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CSW: Vigil for Leah

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Next week we’re going to do something we haven’t tried before.

People of all ages, nationalities and denominations are taking part in 200 hours of protest and prayer to mark 200 days since the abduction of Leah Sharibu from her school in Nigeria. Leah is refusing to renounce her faith in exchange for her freedom from Boko Haram.

But if we’re going to make this something really powerful, that’s heard around the world, we need you.

You can take part in our 200-hour vigil outside the Nigerian High Commission in London. Or gather with others in your church to pray using our free resource. Or take to social media on Thursday 6 September (Day 200) with selfie films, tweets and shares.

Just this week a tape has emerged of Leah imploring the public to stand with her and her family, to get her released:

“I am calling on the government and people of goodwill to…get me out of this serious situation…I am begging you to treat me with compassion.”

By joining together for Leah, you’ll be answering her heartfelt call.

Pick one thing

After all this time, in captivity, Leah is still refusing to renounce her faith in exchange for her freedom. We must also persevere on her behalf. 

Wherever you are, please choose at least one thing you can do to take part.

Here’s our Chief Executive, Mervyn Thomas, explaining more about 200 Hours. You can also download this film to show at your church – just click on the link and click ‘Download’ at the top right.  

Thank you for persevering for Leah.

PS. Leah’s parents fear that the world’s attention has moved on to other crises, and their daughter has been forgotten. Let’s show them we haven’t given up on Leah.


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Posted on 30 Aug 2018

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