“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.“ – Luke 4:18-19 KJV
Good morning, friends.
Few things disturb me like kidnapping. Someone who doesn’t know you comes into an area where you feel safe and steals your dreams, sense of security, and whatever else they want from you. How frightening to think that we live in a world where this can happen. And not only can it happen, but it can happen to hundreds of people at a time. This was the case in Borno State, Nigeria. Over 200 girls taking exams at school, probably very nervous about them yet excited about being finished. Then, a group of armed men comes in to abduct them, forcing them to leave. Some of the girls escaped, but most didn’t. Many have likely been married to men older than them that they do not know. The group that has stolen them has said that they will sell them. It’s deplorable, disgusting and scary. This is something that these girls will never forget. In situations like this, I am reminded that Jesus is a champion of freedom. The evil one comes to kill, steal and destroy, but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is one who restores, redeems, rescues and sets captives free. Although this situation is bleak, it is not without hope. At 9PM EST, I will be holding a prayer call to pray for the safe return of the girls. There will be several prayer foci tonight and people from many places joining us on the line.
Tonight’s Prayer Foci
Safe return of the girls
Safety of those trying to rescue them
Peace for the families
Protection for the girls as they are captives
That people would come to know Christ through this situation
Restoration of peace in Borno state and other areas of northeastern Nigeria
For the end of sex and human trafficking
If you would like to stand with us in agreement for the safe return of the girls, please call in. I have seen the power of prayer in my own life, and more than anything, I want to see God turn the ashes of this situation into beauty. To enter the prayer line, simply dial 530-881-1300 and enter access code 121413#. If you are outside of the US, check out Free Conferencing’s website for details about how you can join in.