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.

Outraged

The email’s subject line said, “YOU SHOULD BE OUTRAGED.”
1200 Christians have been killed in Nigeria.
But to be honest, I wasn’t outraged.
Anger did not fill me. Tears did not start streaming down my face.
Even writing a post about it seemed more laborious than anything.

This is my fault, though. Jesus doesn’t kill our joy with religious tasks.
He doesn’t demand works—“or else.”
It’s me. Being legalistic. Again.

So now, I write to you:
Please pray for those this blog is about and dedicated for.
The families of the 1200 innocent Christians in Nigeria who were slaughtered,
and the countless more that are in terrorist captivity.

And please pray for me, too,
that I would be filled anew and afresh with love and passion
for these people.
That it wouldn’t be a chore, but an honor;
A crime that makes me outraged.

© 2020, Annalee Hoover

Do you know Jesus?

Jesus came to earth to do what no one else could: save humanity from hell. Learn more about Jesus and what He has done for humanity, here.

Please pray for…

  • Nigeria and its surrounding nations, that they would turn to Jesus during this time.
  • For those in captivity, that they would be freed soon.
  • That those experiencing captivity would come to know Jesus, even in their pain.

Thank you all for reading and praying! It makes such a huge difference. Have a blessed day!

Celebrating Juneteenth!

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As you celebrate America’s national recognition of the liberation of slaves, please think of and pray for those still held in bondage all over the world, especially in Nigeria.

Thank you!!!


Do you know Jesus?

Jesus is the Savior of every person that will call on His Name. Learn more about Him, and just how He saves us, here.

BREAKING: LEAH SHARIBU SPEAKS

Leah Sharibu is reportedly alive, well, and begging the Nigerian government to save her from captivity to Boko Haram! You can read more, as well as hear the audio short of her speaking, here.

Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, promises that “nothing’ll be spared in bringing the Chibok girls home.” In the mean time, let’s pray hard for her, and for the Chibok girls!

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“Dear Lord King Jesus,
You are in control; only You and You alone know where Leah is, and how she is truly faring.
Dear Jesus, we pray in Your Name that You would expedite the freedom of Leah Sharibu. Please show her Yourself even right now, and do the miraculous for her and her loved ones and family.
We trust in You, Jesus, and thank You that You have taken care of her so far. Please continue to take care of her as her freedom draws near! Please continue to fill her family and friends with Hope, Strength, and Comfort.

Please, Lord God, deliver the rest of these precious young women to freedom. Thank You, Lord Jesus!
Come soon!
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Amen!”

JESUS IS IN CONTROL!!! May Leah be safely rescued/freed, soon!!!

Gratitude for Freedom

Hi friends,

Have you ever been blown away by how richly Christ has blessed you? Today, as well as this whole weekend, being Memorial Day and all, I have been convicted: I am not thankful enough for the things, and people, Jesus has put in my life.

As I wrote earlier, I actually, sadly enough, had to google what Memorial Day celebrates. I knew it had something to do with the military, but I was not fully aware of how it is a day to give thanks for those who have given their lives for the United States of America. Continue reading

Focused Prayer: The Captive Chibok School Girls

Hi Friends and Readers of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY,

If you have read this post, you will know that one reporter, Ahmed Salkida, has reported that only 15 of the 112 still-captive Chibok girls are still alive.

Such a prospect fills me with grief; and it is during times such as these that I ask you all to please join me in prayer that focuses on these young women. Whether there are actually 15, or there are 112, I ask that we focus upon their freedom– that we would pray for a breakthrough for these young women (I ask that we would include Leah Sharibu, of the #DapchiGirls, as well).

Will you join me? You can go here to look at the girls’ names and pictures as you pray, if you would like. Please let me know of anything you find/discover in prayer; please also let me know of any comments, concerns, or prayer requests you have!

Things start changing when the church starts praying. Let’s lift up these precious young women to Christ, shall we?

“Indeed, when the women are not free, the society cannot claim to be free.”
–Dare Babarinsa



Do you know Jesus?

Learn more about this God who died to set us free– and what He has freed Believers from– here.


Please pray with me (find a prayer journaling sheet, here)…

Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank You, and praise You, that You have won the war on sin, guilt, shame, and death by Your sacrifice on the cross. We thank You for every Chibok Girl, both freed and still held captive. We pray, in Your glorious, amazing Name Lord Jesus, that You would show Your Power, Goodness, and Wisdom in each of these girls’ midst. Please bring Truth, Power, and Breakthrough that only You can, Lord Jesus. May each of these young women be freed. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen!”