Friday, July 11, 2014

Prayers for Nigeria!

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 at 16:5616:56 Thank you so much for praying for Nigeria! I wanted to let you know about the positive news we’ve heard from Nigeria since you took part in the Nigeria Week of Prayer last month: A key figure in the Boko Haram terrorist group has been arrested (the group is responsible for the kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls in April); A plot to bomb a school in Gombe State was uncovered; A young boy alerted police to a potential car bombing, averting the threat; A bomb did explode in Kaduna State, but there were no deaths; Recent intelligence breakthroughs may help the police to contain the wave of terrorist attacks. The international press continues to focus primarily on the attacks that take place, and this can obscure the encouraging news that is emerging slowly but surely in the midst of the crisis. Bomb plots have been uncovered and terrorist attacks foiled; but even when an attack has taken place, the police have been able to make arrests. We need to persevere in prayer until the bombing and killing come to an end. Pray especially for southern Borno State, which is predominantly Christian and non-Kanuri – the major tribe in Borno State. As part of Boko Haram’s campaign of religious cleansing, the people of Chibok recently received a message telling them leave their ancestral lands or face annihilation. They have reported this and other threats, but complain that they receive insufficient protection because they are non-Kanuri; Pray that the sponsors of Boko Haram are exposed and rooted out, otherwise all the efforts to ensure stability will be of no use in the end. Please do keep praying – prayer resources are still available online. Thank you for your prayers! Let’s keep asking God for justice and mercy to reign in Nigeria. CSW is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) PO Box 99, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 3YF

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