Mother of Christian Girl Held Captive by Boko Haram: Please Don’t ‘Grow Tired of Praying’ for My Daughter

(Open Doors USA) “Monday, February 19, is a date I will never forget in my life.”

For 19-year-old Affodia Andrawus, a Christian classmate of Leah Sharibu, the night evokes feelings of fear and horror. In her own words, Affodia recounts the events leading up to the attack on the Government Girls School in Dapchi where she and more than 100 girls, including Leah, were living and studying.

“After our evening prep (study time), we were sitting down about to eat. Suddenly, we heard gunshots. We were trying to get ourselves coordinated when we heard more gunshots, and this time a bullet fell in front of the hostel where we were. The gunshots increased a lot, so we (Christians) decided to hold hands and run away. We knew we would be the target.

“Our teachers saw us running and tried to [reassure us], but the gunshots grew stronger. We continued to run. Leah’s hostel is in front of the gate, so we ran that way, calling for her. But she was caring for a sick roommate, Liyatu, and refused to leave her. Leah tried to carry Liyatu while we ran toward the fence. But Leah couldn’t run fast and kept falling with Liyatu.”

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  • Susan Perelka

    Abba Father, Please strengthen our brothers and sisters in faith, who are being persecuted around the world. LORD, take what the enemy has meant for harm, and use it for good. As you were with Joseph in Egypt, be with our loved ones in Christ. Deliver them from all their troubles, as you did the Apostle Paul. Guide and direct their steps and let Your truth be proclaimed. Comfort them by your Holy Spirit, so that they will not give up hope. Give them Your grace and peace. Provide what they have need of. Let those in darkness, see the light in them. Help them LORD. In Jesus Mighty Name, AMEN!

    • Lydia Church


  • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I will join in praying for Leah. I’m surprised Christian News isn’t doing a story about the Christian pastor Trump got released from North Korea.

  • Lydia Church

    She is an inspiration to so many!
    I think she is stronger than most of the Christians in the USA right now put together!
    But as they say, times of ease and luxury are often times only disguised as a blessing.

    • Susan Perelka

      I see that pattern in the Old Testament, where the times of ease and luxury were most dangerous because those were the times when the people of God tended to feel like they didn’t need Him anymore. They thought God was pleased with them because they were financially prospering, but God had some words about that. It was what God warned Israel about when they were getting ready to enter the promised land. They would get so comfortable, forgetting Who had given them those things, and would start to say they did it themselves, and no longer felt the need to follow God, they forgot Him. Always got them into trouble. And the New Testament told us that the things written in the Old Testament were for our instruction. I’m not sure many in our nation are paying head to it.