This is why I keep this blog going. No one seems to pay attention to the violence and tragedy still happening, 7 (almost 8) years after the Chibok schoolgirl kidnapping. This news displays that while much has improved– including the death of Islamic State West African Province leader Abubakar Shekau— there is still much to do, especially in light of the kidnapping of police men in Northern Nigeria. As Tony Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council, says, “The CPC designation is the U.S. government’s official ‘worst of the worst’ list regarding religious freedom violations. Nigeria’s religious freedom problems are obvious and rapidly deteriorating even further. The Biden administration’s removal of Nigeria from the CPC list defies logic and sound policymaking. This must be remedied and Nigeria placed back on the CPC list so the full force of the federal government can be harnessed to address this crisis” (source).
Long story short, Nigeria needs to be on the CPC. Please pray with me and tell Biden that Nigeria needs to be put back on the CPC.
“Dear Lord God, We thank You and praise You for those Christian brothers and sisters we have all around the world, and especially in Nigeria, who are undergoing persecution for loving and following You. We pray in Jesus’ Name that Biden would put Nigeria back on the CPC, and that persecution would be reduced. Please help our family members there to stay faithful, strong, and full of every fruit of the Spirit– “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). We trust You and lift them high now. In Jesus’ Name we pray, amen.”
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Oh friends, I come to you all with happy tears. Jesus has been putting it on my heart to “rejoice” and be full of the joy He is providing, as I read through major events happening in the lives of those near and far– those in Nigeria, and those near to me.
It has been awhile since I’ve talked directly about Nigeria or the Chibok girls. Because of this, I wanted to take some time here to share about three things going on in Nigeria as we speak. Hopefully, by knowing these things, we can become more informed people of prayer.
Here they are:
The “Boko Haram Kingpin” Nkunzi, a well-known Boko Haram leader, was shot dead in a gunfight on Tuesday. His body was found in Pretoria; his girlfriend was also found with bullet wounds, and was taken to the hospital. As depressing as this is, it is a direct answer to the prayer that God would humble those in Boko Haram and bring justice to those hurt by Boko Haram.
Connected to the above event, there has been much gang warfare between the “original” or mainstream Boko Haram, and a breakaway group called Bafarasai. This warfare has claimed at least eight lives, with many of those lives being innocent. Please pray for these innocent people who are in great danger each time a bout of gang violence is had. This can also be seen as Boko Haram and other gangs demand money from the innocent for protection.
There is a person that many people in Northern Nigeria are calling “John Wick,” and they are pointing to him for getting rid of Boko Haram gang members. While this is all speculation, it is very interesting that there might be a person hell-bent on killing off Boko Haram members. As said before, there seems to be a theme of vindication and justice happening as Boko Haram members are being humbled by the violence enacted towards them. Pray that if this person really exists, that they would know Christ and would be led of Him.
Crazy things are happening in Nigeria! I’ve enjoyed reading up on these stories. I may make it a weekly or bi-weekly thing, but we will see about that. Thank you all for reading, and for your prayers!
With Love in Christ,
Annalee Hoover, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY
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“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,‘ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?”
(James 2:1-4, NIV)
I wonder how those in Southern Nigeria– which is decidedly more “1st world” than the Northern region of Nigeria– think about those going through such pain and turmoil at the hands of terrorists. The plights of those in Northern Nigeria are many; yet, we barely hear of them in the news and on TV.
Shootings. The murder of Gabby Petito. Natural diasters. Global terrorism.
I have been overwhelmed with how much pain is in this world, and have felt so ovewhelmed that I didn’t know what to write about… but I thought it would be best to just be honest.
I’m tired of writing about tragedies, yet that is what this blog has been based upon. I would be remiss if I didn’t speak about these things.
As I sit here typing, a Bible verse comes to mind:
“When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”
When I am overwhelmed, I can come to my Savior, and recieve the rest and rejuvination I so desperately need. And that is what I encourage all of you to do today, as well. Amidst all the bad news, we have a God who has Good News for us: He sent His Son to die for our sins, so that those who believe could live with Him for eternity.
We have a refuge in this battle called life. And when we feel overwhelmed, we can run to Him.
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.
People in Nigeria have been struggling for awhile now. The pain and anguish, the instability and violence, never seem to let up. I wish I could say that things are getting better, but they seem not to be…