Tonight at church, the Lord convicted me. We were reading Revelations 2:
“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” (Revelations 2:2-5, NIV)
Long story short, my heart has grown cold toward following the Lord with all of myself. Much of this has been seen in how I write this blog; I do it dutifully more than not, without the original love I had for the Chibok girls. It’s gone away.
But I know that there is hope. I want to renew my love for these women and prayers for their freedom and healing. I want to break out of religious duty and write this blog with passion. Please pray for me as I turn away from my coldness and toward loving these people with all my heart.
Annalee Hoover, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY
Do you know Jesus?
A famous theologian once said that Jesus Loves us all as if there was only one of us. Learn more about His Great Love here.
Listening to this song, I can’t help but think of the refugee crisis in Nigeria and Niger. I pray that it blesses you, and puts those who have “no place to call [their] country” on your heart for prayer and to help practically by advocacy and donating.
With Love in Christ,
Annalee, ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus came to this Earth to save us all from our sin. Learn more about how, here.
Finally, some justice has been done in Nigeria. SARS, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, was full of people who were killing others without a judicial process. While these SARS members were released, they have now been brought back to the Benin High Court. One of them, by the name of Joseph Omotosho, has been put to death for his crime.
This picture was a part of a tweet, tweeted by Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo. They have, for approximately five years now, been working to lift up those in poverty and violence all over Nigeria, with the goal to “lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.”
On Christmas Eve, in a small town called Pemi, those in Nigeria celebraing the birth of Christ were ambushed, slaughtered, and kidnapped by Boko Haram. 7 people were killed; 7 people were abducted, including a pastor from the small town (source).