Over 80 leaders gathered in Jos, Nigeria to be trained in church planting and church renewal using God’s Plan for His Church. This group of enthusiastic men and women have committed to seeing the church in Nigeria reach out to the 10/40 Window. For five days they participated in studying God’s Word, and most of them will return November 12-16 for a follow up meeting.
In the follow-up week, they will take principles they gleaned from their study of Acts and the biblical lessons on Leadership Development and develop practical plans for implementing these truths in their own ministry contexts. Lord-willing, following this next training event, we will see many complete the entire study and formulate their own 5-10-year plans for ministry expansion throughout north Africa.
In addition to the training of leaders, I had the opportunity to bring the gospel to over one
hundred young Muslim boys, teach a Bible study to young men who were new to the faith, give
a message of challenge and hope to young men who are growing in their faith in Jesus, and to
offer words of hope to widows and young adolescent girls.
Nigeria is a mixed place of persecution and gospel growth. These often go hand-in-hand, and
many have been displaced from their homes as Muslim herders kill scores of Christian farmers and their families. Even as I write this report, I got word of rioting in Jos.
In bold attempts to help, the ministry in Jos provides the poorest of the poor a place to live and food for their families until they can be settled back in their homes. Young boys and girls are rescued from life on the streets where begging is their way of life. As we develop leaders who will plant new churches like those in the early church, and as others bring powerful, biblical renewal to existing churches, these unreached peoples will hear about the true God who loves them and desires a relationship with them.
While Nigeria has 91 Unreached People Groups in their own land, there is much work to be done so please pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers from Nigeria into the fields that are white unto harvest (Luke 10:2). Thank you for praying! Randy
“You who answer prayer, to you all people will come” Psalm 65:2 (NIV).
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