“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.
Today, as I sat in my seat in church, my pastor said something that stuck with me:
“Jesus hurts for the things in our life that hurts us.”
And it reminded me of why I started this blog…
It was born out of a great realization of these young women’s hurt, and great need to see the Chibok school girls released and made whole.
You see, I would have given ANYTHING in the world in 2014 for even one of those girls to be saved. Now, as only about 100 of the girls remain in captivity, I have lost my first love and loyalty to these precious women.
Things have changed. But what my pastor said reminded me of a verse in Romans: “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”
Just as Jesus wept when Lazarus died in John 11, I want to mourn with those who mourn– especially those loved ones of the captive Chibok girls, who are still waiting to see their beloved girls (now young ladies) again. At the same time, I want to celebrate every victory these girls celebrate.
Jesus, give me the heart I once had for these girls. Give me the passion to see the rest of these young women released. Let me pray with new found fervor for their freedom, and celebrate every precious young woman who goes through victory and healing.
Question: Who do you need to invest in and help out?
Please be praying with me over these young girls in the days to come. A practical way to do this is to look at the Chibok Girl of the Week, where I post a new Chibok girl to pray for over the week.
Thank you, friends and followers, for loving these young women through your prayers and support.
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.
Tonight at church, the Lord convicted me. We were reading Revelations 2:
“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” (Revelations 2:2-5, NIV)
Long story short, my heart has grown cold toward following the Lord with all of myself. Much of this has been seen in how I write this blog; I do it dutifully more than not, without the original love I had for the Chibok girls. It’s gone away.
But I know that there is hope. I want to renew my love for these women and prayers for their freedom and healing. I want to break out of religious duty and write this blog with passion. Please pray for me as I turn away from my coldness and toward loving these people with all my heart.
Annalee Hoover, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY
Do you know Jesus?
A famous theologian once said that Jesus Loves us all as if there was only one of us. Learn more about His Great Love here.
I read this post over again and felt that while this news is old, the message in it is very relevant to the craziness happening in this world, today. I wanted to reblog it to remind us of these truths, and to come back, in a way, to the original focus of this blog.
Do you ever ask God, “Please show me what you’re doing in all of this?”
Yeah. That has been me, lately.
It’s not been without cause. Recently, Ahmed Salkida reported that more of the Chibok schoolgirls are alive than what was first thought; yet, little to no news has been shown about their whereabouts. And I’m not the only one craving more information on the girls; the president of the Nigerian senate, Mr. Bukola Saraki, wants regular updates on the rescue efforts of the Chibok girls, simply so that speculations like the ones journalist Ahmed Salkida is making.1
It’s hard to be in the dark about things that you care so much about.
But, that is precisely where one needs to trust Jesus.
“Everything in this world requires patience and prayer,” said Bashir Wasai, a leader in Northern Nigeria, when speaking about the remaining Chibok girls in this video (at 2:07). He is exactly right.
I have no idea what Jesus is doing, here. I’m starving to see, to understand, and to know.
And while I do that, I pray knowing who Jesus is; knowing that He knows, cares, and is actively involved in this situation, though no one outside of it may see it, yet. I know that He hears my cry, and cares for my request.
Jesus will make all things clear; but, for now, we must wait—and trust Him in all of the details. It is in this place where we will learn to love and trust Him, more.
When we pray for Christ to move, it is a prayer that opens our eyes and keeps us sensitive to where Christ has already been leading.
Please pray with me that Christ would make what is happening in the Chibok girls’ situation, clear. He is faithful, a Promise-Maker and Promise-Keeper! ❤
This post is in tribute to the countless mothers and fathers of those kidnapped by Boko Haram. May Jesus save and comfort their souls.
Do you know Jesus?
3,000 years ago, a man stepped on the scene who was, and is, like no other. He gathered good friends, disciples, and went around healing the sick and preaching the coming of the Kingdom of God. His name is Jesus.
At the time, the people who saw and knew Jesus thought He would set up His kingdom on earth in their presence; they thought He came to give freedom from the oppression of Rome. But He didn’t.
Instead, He died on the cross for the people’s sins—yours and mine. This didn’t make sense to anyone; yet, it was what God, Jesus, had planned to do, all along.
Jesus once told His disciples, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7, NIV). Later on, after His death and resurrection, they finally did understand. Jesus is not a God who can be fit into our boxes of presuppositions and our own logic; He is beyond our reasoning (though to believe in Him is not unreasonable!). Learn more about Him, and who He is, here.
Please pray for (you can find the prayer sheet for this post, here)…
Jesus to show the public what is truly going on in the Chibok girls’ situation.
That the remaining Chibok girls are not hurt/harmed in any way, and that they come home soon. You can find their names and pictures, here.
That Leah Sharibu, part of the “Dapchi Girls,” would also be freed, soon.
That the family members of these girls would not lose Hope, but would be renewed in Hope.
I have to admit, my heart is not where it used to be when it comes to loving, remembering, and praying for the Chibok girls and those in Nigeria. As I’ve read some of my past posts on Nigeria and the Chibok girls, I had a real hope and passion for their lives, and wrote just as passionately.
I want this to change. No more writing because “it’s what I should do”; I want to believe for and pray about these blessed and beautiful people just as I did in the beginning, all those years ago. Now that I am done with school, I want to spend more time on this blog, and I ask that you would pray that Jesus does a work in my heart about returning it to what it once was.
I want to thank each person who has been with me and prayed alongside me as I have written over 600 posts on this blog. May you all be blessed by having a closer relationship with Jesus.
Love to you all in Christ, Annalee
Do you know Jesus?
It was over 6 years ago that Jesus Christ led me to start praying for Nigeria and the Chibok school girls. Jesus is real and alive! Learn more about Him, here.