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CSW: Pray for Leah Sharibu

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Prayer needs for this week - Saturday 31 March

Dear Peter

“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.“ Rev 12:11

Pray for 15 year old Leah Sharibu 
As we remember Jesus’s death and resurrection to free us, please pray urgently for Leah Sharibu to be set free. Leah, the only Christian out of 110 girls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria on 19 February, is still being held captive a week after the others were released for refusing to renounce her faith. As they pleaded with her to convert so she could go home, her friends said Leah was in tears but insistent that she could not live with herself if she did so. She maintained her faith even after the Boko Haram commander said they would kill her, and sent a message to her parents to pray for God’s will to be done in her life.

Galatians 3:22 tells us we too were prisoners until Jesus set us free, and Isaiah 61:1 says we are anointed to “proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners”. Freeing prisoners is one of the most powerful  demonstrations of the message of salvation, and an especially precious reminder this Easter weekend.

“They gave her the option of converting in order to be released but she said she will never become a Muslim. I am very sad...but I’m also jubilating too because my daughter did not denounce Christ.” – Leah’s father, Nathan Sharibu.
Hear Leah’s story directly from the General Secretary of her denomination, and join us in prayer. 
Leah is a member of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA). CSW-Nigeria’s CEO Reverend Yunusa Nmadu is also General Secretary of ECWA, and is in direct contact with the family. Rev Yunusa will be speaking at Pursue Justice Live London on 28 April about the increasingly dangerous climate for Nigeria’s Christians and other religious minorities. Book your place to join us there, to stand with Leah and pray for her and her country. They need our most urgent and fervent prayers.

In conclusion, please pray:

  • That just as God was with Daniel in the lions den, he would be with Leah, strengthening and protecting her as she courageously resists pressure to convert.
  • That God will move powerfully in the hearts of her captors and she will be released soon.
  • That God would bring peace and protection to Christians and other religious minorities in northern central Nigeria and end insecurity and lawlessness throughout the country.
  • For strength, courage, protection and wisdom for all who are working to secure the release of Leah and others like her who are being held captive by Boko Haram terrorists, including the remaining Chibok Girls.

As we head into Easter, we’re praying for Pakistan, a country that desperately needs your prayers. From restrictive blasphemy laws that are often used to settle personal scores, to biased textbooks that teach children to hate those who follow different faiths other than the majority religion. Pakistan needs your fervent and faithful prayers this week. 

Sunday 1 April

Today is Easter Sunday, a day when churches will be full of people celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. Sadly in the past this has made them a prime target for attacks: for example, the two church bombings in 2015 in Lahore. Please pray that God would watch over his people as they worship and keep them safe from any violence. 

Monday 2 April

In January we asked you to pray for school children in Pakistan who are forced to learn from a biased curriculum that teaches them to look down on other religions and promotes Islam, even in non-religious subjects like science. This is a longstanding problem that exacerbates other religious freedom issues, as children are taught intolerance and hatred: please pray that our campaignwould gain momentum and the curriculum would be changed.

Tuesday 3 April

Kiran was just going out to buy vegetables for her mother when she was snatched off the street, forcibly married to a man she didn’t know, and told that she had a new name and a new religion: Islam. Kidnapping and forced conversion of Christian and Hindu girls is a heart-breaking problem that desperately needs your prayers. Please pray that girls like Kiran would be reunited with their families soon.

Wednesday 4 April

Last month we asked you to pray for Michelle Chaudhry, founder of the Cecil and Iris Chaudhry Foundation. Today, pray that God would provide for the work of the Foundation generally: they are tireless in their work to protect human rights, especially freedom of religion or belief, undertaking often dangerous work with limited resources. 

Thursday 5 April

Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya Muslim community face daily discrimination and even violence. They are victims of ongoing targeted attacks and killings – at least six Ahmadis were killed in 2017. Please pray that the anti-Ahmadiyya laws will be repealed so that Ahmadis can freely practise their religion, and that there would be no further violence against their community. 

Friday 6 April

Today, please pray that Taimoor Raza, a Shi’a Muslim who is facing the death sentence for allegedly committing blasphemy on Facebook, would be released and that the charges against him would be dropped. He was arrested in 2016 and if he is executed, he will be the first person to be killed for allegedly committing blasphemy on Facebook.

Saturday 7 April

Father God, in the week when we celebrate your Son’s death on the cross and his glorious resurrection, taking away our burden of sin and shame, we pray for everyone in Pakistan who approaches the Easter period fearing that celebrating these events would make them a target. Protect churchgoers this week, we pray, and bring your peace to Pakistan. Amen.
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Posted on 31 Mar 2018

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