POEM POST: “Spin and Sway”

On May 21st, 2017, it was a joy to learn that one day earlier, the 82 Chibok schoolgirls who were freed from Boko Haram captivity were able to see their parents in a reunion, according to the Premium Times newspaper. Some news articles said that the 21 Chibok girls released in October of 2017 were also able to come to the reunion, which happened in Abuja.

To commemorate this joyous occasion, Annalee Hoover, the writer and steward of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY, has written a poem about the occasion, called “Spin and Sway.” Enjoy! (Click on the image to enlarge it or download it, if you cannot read it in the post. Photo used courtesy of unsplash.com.)


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She spins, and sways
To the music. Covered in brightly covered clothing,
She sings at the top of her lungs,
Lungs that have breathed air from horrific places
And yet, are now breathing this air.

The night she was taken,
Now not remembered–
At least, not in this moment.
She runs into his arms,
Knowing that his arms do not mean
Threat or consuming darkness,
But safety.

Safety.
A word she has not truly known
In a long while–
When surrounded by men & women
With crocodile smiles, flashing guns and ammunition
While proclaiming “peace.” Peace
As long as she did what they pleased.

That was no peace at all.
But now, she is standing tall
Moving to the rhythm of the song
And praising Christ above, Christ within
For being with her all the time.
There once was a time of darkness,
Of cruelty,
When all she could muster in a prayer was
“help me.”
There was a time where
Those all around
Called her “lost,”
Called her situation “hopeless,”
Called the image of her “desolate.”
Forgotten. Boxed in
By men who did not know her name
Nor cared about the sin and shame they inflicted upon her.
They wronged her.

Because the truth of the matter was,
Those people thought her to be expendable.
An example
Of an object dressed like a human being.
They did not see that her blood indeed ran red
Or that her tears were just as salty as theirs.
No, she was to be used for their purposes
–Unbelievable. Yet true.

What happened is not forgotten.
From the Almighty, there will
Be justice.

Like incense rising (psalm 141:2), I have a prayer,
And it is this:

That those who do evil in the dark
Would be found out by the light.
That their hands, blood-red,
Would not be so caustically washed,
But that their sins
Would draw them to the pit–
A place of real repentance.

My prayer is this:
That every single girl
That every single boy
Included and not included
In this mess labeled “the chibok kidnapping”
Would be able to exchange black clothing and hijabs
For colorful clothing, too.
Made Free.

This is my prayer:

That each of the 113 young women
Still waiting to run
Into the arms of their loved ones
Would, soon,

Chasing their haunting memories
Into the night wilderness
Where they belong.

Some are still not home.
But let’s not give up hope.

Because she is not
“Desolate” anymore.
Her first name is not
“Hopeless,”
Her nickname not “Lost.”
No. As evidenced by the jewelry on her necklace—a cross—
She has been rescued,
Freed,
Redeemed!

So, Lord Jesus,
Please walk with her every step of this way.
Every step of her swaying,
Every step of her dancing.

And every step
That seems too hard to take.

May her smile be like the moon,
Reflecting light from the S(o)n,
And may every step
She takes in your presence
(That is, EVERY step she takes),
Lead her straight to Your heart–
A true reason for
Singing,
Swaying,
And dancing, indeed.


Do you know Jesus?

“The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”
(Psalm 145:9, NIV)

It is no secret that God is good. Whether you believe in Him or not, the fact that You are in existence right now, breathing in air that You did not create, confirms the fact of God’s goodness.

But what about Jesus? Who is He, and what makes Him so good? John 3:16 spells out Jesus’ Love for us, beautifully. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus was that one and only Son– not just given by the Father to the world, but “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Because of this, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:6-11, NIV).

This Jesus was the perfect man; not only is He the perfect man, but He is God the Son: God in Human Flesh! Jesus willingly came to die for the sins of the world, so that everyone who takes in what He did would be saved.

Want to know more about Jesus? Meet Him by clicking here, on our “Do You Know Jesus” page.



Please pray for…

Those who are not yet saved. Please pray for those in your life, and all around the world, who do not yet know Jesus! May He use you, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY, and every other means He chooses to bring people’s hearts to Himself!

Those who are freed! Please pray that Jesus would continue to heal these “Chibok girls,” now “Chibok young women,” who have been freed, and are undergoing counseling for their traumatic experiences.

For the Chibok girls not yet free. Please pray that Jesus would open up the doors for them to become free, soon.

The Nigerian military. Apparently, a coup may be starting within the Nigerian military against the government. They are in desperate need of supplies, training, and morale. Please pray that these men and women would come to know Christ, and would trust in Him as they continue to suffer– and that the suffering would stop, soon.

Thank you for your prayers!!! Let’s continue to celebrate the freed Chibok girls, and pray for those who are not yet free!

Bring Back Our Girls’ #Day1000 GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION Links

To the Readers of Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry:

The official #Bring Back Our Girls movement (found at bringbackourgirls.ng) has been honoring the #1000Days that the remaining 195 Chibok schoolgirls have been in captivity, this week. To bring light to the fact that these precious young women still have yet to escape/be found, the official #Bring Back Our Girls movement has created a “#1000Days” Global Week of Action, from January 8th to the 14th.

Below is the link to their schedule of activities for the week, in case you want to participate in some form or fashion. They are having daily protests and walks in Abuja, Nigeria. On January 8th, they also protested and walked in four different major cities: Washington DC, Paris, Lagos, and Abuja.

You can learn more here: Bring Back Our Girls’ “Schedule of Activities for #Day1000 Global Week Of Action”

If, for some reason, you cannot actively participate in this Global Week of Action, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY asks that you would read through the Bring Back Our Girls’ movement’s article, “REQUEST FOR SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR OUR #CHIBOKGIRLS IN CAPTIVITY FOR 1,000 DAYS,” as it outlines 7 different things you can be praying for the Chibok girls, the Boko Haram insurgency, and Nigeria in general. You can read it here.

 

Today is #Day1003, and the focus is on “Corruption/Poor governance” in the country of Nigeria. Please be praying for the corruption and poor governance found in Northern Nigeria.

ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY wants to share a popular verse, Isaiah 9:6, for today’s theme.

A child has been born to us;
    God has given a son to us.
    He will be responsible for leading the people.
His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God,
    Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.”
(Isaiah 9:6, NCV)

Please pray that all of Nigeria would truly come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is only then, that true Peace and Righteousness will reign.
While this may not happen until Jesus comes back, let us be praying that Jesus’ Kingdom would come, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Thank you!

 

Please forgive me, the writer of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY, for not posting these links sooner. May Jesus bring these beautiful girls back soon.

Thank you for your prayers!

“Hope for the Future”: Keep Your Eyes on Jesus (A Letter)

In April of 2014, 276 girls ages 16-18 were stolen from their boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria.
Although the majority of the young women remain missing, 57 managed to escape. Three of them, along with one girl who fortunately, was not kidnapped, but saw the kidnapping and school fire’s aftermath, spoke with Abigail Pesta of Cosmopolitan Magazine concerning their stories. All four of these girls are Christian; and, although their experiences concerning Boko Haram and the Chibok Girls kidnapping are traumatic (to say the least), one of them, Mercy, has chosen to forgive their members, saying, “I pray to God to forgive them and cure their hearts… I do not want revenge.” By Jesus’ grace, these four brave young women are now studying at a Christian boarding school in Canyonville, Oregon.

When praying about this blog post’s topic, Jesus led me to write a letter of encouragement to my fellow sisters. Using God’s Word to exhort these brave young women, I pray it would encourage them to “keep their minds stayed” on Jesus. You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3, NLT). I pray that it would keep all of our minds on Christ, and that it would bring close all those who are far away from Him.

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