This Christmas Day, a song has rung in my ears– Oh Holy Night. And it reminds me of the Chibok girls, the boys newly kidnapped, and all of Nigeria, in general.
“Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother And in His name, all oppression shall cease…” (Oh Holy Night)
I didn’t have much to say here, but to say that I thank all of you for following this blog, praying over it’s contents, and supporting in many other ways. Jesus may have come as a tiny child, but He reigns forever as King of Kings! I trust that one day, hopefully soon, all oppression and slavery found in Nigeria and other nations will cease.
Merry Christmas, friends. Have a wonderful time, and please keep these people in your prayers.
I read this post over again and felt that while this news is old, the message in it is very relevant to the craziness happening in this world, today. I wanted to reblog it to remind us of these truths, and to come back, in a way, to the original focus of this blog.
Do you ever ask God, “Please show me what you’re doing in all of this?”
Yeah. That has been me, lately.
It’s not been without cause. Recently, Ahmed Salkida reported that more of the Chibok schoolgirls are alive than what was first thought; yet, little to no news has been shown about their whereabouts. And I’m not the only one craving more information on the girls; the president of the Nigerian senate, Mr. Bukola Saraki, wants regular updates on the rescue efforts of the Chibok girls, simply so that speculations like the ones journalist Ahmed Salkida is making.1
It’s hard to be in the dark about things that you care so much about.
But, that is precisely where one needs to trust Jesus.
“Everything in this world requires patience and prayer,” said Bashir Wasai, a leader in Northern Nigeria, when speaking about the remaining Chibok girls in this video (at 2:07). He is exactly right.
I have no idea what Jesus is doing, here. I’m starving to see, to understand, and to know.
And while I do that, I pray knowing who Jesus is; knowing that He knows, cares, and is actively involved in this situation, though no one outside of it may see it, yet. I know that He hears my cry, and cares for my request.
Jesus will make all things clear; but, for now, we must wait—and trust Him in all of the details. It is in this place where we will learn to love and trust Him, more.
When we pray for Christ to move, it is a prayer that opens our eyes and keeps us sensitive to where Christ has already been leading.
Please pray with me that Christ would make what is happening in the Chibok girls’ situation, clear. He is faithful, a Promise-Maker and Promise-Keeper! ❤
This post is in tribute to the countless mothers and fathers of those kidnapped by Boko Haram. May Jesus save and comfort their souls.
Do you know Jesus?
3,000 years ago, a man stepped on the scene who was, and is, like no other. He gathered good friends, disciples, and went around healing the sick and preaching the coming of the Kingdom of God. His name is Jesus.
At the time, the people who saw and knew Jesus thought He would set up His kingdom on earth in their presence; they thought He came to give freedom from the oppression of Rome. But He didn’t.
Instead, He died on the cross for the people’s sins—yours and mine. This didn’t make sense to anyone; yet, it was what God, Jesus, had planned to do, all along.
Jesus once told His disciples, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand” (John 13:7, NIV). Later on, after His death and resurrection, they finally did understand. Jesus is not a God who can be fit into our boxes of presuppositions and our own logic; He is beyond our reasoning (though to believe in Him is not unreasonable!). Learn more about Him, and who He is, here.
Please pray for (you can find the prayer sheet for this post, here)…
Jesus to show the public what is truly going on in the Chibok girls’ situation.
That the remaining Chibok girls are not hurt/harmed in any way, and that they come home soon. You can find their names and pictures, here.
That Leah Sharibu, part of the “Dapchi Girls,” would also be freed, soon.
That the family members of these girls would not lose Hope, but would be renewed in Hope.
I have to admit, my heart is not where it used to be when it comes to loving, remembering, and praying for the Chibok girls and those in Nigeria. As I’ve read some of my past posts on Nigeria and the Chibok girls, I had a real hope and passion for their lives, and wrote just as passionately.
I want this to change. No more writing because “it’s what I should do”; I want to believe for and pray about these blessed and beautiful people just as I did in the beginning, all those years ago. Now that I am done with school, I want to spend more time on this blog, and I ask that you would pray that Jesus does a work in my heart about returning it to what it once was.
I want to thank each person who has been with me and prayed alongside me as I have written over 600 posts on this blog. May you all be blessed by having a closer relationship with Jesus.
Love to you all in Christ, Annalee
Do you know Jesus?
It was over 6 years ago that Jesus Christ led me to start praying for Nigeria and the Chibok school girls. Jesus is real and alive! Learn more about Him, here.
I just wanted to share this article with you from GPB today. It documents photos of children, in some of the scariest and most crime-ridden places in the world, playing together. They are admirable, in that they are not allowing the war and pestilence to keep them from experiencing joy. It reminds me of Philippians 4.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! …Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:4, 8-9, NIV)
Their joy, and this passage from Philippians 4, has shown me that we can rejoice– even in the suffering and unknowns. I hope it inspires you, too.
Love in Christ, Annalee
Do you know Jesus?
We can be sure that our future is in the Hands of a God who truly does love us. We can know this by how He died for our sins. Learn more about the great Love Jesus Christ has for you, here.
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.
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.