Amidst this coronavirus (aka COVID-19), something President Trump likes to call “the invisible enemy,” there is unfortunately still a visible enemy in Nigeria, Cameroon, and surrounding nations. On Sunday night, around 8pm, seven people were killed in Cameroon by a suicide bomber, with “a village chief and two teenagers among the dead” (source). Continue reading
Legit.ng has reported that a Christian bomber has been found trying to bomb a church. In reply to this, Ishaq Akintola, the leader of MURIC (The Muslim Rights Concern), has said that he is not surprised. According to him, there is a “Christian Boko Haram” too.
This just confused me. While Islam and Christianity share many similarities, the taking of a person’s life in hopes of going to heaven is not one of them! Islam encourages and demands its members to follow their strict dogma, even to the point of performing suicide bombings. Christianity, while it has had a bad rap in many ways, does not demand this strict obedience to dogma; we are to love others and give of ourselves, not take our own lives and the lives of others.
This is the core difference between Christianity and other religions, including Islam: our way to heaven has already been paid by Jesus. Jesus is God, and He did what no one else could do: live a perfect life. And so He stepped into our place, and rescued us.
I don’t need to do anything to be made right in God’s eyes because of Jesus. Good works become something I want to do, from a sincere heart. My place in heaven is already made.
As I hear MURIC’s accusation of there being “Christian suicide bombers,” it just doesn’t make sense. Our God is a God of healing, not hurting. There can be renegade “Christians” trying to do evil things, but there is no such thing as Christian suicide bombers. May these bombers come to know Jesus for real, and may real Christians in the local Church reach out to those hurting because of such bombers.
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Jesus gave it all so that we might go to heaven. Learn more about this here.
Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here):
- The persecuted church in Nigeria and worldwide.
- That these “Christian bombers” would accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
- That those being bombed would get justice in court.
Thank you for your prayers!!!
Today, I stumbled across an article from FaithWire in my inbox. It was about the Yazidi people in Kurdistan, who are still suffering five years after being attacked by ISIS. As I read the article, I also watched the video in the article of Iraqis being saved from Mount Sinjar. I wanted to share the video with you all and ask that you would pray over those going through such difficult times.
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God is passionate about all people—so much so that He came to die for our sins, so that we might be with Him forever. Learn more about Jesus, and His Love for you, here.
I wrote this poem after seeing a news headline about Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, declare that “no territory is controlled by Boko Haram.” Let’s pray for those still being held captive by their own strongholds.
that your enemy has no stronghold,
is close to being defeated.
Have you looked into the eyes
of those affected
by such enemies?
They are haunted–
because there are
strongholds that are not physical.
While Boko Haram may or may not
have physical strongholds,
there are spiritual ones,
ones that make the bones shake
you need to know
that Jesus is near.
may Your presence
be found in utter darkness,
in places where it seems impossible
for You to come in.
Fill victim’s haunted eyes
with Joy again, Jesus.
Tear down these strongholds.
Set the captives free.
For we know it is something
only You can do.
Buhari can declare all he wants
about his victories;
we know they belong to You.
Declare victory and freedom, dear Jesus.
The beautiful part is, You already have;
on the cross, dying and humiliated,
You and You alone came back from the dead.
Breathe Your Life into this situation, Jesus.
May Buhari boast of You–
and may haunted eyes be full of hope again.
(c) Annalee Hoover 2019
Dear Friends and Readers who Follow Christ,
Today has been an incredibly traumatic, life-altering day for many, many muslims in New Zealand, and all over the world. If you have not heard, two terror attacks in New Zealand mosques have taken place, killing at least 49 people and wounding 20 more (you can stay up to date on the event here).
Friends, this is the perfect time to love and be there for these dear, precious people. Islam is a hateful religion; but we ultimately know that we do not fight the people who believe it as much as we fight the ideology itself. These are people, just like you and I, and they are in deep, deep grief.
Whether it would be praying for them, or reaching out in support on their behalf and presenting the Gospel, let’s think of the ways we can love these people in the darkest hour of their lives. As we do so, and as we are given opportunities to share the Gospel, they will know we are Christians by our Love and genuine care for them– and it will glorify our Loving, Gracious, Truth-filled Savior. In doing so, they will know Jesus’ Love– and hopefully give their lives to Him.
Right now, these people need love. May the way we conduct ourselves honor and please Jesus, who Loves all and wants all to come to Him.
Your Friend in Christ,
***YOU CAN DONATE TO THESE PEOPLE BY LEGITIMATE CROWDFUNDING SITES, WHICH YOU CAN FIND HERE.***
Do you know Jesus?
Jesus once said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). Jesus wants to comfort those in distress– and comfort those who are distressed by their sin, by being their Savior. Learn more about Jesus, and what His action on the cross meant for you, here.
Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here)…
- Those who are in deep grief over these terror attacks.
- The perpetrators– that justice would be done, and that they would be incredibly humbled and brought to Jesus.
- The Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.
- Jesus to come back soon.
Thank you for your prayers. ❤
In all of my blog posts about the war on terror worldwide and especially in Nigeria, I talk a lot about the victims—the women and children, especially. But I have realized that I have not spoken about the men who have been victims of Boko Haram. Continue reading
Today, on such a painful, painful day, I wanted to say a prayer for the family members and loved ones of those 2,977 people who passed away 17 years ago. Would you agree with me in prayer?
“Dear Lord Jesus,
You know better than anyone the pain, anguish, and grief so many people are going through today. We praise You and thank You for each and every life of those involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack, and we thank You for those on Flight 93 who fought back against the terrorists.
We pray now that You would comfort those who are, once again, grieving those closest to them. Show them that You are near, Lord Jesus, and give them vision of You.
Hold these people, Lord Jesus, and draw them to Yourself. Give them the strength they need to continue living through this tragedy.
Please end this war, God. Come back, and bring the Peace that only You can.
In Jesus’ Name we pray,
A list of the names of all 2,997 people lost in 9/11 can be found here.
Do you know Jesus?
God, Jesus, is “the God of All Comfort,” holding the hearts of all the broken (Psalm 34:18); Jesus offers rest to the weary (Matthew 11:28). Learn more about Christ, and how He can heal and comfort you in your brokenness, here.