“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!!! 🙂

 

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“PRAYER FOR THE CHIBOK GIRL OF THE WEEK”: A new prayer resource

Almost a month ago,  Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry was led by Jesus to create a new feature, focused on praying for each individual Chibok schoolgirl.

Because of this, Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry has created a new prayer page, called “Prayer for the Chibok Girl of the Week.” Each week, a new Chibok school girl from this image will be featured. Their name and picture will be posted, as well as a short biography about them. If they are free or not will be noted, along with a short prayer for the young woman. It is Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry’s prayer that all of the girls will be freed. Therefore, Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry is committed to loving, supporting, and praying for each Chibok schoolgirl, while helping readers to do so, as well.

After the Chibok Girl to Pray for of the Week has been featured, they will then be featured in the page, “PRAYER OF SURRENDER/RELEASE” (found in the drop-down menu under “PRAYER FOR THE CHIBOK GIRL OF THE WEEK”). This page will feature the Chibok girl again, and will include a separate prayer, releasing and surrendering the Chibok Girl into Jesus’ Hands. While this does mean that they will no longer be especially featured in this way, it does not at all mean that we have stopped, or should stop, praying for them as an individual. Jesus told His followers, in the Parable of the Persistent Widow, to never stop praying until they see results: And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly” (Luke 18:7-8). Isaiah 62 Prayer Ministry encourages readers to continue to pray for each one of these girls, as they are led!

It is the hope and prayer that this new feature will encourage you, as a reader, to pray for the Chibok girls: as a whole, but also as an individual. May Jesus bring each one of these girls to Himself– and therefore, to complete freedom.

Click here to read this week’s Prayer for the Chibok Girl of the Week!