112: a Poem for Those Left in Captivity

Today, please pray with me for the 112 young women who are still held captive by Boko Haram. The public does not know their whereabouts; all we can do is pray for their safety, healing, and freedom. Please pray alongside me as I write this poem:

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An Uproar in Nigeria

There has been much rioting and violence within the US, but there has been a lot of rioting outside of the US, specifically in Nigeria. The SARS—the “Special Anti-Robbery Squad”— has abused citizens, causing an uproar of rioting from citizens everywhere.

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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!

Jesus, Our Fighter

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.

Victory for Nigeria!

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!:

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“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!

 

 

Don’t Give Up: A Poem

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,
finished,
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.white box (2).jpg

This is the breaking point.
Please, my friend,
don’t break
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.

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(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.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Let us celebrate the good dads in our lives, and be sensitive to those who may not have a father– or at least a good one. Lifting up all fathers and father figures in prayer. ❤


Do you know Jesus?

God the Father gave Jesus Christ to die for our sins, so that we might personally know the Father. Learn more about what Jesus did for you, here.

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.

Things to Pray for Nigeria & Surrounding Nations

Whenever I feel the Lord leading me to write, He usually gives me the ideas through emails I receive from Google News Update emails. But tonight, looking at all the different emails, I have an idea: I am going to ask you all to pray for each headline in my email. Continue reading