I Think I Waited (A Poem)

People gathered together in Nigeria.

I think I waited for you.
Waited to hear news full of hope–
news about redemption,
about freedom.

The news rung out in headlines:
Around 100 kidnapped women and children rescued in Nigeria.”
A win! A victory! A glimpse
at the work of God, whose might and compassion
No one can fathom.

Let’s dance. Let’s hug. Let’s celebrate
whenever freedom and truth ring out.
Life is too short not to.

At the same time,
let’s remember…
remember those
still hugging pillows at night,
tears in their eyes as they
hold their loved ones in their hearts.

Let us never forget the pain,
the anguish,
the waiting
that happened
all so that
these people
could be free
once again.

(c) 2021 Annalee Hoover


While we must celebrate every victory, we cannot lose sight of the huge epidemic of kidnappings happening in Nigeria over the past couple of months. Many kidnappers are bandits, holding people captive for ransom. While these captives were reportedly released without a ransom being met, others have not been so lucky, and spend another day in capitivity.

Please continue to pray:

  • For these people held captive.
  • For their families and loved ones, as they wait for their loved ones to be released.
  • That nearby Christians would help those in need.

    Please also think of giving to those nonprofits that work directly with Nigeria. Thank you.

Exciting News!

One Chibok girl, by the name of Alima, has been found!!! This is a time for celebration and thanksgiving!!!

Watch the video below for more. This, more than anything, proves that at least some of the Chibok girls are still out there.

There is still hope!

Please pray with me for the rest of the Chibok girls. You can find their names and pictures here.

In Christ,

Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus has a heart for each of these young women– and for you. Learn more about His Love for you, and how He has proven it, here.

Harem: The Women in Captivity

Hi guys. Yesterday, I watched a documentary called “Harem,” a documentary about how women in the Harem of the Sultan in Istanbul rose up into power and prestige. (You can watch the documentary here). These women did this through sex and having the Sultans fall in love with them. It was an interesting documentary, but many things caught my ear: Muslims during this time could only use Christian women as concubines (not free Muslim women), and there were many other policies used to oppress women of the Christian faith.

While some of these women were lucky and lived a live of luxury because of seducing the sultans, many of these concubines were locked in the Harem area: torn away from their families and made prisoners of war, used purely for sex by the sultan.

It sounded all too relevant, as the Chibok girls and SO many others have been ripped from their loved ones and made into slaves (hopefully not for sex). These women are chosen and given value based purely upon their looks and their creed… which breaks my heart, because these are real people.

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Women with names, pasts, homes, loved ones.
Women forced to do many things purely out of being in bondage.

Unfortunately, this kind of subjugation and persecution is nothing new, as shown in the documentary. But there is hope for today. As long as the names of these precious, kidnapped young men and women are remembered, their value, humanity, and story will never be forgotten. This is incredibly important.

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Please pray with me over those currently in the same predicament as those concubines were, so long ago. May they know their value by looking to the true King, King Jesus. May they never give up hope for freedom, and may they be freed soon, so that the healing can begin.

“Dear Lord Jesus,
You see each and every girl locked away all over the world. We pray specifically over those women held captive by Muslim terrorists like Boko Haram. Lord Jesus, may Your Daughters in captivity learn and know their value in You, and that they are not valued only for their bodies. Please bring down Boko Haram, bring those men to know You, and show them how to respect women. Please free these girls soon, and help them all to heal.
It is in Your Name we pray,
Amen.”


Do you know Jesus?

As said before, Jesus cares for each and every woman: locked away, and free but locked away due to sin. He thinks they are—that all people are—worth dying for. Learn more about how Jesus died for you and me, here.

Prayers for the Captive at Christmas-Time

Listen to the moaning of the prisoners.
Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die.
12 O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times
for the scorn they have hurled at you.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will thank you forever and ever,
praising your greatness from generation to generation.

(Psalm 79:11-13, NLT)

Last night was pretty emotional for me because of a couple of things. But I wanted to share one thing out of that that I hope moves other people as well.

I was going through the Bible, just flipping through. I was thanking Jesus for all He has done: taking God’s wrath upon Himself; humbly becoming man; and going to the rugged, splintering cross for our sin, so marred that people could not recognize Him.

And then, I came to Psalm 79. Verses 11-13 in my NKJV Bible immediately brought the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu to mind. It was the prayer and cry of my heart for these girls: “Listen to their moaning, Jesus. Save them. They could be about to die.”

There are other verses like this one that can be prayed as well:

God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
(Psalm 68:6, NIV)

Just as Jesus came to “ransom captive Israel” (Isaiah 35:10; Jeremiah 31:11), He has come to set all people free, in the realest sense of the word (Luke 4:18). It is my “Christmas prayer” that Christ would “demonstrate His great power by saving those condemned to die” (Psalm 79:11). And I pray that you would consider saying this prayer, too, that:

  • Jesus would hear the cries of those in captivity, especially the Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, but all people in general.
  • That He would move in a powerful way to save those who cry out to Him.
  • That He would “lead out the prisoners with singing” (Psalm 68:6)
  • That He would bring those oppressing people to justice.
  • That all people everywhere would know Jesus and praise Him for all He has done.

Praying out scripture is powerful. Please join me this Christmas in pleading with Christ to move in tangible, visible ways for these precious young women. May we cherish the gift of freedom, and most importantly, pray for the spiritual salvation and freedom of these women, and of all people.

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Merry Christmas, friends—thank you for your faithful prayers and support.


Learn more about Jesus, why He came to earth and about all He has done, here.

 

UPDATE ON LEAH SHARIBU

In October of 2018, Boko Haram threatened to kill Leah Sharibu if their requests for money were not answered. Boko Haram has now relinquished that threat, claiming that they will make Leah “a slave for life” (source).

This news has come out after two humanitarian aides, Hauwa Leman and Saifura Ahmed, were killed by Boko Haram.

Leah has shown amazing dedication and loyalty to Jesus, with a boldness that is rare to see. Please pray with me, that she will be able to get out of Boko Haram’s captivity as soon as possible!


“Dear Lord Jesus,

NOTHING is impossible with You! We lift up dear Leah to You now, and thank You for keeping her alive and safe. We now pray for Leah’s freedom from Boko Haram, and for her testimony to bring You praise!

In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen.”

Learn more about Leah here.


Having faith in Jesus is never wasted. Learn more about Jesus, and what He has done for us, here.

 

The Chibok Schoolgirl Kidnapping: 4 Years Later

Almost four years ago, I was grieved like never before for the plight of 276 schoolgirls from Northern Nigeria.

In an online devotional, I came across women who were praying mightily and fervently for the release of these girls—and I have been praying ever since.

Over the past four years, much has changed. Nigeria has gotten a new president; the Nigerian government has fought Boko Haram with noticeable success. But, for 112 of the kidnapped Chibok girls, and their friends and families, little to nothing has changed. Continue reading