Yesterday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared an emergency in three states: Yobe, Borno, and Adamwa. Fortunately this doesn't include Plateau state where the Faith Alive hospital is located. If you want to know more about the emergency situation, click here for a BBC news story, video, and links to other stories that provide helpful background.
It's good to stay informed. But I've found that it's not so good to let the constant flow of news grow my anxious heart. I remember Pastor Esther's voice confidently claiming 2 Timothy 1:7: "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (NKJV)
I can't control the evil happening in the world, but I can control what I put into my mind. Yes, I still spend some time reading and watching the news. But I have to make sure that I spend even more time reading the Good News and watching for signs of God's victory over evil. I don't have to look far--I just have to reread the true stories of God's powerful love at work through the sound minds of the people at the Faith Alive hospital in Jos, Nigeria.