NIGERIA — Christian charity Open Doors is calling for people to urgently pray for the release and safety of 300 kidnapped schoolboys still missing following a raid by gunman on their school last weekend in Western Katsina State, Nigeria.
Boko Haram reportedly carried out the kidnappings. Many Christians have also been targeted in this region with several Christian leaders recently being captured.
300 school children are still missing after kidnappings claimed to be carried out by Boko Haram last weekend in Western Katsina State, Nigeria.
Open Doors senior analyst on freedom of religion in sub-Saharan Africa Illia Djadi says incidents like these are an ongoing issue for Christians in this region.
“Christians and civilians living in that area can be a targeted. A number of church leaders had been kidnapped for different reasons even right now.”
Djadi is urging prayer for the safe release of these schoolboys as well as for their families.
“Let’s pray for the parents of the kidnapped boys. Pray for the safety of the still missing schoolboys. Let’s pray for the federal and local authorities for wisdom, for our leadership to do all their best to make sure these children have been released safely.”
About Open Doors UK
Open Doors is a non-denominational mission that supports persecuted Christians in over 70 countries where Christianity is socially or legally discouraged or oppressed. In their work, they provide vital support, training, and resources to those facing persecution or discrimination.
Resources that they provide include distributing Bibles and literature, running leadership training, assisting with socio-economic development and intercessory prayer. They also help victims of violence and disaster, including widows and orphans, with practical support such as relief aid, livelihood support, and community development projects.
Their vision is of a world in which every Christian who is persecuted is remembered and supported by other Christians. They pray for a world where there is no persecution.
- Global News Alliance, Urgent Call to Pray for Release of Kidnapped Schoolboys in Nigeria
- Open Doors UK, Official Website