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(Voice of the Persecuted) Leah Sharibu was taken captive on February 19, 2018 by the Islamist militia, Boko Haram. October 26th marks twenty months of Leah’s captivity and concerned citizens will gather in Washington DC, and across the globe, to pray for her safe release and call on governments to act on Leah’s behalf. To give all an opportunity to pray, Persecution Watch has scheduled a call-in event for those unable to attend a physical location. See details below

The Nigerian government was able to negotiate the release of her 104 classmates but because Leah refused to convert to Islam, she remains in captivity and the government has been less than forthcoming about securing her release. Although Nigerian leaders have made occasional pronouncements and assurances throughout her captivity, Leah remains a hostage and her family continues to wait and pray for her release. After false hope and unmet expectations, it is unknown what this Christian girl is having to endure solely for her Christian beliefs. Leah is not alone in her plight. Christians around the world are persecuted daily for their faith, facing threats of beating and death, and are often forced to flee their homes for fear of retribution.

Nadia Dybvik, Persecution Watch team moderator, who will be leading the call-in event shared,

Nadia Dybvik of Persecution Watch Photo: Voice of the Persecuted

“As a young girl in Italy, I was very shy, didn’t have many friends and often felt lonely and depressed. I remember looking up to the vast and beautiful sky dreaming that somewhere over the clouds was a mighty God in a mighty big mansion. I hoped for Him to look down and take me up with Him. I imagined it was a place of peace flowing with love. I wanted to go there and to be with this mighty God. That was so many years ago and I realize now that l genuinely didn’t know our mighty and loving God back then.

I am no longer that lonely, depressed, shy little girl. 36 years ago, I gave my life to Him and finally became a child of God. He has come into my heart and forgiven me for all the wrongs I have done.

“For God so loved the World that He gave HIs only son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

As I look at the picture of this young girl named Leah, my memory brings me back in time when I was her age and my heart cries. If I had known Him then would I stand firm or would I deny Him so that my life would be spared? I hear His Word, “If you deny me, I will deny you”

Oh, what a faith to have at such a young age. Leah knows the Lord as her Savior, and when she looks up in sky, she knows for sure the true Living God. What a mighty work the Lord is doing through this young girl, what a testimony to all. I’ve never met her but love her so dearly. She loves Jesus this I know. I pray that I too will demonstrate my faith in Christ as firmly under all circumstances.

After her kidnapping, at only 14 years old, she wrote a note to her family.

“I know it is not easy missing me…I am confident that one day I shall see your face, if not here then there at the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

As I read Leah’s note to her mom, I hear Him whispering a very familiar verse to me,

“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” Hebrews 13:3.

How can I not obey? I will remember and I will Pray! I’m asking, “Will you also pray for Leah and the many brothers and sisters in this world suffering for their faith in Christ?” I personally invite you to join the call-in event.

Thank you for standing with Leah and the persecuted church. I look forward to meeting and praying with you on the call!”

Location: Any location from your phone
Saturday, October 26, 2019
1 p.m. EDT
12 p.m. CDT
11 a.m. MDT
10 a.m. PDT
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If you would like to host a vigil for Leah or find one near you, please visit pray4leah.org for more information.

Persecution Watch is a prayer call ministry dedicated to praying for the persecuted. The weekly Persecution Watch Prayer Call meets at 9 pm Eastern every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  For more info contact: pwprayercall@gmail.com  

Prayer vigil on October 26, 2019 for Leah Sharibu in Washington D.C. #FreeLeah #ItsTime

A global prayer vigil will take place on October 26, 2019 for Leah Sharibu.  For those unable to attend the D.C. vigil, information is provided on the Pray For Leah website to help you find or host a prayer vigil for Leah in your area.

Leah was abducted by the Boko Haram on February 19, 2018 with more than 100 of her classmates in Nigeria. She was the only Christian who was abducted and the only one who was not released because she refused to deny Christ. It is time to bring her home. Go to http://www.pray4leah.org to find a vigil near you. #Itstime #FreeLeah

Voice of the Persecuted is asking you to pray and to be a voice by spreading the word on social media, at your church, and in your community. Voice of the Persecuted will be at the vigil in Washington D.C.. If you’re attending, we hope to see you there!

We encourage you to also sign the petition urging the president of Nigeria to secure the release of Leah. SIGN HERE

2nd Annual Global Prayer Vigil for Saeed Abedini Planned for September 26th

Prayer Vigil for Pastor Saeed

Detroit Prayer Vigil for Pastor Saeed, Sept.26, 2013 sponsored by Voice of the Persecuted

(VOP) Last year, on the day after Prayer Vigils were held globally for Pastor Saeed, President Obama mentioned him and other imprisoned Americans on a phone call with the Iranian President. What will happen this year if we pray again?

Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh Abedini is planning the second global vigil for 6-8pm (in your time zone) on Friday, September 26th. Note: vigils can be held at a time convenient for your location.

We are looking for others willing to join us in standing and praying with Naghmeh, and to be a VOICE for the persecuted in your State and community. Remember, this is a global event and we encourage those outside of the U.S. to also hold vigils in your country and participate in this special prayer event for the persecuted.

Voice of the Persecuted encourages you to consider helping coordinate a prayer vigil in your area. If you are willing to plan a vigil, please e-mail your response to globalvigil2014@gmail.com.  Please also feel free to e-mail any questions you may have about the vigil. You will receive a response back.

Pastor Frank Julian and Pastor Quran Karriem pray at Prayer Vigil for Pastor Saeed Abedini in Detroit, Michigan 2013

Pastor Frank Julian and Pastor Quran Karriem pray at Prayer Vigil for Pastor Saeed Abedini in Detroit, Michigan 2013

Along with Naghmeh, we are believing for Saeed’s release and praying for a miracle. On September 26th we will stand together and intercede for Saeed and on behalf of Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. Our communities must know the value of standing up for Jesus Christ, and our governments must remember the importance of religious freedom.

If you are willing to coordinate the event this year, upon your confirmation, you will receive materials to help aid you in your planning, including information on how to manage any media requests.

Thank you for faithfully praying and learning about our persecuted family. Let us go a step further to support our Brother Saeed who has been languishing in an Iranian prison cell for nearly 2 years. Let Heaven and the whole world hear, he is NOT FORGOTTEN by his Christian family, worldwide.

Encourage your pastor and others to join us. Please feel free to share this update. Let us PRAY together in unity, one Body in Christ! 

DETROITERS: Location for the Prayer Vigil will be at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave. at 6pm

If you live in the area and would like to be a part of the Detroit Prayer Vigil Planning Committee,  or 

PASTORS/FAITH LEADERS/ADVOCATES: If you would like to be a guest speaker and pray at the Detroit Vigil for Pastor Saeed and the persecuted Church, contact us at detroitprayervigil@gmail.com 

TO FIND VIGIL LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE visit http://beheardproject.com/prayer-vigil/saeed

L. Kanalos, Founder/Advocate


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