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.
On August 2nd, 2020, over 200 refugees coming back to their homes were snatched up by Boko Haram and now are held hostage by the terrorist group (source). Some are even feared to be dead.
They were excited and relieved to be home… but that was taken away from them, again.
Many thoughts flood my mind, but one important one is this: Jesus is fighting for His People. Anyone in this group of hostages is not only in a physical war wrought with bombs and guns, but even more so in a spiritual war.
Jesus Loves us and is fighting for those who love Him.
“The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9, NLT)
Why is He allowing this awful thing? We can’t try to find a reason… all we can do is rest on the promises of Jesus, that He will continue to fight for His kids in this horrific situation.
Please pray with me:
“Dear Jesus, You see and know every single person in captivity right now, and You know the terrorists too. We pray in Your Holy and Mighty Name that You would free these people soon and restore all they have lost. Please bring members of Boko Haram to know You as well. Thank You dear Jesus. In Your Name we pray, Amen.”
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus won the final victory on the cross at calvary, beating sin and death forever. Learn more about Him and what He has done for us, here.
More and more, American churches are feeling the pressure to discontinue worshipping by song because of Covid-19.
We cannot let this happen!
Please be praying with me, that our leaders would see the importance in praise and worship in the Christian faith (as stated in verses like Psalm 96), and would lift these orders not to worship!
“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”
(Psalm 96:1-3, NIV)
More than anything, please pray that even if the orders stay, pastors and Christian leaders all around would seek the Lord and not give into the pressure of society, while also obeying the law to the fullest extent we as Christians can!
Do you know Jesus?
We are to sing praises to Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Learn more about Jesus and what He has done for us here.
Please pray for our right to worship– you can find the prayer sheet here.
Read this article about different aid organizations you can donate to to help Beirut!
It’s happened. At least 137 people are dead, “5,000 are injured, and hundreds of thousands [are] homeless” (source). The blast in Lebanon, blowing up buildings full of potassium nitrate, has affected countless people. Continue reading →
It is with great joy that I report this: 602 Boko Haram members have renounced being apart of Boko Haram and have pledged an oath to the Federal Public of Nigeria. While only time can tell if this is genuine or not, it is a huge win for Nigeria and a huge step forward! You can read the entire report of what is happening here.
Please pray with me over this situation, that God would continue to bring down terrorism (especially Boko Haram) and would grant Nigeria more victory!:
“Dear Jesus, Thank You for this amazing turn of events! Please continue to cause victory over Boko Haram, and bring those men and women that are apart of Boko Haram to You so that they won’t be brought to shame. Thank You for all things, Lord Jesus! In Your Name we pray, Amen.”
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus is in the business of saving, changing, and transforming lives—and He is the Only Way, Truth, and Life (John 14:6). Learn more about Jesus here!
I want to post the exercepts from my book that I have yet to publish, “A Flower Quickly Fading.” You can find the website for the book and its exercepts here!
356 Nigerian soldiers have opted out of being a soldier, citing “loss of interest” as their reason. Many more have simply abandoned their duties, throwing away their military uniforms and running off. This poem is written to those men and women who are tempted to leave the Nigerian army when they seemingly needed the most. Please pray that these men and women would not give up in the face of such extreme adversity as Boko Haram and other militant groups (source). May Jesus be their inspiration, as He did all that He did for the joy set before Him: saving us.
You feel done,
and all you want to do is cry.
You’ve never faced anything
like this before.
They’re coming at you from all sides
and your life is in danger,
as evidenced by your heavy breathing
and scrapes and bruises.
Your friends have abandoned the cause,
took off their military garb
and walked off…
And now you want to, as well.
This is the breaking point.
Please, my friend,
under the pressure.
Don’t let tears
muddle your sight of the situation,
nor your pounding heartbeat scare you into running away.
What will you do?
You have a choice,
you have a voice.
All I am asking is this:
Don’t. Give. Up.
(c) 2020 Annalee Hoover
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus did not quit His Mission in the face of death– dying for you and I. Learn more about His mission and why He died for us, here.
Please pray for…
The Nigerian military. That their morale would increase, even as new enemies try to shoot it down.
Those living in areas of unrest. For their safety.
For an end to the Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen insurgencies.