You can’t read this blog post right now, Ayana, nor can any of your 200+ schoolmates, but I write it for you. For Ayana, “Beautiful Flower.”
I was supposed to be on a blogging break, but the searing reality of your abduction and the fact that you remain missing, three weeks later, will not let me rest. It is, to quote the prophet Jeremiah, a fire shut up in my bones.
You are at the forefront of my last lingering thoughts as I drift to sleep at night. You push to the front of the line of hazy early-morning thoughts that greet me daily.
I recall the horror stories about Boko Haram and I shudder. I won’t dignify their barbaric conduct by giving them space on this blog, but I recognize them for exactly what they are: tools of satan who will be defeated.
We are not wrestling against mere flesh and blood when it comes to your captors. They embody spiritual wickedness of the most despicable kind.
That’s why we are committed to fight for you on our knees, in our hearts, in our words, and in our actions. In the spirit, we see you coming out of this ordeal with a testimony of how God heard your cries and answered you miraculously.
It took them an army to physically snatch you all away, Ayana. It is taking an army–worldwide, determined, united, buoyed by the untrammeled belief that justice must be served and your young life is worth rescuing–to bring you freedom.
You all were in school to be trained for leadership as doctors, lawyers, perhaps politicians? Your captors, whose name means “Western education is sinful,” value you at $12 each. Your potential and skills? To them, garbage. But we value your life as of infinite worth. We will fight for you!
Just like your name, you are a beautiful and precious flower that we hold in our hearts and prayers.
We commit to ask, seek, and knock on heaven’s door and on every door on earth that can help us liberate you from the yoke of oppression that Boko Haram thinks it will place on you permanently.
We choose to rise above the low road of “what ifs”:
- What if 200+ girls had been abducted in the Americas? In Europe? In Asia? Would it have taken this long for people to react?
- What if the Nigerian government had asked for help earlier?
- What if your school hadn’t been reopened for you to take final exams?
We choose to trust God to bridge the gap between questions and answers. We sure can’t!
In his piece in the New York Times on May 3, Nicholas Kristof states:
“More than 200 teenage girls have just been enslaved because they had the brains and guts to seek to become teachers or doctors. They deserve a serious international effort to rescue them.”
Ayana, the tagline of this blog is: “Pray. Wage War. Pray Again!” I commit to do that every day until you’re reunited with your family. Chibok, Nigeria, awaits you with open arms. And so do we, all around the world.
Beautiful flowers, each of you–all 200+ of you–we love you and are believing for your deliverance. Rescue is coming!