A recent incident shows that Muslim Boko Haram’s reign of terror in northern Nigeria is motivated not by power, politics, or economics, but by deep-seated Islamic hatred of Jesus Christ.

The living captives of Boko Haram taken on February 19th of this year, have been released . . . all but one.

When Islamic militants raided the girls’ school in Dapchi, northern state Yobe, Nigeria, they took both Muslim and Christian girls. On the journey back to their camp, five of the captured girls died. According to Morning Star News reports, one of the girls was trampled to death and the others died from the trauma.

Rebecca Sharibu holds up a photograph that shows her daughter Leah, seated on the left in a black shirt. Leah was kidnapped in February 2018 from her school in the town of Dapchi in northern Nigeria by members of the terrorist organization Boko Haram. Photo by Chika Oduah. April 2018.

On March 21st, Boko Haram released 104 of the girls. Family members rejoiced to be reunited. “I don’t know why they brought us back but they said because we are children of Muslims,” one of the freed girls, told Reuters.

But the family of Leah Sharibu would not experience this relief. Leah, a Christian had refused to recite the Islamic creed, and refused to renounce Christ and become a Muslim as demanded by Boko Haram to secure her release. She sent this message to her mother through the released girls:

“My mother you should not be disturbed. I know it is not easy missing me, but I want to assure you that I am fine where I am… I am confident that one day I shall see your face again. If not here, then there at the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Over 90 days later and Leah is still held by Boko Haram. She has turned 15 during captivity. Please lift up this precious, bold sister in Christ and pray for her protection and release.

Continue to pray for Smyrna’s Nigerian partner who ministers in the north, and whose ministry is constantly under attack by Muslims. In the past week alone, several of those he pastors were shot and killed by Islamic terrorists who targeted these Christians because of their allegiance to Christ.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9

Pray —

School girls set free by their Boko Haram kidnappers are photographed during a handover to government officials in Maiduguri. (PC: AP)

5/25 — Pray that Leah will be guarded from the physical attacks of man and spiritual attacks of the enemy. Pray for her to overflow with the Lord’s peace and sufficiency.

5/26 — Lifting up our brothers and sisters in terrorized parts of Nigeria, pray for their hearts to rest in Him daily. Pray for our partner’s safety as he ministers in Nigeria.

5/27 — Ask God to strengthen and uphold Christians
targeted by Boko Haram, reminding them that they are more than conquerors through Him who loves them. (Rom. 8:37)

5/28 — Pray for the Spirit to enable abducted Christian girls and their families in Nigeria with the power to forgive their persecutors. Pray for the Muslim girls and families to see the power of Christ’s abundant life on display.

5/29 — Pray that Leah and other Christians in Nigeria who are faced with similar trials will persevere courageously unto the eternal reward for their faith in Christ.

5/30 — Praise God for the bold, courageous, Spirit-emboldened faith of young Leah and pray for how God will use it to build His Church in Nigeria.

5/31 — Pray that members of Boko Haram and other Islamic terror groups in Nigeria will be convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit, repent of their evil acts and receive the truth of Jesus’ everlasting love in the Gospel.

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