Sep. 08, 2022 | Nigeria

Christians Abducted by Islamic Extremists

[165] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Captive Christians.

Suspected Islamic extremists kidnapped 36 people from a predominantly Christian village outside the city of Kaduna, in northern Nigeria, on Monday, July 25, 2022. The house-to-house abductions occurred after the kidnapping of 16 people from a nearby area in Kaduna state’s Chikun County on June 28.
The various kidnappings follow the abduction and killing of the Rev. John Mark Cheitnum of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna state. He was kidnapped on July 15 from the parish rectory of Christ the King Catholic Church and later killed; his body was found on July 19. Church leaders request prayers for the captives to be released and comfort for those whose loved ones have been killed.

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  • Dear family in Christ, in the name of Jesus I pray for strength, comfort, and peace for you and your family. The same God who changed Saul's heart to Paul can still do anything today. Stand strong. Stay bold in your faith. The coming of Jesus to take us all home is getting close. Great is your reward in heaven.
    Susan R - USA
  • I take my portion from your hand and do not seek to understand for I am blind while you can see your will is mine whatever it be.
    Craig R - USA
  • Father God I pray for all these captive Christians that you will intervene in a miraculous way to deliver them come quickly to their aid, as only you can deal with the captors that empathy will be shown as these are all innocent peopleconsole them at this challenging time and let prayers reach thee great king we look to thee from whence comes our hel
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Dear Father, comfort your saints in Nigeria. Return these to their homes unharmed. Turn the hearts of their captors & convict them of sin. May they find faith in Jesus. Protect your saints in this troubled time. May they feel the peace that surpasses all understanding. We long for your coming O Lord. Help us have patience. In Jesus Name, Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • What to pray for these captive Christians in Nigeria that you would please bring justice for them and allow them to be released and go back home in Jesus name. I pray that you went be with them right now and give them your holy spirit and peace. I pray the fear of God over their captors. In Jesus name I pray amen.
    Nancy G - USA
  • In the glorious name of King Jesus, our heavenly Father, El Shaddai, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we adore You for faith and faithfulness of Captive Christians. We ask for release, a hedge of protection, and angels to surround and minister to her. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, nothing is hidden from your sight, and we call upon you, asking for help and hope for these believers who are enduring such persecution. Please protect and release those who have been kidnapped. Send your angels to minister to them and fill them with the power of your Spirit. Give them hope and calm their fears. Comfort those grieving, Lord.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Dear Father, Please help these precious believers in Nigeria. Pleases free those who have been kidnapped and imprisoned for their faith in Your Son. May they feel Your love surrounding them. May the murder of Your servant Rev. John Mark Cheitnum be for Your glory. He is now with Jesus. May many be saved through his testimony.
    In Jesus, Amen

    Madeline T - USA
  • LORD, please help my brother's and sisters in Christ.please let them live and be freed.please also do console any who's loved fellow Christians have been called home to Jesus Christ's name AMEN.
    Joseph C - United Kingdom
  • Heavenly Father, please act on behalf of these precious believers. You know of their fear and the sorrow of their families who wait to hear from them. Please protect them and turn this evil situation for good. Please make these kidnappings a big failure so they quit doing them. Please soften the hearts of those that don't know you so that they turn
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, there are times I don't know how to pray, but I know you see this situation, you know those that belong to you. You came to save, to heal the broken hearted. You came to save, bring hope, give truth. Lord, move in this situation. May they find their comfort and strength in you. Lord, deal with hearts. please, have them released.
    polly c - USA
  • Dear Jesus, come to the assistance of the Captive Christians. Make haste to help them. Give wisdom and discernment to those who are living in areas threatened as to whether they should flee or remain. Send the Holy Spirit to comfort the family members of the slain and captured.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Praise your named O Lord. May all of the earth rejoice in God our Savior! Free the captives! Return them safely to their families. Restore your saints in Kaduna, & all Nigeria. Give peace & comfort to those left without their loved ones. Heal any injuries. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Bless& protect your people. Amen.
    SM D - USA
  • God is with you. In Jesus's name we ask God to continue to strengthen and sustain you by His in dwelling Holy Spirit.
    Eunice N - USA
  • May the abductions cease! May the captives be released to safety and may all of this nation surrender to Jesus!

    Paola M - USA
  • Lord, I know you said this life on earth would not be easy for those who spread the good news & of course this is true. Keep these captive Christians in the safety of your arms. Help them put on the armor of God to protect them as they witness the good news even while captive. I ask forgiveness for their captors in Jesus's almighty name. Amen
    Judith B - USA
  • Father, we thank you for the faithfulness of our fellow brothers and sisters, as they endure this persecution for your names sake. Lord, I pray you would comfort their families, and they would know your peace that passes all understanding. Lord, that you will make all things right. Amen

    Cheryl C - USA
  • We join the believers in asking for release of the captives taken from Kaduna state on June 28th and July 25th, and we ask for Your comfort for the loved ones of those who have been killed, including those of the parish of Christ the King Catholic Church .
    Thank You for faithful believers who continue to live for You despite the threats and violence
    Toni D - USA
  • Lord, I thank you for the faithful service of these men and women. I ask that you would comfort those who are left behind and protect those who have been kidnapped. I ask that you would bring their Islamic captors to justice and that you would plant the seeds of faith in their souls. In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
    Cassie K - USA
  • Gracious Father God, there have been so many troubling reports about Islamic violence against Christians in northern Nigeria. Please intervene on behalf of these hurting people, Lord! Bring a swift and safe release for all the captives. Bring deep comfort to the grieving and the traumatized. Bring conviction of sin and repentance to the attackers. IJN
    Jean S - Canada
  • Father in heaven, I pray that the captives in Nigeria will be set free. I pray for comfort for those awaiting return of loved ones unharmed we ask. I pray you will pour Your peace upon the grieving and protect Your children in this village from the terrorists. May they learn the Good News and change. In Christ name amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Father, I pray for our family in Nigeria who endure persecution and violence by radical Muslims. Please send a hedge of angels to surround my brothers and sisters in Nigeria. Set free those kidnapped and return them to their families. Minister through Your Spirit to those who have had loved ones killed or kidnapped. Cause the Filani to turn to Christ.
    Alan G - USA
  • Free our brothers and sisters without letting lose their faith or souls. Help them keep their strength, faith in God, and heal them.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father God,
    Praise You for my brothers and sisters who have suffered so much for Your kingdom! Isaiah 62 says two of Your Son's ministries is to bind up the broken hearted and to set the captives free! Please open the way for my brothers and sisters to be released from physical captivity, and comfort those whose loved ones have been killed.Jesus
    Debbie D - USA
  • God, You are the God who abolishes every chain. Please set your people free. Please reach the fearful, who wonder how their loved ones are doing, and comfort the grieving, the ones with holes in their lives, after they lost those they love. You are the God who provides more than we ask or imagine. For those in prison and for those left outside, help.
    Kesse R - USA
  • Father, yes, please cause these captives to be released. Comfort Your people. Keep them close to You in their hearts so they never falter from following after You. May each extremist be heavily burdened with their evil deeds and great unhappiness so they are compelled to seek the truth and find You. In Jesus' Name.
    Janie B - USA
  • Father, I agree with the prayers for release of these captured believers. In the meantime, give them the courage to let Jesus live through them and to remain faithful to You. Open the eyes of the abductors to see Jesus and draw them to be saved. Please provide for, comfort, and protect family and friends of those who died or were abducted. Thank you.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Heavenly Father, I pray your protection for these 36 people kidnapped outside the city of Kaduna. keep them safe from harm and I pray they will be safely returned to their families. May they remain strong and steadfast in their faith and lead their kidnappers and others to know Christ. Comfort those who lost loved ones in this attack.
  • Father God, we ask you for the release of these who have been kidnapped. In your great power and compassion, release them and return them to their families. Please comfort the families of those who have already lost loved ones. And please bring the persecutors to Christ, that they could see Christ and his love and be changed from the inside out. IJNA
    Kevin R - USA
  • Lord, please remind these 36 brothers and sisters in Christ that they are not forgotten and that there many praying for grace and peace for them and Lord, please, protect them and grant them boldness to love and share the hope of the gospel with their captors and meet their physical needs and protect them while in captivity and bring them freedom, amen
    Forrest B - USA
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