Leah’s parents, Natha and Rebecca Sharibu, with her grandmother

Many of you have been faithfully praying for Leah Sharibu since she was taken by Boko Haram in February 2018. Thank you. Praise God, on 31 August the Nigeria Government confirmed that she was still alive. It is wonderful to have clarity on this point, but let’s keep praying.

Leah was 15 when she was kidnapped from her school. Over 100 of her classmates were also captured by Boko Haram, taken from the Government Girls Science and Technical College in the north-east of Nigeria. One girl died in captivity. All the others were released within a month, but Leah was kept because she refused to deny her faith in Jesus.

Leah’s parents, Natha and Rebecca Sharibu, with her grandmother

When her classmates were released, Leah was able to pass on a message to her mother: “My mother, you should not be disturbed. I know it is not easy missing me, but I want to assure you that I am fine where I am. My God, whom we have been praying to with you, is showing Himself mighty in my trying moment. I know your words to me during our morning devotions: that God is very close to people in pain. I am witnessing this now. I am confident that one day I shall see your face again. If not here, then there at the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

On Saturday, a government spokesperson gave a statement saying that Leah was alive, and confirmed President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to her safe return. Garba Shehu, from the government’s media and publicity team, relayed assurances from their security agencies and said that ‘lines of communication remain open with the kidnappers, ISWAP, to secure the release of Leah Sharibu’.

Leah’s parents have urged Christians to keep praying for their daughter. Her mother, Rebecca, said “I know that all over the world believers are praying and advocating for the release of my daughter, but until now I haven’t seen my Leah. I want to plead that Christians do not get tired of praying for her, until she is returned.”

PLEASE PRAY

  • Thank God that Leah is alive and that the Nigerian Government are committed to her release
  • That Leah will be able to return to her family and would heal from her trauma
  • That God would convict Leah’s kidnappers of their need of Him, and that they would repent and believe.

PRAYER FOR LEAH ACCORDING TO PSALM 46:

When fear threatens to overwhelm, when evil men try to intimidate, God be Leah’s refuge and her strength.

When there is trouble all around – violence, hunger, exhaustion – be her very present help.

In this calamity – though it seems to make the earth give way, move the mountains into the see, make the waters roar so much that the mountains tremble – keep Leah fee from fear.

Give her joy and gladness in You right in the midst this ordeal. If she is reminded that Your help is near, she will not be moved.

Before you, dear Lord, Leah’s captors may rage, but their kingdom totters; when you say the word, the earth will melt away. LORD of hosts, remind Leah that You are with her; You, the God of Jacob, is her fortress.

Father, there is much we don’t understand, but in faith we say: Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. We know: You make wars cease to the end of the earth; You break the bow and shatter the spear; You burn the chariots with fire. Father God, in your time, do this for our Leah. 

Until then, God, give us the grace to be still, and know that You are God. 

Be exalted among the nations. Be exalted in the earth!

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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