They were told it was safe. But on Saturday, September 8th 2018, the people who had just returned back to the city of Gudumbali, Nigeria were, once again, terrorized and forced out by Boko Haram. Continue reading
I was reading through a fellow blogger’s post the other day, when I saw this photo.
It gave me much hope, and much comfort. It makes me think of Philippians 1:6, which says, “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Continue reading
It was 11:00 pm at night. I had gone to a friend’s bonfire… almost another state away. I had left at 9 pm, but as I was driving down the rocky road down to the main highway, I found that the highway had been completely closed off due to a fatal accident and I had to turn back around.
Driving back to my friend’s house, I was suddenly filled with fear and anxiety. I called my parents, telling them about the situation. I didn’t want to stay overnight at my friend’s house, but with so much distance between me and my home, I thought I didn’t have a choice.
As I texted my parents about my anxiety, my mother called me. Although they were a good 60 miles away from me, they decided—at 11:00 at night!—that they would come and get me. It took them a good hour and a half to get to my friend’s house, and we finally got home at 2 am. My feelings of anxiety in the face of an unsure situation were calmed by the love my parents showed me, coming to get me when it was more than out of their way. Continue reading
When I started this blog, I had one desire: I wanted the Chibok girls to be found and freed, as soon as possible. Now, more than 4 years later, my heart is stuck on the same desire. Continue reading
“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths… kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, young men and women, old men and children.”
(Psalm 148:7, 11-12, NIV)
On August 27th, 2018, Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, promised that he will “spare nothing” in trying to get the Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu, back to safety and freedom. This was all done as Leah Sharibu was recorded begging President Buhari to bring her freedom from Boko Haram– with three women kidnapped by the other faction of Boko Haram, under Abu Musab Albarnawi, doing the same thing.
It is no big secret that President Muhammadu Buhari is, like other leaders, under a lot of pressure. At the core of it all, Muhammadu Buhari and his cohorts in the Nigerian government are mere men. And as I read Psalm 148 this morning, I came to realize how important it is to pray for our leaders, no matter how lofty– especially when concerning their salvation and belief in Jesus, in the case of President Muhammadu Buhari.
It is my prayer that Buhari comes to know Jesus, and that he would be included in the throng of people who worship Christ, as Psalm 148 exhorts. Would you pray alongside me for his salvation?
Do you know Jesus?
“In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.” (Proverbs 21:1, NIV)
Whether or not it looks like it, Jesus Christ is in control– and He alone is God. Learn more about Jesus, His sovereignty, and what it has to do with you, here.
Please pray for…
- That Leah Sharibu would be set free soon, and that she would be used by Christ to bring all people to know Jesus.
- That the remaining Chibok girls would be set free soon.
- President Muhammadu Buhari, that he would come to know Christ.
- Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari, that she would come to know Christ.
- The family of Muhammadu and Aisha Buhari, for their salvation as well.
- For the leaders in your life, that they would come to know Jesus and be blessed in a personal relationship with Him.
Thank you for your prayers!!!
Have you ever just felt discouraged and exhausted?
More deeply than from just a big day at work, or an annoying detail of your day… a deep, profound discouragement, an exhaustion that is not far from both rage and hopelessness?
It was reported on August 15th that Nigerian soldiers are protesting against the heads of the Nigerian military and government, claiming that they have been treated with disrespect and cruelty. The Nigerian military has treated many of its soldiers as if they were not people with loved ones and lives. News24 reports a soldier saying, “We should not have been here for more than a year but this is our fourth year and still they are asking us to move to Marte… We need some rest, we are war-weary and need to see our families.”
While things have seemingly gotten better in neighboring countries like Cameroon, Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen continue to fight the Nigerian military without relief. These men, women, and children—as well as people like them– need rest, in the truest sense of the word. It is a peace and rest only Jesus Christ can give. Please pray with me for these people; that Christ would show them who He is, that they would be born-again and saved, and that they would find real rest in Him alone. After all, Jesus says, “’All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest’” (Matthew 11:27-28, NIV).
Do you know Jesus?
Religion weighs a person down. Jesus sets people free. Learn more about who Jesus is, what He has done, and why it should matter to you personally here.
Thank You for the many men and women who have taken up fighting for their countries, especially in Nigeria. Father, we pray that You would bring these weary soldiers to Yourself, would save them, and would comfort and strengthen them. Please give them favor and morale to fight and win against Boko Haram, and any hostile Fulani Herdsmen there are.
In Jesus’ Name I pray,
Long time no post. I needed some time to get back to what really matters when it comes to the Chibok girls, Boko Haram, and everything in this blog: prayer. For the girls, for Leah Sharibu, and for Nigeria as a whole.
But I’m back. And as I read through news articles about how Boko Haram has stolen, killed, and destroyed the fish market, leaving fishermen in danger of being killed or having to pay Boko Haram high prices1, it reminds me of two things: What the enemy wants to do in our lives, and how to live life in what can sometimes be “a new normal”; moreso, how Christ wants to lead our lives to a “new normal.”
Before Boko Haram became so prevalent, fish were a huge staple in Northern Nigerian cuisine. Now, people have resorted to eating lizards and even cats for their share of animal protein. Boko Haram has come in, wanted to steal the country’s strength, as well as oppress, kill, and destroy any sense of freedom and dignity Northern Nigeria, and Nigeria as a whole, has had.
Yet, we must continue to live, even under the most oppressive of regimes. Even in the most stressful and desperate of circumstances.
Sometimes evens in life hit us like a bus. We want to give up. Crawl in to bed and never wake up again.
And sometimes, that is needed for a period of time, to process and grieve. But it cannot be forever. I’m not claiming I know when that time is; everyone grieves and processes things differently.
But there comes a time when we must continue to live. Where we must continue to keep on, through a new and daunting “normal” way of life. A way of life that, if we allow Christ in, can become “new” through Him: abundant and teeming real life (John 10:10). After all, Jesus never, ever changes (Hebrews 13:8).
There is still much to be done. When thinking about this blog, all I can help but do is say that I will post as faithfully as possible, however and whenever the Spirit leads me to. As I look at what seems to be a never-ending struggle in Nigeria, I am reminded of how desperately needed our prayers are for the church—and all people in Nigeria. How desperately they need a “new normal,” one without the terror of Boko Haram.
As people suffer oppression on every side, let’s pray that Christ would deliver them—and that He would lead and guide them through the ever-changing “new normal” they have been pushed into. He alone will be truly faithful. ❤
Do you know Jesus?
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NKJV)
Are you struggling to find a foundation to place your life upon? That is, a firm foundation that gives you peace, purpose, direction, most of all, a way to be saved after this life comes to a close?
One praise and worship song sings, “I will build my life upon [Jesus’] Love; it is a firm foundation.” To learn more about who this Jesus is, and why He and His Love is THE ONLY firm foundation there is, click here.
Please pray for…
- Those in Northern Nigeria who are struggling. Pray that they would seek Jesus, and that He would hear their cries and help heal their land and lives.
- Those currently being persecuted in Nigeria for their faith in Christ.
- Leah Sharibu, who is still under Boko Haram captivity for not deserting her faith in Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your prayers!!!