Date:                     July 30, 2019


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Two years ago the world was shocked by the startling news that over a
100 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, had been kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. This jihadist terrorist group hates western style education, particularly for girls. After negotiations, 104 girls were released, but one name stood out - Leah Sharibu. Why? She alone refused to renounce Christianity, which infuriated her Islamic captors. Her brave stance also captured the hearts of the Christian world that saw her as a modern-day martyr. Little has been known about her since then, but recently reports of her death, along with Grace Taku, an Aid worker in Nigeria, have surfaced.
Can her death be verified? It is uncertain at this time. Many armed Jihadi groups are increasing in northern Nigeria. Even the Fulani herdsmen have been involved in some of the country's chaotic attacks and kidnappings. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to work for the release not only of Leah Sharibu, but also recently captured Grace Taku and other aid workers for Action for Hunger. Some are condemning the secrecy and lack of action on the part of the Buhari government from stemming this growing epidemic plaguing Nigeria. The villages of several of the Chibok girls have recently been pillaged in attacks worse than those incurred before the present administration came into office.

The nation of Nigeria is number 12 on the 2019 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for Nigeria on Day 29 by following the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.

Let us pray for:
  • The truth to be made known about the fate of Leah Sharibu and Grace Taku, as well as other aid workers captured by Boko Haram (The Bible, John 8:32).
  • All Christian captives held by jihadist and terrorist groups in Nigeria to be surrounded by angels and upheld in their faith as they become witnesses for our Lord Jesus Christ among their captors (The Bible, Philippians 1:12-13).
  • The supernatural intervention by our Holy God to release Leah and Grace from their demonically motivated captors (The Bible, Acts 16:24-26).
  • President Buhari to be moved to action on the part of these captives of Nigerian terrorist groups. May their locations be found, and may the government actively intervene on their behalf(The Bible, Mark 4:22).
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