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Faith Leaders and Human Rights Organizations to Have Prayer Vigil and Public Witness at Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The event is part of the #bringbackourgirls campaign.

The vigil will be on Wednesday, May 14, at 9:30 A.M.
The address of the Nigerian Embassy is
3519 International Ct NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Here is the Facebook Event Page:
www.facebook.com/events/668553516514594

The vigil will include: leaving 276 flowers in front of the Embassy, prayers for all the girls, speeches and  praying with mothers and family members "live" from Nigeria via the internet.

Rev. Patrick Mahoney, event organizer and Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states,

    "We stand in solidarity with all the kidnapped girls of Nigeria, their families and loved ones.  We agree with  Dr. Martin Luther King when he says, 'Our lives begin to end the day we become silent  about things that matter.'

    "We cannot be silent or indifferent when hundreds of young girls are kidnapped in full view of the world and threatened with being sold into slavery and trafficking.  We must stand in the public square and shout with a loud prophetic voice, 'Bring back our girls.'

    "These are not just the daughters of Nigeria but they are our daughters also.  As we gather in prayer and public witness, we ask God to intervene to protect and return these girls safely to their families.

    "We also call upon the Nigerian government, the government of the United States and the entire global community to use every resource possible and leave no stone unturned in ensuring these precious ones are restored to the loving arms of their families."

Rev. Kris Keating, Executive Director of World Horizons USA and currently in Nigeria helping the families, adds,

    "I came to Nigeria not because I think it needs me, but because I am moved by the tragedy of the girls' abduction and if I was one of the fathers, I would find comfort in knowing that people loved enough to come from far away to stand with me. I am here to love and learn. Will you pray with me today, by name, for those abducted girls?"

Brandi Swindell, Founder and CEO of Stanton Healthcare based in Boise, Idaho, comments; 

    "As a woman and CEO of women's charitable health clinics across the nation, my heart breaks for these precious young girls and their families.  This tragedy points to the fact that women around the world are specifically targeted for acts of violence and terror. 

    "This attack on these young girls of Nigeria is an attack on all women throughout the world.  As I gather in front of the Nigerian Embassy in prayer and public witness, I stand in solidarity with my sisters across the globe calling upon God for mercy and calling upon the nations of the world to treat all women with equality, human rights and justice.

    "We cannot rest or be silent until they are safely returned home.  Our message today is clear and simple.  Bring back our girls!"

For more information or interviews please call:
Rev. Patrick Mahoney at 540.538.4741