By Emily Watt | 19 February 2020
Nigeria | Kept Captive For Her Faith
Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi, Nigeria, on February 19th.
Over 100 girls were taken that day by Boko Haram, an extremist Islamic group that are known for targeting Christian villages and kidnappings (they were also responsible for taking over 200 girls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, 4 years ago).
On 21st March, most of the girls from Dapchi were released. But Leah wasn’t.
Leah’s mother, Rebeccah, told local media what she had heard from Leah’s friends who had escaped. "(Leah) was about to board the vehicle that was to bring them back. Then Boko Haram said she should convert. Her friends said they tried to convince her but she said she will not convert to Islam. Boko Haram said since she will not convert to Islam she should remain behind. That was how they left her. She is alone."
Leah then asked her departing classmates to pray for her. She also asked her friends to give her mother a message:
"My God, whom we have been praying to with you, is showing Himself mighty in my trying moment. I know your words to me during our morning devotions that God is very close to people in pain. I am witnessing this now. I am confident that one day I shall see your face again. If not here, then there at the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Natha, Leah’s father, is amazed by his daughters faith:
"The confidence and faith of my daughter in the face of death in the hands of Boko Haram, to say she will never denounce Christ, made me realise that I had been living with a strong follower of Christ in my house. I am highly encouraged by her strong faith in the Lord. My daughter’s testimony has drawn me very closer to Christ."
Her Pastor, Daniel Auta of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) told local media that the church all over Dapchi have been praying and fasting.
Pray with Christians in Dapchi for the safe release of Leah and any other girls still being held by Book Haram.
- For freedom for Leah, and for the many others who are being held captive by Boko Haram.
- That Leah and others like her will be able to remain strong in their faith and continue to know God’s presence with them, even in captivity.
- For comfort for their families.
- That God will change the hearts of Boko Haram members.
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