Dying for Christ

On October 30th, 2018, a Baptist missionary named Charles Wesco was killed in the country of Cameroun after moving there with his wife and 8 kids only two weeks prior. He was shot in the head in an area where there was much fighting between separatists.

Upon his death, Charles’ wife, Stephanie, wrote: “My Precious husband, Charles, is now

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The Wesco Family.

with the Savior he adored and faithfully served for many years… His life focus was seeking to cause others to love Jesus and serve him. My prayer is that somehow someway Jesus will be glorified through my Precious Charles’ death and that God will not let his death have been in vain. He is receiving the Martyrs crown from his Lord. My heart is broken. I want to wake up from a horrific nightmare. Please pray for us.”

Men and women all over the world are dying for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Charles died for the One he loved, and he is not the only one. In such a place of violence, innocent people, Christian and non-Christian, are dying every day—like the approximately 12 people who passed away after Boko Haram attacked two cities and one displaced people’s camp near the town of Maiduguri. “They killed nine people in Bulaburin, two people in Dalori, and one in Kofa and looted food supplies before setting them on fire,” according to the reporter.

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Boko Haram’s flag.

We know that all of this non-stop, incessant violence in both situations is satanic in origin. Christ said that “wars and rumors of wars” would happen more and more, as we see His return approaching (Matthew 24:6).

This does not quiet the pain that Mrs. Wesco, or the families of the 12 who passed, though. Those who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior are one in body; when one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts. Their pain is deep, and as brothers and sisters in Christ, we must keep their pain in mind and lift them up to Christ in prayer. These precious loved ones have died for the Savior; “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15, KJV).

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This post is dedicated to Charles Wesco. May He rest in the arms of His Savior, and may His family be strengthened in Christ’s Love during this time.

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Do you know Jesus?

Charles Wesco did not die to merely propagate a religion; He was not a salesman. He loved Jesus, and lived to share Christ with the world. Learn more about Jesus, what He has done and why it matters at all, here.


Please pray for…

  • The Wesco family. As they mourn the death of their beloved husband and father, may the Church step in and help provide them with financial, emotional, and spiritual support.
  • The countless people hurting after Boko Haram’s attacks. Pray that Christ would bring those who are hurting to Himself if they do not know Him yet; if they do know Him, may they know His Comfort, Strength, and Love deeply in and through this situation.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-5, NIV)

Thank you for your prayers and support.

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News on Leah Sharibu

News has come in that Boko Haram has asked the Nigerian government for 100bn naira (~282k USD, ~250k euros) in exchange for Leah Sharibu’s freedom. While this is great news, the Nigerian government is waivering, believing that Boko Haram could use such money to further terrorize Nigeria.

There is a petition out to free Leah; you can find that here. I will continue to inform readers here as details emerge! Let’s be praying for the freedom of Leah—it could be very close!

-Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY


Learn more about Jesus and His Sovereign, Saving Power, here.

Pray against Evil!!!

On October 18th, it was reported that 700 people have been kidnapped by ISIS—and that ISIS is killing ten of those people a day if they are not supplied with food and medical supplies. ***Correction: ISIS kidnapped the 700 people, not Boko Haram (based in Nigeria).***

While this has been going on, Ms. Hauwa Liman, an aid worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross, was killed by Boko Haram after being held captive for 8 months. It has become very clear that, while Boko Haram may be experiencing some pushback from Nigeria’s military and police force, they mean business in all that they are doing and saying.

This is an incredibly urgent matter! There is no doubt about it: Boko Haram– and most importantly, the evil behind it– must be crushed. That is the only way such pain and anguish will stop. Please, pray with me as Boko Haram is doing this!

More to come!

Let Leah Go!

It has been 235 days since Leah Sharibu was taken, along with 110 other girls, into captivity by Boko Haram.

While 105 of these girls were freed, some passed away, and only Leah was left behind– all because of her unwaivering faith in Christ as she refused to convert to islam.

Let’s pray for this beautiful young woman’s release!

 

Prayer in times of Persecution

Hi friends,

Today, in church, we talked about the worldwide persecuted church. In North Korea, approximately 50,000 people are incarcerated, simply for being a Christian.

That is 50,000 people, living in prison cells, away from those they love the most.
50,000 people, given little to no rights, for doing nothing more than loving and following their Savior. Continue reading

Praying to the God Who Hears

“Please, whoever you are, please,” he cries out.

Up at 3 o’clock in the morning, a man prays to be able to see his family again. Desperation fills his voice as tears run down his cheeks. He hangs his head low. “Do you even care?”

This is the situation countless Nigerians have found themselves in. After their families and loved ones have been attacked and kidnapped by Boko Haram, all those left behind have are pictures and prayers. Continue reading

Protecting the Innocent

Hundreds, maybe even thousands of young men have been arrested wrongly by the Nigerian military, accused of having links to/being involved in Boko Haram. Not only this, but hundreds, maybe even thousands, of young men and women have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, held tightly and oppressed. Leah Sharibu has spent 221 days in Boko Haram captivity, with no end in sight to her bondage. Continue reading