Last year dozens of girls and young women were kidnapped by radical Muslims in Chibok, Nigeria. News reports told about the kidnappings.
People all over the world heard the reports and protested against Boko Haram, the group that kidnapped the girls. Some of the girls were able to run away from the attackers and escape. But most are still with the kidnappers, or they have been sold as slaves.
Months after the kidnappings, a pastor in Nigeria shared his thoughts: “My 20-year-old and 19-year-old daughters were both kidnapped by the Boko Haram…Day and night I feel the pain. My wife does not know what to do sometimes. She cannot cook. Even when somebody brings a meal for us, there is no taste that we can experience…
“I cannot explain my feelings with what was happened to my daughters as I am so sad.”
Today, fewer news reports tell about the kidnapped girls. Many people may have forgotten about them. But Christians are called to remember other Christians who are suffering.
Hebrews 13:3 (NIV) says, “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
One way to remember persecuted Christians is to pray for them. Read below some ways you can pray. Can you think of others?
- Ask God to comfort the girls and their families.
- Ask God to protect the girls from further harm.
- Pray that radical Muslims will give up evil activities and decide to follow Jesus instead.
Read more about remembering persecuted Christians in the next post.