Unexpected Grace For Nigerian Widow

May 15, 2014 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution

Grace Grace is a 26-year-old woman from northern Nigeria. The dark purple dress she wore on the day we met illuminated her sad and piercing brown eyes. She had only been married for a year and a half when she lost her husband in an attack by Boko Haram. Boko Haram is the Islamic extremist group responsible for multiple attacks on government and church buildings in northern Nigeria. Though it had been six months since Grace had lost her husband, she was still in a deep state of mourning. Even though she had come to share her story that day, she was unable to speak about the day she lost her husband and what life was like as a 26-year-old widow. James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” As Grace was in a state of mourning and distress, we knew that we were called to minister to her by covering her in prayer. About four or five of us women gathered around Grace, laid hands on her and began to pray for her unspoken prayer requests. Though we did not know her exact needs, we knew that God did. Though we could not fully understand the pain such a young Nigerian widow felt, we knew that God did. Though she could not verbalize her exact feelings and emotions to us, we knew that God knew all of those feelings and emotions. After we prayed for these unspoken prayer requests, Grace looked up with tears in her eyes. For the first time, a beautiful smile emerged onto her once stoic face. This was a connection that transcended both culture and spoken word; something that only God could do. Please continue to pray for Grace and the many young Christian widows she represents. Though their unspoken prayer requests may not be known to us, our heavenly Father knows their every need.