UK Christians Called to Unite in Prayer for Missing Nigerian School Girls

By Evangelical Alliance UK On May 13, 2014

A video from Boko Haram claims to show the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls wearing full-length hijabs and praying in an undisclosed location in a screengrab taken May 12, 2014.

Churches up and down the country are being urged to pray as video footage suggests that many of the 200 girls abducted in northern Nigeria have been forcibly converted to Islam.

As military forces from other countries, including the US Marines, lend their help in the search for the missing girls, the Evangelical Alliance and The National Day of Prayer and Worship have joined forces to encourage Christians across the country to take up their most powerful weapon of prayer in the fight against Boko Haram.

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Steve Clifford, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, said: "As evangelical Christians we believe that all people everywhere are created equal and in the image of a loving God. As the Evangelical Alliance, we are also passionate about the importance of civil liberty, the right of every human being to an education and the freedom of every person to choose what they believe. But this is not just about freedoms.

"At the centre of this is a heart-breaking story of precious girls who have been snatched from the schools in which they were seeking an education. We might sign all the petitions and use all the hashtags we want, but as Christians our first response must be to pray to a God who is able to do all things - even in the midst of hopelessness and despair."

Yesterday, Islamist militants Boko Haram released a video showing around 130 of the girls - who were kidnapped on 14 April and are being held while the terrorist group demands the release of imprisoned militants in exchange.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is seen saying in the video: "These girls, these girls you occupy yourselves with ... we have indeed liberated them. These girls have become Muslims."

Convener of The National Day of Prayer and Worship Dr Jonathan Oloyede, who converted to Christianity from Islam, urged Christians everywhere to pray for the girls, their families and Nigeria. "This is a heart-breaking situation and as a persecuted Christian convert from Islam, I urge you to use this situation to pray for all those who are persecuted and oppressed based on religion.

"The situation is constantly changing and I am grateful to the media for keeping the story in the news. This should enable the Church to keep up-to-date with the events as they unfold as a subject for real and fervent prayer. I join with national and church leaders to condemn this brutal violation of freedom and justice."

He added: "No one should be forced into any religion and it is my prayer and hope that every one of these schoolgirls will be found safe and alive. We pray for displaced communities within Borno state, Maiduguri and surrounding towns. We pray for comfort to all family members in anguish, shock and distress over the fate of their girls. We pray for the Nigerian government and all supporting foreign countries to deploy all necessary resources to find these young people. Pray, pray, and pray again because with God nothing is impossible."

Over the weekend, Dr Oloyede has written to the Nigerian High Commissioner on behalf of Nigerian UK church leaders recommending that a prayer vigil takes place there later this week. 

Yemi Adedeji, director of the Evangelical Alliance's One People Commission - made up of key denominational leaders from across ethnic minorities - said: "It has been heartening to see how people from all backgrounds and ethnicities across the world have rallied together, demanding the safe return of 'our girls'. As the Church in this nation, we firmly believe that it is by working together and praying together that we can see what might seem impossible become a reality."

The Evangelical Alliance and The National Day of Prayer and Worship are calling on Christians to pray for each of the girls by name. A list of 180 of their names follows this prayer written by Fred Drummond, director of prayer at the Evangelical Alliance:

Prayer for Nigerian captives

 

God of grace and comfort, we pray for your mercy

We pray for the girls brutally kidnapped in Nigeria.

We ask that you might be with them.

In their times of deepest darkness, be a bright beacon of hope.

We pray for your protection of them and ask that they may be freed quickly.

Lord, guide those searching for them

Grant wisdom and discernment and perseverance.

We pray for the parents, family and friends of the girls.

Lord, strengthen them in their time of sorrow and fear and give them hope and the consolation of your presence.

Lord, we pray for all victims of violence: those who feel abandoned and forgotten; the nameless abused.

May they know that you love them and that others care.

In Jesus' name

Amen

Names of missing girls:

 

1. Deborah Abge Chrstian

2. Awa Abge

3. Hauwa Yirma

4. Asabe Manu

5. Mwa Malam pogu

6. Patiant Dzakwa

7. Saraya Mal. Stover

8. Mary Dauda

9. Gloria Mainta

10. Hanatu Ishaku

11. Gloria Dama

12. Tabitha Pogu

13. Maifa Dama

14. Ruth kollo

15. Esther Usman

16. Awa James

17. Anthonia Yahonna

18. Kume Mutah

19. Aisha Ezekial

20. Nguba Buba

21. Kwanta Simon

22. Kummai Aboku

23. Esther Markus

24. Hana Stephen

25. Rifkatu Amos

26. Rebecca Mallum

27. Blessing Abana.

28. Ladi Wadai

29. Tabitha Hyelampa.

30. Ruth Ngladar

31. Safiya Abdu

32. Na'omi Yahonna

33. Solomi Titus

34. Rhoda John

35. Rebecca Kabu

36. Christy Yahi

37. Rebecca Luka

38. Laraba John

39. Saratu Markus

40. Mary Usman

41. Debora Yahonna

42. Naomi Zakaria

43. Hanatu Musa

44. Hauwa Tella

45. Juliana Yakubu.

46. Suzana Yakubu

47. Saraya Paul

48. Jummai Paul

49. Mary Sule

50. Jummai John

51. Yanke Shittima

52. Muli Waligam

53. Fatima Tabji

54. Eli Joseph

55. Saratu Emmanuel

56. Deborah Peter

57. Rahila Bitrus

58. Luggwa Sanda

59. Kauna Lalai

60. Lydia Emmar

61. Laraba Maman

62. Hauwa Isuwa

63. Confort Habila

64. Hauwa Abdu

65. Hauwa Balti

66. Yana Joshua

67. Laraba Paul

68. Saraya Amos

69. Glory Yaga

70. Na'omi Bitrus

71. Godiya Bitrus

72. Awa Bitrus

73. Na'omi Luka

74. Maryamu Lawan

75. Tabitha Silas

76. Mary Yahona

77. Ladi Joel

78. Rejoice Sanki

79. Luggwa Samuel

80. Comfort Amos

81. Saraya Samuel

82. Sicker Abdul

83. Talata Daniel

84. Rejoice Musa

85. Deborah Abari

86. Salomi Pogu

87. Mary Amor

88. Ruth Joshua

89. Esther John

90. Esther Ayuba

91. Maryamu Yakubu

91. Zara Ishaku

93. Maryamu Wavi

94. Lydia Habila

95. Laraba Yahonna

96. Na'omi Bitrus

97. Rahila Yahanna

98. Ruth Lawan

99. Ladi Paul

100. Mary Paul

101. Esther Joshua

102. Helen Musa

103. Margret Watsai

104. Deborah Jafaru

105. Filo Dauda

106. Febi Haruna

107. Ruth Ishaku

108. Racheal Nkeki

109. Rifkatu Soloman

110. Mairama yahaya

111. Saratu Dauda

112. Jinkai Yama

113. Margret Shettima

114. Yana yidau

115. Grace Paul

116. Amina Ali

117. Palmata Musa

118. Awagana Musa

119. Pindar Nuhu

120. Yana Pogu

121. Saraya Musa

122. Hauwa Joseph

123. Hauwa kwakwi

125. Hauwa Musa

126. Maryamu Musa

127. Maimuna Usman

128. Rebeca Joseph

129. Liyatu Habitu

130. Rifkatu Yakubu

131. Naomi Philimon

132. Deborah Abbas

133. Ladi Ibrahim

134. Asabe Ali

135. Maryamu Bulama

136. Ruth Amos

137. Mary Ali

138. Abigail Bukar

139. Deborah Amos

140. Saraya Yanga

141. Kauna Luka

142. Christiana Bitrus

143. Yana Bukar

144. Hauwa peter

145. Hadiza  Yakubu

146. Lydia Simon

147. Ruth Bitrus

148. Mary Yakubu

149. Lugwa Mutah

150. Muwa Daniel

151. Hanatu Nuhu

152. Monica Enoch

153. Margret Yama

154. Docas yakubu

155. Rhoda peter

156. Rifkatu Galang

157. Saratu Ayuba

158. Naomi Adamu

159. Hauwa Ishaya

160. Rahap Ibrahim

162. Deborah Soloman

163. Hauwa Mutah

164. Hauwa Takai

165. Serah   Samuel

166. Aishatu Musa

167. Aishatu Grema.

168. Hauwa Nkeki

169. Hamsatu Abubakar

170. Mairama Abubakar

171. Hauwa Wule

172. Ihyi Abdu

173. Hasana Adamu

174. Rakiya Kwamtah

175. Halima Gamba

176. Aisha Lawan

177. Kabu Malla

178. Yayi Abana

179. Falta Lawan

180. Kwadugu Manu

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