Nigerian military forces have been able to rescue approximately 677 of the 2,000 women and children kidnapped by Islamic terror group Boko Haram.
Many of the girls who were rescued are pregnant which was the intention of their rapists.
These girls have been through horrific circumstances which resulted in creation of a new life.
As their new babies grow and bear resemblance to their captors, how are they to cope with that?
“The sect leaders make a very conscious effort to impregnate the women,” said the Borno governor, Kashim Shettima. “Some of them, I was told, even pray before mating, offering supplications for God to make the products of what they are doing become children that will inherit their ideology.”
How does a passing glance of their son or daughter not bring them back to the desert where it all began?
Under Islamic law, if a baby is born to a Muslim man, that baby is a Muslim. The Boko Haram rapists hope these children grow up marginalized so that they turn to radical Islam and terrorism to find meaning.
The militants have openly promised to treat women as chattel. After Boko Haram militants kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok last year, the group’s leader called them slaves and threatened to “sell them in the market.”
I cannot begin to imagine the mental anguish of these Nigerian women. But my Father knows it. And He is able to comfort them in their affliction, to heal, to redeem, and to turn what man intended for evil into good.
That is the anchor in this storm.
We serve a God whose power is unlimited, whose compassion is deeper than the ocean, and whose love and comfort can transform any trial into an intimate time of fellowship with His Son, Jesus.
And He is with our sisters in Nigeria.
Let us lift them up, knowing that if we “trust in the Lord, then He will act.” (Psalm 37:5)
- Beseech the Lord to remind these girls that they are loved by Him with “perfect love which casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
- Ask the Good Shepherd to strengthen the church in Nigeria to surround these girls and walk with them every step of the way, sharing their burdens out of love for Christ. (Galatians 6:2).
- Ask the Lord to help these girls to see that “children are an inheritance from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Pray for them to raise their children to fear and honor the Living God, and pray for these babies to find compassion favor in the eyes of all who see them.
The enemy worked so hard to tear apart the lives of these girls. We pray that his evil schemes will fail, and more than that, that these girls raise their children to serve the One, True, Living God. Out of brokenness and pain, everlasting faith and praise! What a statement to the enemy that would be!
Praying with you,
– Brian and the team at Smyrna
Brian, a graduate of Columbia International University, recently traveled to Turkey to encourage Smyrna’s partners, returning with a deeper understanding of what the Lord is doing there. His passion and faithfulness in prayer, as well as his willingness to serve, make him an asset to the ministry.
Smyrna Insight is an e-commentary on current events involving Islamic persecution, Christian ministry in the Islamic context, and other topics dealing with the Persecuted Church under Islam. Smyrna does not necessarily endorse all of the views and opinions in the news stories we share.