Upon reading this news report, I didn’t understand why Nigeria is so corrupt… but I have hope that as long as Jesus continues to raise up His People to stand against injustice, there is a fighting chance. Ultimately, one day, Jesus, the Perfect Judge, will turn all things to right. I wrote this poem to express my frustration, but also to look to hope.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”
(Proverbs 31:8, NIV)
In Nigeria, satan is having a hey-day. Continue reading
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.
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!
Think of it: Whether it’d be local news or a broadcaster’s edition of world and international news, we watch 10-15 news stories on any given night, with hours more spent reading online and paper news articles and navigating social media. Stories around the world, when read, watched, or heard, can move us to tears; more importantly, in the face of unmet needs and tragedies, they can lead us to prayer. Continue reading
They lied. It was four o’clock in the morning in Baga, Nigeria, and, drowsy from sleep, the men in each household were told to get up and follow Boko Haram members outside so that they “could explain everything.” As 14 shaking men followed the terrorists into the brush, they were told to lie on the ground. What they had hoped for– “an explanation,” anything to acknowledge that they were human beings, too– was all for nought. Continue reading
The Nigerian military has been through much as of late. On January 5th, 2015, it was reported that the Northeastern Nigerian town of Baga was invaded and ransacked by the Boko Haram on Saturday, in which the town’s military base was overran and raided. This base homes a multinational task force for Nigeria and its surrounding countries, and Nigerian soldiers are housed there. This assault left hundreds injured and many dead as men, women and children tried their hardest to escape Boko Haram’s clutches. Continue reading
There are countless children and teenagers being forced into the Sharia-law enforcing Boko Haram. On December 25th, it was reported that one 13 year old girl was forced into Boko Haram by her father, who was also apart of the terrorist group. Being apart of this group did not spare her from deadly violence, though; members asked the girl– and eventually forced her– to be a suicide bomber with two other young girls in the city of Kano, Nigeria. Leaving her suicide vest behind in the taxi she rode, this young girl narrowly escaped certain death, being injured in the leg by the blast caused by the two other suicide bombers.
This coming February, Nigerians will line up at the polls to vote for their next president– or to reinstate their current president, Goodluck Jonathan. The APC (All Progressives Congress) is making sure promises that if their candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, wins the election, there will be such change that 2014 will be their “last Christmas in bondage.” Problems such as lowering oil prices, the devaluation of the naira (the country’s form of currency), government and military corruption, and the Boko Haram’s terrorist insurgency have caused Nigerians to lose confidence in Nigeria’s social and government institutions. Amidst such major problems, it can be hard– almost impossible– to have a joyous Christmas in Nigeria, especially in Northern regions.
This Christmas, countless Nigerians are grieving their loved ones, suffering economic downturns, and living as displaced people in places such as Maiduguri, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger. Because of the government’s failure to serve their people, Nigerians are outraged and looking for any ounce of hope to get them through this depressing holiday season. Yet, among reports of worsening developments, there is a cause for joy: the true meaning of Christmas, Christ’s birth, expresses that God has become Immanuel, or “God with Us.” Continue reading
Amidst the heartbreaking news that so often floods headlines when speaking about Nigeria, news has come that sheds light on Nigeria’s potential in fighting corruption, war, and crime. In August, it was reported that Nigeria had contained Ebola, and was working hard to prevent future cases. The effectiveness of their strategy has shown the world what Nigeria is capable of in regards to healing their nation.
This news is welcomed, as it is an encouragement to those observing the happenings in Nigeria. Nigeria’s potential has also been showcased in their successful attempts at taking back cities from the nation’s notorious terror group, Boko Haram. This fall, several cities were taken back from the terrorists, including the cities of Mubi and Damboa.
Yet, despite all their success, Nigeria still suffers from kidnappings, raids, and the mass killings of “infidels” by Boko Haram– which have reached increasingly evil levels of barbaric violence. Corruption has also spread to the Nigerian military; low morale has seeped into military ranks, with privates and corporals staging mutinies against their commanders. The military has claimed to be ill-equipped for facing the terrorists, causing many to refuse to fight. Why then, when a country has such potential and seemingly “functional institutions” (Source), is Nigeria still struggling with the disease of corruption within it’s nation, as well as terror from groups like the Boko Haram? Continue reading
There is no end in sight to the corruption found in Nigeria.
The extent of the corruption was expressed by the Deputy National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria:
“Corruption has eaten so deep into the society that it is no just about politicians alone. In the church, you have to almost always pray with one eye opened because in some of the places, even some ushers and finance people steal the offerings. It is terrible.”
This kind of corruption can be seen as shocking, but it comes as no surprise to those who know the signs of the end times. This kind of corruption was warned against in the last days, as found in 2 Timothy 3:
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Although it may come as no surprise, it is saddening and a cause for anger, none the less. The level of corruption in Nigeria’s government has been frustrating throughout the ordeal concerning the Chibok girls’ abduction; to learn that it has spread to Holy places– the very meeting places of the body of Christ– expresses that sin and corruption are indeed like a virus that quickly spreads without reflection and repentance. Continue reading