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Pray for Boko Haram Members To Have A Change of Heart

Photo credit: Michael Fleshman via Photopin, CC

By Ruth Kramer, Mission News Network, July 16, 2014

Nigeria — The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram doesn’t care about public opinion. He’s just released a video mocking the plea to free 200 schoolgirls.

The Islamist militants captured the main group of girls in April. Nigeria’s government has been getting help from Western governments in planning a rescue. However, the question is not whether the girls can be rescued, but how to do it without endangering their lives.

It gives Boko Haram all the fuel it needs to be smug. In the 16-minute video, the leader is seen dancing and laughing, offering sarcastic commentary while surrounded by fighters and armored vehicles. AFP distributed the video over the weekend.

His comments refer to the Twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls, which has gained worldwide attention and brought awareness of the insurgency to the forefront.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram attacks continued over the weekend. Authorities believe they were responsible for the bombing of a major bridge that further limits access to the Sambisa Forest. Police believe Boko Haram has several camps there and that some of the girls are being held in those camps.

Since 2011, over 22,000 people lost their lives in violence between Nigeria’s security forces and Boko Haram. The Islamic insurgents want to set up a state based on strict Islamic law.

Open Doors USA says it is vital to understand how they began and what fuels their insurgency, so we can pray for each member to have a real encounter with Christ.

They’ve provided a comprehensive prayer guide that includes information on their roots, their history, their political alliances, their changes in leadership, and the future plans of this terrorist organization.

Click here to download the 4-page version of the guide, and then join the body of Christ in praying for Nigeria, for the release of the school girls, and for the salvation of Boko Haram’s members.

Photo credit: Michael Fleshman via Photopin, CC

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