Pray for Leah

Protesters outside Nigerian Embassy

Leah refused to renounce her faith. She paid the price with her freedom.

She was one of 110 girls abducted from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria by Boko Haram in February 2018. The next month, following negotiations by the government, the girls were put into vehicles to go home.

However, Leah wasn’t among them. She wasn’t released because she refused to convert in exchange for her freedom.

Urgent call to prayer

On Tuesday 18 September, Saifura Husseini Ahmed (one of three humanitarian workers abducted by the al Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram in May) was executed. 

The group threatened to kill the remaining hostages, including Leah Sharibu, in one month unless the Nigerian government responds to its demands.

Please pray daily at 5:30pm

ECWA, the church denomination that Leah and her family family belongs to, has issued a call to pray and fast from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 September for Leah and the other hostages (midwife Hauwa Mohammed Liman and nurse Alice Loksha Ngaddah) and is asking Christians everywhere to join them. At this critical juncture we need coordinated, focused and intensified prayer. 

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” 2 Corinthians 10:4

Secondly, over the coming days please  pray daily at 5:30pm (UK and Nigeria time), which is the time of day when Leah was abducted. We’re going to use Psalm 27 as our focus. Together around the world many thousands will be praying through this passage at the same time. Please also use this prayer sheet to help you.

Can you share this call with your church? 

Please inform them of ECWA’s urgent request. You could also organise a prayer meeting, or ask for it to be the focus of a meeting or evening service that you’re already a part of. 

Please share this call as widely as you can. We’ve seen incredible answers to prayer in the past and we certainly need one now.

You can still speak up for Leah now

Our call to President Buhari is unchanged – to negotiate the release of Leah, the two remaining humanitarian workers, and the 112 remaining Chibok girls. 

Sign the online petition. Or, even better, print out the paper petition and ask others to sign. If you have a few minutes, you can also use this guide to write a letter to the Nigerian Ambassador

200 Hours for 200 Days

Between 9am on 4 September and 5pm on 12 September, we held a 200 hour protest outside the Nigerian High Commission in London to mark 200 days since Leah’s abduction.  

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