUND!!!

It is with great joy that I report that 2 of the Chibok schoolgirls have been found!!!

I remember when I would cry out to the Lord for even just one Chibok girl to be found. Now, MORE THAN 100 HAVE BEEN FOUND OR FREED.

They were both found with children– one with one child, the other with two. It blows my mind.

I look back at all Jesus has done, and it brings Psalm 116 to mind. Especially verses 1-2:

“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;

    he heard my cry for mercy.

Because he turned his ear to me,

    I will call on him as long as I live.”

Psalm 116:1-2, NIV

Guys, Jesus hears us. He Loves us. And He has heard our prayers, even if they take a lot of time to see. And He will be a faithful God, a God who Heals and Loves them passionately.

SO, I don’t have much more to say than “LET’S CELEBRATE!!!”

Celebrate not only the two girls who were freed, but the God who Loves them and brought them out of captivity.

With Love, in Christ,

Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus Loves these girls, and was with them all this way. Learn more about this amazing God here.

Don’t Give Up: A Short Letter

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
(Galatians 6:9)

April 14th, 2014, almost 300 young girls were kidnapped by barbaric men. Their lives were completely interrupted. Their hopes and dreams, in many ways, were dashed.

At the creation of this blog, it was my desperate prayer that even one girl would be freed. Amazingly, 8 years later, at least over 100 of the girls have been released (!!!!).

I look at Galatians 6:9, and see the harvest of so many girls now living in freedom. But it also reminds me that there is much to be done, still.

Do not become weary in doing good. The LORD is faithful to reap a harvest if we keep on going in prayer, support, and advocacy for these girls.

With Love, in Christ,

Annalee Hoover, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus has done amazing things in the lives of these girls, and all glory goes to Him! Learn more about Him today.

Don’t Forget His Girls

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,‘ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”

(James 2:1-4, NIV)

I wonder how those in Southern Nigeria– which is decidedly more “1st world” than the Northern region of Nigeria– think about those going through such pain and turmoil at the hands of terrorists. The plights of those in Northern Nigeria are many; yet, we barely hear of them in the news and on TV.

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The Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapping: 7 Years Later

Hey friends,
I feel so bad. I forgot that yesterday, April 14th, 2021, was the 7th anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls being kidnapped. What I would like to do here today is reflect on this tragedy, my journey with it, and what Jesus has shown me.

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Praying to the God Who Hears

“Please, whoever you are, please,” he cries out.

Up at 3 o’clock in the morning, a man prays to be able to see his family again. Desperation fills his voice as tears run down his cheeks. He hangs his head low. “Do you even care?”

This is the situation countless Nigerians have found themselves in. After their families and loved ones have been attacked and kidnapped by Boko Haram, all those left behind have are pictures and prayers. Continue reading

Chibok Girls’ Kidnapping: 4 Year Anniversary

 

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“My name is Esther Joseph. My daughter has not yet come back. I am in sadness. I need your help. Help me to keep praying.”
(Esther Joseph, mother of one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls)

Unfortunately, it is the eve of the Fourth Anniversary of the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping, and 112 girls are still in captivity. For the freed Chibok girls and those still held captive alike, tomorrow will no doubt be incredibly hard for everyone involved.

To honor these precious young women, I wanted to bring to readers’ attention a few creations I have found on the web, created to honor and bring awareness to the Chibok girls, while also asking for continued prayer for their release. (None of these links were agreed upon being featured here; I have decided completely of my own volition to feature them, and am not being paid in any way to do so). Continue reading

DAPCHI GIRLS FREED!!!

As of this morning (3/21/2018), the Nigerian government reported that at least 104 of the 110 kidnapped school girls from Dapchi, Nigeria were FREED by Boko Haram, who dropped them off in the middle of their town early Wednesday morning!!!

The Nigerian government reported that no negotiations were made with the Nigerian government, and that the girls, and one boy who somehow was in the mix of girls, were released with a warning to not “…take your girls to that school again if you don’t want us to kidnap them again.” More on this to come!

Praise Jesus for this amazing development!!!

Dear Lord Jesus,
We praise You and we thank You for working in the lives of these girls, and for setting them free! Thank You for always working in our lives, even when it seems like something is hopeless. We rejoice in You, Jesus, and in these beautiful girls! We pray now that you would bring the rest of the Chibok girls– and the few Dapchi girls remaining– back home.

In Jesus’ Name we pray,

Amen! 🙂

The Weight of Sin: Refusing to Be Free

 Letter from the writer: “The Process of Healing” and this post were meant to be one post, but upon writing the post, I was led to create two separate, smaller posts with similarities, yet with two different themes. If they seem to read the same, that is why. 🙂


On May 13th, email messages came into the inbox of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY with shocking, yet unbelievably true, news: there are, indeed, at least four young women who do not want to leave Boko Haram captivity.

In this video, shared by Bring Back Our Girls and reported by SaharaTV, four of the reported Chibok schoolgirls, including one young woman named Maida Yakubu, explains that she does not want to leave Boko Haram captivity because “they [her parents] live in a town of unbelief,” and that she wants them to “accept Islam” (source). She says all of this while covered in a black hijab, holding a large gun.

There is chance that these are not Chibok schoolgirls; or that they are being made to say such things. But, if it is true, this news is crushing—especially for the parents of these young women, who have cried out to Christ for their safe release/return. To learn that their  daughters do not even want to be free, and do not even want to see them, must be a shattering blow to their hearts.

BOUND AND BLIND

While these young girls did nothing sinful to be kidnapped and taken into captivity, this idea of young women refusing freedom and home reminds one of sin—and of the bonding, blinding effect it has on our lives, as it did in the life of Samson.

The biblical account of Samson can be found in the book of Judges. Samson was a man who had every bit of potential: He was born a Nazirite, which is a person who is dedicated to the LORD and does not cut their hair, drink wine or fermented drinks, nor do they touch anything unclean. Set apart to the LORD, Samson’s uncut hair made him a strong man—a man who frequently had the Spirit of the LORD fall upon him in power (Judges 13, 14:6).

Yet, for all of the potential Samson had, he wasted his life on sin—from getting even with those who wronged him by striking down thirty men (Judges 14:19-20), to lighting an entire community’s produce on fire in anger (Judges 15:3-5), Samson used the strength and potential Christ gave him in ways that were far from God-honoring.

One of the most volatile sins in his life, though, was his promiscuity and life-long sexual sin (Judges 16:1-3). In his infatuation with Delilah the Philistine (the Philistines were one of Israel’s greatest enemies), Samson told her the secret: that it was his hair that caused his strength (Judges 16:4-17). Delilah sold him out to the Philistines; they cut his hair, plucked out his eyes, and bound in chains (Judges 16:18-22).

Yet, Samson’s life was not a complete waste. As his hair grew back, he regained his strength; and, in the Philistine’s celebration of Dagon, their false god, Samson pushed over pillars supporting the building they were all in (Judges 16:29-30). “Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived” (Judges 16:30b). Killing the Philistines’ leaders and many more, Israel won a victory over the Philistines. Still, this painful life shows that the enemy indeed means to kill, steal, and destroy through sin, which binds one—and usually blinds one to the fact that they are bound.

Again, these four young women have done NOTHING wrong to be in the captivity they are in at the moment. But the fact that they have been so brainwashed as to believe that they are in a good place, when they are obviously still bound, is a cause for deep sorrow, and earnest prayer. “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:16-17).


Do you know Jesus?

“It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.”
(Isaiah 50:9, NIV)

The weight of sin is incredibly heavy—it produces death, physically and spiritually (Romans 6:23). And while no one can escape their physical death, there is a death, the second, spiritual death that one can escape.

But how? There is no way a person can live a totally sinless life. Instead, God Himself came down to Earth, to do exactly what nobody else could do: pay the wages of sin, for those who take on the free gift of eternity.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Take on God’s eternal gift—paid by Himself, Christ Jesus—today. Read more here.


Please pray for:

– These four Chibok schoolgirls; for Maida Yakubu, who spoke in the video.

– For the remaining Chibok schoolgirls, that they would all want to be free.

– For the Nigerian government, as they continue to collaborate with the International Red Cross, and the Swiss Government, to free the remaining girls.

– For the Nigerian military, who is suffering losses, according to this article.