“What a journey here in Nigeria, so full of challenges and sweet advancements of the gospel! I cannot thank you enough for the prayers and support that make this ministry possible.
I have only been here one and a half weeks, but I have seen our Lord do more in these short days than many years of ministry. The key here is the people here in Nigeria. When people face the threats of persecution from Boko Haram and the Fulani people group, they study God's Word in depth, pray with passion and dialogue on truth in amazing ways.
There is depth of insight mingled with unanswered questions all held together with a strong faith in God's sovereign plan for their lives. I have been amazed by the way they pray, and the way I pray in their meetings. Their faith inspires a white-hot faith that trusts God despite suffering. It seems I have been transported back to the prayer meeting of Acts 4:23-31 where the church prayed after Peter and John were interrogated and beaten.
This kind of praying seeks strength in God's sovereignty and asks above all for boldness in the midst of persecution. No wonder God sweeps through a room like this and fills us with His Spirit, empowering us to "continue to speak the word of God with boldness.”
After two days of flights and two more of land travel, we finally arrived at Iyola, near the border with Cameroon. My first meeting was to be in Gombe, but these plans changed just before I landed in Nigeria. We were asked to go further in one of the key headquarters of Boko Haram. Expecting to meet with a maximum number of 100 leaders, 160 showed up! We sent for more of our manuals, God's Plan for His Church, but the crowds kept growing on the second and third days, the crowd swelled to 260, all begging for more of God's Word. I plan to return in June.
Now that I am back in Jos, I am working with around 65 leaders, and about two-thirds of them have finished our entire training course. They are asking hard questions about how to expand through church planting movements. I will be with them through Wednesday afternoon at which time I move on to Kogon River to meet another group of pastors and leaders.
I could go on and on, but this is to be only a short update. Please continue to pray. Just like in the book of Acts, unified prayer from Christ's church empowers God's people to make huge advancements of the gospel.” Randy
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