In the month of February Nigeria will hold its Presidential and National Assembly elections. Looking into the past, such times as these have proven dicey and filled with excessive violence. Nigeria, already in a season filled with relentless cycles of violence and distress this can only add to the mix. As of Monday reports of political disturbances have already begun in Jos, Plateau State and once again news broke of fatal attacks by Boko Harram in Baga, Borno State.
I don’t write out of fear or to trigger alarm directing you back to a previous post entitled Safety In Gods Will. The security felt when writing this blog has not wavered, even as I now write living in country. The only deviation from now to then is due to these facts: I have recently walked the streets of Jos and been in the market where reminense of bomb explosions can be seen, I have listened to stories from friends who spent their Christmas feeding refuges fleeing from the North, I have watched a fellow missionary struggle to get home to his family in Cameroon because of borders being closed, and have quite possibly looked into the eyes, touched, or even worshiped with people falling victim to these attacks. Even though I still look on from a distance with our town of Egbe, known for its unwavering peace, being nearly 380 km away from the capital city of Abuja, 600 km from Jos, and 1,000 km from Borno State. This time around I am seeing the heart ache first hand and experiencing the tangible unease as the elections draw near.
Therefore, I am calling out to each member of our support team to rally in prayer! Starting today and spanning into mid march we are asking for fervent, dedicated and daily prayers. Prayers for this country, its people, and most importantly its leaders! Prayers for protection, safety, peace, and above all for hearts to be changed. We hold strong to Gods sovereign reign, trusting His plan, and knowing He allows nothing to be wasted. I love Nigeria and He does too! Lets pray together knowing in the end the election has already been won!
“O Lord, God of our Fathers, are you not the God who is in the heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.” 2 Chronicles 20:6