Pray With PI: #BringBackOurGirls Update, Prince’s Death and More
Written by Project Inspired | April 28, 2016
About two years ago, on April 14, 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped from their Chibok school by the terrorist organization Boko Haram. Many of them were Christian and it is believed they have been forced to convert to Islam by their captors. Their kidnapping, and a lack of progress in tracking down and returning the girls, sparked mass protests in Nigeria and across the world. Influencers including Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai joined the social media campaign to #BringBackOurGirls. A “proof of life” video showing the girls are alive was given to the government and recently shown to the families. Pray that the girls remain safe and are returned to their families, and all involved are given peace in the meantime. Read more.
Musical genius Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” The cause of the Prince’s death has yet to be revealed. Pray for his family and all that are affected by his untimely death. Read more.
The 2016 presidential election continues on. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump moved much closer to a general election match-up when the results came in that they dominated Super Tuesday. They both had large wins in key states, and pivoted to the general election battle. Their opponents insist it is only April and they are not going anywhere yet. Ted Cruz is banking on a win in Indiana, and held a rally there Tuesday. Pray for our country that the right person is elected leader. Read more.
Beyoncé has surprised the world yet again by dropping her sixth album during an HBO special, Lemonade. It is a full-length “visual album” featuring videos for 12 of the 13 songs. It was a mix of visuals, spoken word, confessions and lyrics. The videos contained themes of love, betrayal, empowerment, tribalism and family, and sparked many conversations about the topics. Pray that the impact this has on culture is positive and ask the Lord to guide your views. Read more.
What other current events are you praying for this week?