Thankfully, most of us will never know the terror that grips a parent’s heart when they learn their child has been abducted. Rebecca and Nathan Sharibu know that pain firsthand. On February 19, 2018, their 15-year-old daughter, Leah, was abducted from her boarding school in northeast Nigeria.
In an attack on the school, Leah and more than 100 of her classmates were kidnapped from the town of Dapchi. Two months later, through backchannel efforts all of the girls in captivity were released—except Leah. That day, as the girls loaded into trucks to be taken home, Leah Sharibu was told to convert. She refused to deny Christ. Since her abduction, the young girl (now 16) has become globally known and held up as a stalwart of the Christian faith.
In mid-October 2018, Islamic State West Africa Province is a sect of Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. stated that Leah and another Christian, Alice Ngaddah (an aid worker kidnapped in a separate attack), would remain their “slaves for life.”
Nathan and Rebecca must have had many sleepless nights thinking about their daughter, wondering if she’ll ever return. Yet trusting God through it all. Over the last two years, Open Doors has walked with them, and now we have the unique opportunity to come alongside this family—our family in Christ—and encourage them through emails or cards and letters of hope.
Would you take a few minutes right now to let them know you’re praying with them—and that they’re not alone?
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Thank you for your heart for our persecuted family.
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