A little brother robbed of his sister in Nigeria

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Friends, it has been two years since Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi, Nigeria at the age of 14. Most of her classmates were released in the following weeks but Boko Haram kept Leah, reportedly because she refused to renounce her faith in Christ.

Since her abduction there have been many unconfirmed rumors about her; however, one thing remains clear—she has not yet returned home to her mother Rebecca and father Nathan. Her younger brother, Donald, is growing up without the presence of his sister.

Leah puts a face to the thousands of others who have been abducted by Boko Haram since its insurgency. The girls that have been forced into marriage, used as sex slaves, and suicide bombers; the boys trained for combat.

Please pray that the Lord will bring Leah home in His time. Pray that the government will secure the release of Leah and all the other Nigerians held captive.

Pray for Leah to be strong in body, mind and spirit.

Pray that the Lord will stir the hearts of the Boko Haram commanders and soldiers to repentance as they see Leah live out her faith in the true Ruler.

Pray for Leah’s family–Nathan, Rebecca and Donald, and all the other families affected by abductions in Nigeria.

Photo: an undated photo of Leah sent by her family.

Another church attacked in Burkina Faso—two killed

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Friends, we have just been alerted to another church attack in northern Burkina Faso. Information is scarce at this point, but our Africa team is reporting that unidentified armed individuals on motorcycles attacked a church during their worship service on Sunday, February 9.

Reportedly, at least two Christians were killed as they fled. As of yet, there has been no official reaction to the attack.

Please pray for God’s abundant grace to be upon all affected by this attack.

Pray that local Christians would be strengthened in their faith and walk in unity in the face of these ongoing attacks.

Pray that believers would trust in God and not live in fear (Psalm 56:4).

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