Two Years of #BringBackOurGirls

April 15, 2016 by Open Doors in Africa

It’s been two years since Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in Northern Nigeria’s Borno State. For the past 730 days, these parents have not heard any concrete news about their daughters. Our partners in Nigeria have shared the following report:

Are they alive? If so, where are they, how are they and how have they spent each one of the 730 days since they were taken? None of the rumors that fly around offer any hope.

Elusive Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, boasted about converting the girls to Islam and then selling them off as wives to Muslim men.

Some women rescued from Boko Haram camps have testified to either seeing the girls or hearing about them. Some claimed the girls became Muslims, even Muslim fighters. Others claimed they were treated well and kept separate, enjoying superior treatment because of their use as bargaining tools.

While some observers speculate that at least half of the girls have been killed, others guess that they are being forced or coaxed into performing suicide bombings at Boko Haram’s bidding.

But from the government, there rings a deafening silence towards the parents — not a word on continued searches, sustained negotiations or considerations for rescue.

The constant maddening questions surrounding the wellbeing of their daughters are causing widespread disease among the parents. They are constantly going back and forth to clinics, looking for relief from their excruciating pain. But their pain is of a kind for which earthly medicine is inadequate.

There is but One that can bring relief. There is but One that can bring peace. And it is this One, the Lord Jesus Christ, on whom the parents will be calling when they gather on Thursday for a memorial service.

Join us in praying that Jesus, the Man who is well-acquainted with suffering, will minister to them. He has walked the dusty roads of this earth. He has submitted Himself to sinful men and died an unjust death. He has labored, experienced loss and endured deep sorrow — deeper than can be imagined. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:15-16) It is He, Himself that they desperately need.

The parents express their gratitude to people like you who are standing with them and their daughters in support and prayer. To learn more about what you can do to help persecuted Christians in Nigeria, watch this video