Christians in Kaduna state, Nigeria, are being kidnapped and killed because of their faith in Christ.
Christians in Kaduna state, Nigeria, are being kidnapped and killed because of their faith in Christ.
Apr. 21, 2022 | Nigeria

Church Security Guard Killed During Kidnapping

[237] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Rev. Joseph Akeke.

On Tuesday, March 8, armed assailants abducted Rev. Joseph Akeke from his home in southern Kaduna state. During the abduction, the assailants shot and killed Luka, the church security guard. The assailants then abducted three others, a woman and two children, and killed another man as they fled the predominantly Christian village. “Pray for God’s intervention and for [the pastor’s] safe release,” said an area resident. Pray that the kidnapped Christians will be returned safely to their homes and families. Pray that the other Christians in this village will remain firm in their faith and bear witness to the love of Christ amid ongoing attacks.

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  • Father, please heal these precious Christians from the trauma they have experienced. Help them to forgive and pray for their enemies. Please will you release those who have been abducted? Comfort the families and friends of those who were killed. Use this tragic situation for your glory and bring good from it. Thank you! Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father, thank You for the security guard who sacrificed his life trying to protect Rev. Akeke and his family. Have mercy on the security guard's family and comfort them during their time of loss. We pray for the safe release of Rev. Akeke and the others who were kidnapped. Give them strength to endure this trial and peace that passes all understanding.
    Patrick V - USA
  • In the power of Jesus' name, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Rapha, God Who heals, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Akeke and church and that they seek You. We ask for healing, for a hedge of protection, for provision, for fellowship, for angels directly from heaven to surround and minister to them. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father God, you are the reason why we are on this earth - to praise and worship You. Your dedicated children of South Kaduna are being persecuted because of Jesus Christ. I beseech you, O Lord, to preserve Rev Joseph Akeke and the other abducted prisoners to be returned safely. You will be done according to your plan. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.
    Reuben D - Zimbabwe
  • We come to You in Jesus' name on behalf of Your bleeding Bride in Nigeria. Strengthen and provide for Luka's family and those of the other man who fled the attack. Comfort the woman and 2 children and their families. Cause their captors to release them. Deliver Your children in this village from fear and use them to proclaim salvation in Jesus Christ.
    Toni D - USA
  • In humble adoration to Your will Lord of host , we stand in the gap over the persecution your church face across the world and Nigeria in particular, we pray that your saving grace touch the heart of the lost and and let your light shine in the darkness of their heart and lead them to the perfect way, we pray for the family of Rev. joseph Akeke .
    YUSUF T - Nigeria
  • In the love of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh, God Who provides, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Akeke. We ask for his release, for joy and eternal life, for provision, for hedge of protection, and angels directly from heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Oh Lord God, I pray that You would comfort those grieving the death and capture of loved ones. May they trust Your sovereignty and that one day You will make all things new. I pray that these Christians would be released, that they would know Your protection, and that they would be faithful witnesses to You even as they suffer.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Gracious Father it's my prayer that Rev. Akeke and those abducted will be realeased. As Peter was released through prayers of the believers it's my prayer that you hear our prayers. I lift the believers in those areas into your hands. Father I pray that their Faith will grow and be steadfast. May they continue to demonstrate your love to others.
    Selom A - USA
  • Father, I pray that Rev. Joseph & those abducted will be able to return safely to their home. I pray that those who experienced this persecution will be comforted & filled with hope & courage by the power of your Holy Spirit. I pray that the abductors will be found & brought to justice & repentance.
    Tracey B - USA
  • In the name of the Good Shepherd Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Rohi, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Akeke. We ask for release, for provision, for healing, for a hedge of protection, angels directly from heaven to surround and minister to him. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord I lift up Rev. Akeke & those who were abducted as well as those who dies for their faith. Please help the village stay strong in their faith, please move in the hearts of the kidnappers to release the people they took unharmed, & open their eyes to the truth of your love Yeshua! Please be with their families & help them to keep their eyes on you!
    Niccole E - USA
  • Our Father, look down upon these kidnapped Christians and surround them with your shielding hand. Return them safely to their families and keep their fellow villagers firm in their faith through your grace in the face of persecution. Give all of them the peace that only you can give. Amen
    Paul M - USA
  • Jesus, I pray for the safe return of those kidnapped in southern Kaduna state and the other Christians in the village will stay strong in their relationship with you and kept safe. May they be able to witness to others of your love for all. Amen
    Steve P - USA
  • Father, we ask for your comfort for this community as they mourn the loss of Luka, and for protection and peace for the pastor and others who were abducted. Please return them home, bring an end to the violence, and may your presence give them courage. Please help the believers stand firm and hold fast to you during this time of uncertainty.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Dear Lord Jesus, Comfort the hearts of the family of Lula and others who have been killed, and protect those who have been abducted. Help Rev. Joseph Akeke and our other brothers and sisters to feel your presence and give them wisdom and strength. Soften the hearts of the persecutors so they will see your truth and release our brothers and sisteres.
    Margaret H - USA
  • Father we pray for all who give this earthly life for you. But our hope is eternal life with Jesus. Amen
    jeff h - USA
  • You are Sovereign and created every nation of one blood, glorious Father in Heaven, and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, send all the prayers for Rev. Joseph Akeke, and the others abducted to their hearts. They are loved; may they be kept safe under your mighty wings, and may they be great witnesses to Your truth through Holy Spirit until release.
    Jonathan B - Canada
  • Almighty God, thank You for the Rev. Joseph Akeke. I pray that he and the other kidnapped Christians will be returned safely to their homes and families. May the Christians in this village remain firm in their faith and bear witness to Christ's love amid ongoing attacks. May the government of Nigeria effectively fight these attacks. Thank You. Amen
    Christienne D - USA
  • Precious and Merciful Father, please send Your Peace, which passes all understanding, to all Your children here and strengthen them in their faith, make them bold and brave and bless them openly. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. MARANATHA
    Della H - USA
  • Father, thank You for the Christians in Nigeria. Please be with Joseph Akeke and the women and children who were kidnapped. I pray for their quick release and that no harm comes to them. I also pray for Your intervention in Nigeria on behalf of Christians. In the Name of Yeshua, Amen.
    Kia W - USA
  • Almighty God we beseech you for mercy & protection on the lives of those abducted from the group of christians in this village. Console & comfort the families of those killed in the attack & protect the remaining christians & Rev Akaeke also. Please soften the heart of the abducters so that their victims can be returned home safely, In Jesus name Amen
    Robert C - Canada
  • Father God, I pray your presence, peace, comfort and strength for those who lost loved ones in the attack and kidnapping. I pray for the safety of those kidnapped and that they will be returned unharmed to their families. Strengthen and uphold the faith of Christians in this village and may their witness for you be strong and draw others to Christ.
    HELEN W - USA
  • Dear Lord I pray for Rev Akeke and the others who were abducted that you would bless them with great peace, protection, and to be returned back home safely, and
    prayer and comfort for the families who lost their love ones who were killed.
    May you bless the residents in the village that their faith remain strong in you and does not waver in Jesus name
    Evelyn B - USA
  • Father God, I pray that you will keep these believers safe and help them during their captivity. Please help them to escape and return safely to their homes and families. I pray that you will guard them and protect them. Provide for their needs. Please encourage them during this time. I pray that you will help the Christians in Nigeria to remain strong
    Julia F - USA
  • In the forgiving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Pastor Joseph that he is born from above and shares Your Word with others. We ask for provision, for comfort, Your Word, hedge of protection, angels to encamp around and minister to him. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father we lift to you all in this church who are in shock and grief. Please draw near to them, comfort and protect them.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Father God released Reverend Akeke back to his family as well as others who were kidnapped. Free them and let justice reign. Use the testimonies of this Nigerian village to draw people to who you are Lord. Draw them to your beauty your forgiveness your love and your truth. Bring a Revival to this area. Comfort my brothers and sisters there.
    Atacy U - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for the faith of those who were kidnapped. I ask that you would strengthen their faith and comfort them. Please grant their safe return, and encourage the other villagers to remain firm in their faith. Let all involved bear witness to the love of Christ. In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Oh Father in heaven please hear our cry for Rev. Akeke and the woman and children abducted. deliver them safely back home. Protect them. Watch over the other Christians and comfort them in grief. May they be protected and stay strong in their faith. Please cause these attacks to stop. May the attackers stop. May they change because of Christ Amen
    Peggy A - USA
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