The Lord Is Good!
The Lord is always good to us! We should always wait upon the Lord to provide for whatever is needed! The mission work in Nigeria is no different. The Lord is busy working through His ministers in Nigeria to reach lost souls with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Ebere Ezurike is a fantastic preacher in Nigeria who is a tireless worker for the Lord. Read below an excerpt from his recent report." I will continue to teach well thought out lessons to the congregation where I am serving on Sunday morning, mid-weeks and any time an opportunity called for teaching here. I will also preach Bible sermons that are aimed at the needs of the congregation here. I shall continue to help the church next to our community where I teach Bible classes every Thursday. I will continue my ministry among the old women who are mostly widows -- a work I carry out through my wife.
I shall continue to work with other preachers in Ugwunagbo to evangelize all the corners of Ugwunagbo L.G.A and its environs. Every 3rd Saturday of the month we go out to one community and preach. That have given birth to a young congregation at Amavo-oza in Ugwunagbo L.G.A. We have raised some money locally to build a meeting hall for this church but we have been hindered by the activities of kidnappers, but now that things are coming back to normal we are going to build a meeting hall for this small and young congregation.
Last year I worked with the church at Abayi Ogbuligba in their outreach called "Ariaria must hear it" because of the nature of business in Aba that is people go out very early in the morning and come back late in the evening. It was denominations who started preaching in Ariaria market. The Abayi church has tried it and it is working and they are happy to go with me every second Tuesday of the month. We will be at one corner of Ariaria international market to preach. This program has provided me an outlet to distribute tracts in great numbers. For the last year I distributed thousands of tracts at Ariaria market."
As you can see, the work is fruitful and exciting in Nigeria!
NIGERIA NEEDS SPOTLIGHT
There are always needs for the mission work in Nigeria. This month's spotlight is a small congregation in southern Nigeria that was having a Gospel Meeting while their building was blown away by a storm. No one was hurt, but the building was a loss. We are in dire need of some funds to help put a tin roof back on the building. We are hoping to raise $2,500 for this. If you can help, please let us know.
I am planning on traveling to Nigeria in June/July 2011 to teach at CSMT in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. I will teach two graduate school classes to finish up several of our graduate students. I will teach New Testament Theology and the Preacher and his Work.
As you may be aware, the violence and crime in Nigeria has escalated in the last few years. As a result, we have had to stop sending teachers to CSMT. This trip will be to teach, but also to assess the situation and safety of travel.
I will also be talking with a congregation about the future of the work in their area.
The cost of the trip is expected to be around $5,000. If you are interested in going, let me know! I'm in need of another teacher to travel with me.
Sponsor a Preacher!
The best method of evangelism is for local preachers to teach local people. We are always in need of sponsors for Native preachers. This can be done for $100/month. A sponsor will receive all of the preacher's reports as well as a relationship with a great Gospel minister! If you're interested, let me know!
This month's preacher spotlight is Michael Utom. Michael is currently a student at CSMT in Abakaliki, but he also travels about 2 hours each week to preach at a small congregation threatened by greed and sin. After paying all of our preachers for January, there was not enough money to pay Michael's small stipend of $200. Can you help?
If you are interested in this mission work and would like to sponsor some of this work, let us know. You can send a check to:
Gainesville church of Christ
165 Greene Road 155
Paragould, AR 72450
You can make a note stating what work you would like to support that those funds will go ONLY to that work.