Date: February 20, 2021
That’s how long Rebecca and Nathan Sharibu have been waiting for their daughter to come home.
On 19 February 2018 – three years ago yesterday – Leah was one of 110 girls abducted from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria.
Three years on, Leah, the sole Christian in the group, is the only one still being held prisoner by an offshoot of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Returnees said that Leah had been ‘held back on religious grounds’ due to her refusal to convert in exchange for freedom.
Over the last three years, thousands of you have joined us to pray, protest and campaign for Leah. Last year, Rebecca joined us in London to protest outside the Nigerian High Commission for her daughter’s release, and she said:
‘I want to thank you once again for the encouragement I receive from all of you, and plead with you to continue praying until Leah is out.’
After telling the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18, Jesus said this:
‘“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 1: 7-8a)
Leah’s faith inspires us to trust in God and persevere as she does. Join us this week in prayer for her release.
In summary, please pray:
- For peace and comfort for Rebecca’s parents, Rebecca and Nathan, and her brother Donald, as they endure the waiting.
- That God will speak to Leah’s captors and they will have a change of heart, and will release her.
- That they would also release others they are holding, including Alice Ngaddah and Grace Taku.