Update: Leah Sharibu reported alive in Nigeria

Friends, on January 19, a released captive of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP)—the same Islamic terrorist group who kidnapped Leah Sharibu in 2018—in Nigeria told local media that she spoke with Alice Ngaddah who reported that Leah Sharibu is alive and doing well. This is notable and welcome news; we have been praying for Leah and Alice over the last 18 months. Alice was an aid worker who was kidnapped by the radical group, while Leah was a schoolgirl who has been in captivity since February 2018 because she is a Christian.

The former captive, Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, is an aid worker with Action for International Medical Alliance (ALIMA) who was kidnapped by ISWAP—which is an offshoot of Boko Haram—on December 22; she was freed on January 16.

“We thank the Lord for Jennifer and her colleagues’ release and for the ray of hope about the other female captives, including Leah, that would no doubt be very welcome to their loved ones. However, …. Open Doors strongly urges the Nigerian President to continue his efforts to liberate the hostages held by Boko Haram,” said Jo Newhouse*, a local Open Doors spokesperson.

Open Doors calls on believers around the world to continue in fervent prayer for the release of Leah, Alice and other captives.

Pray for God’s sustaining grace to all loved ones eagerly hoping to be reunited.

Pray President Buhari continues his efforts to liberate the hostages held by ISWAP and Boko Haram.

Pray for the hearts of the radicals in ISWAP. Pray God would move mightily and soften their spirits to hear His voice.

If God moves you to become more involved in supporting believers facing persecution, we encourage you to tap here to explore our Frontline Partner Program.

*Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.

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