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Praying for the kidnapped girls of Nigeria

Praying for the kidnapped girls of Nigeria

Updated 5/8 2:20 p. m.

We had originally linked to a list of the names of the kidnapped Nigerian girls. We’ve since read a number of good reasons why the names should not be released. So we have removed the link.

The people of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul are gathering tonight at 6:30 to pray, by name, for each of the kidnapped Nigerian girls. Do you know of other churches where people are gathering to pray for the girls? If so, please give us the details in the comments.

Hat tip: the Rev. Joy Caires and Elizabeth Schuster McGeveran.

Update from Anglican Communion News Service:

Leaders of the International Anglican Women’s Network have called on women around the Anglican Communion to do what they can to help the 200+ girls kidnapped in Nigeria by terrorist group Boko Haram.

IAWN Steering Group convener Ann Skamp has written to members encouraging them not to forget the girls some of whom, the media is reporting, have been forced to marry by their captors.

“Three weeks ago now, over 200 girls were kidnapped from their school in the northern Nigerian city of Borno. As we continue to keep the girls, their families and communities in our prayers please consider what we can do to support them,” she said.

Mrs Skamp suggested that Anglican/Episcopalian women could sign an online petition at


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John B. Chilton

The Rev. Roger Hutchison, Canon for Children’s Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Diocese of Upper South Carolina, offers this prayer:

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