“Be the Church”: How to Help Northern Nigeria

It has been reported that the new president of Evangelical Church of Winning All, Reverend Stephen Panya Baba, told those listening to his inauguration speech that many women and children are being left as widows and orphans by Boko Haram now more than ever.

While this is not necessarily surprising or new news, it is something greatly disconcerting. Reverend Panya Baba called on the Nigerian government to help those orphaned and widowed by Boko Haram’s violence; however, Christ calls all those who are Christians not only to go to church, but to be the church: to love, serve, and support those who need it most.

As James 1:27 says,

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (NIV)

We have further commands concerning serving the poor and disenfranchised in places like Proverbs 14:31.

“Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.” (ESV)

HOW TO HELP

The fact that we are to help those who are in need is written all over the Bible; but the question is, how can we help those in such a place as Northern Nigeria? While there are many reasons for why sending money straight to Nigeria might be a bad idea (it’s no secret that Nigeria is very corrupt), it does not mean that giving and helping are not things we should do. Rather, it only means that more homework must be done when attempting to help give to the different needy.

Desiring to help these people, I did a lot of research and found some reputable nonprofits that are helping either directly or indirectly with the need found in Nigeria. You can find this resource here.

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Are you wondering how else you can help? The most powerful thing we can do is pray for these people. Share the story of the Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu, and the Boko Haram insurgency with anyone you can—and ask that others would pray as well.help

With prayer and wisely giving of our finances, time, and advocacy, much can happen. If anyone has ideas or insight into different organizations that can help those in Northern Nigeria, please let us know! Any help is welcomed 😊

Thank you!


Do you know Jesus?

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, NIV)

While we may feel helpless, Jesus is our sure Help. Learn more about this beautiful, amazing God, and how He has helped us, here.


Please pray for (find the prayer sheet for this post, here):

  • The Chibok girls. Find their names and pictures, here.
  • Leah Sharibu. Please pray that Jesus brings her home safely, soon.
  • That the church in Northern Nigeria would be able to help those in need. Pray that they would be blessed financially and materially, so that they would be able to bless those who need it.
  • Those being hit worst by Boko Haram’s violence. This includes those who are sick and displaced by Boko Haram.

Thank you for your prayers!!! 🙂

 

He Will Provide

Twenty-one. Twenty-one people, no longer on this earth. It was reported Monday that because of Boko Haram violence, twenty-one people lost their lives1. Whether shot, or blown up by a landmine, these are people who will never see the light of day on earth, ever again. Continue reading

Focused Prayer: The Captive Chibok School Girls

Hi Friends and Readers of ISAIAH 62 PRAYER MINISTRY,

If you have read this post, you will know that one reporter, Ahmed Salkida, has reported that only 15 of the 112 still-captive Chibok girls are still alive.

Such a prospect fills me with grief; and it is during times such as these that I ask you all to please join me in prayer that focuses on these young women. Whether there are actually 15, or there are 112, I ask that we focus upon their freedom– that we would pray for a breakthrough for these young women (I ask that we would include Leah Sharibu, of the #DapchiGirls, as well).

Will you join me? You can go here to look at the girls’ names and pictures as you pray, if you would like. Please let me know of anything you find/discover in prayer; please also let me know of any comments, concerns, or prayer requests you have!

Things start changing when the church starts praying. Let’s lift up these precious young women to Christ, shall we?

“Indeed, when the women are not free, the society cannot claim to be free.”
–Dare Babarinsa



Do you know Jesus?

Learn more about this God who died to set us free– and what He has freed Believers from– here.


Please pray with me (find a prayer journaling sheet, here)…

Dear Lord Jesus,
We thank You, and praise You, that You have won the war on sin, guilt, shame, and death by Your sacrifice on the cross. We thank You for every Chibok Girl, both freed and still held captive. We pray, in Your glorious, amazing Name Lord Jesus, that You would show Your Power, Goodness, and Wisdom in each of these girls’ midst. Please bring Truth, Power, and Breakthrough that only You can, Lord Jesus. May each of these young women be freed. In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen!”

“Rejoice Always”: Hope, 4 Years On

Friends and Readers,

Thank you for spending your time today, reading this blog, and praying for the many people it advocates for.

For obvious reasons, today is a sad and solemn day. For those of you who do not know, as of today, it has been four years since the Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. 276 innocent young women were kidnapped and condemned for simply going to a school that was deemed “sinful” by Boko Haram (their name in Hausa, the local language in Northern Nigeria, means “Western Education is sinful.”)

Over these past four years, approximately 164 of the young women were either freed through negotiations, or made their way out themselves. This is a cause for beautiful celebration. Continue reading

The Chibok Schoolgirl Kidnapping: 4 Years Later

Almost four years ago, I was grieved like never before for the plight of 276 schoolgirls from Northern Nigeria.

In an online devotional, I came across women who were praying mightily and fervently for the release of these girls—and I have been praying ever since.

Over the past four years, much has changed. Nigeria has gotten a new president; the Nigerian government has fought Boko Haram with noticeable success. But, for 112 of the kidnapped Chibok girls, and their friends and families, little to nothing has changed. Continue reading