Jeremiah 31:15
Thus, says the Lord: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.

On April 14th, a militant Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from their school in Nigeria. Nearly 200 girls are still missing. A video posted by the leader of the group said Allah told him to sell the girls to be married (sex slavery) because there is a market for human life. The group has announced the girls will be sold for only $12.

There is a social media campaign to raise awareness about this terrorist abduction of young girls. The campaign, #BringBackOurGirls, hopes the attention will influence national leaders to help find the girls. The US has already responded by sending 50 to the area to help. I offer this prayer for their freedom and innocence.

Let’s pray:
Compassionate God, your call for Christ’s church is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, and visit the imprisoned. We cannot visit the imprisoned girls abducted in Nigeria. We want to find them, comfort them, and take them back to their homes.

Hear our prayers for the girls whose lives are dear to us and most precious to you. May they know they are loved by millions around the world who pray for them and hope for their safety. Make known to them your presence amidst their terrifying circumstances. Keep them together that their community may sustain their hope. Guard their innocence from exploitation. May they return to live as the children they are.

Hear our prayers for the men and women searching for the girls. Guide them to where the girls are held. Strengthen the teams for the tireless work they will do and protect them as they face evil. May their passion for justice fuel their striving.

Hear our prayers for the men who acted so heinously. Have mercy on the souls who have misunderstood your image in all of humanity and believe you would have any one of your daughters sold as a slave. May their spirits be restored to the knowledge of you as Creator of all humanity and giver of all life.

In the name of Christ Jesus who came to set the captives free, we pray. Amen.

Below are the names of 180 of the girls still missing. Please pray for them individually.

Deborah ​Abge
Awa ​James
Anthonia Yahonna
Kume ​Mutah
Na’omi ​Yahonna
Awa ​Abge
Solomi ​Titus
Hauwa ​Yirma
Rhoda ​John
Aisha ​Ezekial
Asabe ​Manu
Rebecca ​Kabu
Nguba ​Buba
Mwa ​Malam Pogu
Christy ​Yahi
Kwanta ​Simon
Patiant ​Dzakwa
Rebecca ​Luka
Kummai ​Aboku
Saraya ​Mal Stover
Laraba ​John
Esther ​Markus
Mary ​Dauda
Saratu ​Markus
Hana ​Stephen
Gloria ​Mainta
Mary ​Usman
Rifkatu ​Amos
Hanatu ​Ishaku
Debora ​Yahonna
Rebecca ​Mallum
Gloria ​Dama
Naomi ​Zakaria
Blessing ​Abana
Tabitha ​Pogu
Hanatu ​Musa
Ladi ​Wadai
Maifa ​Dama
Hauwa ​Tella
Ruth ​Kollo
Tabitha ​Hyelampa
Juliana ​Yakubu
Ruth ​Ngladar
Esther ​Usman
Suzana ​Yakubu
Safiya ​Abdu
Saraya ​Paul
Confort ​Habila
Luggwa ​Samuel
Jummai ​Paul
Hauwa ​Abdu
Comfort ​Amos
Mary ​Sule
Hauwa ​Balti
Saraya ​Samuel
Jummai ​John
Yana ​Joshua
Sicker ​Abdul
Yanke ​Shittima
Laraba ​Paul
Talata ​Daniel
Muli ​Waligam
Saraya ​Amos
Rejoice ​Musa
Fatima ​Tabji
Glory ​Yaga
Deborah ​Abari
Eli ​Joseph
Na’omi ​Bitrus
Salomi ​Pogu
Saratu ​Emmanuel,
Deborah Peter
Rahila ​Bitrus
Godiya ​Bitrus
Mary ​Amor
Awa ​Bitrus
Ruth ​Joshua
Na’omi ​Luka
Esther ​John
Luggwa ​Sanda
Kauna ​Lalai
Maryamu Lawan
Tabitha ​Silas
Lydia ​Emmar
Mary ​Yahona
Laraba ​Maman
Ladi ​Joel
Hauwa ​Isuwa
Esther ​Ayuba
Maryamu Yakubu
Zara ​Ishaku
Maryamu Wavi
Lydia ​Habila
Rejoice ​Sanki
Laraba ​Yahonna
Rahila ​Yahanna
Jinkai ​Yama
Margret Shettima
Yana ​Yidau
Ruth ​Lawan
Rifkatu Yakubu
Naomi ​Philimon
Deborah Abbas
Ladi ​Ibrahim
Grace ​Paul
Ladi ​Paul
Mary ​Paul
Esther ​Joshua
Amina ​Ali
Palmata Musa
Awagana Musa
Pindar ​Nuhu
Asabe ​Ali
Maryamu Bulama
Ruth ​Amos
Helen ​Musa
Margret Watsai
Deborah Jafaru
Filo ​Dauda
Yana ​Pogu
Saraya ​Musa
Mary ​Ali
Abigail Bukar
Deborah Amos
Saraya ​Yanga
Hauwa ​Joseph
Febi ​Haruna
Hauwa ​Kwakwi
Ruth ​Ishaku
Racheal Nkeki
Rifkatu Soloman
Mairama Yahaya
Saratu ​Dauda
Hauwa ​Musa
Kauna ​Luka
Christiana Bitrus
Yana ​Bukar
Maryamu Musa
Maimuna Usman
Rebeca Joseph
Liyatu ​Habitu
Hauwa ​Peter
Hadiza ​Yakubu
Lydia ​Simon
Ruth ​Bitrus
Hauwa ​Takai
Mary ​Yakubu
Lugwa ​Mutah
Muwa ​Daniel
Hanatu ​Nuhu
Monica Enoch
Margret Yama
Docas ​Yakubu
Serah ​Samuel
Aishatu Musa
Aishatu Grema
Hauwa ​Nkeki
Hamsatu Abubakar
Mairama Abubakar
Hauwa ​Wule
Rhoda ​Peter
Rifkatu Galang
Saratu ​Ayuba
Ihyi ​Abdu
Hasana Adamu
Rakiya ​Kwamtah
Halima ​Gamba
Naomi ​Adamu
Aisha ​Lawan
Hauwa ​Ishaya
Kabu ​Malla
Rahap ​Ibrahim
Deborah Soloman
Hauwa ​Mutah
Yayi ​Abana
Falta ​Lawan
Kwadugu Manu


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