How then shall we pray?
Ever since Leah refused to say Muslim prayers and renounce her faith in Christ on the trucks that would take the other kidnapped girls to freedom and her deeper into captivity, Open Doors has shared Leah’s story.
Rebecca Sharibu, Leah’s mother
Our field team has sat with her mother, Rebecca, as she pleaded, “Please, don’t stop praying for my Leah.” We have given you opportunities to write letters of encouragement to the Sharibus. With each release of a proof-of-life video or photo, we’ve reported the news and shared the images with aching hearts—yet knowing we were mobilizing millions of prayers. When ISWAP swore that both Leah and Alice would be their “slaves for life,” we tearfully offered the update.
For more than 500 days, we have prayed daily with you in hopeful anticipation that we would one day get the opportunity to report Leah’s safe return to her family. In many ways, this is truly what it feels like to be a family—praying together and grieving together as one Church. When one part of the body suffers, as the apostle Paul writes, we all suffer (1 Cor. 12:26).
Please continue to pray with us for the Sharibus and Alice’s family. Share your prayers on our Prayer Wall for Leah Sharibu where hundreds of Christians like you have written their words for Leah and her parents, Rebecca and Natha. By gathering together virtually, we join our hearts and voices as a global community.
Specifically, please continue to pray with us for the families of Leah and Alice:
- Pray with Leah’s parents—Rebecca and Natha—and the rest of her family. And remember Alice’s husband and children. Pray these families would sense God’s presence and peace in transcendent ways we can’t imagine.
- Pray the Nigerian government will take immediate action to launch an effort to investigate this report and, if true, to take deliberate action to bring the perpetrators to justice.
- Pray that if the report proves to be untrue that God will protect Leah. This report will undoubtedly bring more attention to her story and may, in fact, put her at further risk.
- Pray the Nigerian government takes prompt and decisive action to protect religious minorities and to make honest efforts to hold violators to justice.
And if you sense God leading you to stand with Christians in at-risk areas like northeastern Nigeria and beyond, you can find more information here.
This is a developing story. Open Doors will continue to report on it and will bring you updated information as news breaks.