Merry CHRISTmas!

Friends and Family,

Forgive me for being late in sending “Merry Christmas” your way! As I was sitting in my seat during the Christmas service at church, I looked around at all the little babies and toddlers in the room.

It struck me that Jesus was one of them at this time. A cooing, crying, laughing, screaming baby, coming into our dark world as the light of life. Jesus came so that He might die for our sins, and so that He might “yada” us: a word in Hebrew meaning to “know intimately.” (1)

I don’t have babies yet, but I pray that as we observe these holidays, we would never forget how vulnerable Jesus was with us– and how we can be vulnerable with Him as He pursues our hearts and wants a personal relationship with each of us.

Merry CHRISTmas, friends! May you know His Love more than ever this holiday season.

With Love, in Christ,

Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY

Donating to Alleviate Suffering in Nigeria

On Christmas Eve, in a small town called Pemi, those in Nigeria celebraing the birth of Christ were ambushed, slaughtered, and kidnapped by Boko Haram. 7 people were killed; 7 people were abducted, including a pastor from the small town (source).

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Oh Holy Night: Merry Christmas!

This Christmas Day, a song has rung in my ears– Oh Holy Night. And it reminds me of the Chibok girls, the boys newly kidnapped, and all of Nigeria, in general.

“Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother
And in His name, all oppression shall cease…”
(Oh Holy Night)

I didn’t have much to say here, but to say that I thank all of you for following this blog, praying over it’s contents, and supporting in many other ways. Jesus may have come as a tiny child, but He reigns forever as King of Kings! I trust that one day, hopefully soon, all oppression and slavery found in Nigeria and other nations will cease.

Merry Christmas, friends. Have a wonderful time, and please keep these people in your prayers.

Love in Christ,

Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY

A Prayer this Christmas

Merry Christmas, friends! I have an urgent prayer request.

My mom has been diagnosed with colon cancer and there is a mass on her liver. We are believing Jesus for a miracle. Please pray that she would do well in her surgery on December 31st, when they take out the mass on her liver– that her doctors and nurses would be led of the Lord. Pray for strength, joy, and thankfulness for our family this holiday season.

Thank you,
Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus came to this earth 3,000 years ago to take on the sin of the world. Learn more about Jesus and His Love for you, here.

Making Christmas Bright: Hope for Nigeria during Christmas

Christmas time is a very cheery time– or, at least, it should be. Unfortunately, Fulani herdsmen are slaughtering Christian men, women, and children, and Christmas is not keeping them from it; it is, in fact, encouraging them all the more.

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Praise Report: Christmas is made an official holiday in Iraq!

I am more than happy to announce that Christmas has become an official holiday in Iraq

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Christians in Iraq (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images, found in the article at FaithWire.com)

(source)! Christians in the majority Muslim population can now celebrate Christ’s birth!

In such a place where it can sometimes be difficult, and even deadly, to be a Christian, this is welcome progress! But it could also anger many Muslims who believe that Christians don’t deserve to live, much less celebrate their Savior.

satan is not happy about this, and I am sure he will do all he possibly can to rip away this amazing gift. Please pray with me, giving thanks to Jesus for this victory, and for protection over these brothers and sisters as they now celebrate Christ in the years ahead!

“Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank You for coming down to earth and humbling Yourself as a man, all so that we could be saved from our sin! We thank You that our brothers and sisters can now celebrate Your birth officially, as acknowledged by their government.
We pray now that they would be able to have Joy, Peace, and Safety as they celebrate Your birth now and in the days ahead.
May more Muslims come to faith in You because of this, Jesus!

In Jesus’ Name we pray,
Amen.”


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus came to earth, and died the most horrific death possible, so that you and I could come to know Him and be saved from going to hell. Learn more about Jesus, what He did, and what it matters, here.

Set Free at Christmas Time!

This Christmas,
Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry would like to highlight both the joyous successes that Christ has given, as well as to remember the people still struggling in Northern Nigeria.

President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo take a picture with the 21 freed Chibok girls.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo take a formal picture with the 21 Chibok girls freed on October 13th, 2016. The 21 girls are Mary Usman Bulama, Jummai John, Blessing Abana, Lugwa Sanda, Comfort Habila, Maryam Basheer, Comfort Amos, Glory Mainta, Saratu Emannuel, Deborah Ja’afaru, Rahab Ibrahim, Helen Musa, Maryamu Lawan, Rebecca Ibrahim, Asabe Goni, Deborah Andrawus, Agnes Gapani, Saratu Markus, Glory Dama, Pindah Nuhu, and Rebecca Mallam.

Over three years ago, the town of Maiduguri had a strict curfew, causing markets and businesses to be abandoned, and citizens hidden in their homes, for fear of attacks from Boko Haram. Cities were being relentlessly attacked.

Two years ago, 219 young women, ages 16-18, were held captive, away from their parents, family, and loved ones. Tears over the inaction of the Nigerian government in the situation dampened the Christmas spirit. Suicide bombers were the tragic norm.

But while some of these things are still being worked out, there has been incredible change. In an article written by Thomson Reuters, Northern Nigerians in the city of Maiduguri are celebrating Christmas, again– the night air now filled with the hustle and bustle of outdoor markets, until the late night curfew of 10 pm.

More than this, Christian congregations have more than just re-commenced fellowshipping: they have taken to the streets, celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ in the “predominantly muslim city” (source). In a city where Christians used to cower in fear under the oppression of Boko Haram, Christ has brought freedom and victory– to the point of His People being able to sing out His Praises, without fear. Continue reading

Christ’s Love through the Pain

“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
    your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.”
(Psalm 36:5-6, NLT)

It is unavoidable to talk about. This past weekend in Northern Nigeria has been filled with terror, and grief, and injustice.

On Sunday, two little girls– around 7 years old— were strapped to explosives, and walked into a busy market in the state of Borno, Nigeria (source). Detonating their explosives, they killed one other person, and injured 18 people.

“They got out of a rickshaw and walked right in front of me without showing the slightest sign of emotion,” one soldier told the Daily Mail (source). Not responding to anything he said, the girls walked into the crowd, straight-faced, before blowing up the explosives put upon their young frames.

These little girls were not the only bombers. On Friday, December 9th, two women walked into a market in the city of Madagali, Nigeria. Walking to the opposite sides of the crowded market, they also killed themselves– blowing themselves up while killing 45 people, and injuring 33 (source).

There is no way to ignore it; the terror, the grief, and the injustice is real to all those who have been affected by such bombings. It is real to everyone who ever witnessed the outrageous lack of reaction from the Nigerian government to such violence (which has only changed within the past year). While it is true that the Nigerian military has undergone noticeable change, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is claiming that they are working “at slamming the final nail in the coffin of Boko Haram,” nothing changes the heartbreaking reality, that many families are still slamming nails into the coffins of their loved ones, 7 years into the insurgency. Continue reading

True Doctrine: Keeping the Truth of Christ in Christmas

Over the holiday season, there was much news to be had. #BringBackOurGirls protesters took to the streets of Abuja city, calling for residents and the president to both remember the Chibok girls and to advocate for their rescue/release. Though they were barricaded from entering Jonathan’s presidential villa, these protesters succeeded in making their voices heard early Christmas morning.

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