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Mission: Nigeria 2012

Mission Moments

Monday, Sept. 24, 2012

Pastor Chris Joseph of the Lives Aglow Global Outreach Centre used US$120 provided by Climbing For Christ members to purchase 20 copies of the Bible and Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke’s booklet, “Now That You Are Saved.” He set Sunday, Sept. 23 to share these precious items with new believers in his church. “This is aimed at boosting the spiritual morale of the new converts,” said Chris, who plans to distribute more Bibles and booklets on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The gifts, above, and some of the recipients, below.

“I charged them to study the Bible daily and use it as an evangelical tool to reach out to others,” Chris said. “They were full of joy and praise to the Lord.

“We trust God for more Bibles to be shared to several other new believers who can't afford a copy of the Bible.”

In addition to providing for Bibles, God will be sending funds to pay for the church’s rent in October. Later this year, Chris will be sent again by Climbing For Christ to the Koma Hills to visit the dwellers to whom we have been ministering since Mission: Nigeria 2011 last December.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Pastor Chris Joseph of the Wonderland Chapel in Port Harcourt, Nigeria encouraged each of his church’s members to reach out to someone who is lost. He dubbed it “Operation One Win One.”

“We've some souls won, but without a copy of the Holy Bible,” Chris said recently. “A copy of the Holy Bible given to these saved souls will strengthen their faith in God. The challenge here is how to procure at least 100 copies of the Holy Bible so it can be given as a precious gift to those who turn to Christ.”

Chris said he also is burdened to distribute Bibles to the Koma Hills dwellers, with whom we began developing relationships last December on Mission: Nigeria 2011.

A Nigerian Bible costs about US$6. As part of Project Living Word, we desire to raise $600 to purchase these Bibles.

If you would like to see new believers reading the Word of God in Nigeria send a gift to Climbing For Christ, c/o Project Living Word, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA or CLICK HERE to contribute online.

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012

Climbing For Christ delivered on God's promise to provide for the people in the remote Koma Hills village of Wiwp by sending us back with a small gasoline generator that they had requested during our visit in December (see Mission: Nigeria 2011 Dispatches).

“By the grace of God, I have delivered the small gasoline generator to the Wiwp community,” said Pastor Chris Joseph of Climbing For Christ. “I handed over the generator to the village head of Wiwp community (photo above). They were so excited on seeing me with the generator. They told me that they considered us to be one of those missionaries that used to visit them making empty promises. But we have made them to believe that we are genuine and trusted servants of God. They asked me to convey their greetings to you.”

Our Mission: Nigeria 2011 team visited Wiwp on Sunday, Dec. 4, attended a funeral there and were allowed by the village head to speak to villagers that evening. We shared the Gospel and seven people committed to Christ. After listening to us, the village head spoke against us, cautioning the people that other missionaries had passed through before and never returned. He warned that we would probably do the same.

After that, however, a committee (which included the village head) asked us for a generator for the village, which is far from any electricity. We made this purchase last week and Pastor Chris delivered it. The total cost of the generator and delivery was US$400.

“I tutored them on how to both use and maintain the gasoline generator,” said Chris, who is photographed above teaching about the equipment. “Thereafter, I briefly shared God's Word with them and told them to thank God who provided the generator to them instead of thanking us.”

Monday, Jan. 9, 2012

The news out of Nigeria continues to be nothing but bad. First, the government decided to remove fuel subsidies on Jan. 1 in that largely impoverished country. Fuel prices doubled and even tripled in some states, crippling the nation. As a result, violence has erupted and strikes on Monday silenced most city streets, which normally are teeming with vehicles.

Violence in Nigeria is not uncommon. “We have a history of Muslim-Christian violence in this area going back 30 years or more,” one pastor in the persecuted North recently told Open Doors ministry, “but few of us have seen the level of organized Muslim militancy as we see now.”

More Christians were martyred in Nigeria than any other country in 2011, and 2012 began where last year finished. Adamawa state in northeastern Nigeria went under a 24-hour curfew on Saturday after 12 Christians in the city of Yola were killed. Climbing For Christ’s Mission: Nigeria team was in Yola last month on their way in and our of the nearby Koma Hills, where evangelistic efforts resulted in several new believers giving their hearts to Jesus.

Much of this violence against Christians is a product of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility for burning churches and police stations for many years. Boko Haram stands for “Western education is forbidden.” It was founded in 2001 and flourished until 2009, when it was forbidden by the government and dealt a serious blow by security forces. However, it reorganized with a vengeance in 2011. Its actions elevated North Nigeria to the 13th most persecuted place in the world (up from No. 23 in 2011), according to Open Doors.

Climbing For Christ has made a commitment to serving the vast spiritual needs among other people, but not exclusive to the primitive Koma tribes in the mountains along the Cameroon border. We partner with and support Pastor Chris Joseph, whose Lives Aglow ministry is located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“Since the abrupt removal of fuel subsidy (which kept prices artificially low but hindered Nigeria’s troubled economy) things have been rough and tough with my family and myself,” Chris said on Monday. “I covet your prayers.

“Landlords and school owners want to take advantage of the removal of the fuel subsidy to increase their rent and school fees.”

Nigeria is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, where extortion is a national pastime. The current upheaval will only fan the flames. Nigeria is a tinderbox waiting to explode.

“I know that those who put their trust in the Lord shall not be moved,” Pastor Chris said. “Kindly pray for us and the nation — that His perfect will be done.”

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011

Pastor Chris Joseph preached in the Climbing For Christ-supported Wonderland Chapel in Port Harcourt: “Although some church members traveled and (some) caught up in the web of merriment stayed at home, some fervent ones were in church and we had a wonderful service. To God be the glory.”

Elsewhere in the country, there was what the secular media called, “Christmas carnage in Nigeria; 5 churches bombed.” The news story:

A string of bombs struck churches in five Nigerian cities, leaving dozens dead and wounded on the holiday, authorities and witnesses said. The blasts mark the second holiday season that bombs have hit Christian houses of worship in the west African nation. In a statement issued late Sunday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan called the bombings “a dastardly act that must attract the rebuke of all peace-loving Nigerians.”
 
"These acts of violence against innocent citizens are an unwarranted affront on our collective safety and freedom," Jonathan said. "Nigerians must stand as one to condemn them."
 
Bombs targeted churches across the country, hitting the cities of Madalla, Jos, Kano, and Damaturu and Gadaka. The death toll in Madalla alone was 18.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

The birth of Brandy Brown

Our team had returned to our hotel in Port Harcourt after teaching at the second conference of our Mission: Nigeria 2011 trip, when there was a knock at our door. “Pastor Brown,” said the deep voice on the other side of the locked door. We opened the door and to our excitement Pastor Brown greeted us and gave us more purified water for the night and following morning.

Pastor Brown.

“Brandy, what does your name mean?” Pastor Brown asked Canadian team member Brandy Everts.

“Filled with joy” Brandy replied.

Pastor Brown continued on and shared with the team how much he valued and learned from what we had taught during the Leadership and Missions Conference at Pastor Chris Joseph's church. He then proceeded to tell us that during the conference he received a text from his wife reading that she had just delivered a baby girl! Pastor Brown explained that Dec. 10, 2011 would be a day he would never forget.

He thanked God for the blessing of a daughter he was given that coordinated with such a personally special spiritual day. Pastor Brown then told the team that he wanted to name his daughter “Brandy Brown” because he wants his daughter to be inspired and boldly grow up and proclaim Christ to the Nations.

Wednesday, May 5, 2011

Mission: Nigeria 2011 is announced. It is scheduled Nov. 28-Dec. 10.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Pastor Chris Joseph submits his trip report after returning from a survey of the Koma Hills. CLICK HERE to read his report.

Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010

Lives Aglow Global Outreach Center was back in business — the business of doing God's work! — the weekend of Oct. 28-31. “To the glory of God, our program slated for 28th to 31st October has come and gone successfully,” Pastor Chris Joseph said.

 

Worship

Worship at Wonderland Chapel on Oct. 31, 2010.

“The grand finale, which happened to be our first Sunday service, attracted almost 50 people and the most significant thing that happened that day was the awesome presence of God that saturated the (worship area),” Pastor Chris reported. “Salvation, healings and miracles were also witnessed.

“Elijah Martin was also dedicated by me,” Chris said about his youngest son, who was born March 16, 2010. “All the other three children of mine were dedicated to God by my ministry colleagues, but when I wanted to do the same to Elijah Martin, God rebuked me. He told me (that) Elijah is a prophetic, international child and should be dedicated by someone who has taken the Gospel across the shores of Nigeria. I looked around at my friends and couldn't find any (who have traveled to evangelize). I still insisted on calling one of my friends, but his line refused going through. So I finally discovered it was God's intention for me to dedicate him, having taken the Gospel across Nigeria's border. It was indeed an epoch-making event. To God be the glory.”

 

Rental space

The hotel where Lives Algow is renting space: musical instruments, fans, lectern, and plastic chairs were purchased for worship (top). The church meets where the sign is posted (bottom).

Lives Aglow Global Outreach Center (also known as Wonderland Chapel) is “focused on the unchurched and Muslims,” according to founding pastor Chris Joseph.

“God has started bringing some persons to us and I have started a Discipleship Series with them. I have drawn lessons on salvation, water baptism (by immersion), the Holy Ghost, Christian fellowship, the church's meaning and purpose, holy communion, and so on. This requires patience and grace, but it's the best way to run a formidable church. It's so challenging at the moment, but very soon it will be all over. Do not forget me in your prayers.”

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”
— 2 Corinthians 4:15 (NIV)

Climbing For Christ wired US$1,700 to Chris Joseph to secure space for a new church.

“I would like to do anything human possible within my reach to ensure that C4C is fully established, not just in Nigeria but in the entire West African sub-region,” Pastor Chris wrote.

Friday, Aug. 20, 2010

Chris Joseph was featured in The Climbing Way (Volume 18, Summer 2010 — CLICK HERE to read “Combating terror with the cross”). He is a pastor in a country plagued by violence against Christians. We have assisted him in the battle that is waged there. Now this: The Community Chief, a traditional ruler of the kindred, hamlet or clan (irregardless of “the level of civilization and development that has taken place in their domain”), took back the hall Chris was sharing with another pastor. “The place is in a serious chaotic situation now,” Chris said in early August 2010. Chris and the other pastor were deceived by bad people who took advantage of them.
 
But as the enemy shut one door, the Lord opened another. Another space for Chris' church was made available. This time by a person of higher integrity. To turn this empty space into a Spirit-filled hall would require US$1,200. Chris has pledged to pay back Climbing For Christ through tithing. Climbing For Christ believes this is a wonderful and blessed opportunity. Recently, Chris identified a group of people (the Koma Hills Dwellers), living in primitive conditions in a mountainous area, who we one day may be empowered to reach. It all starts with the heart of one national. By praying for and giving to the ministry the Lord has given Pastor Chris, we are furthering God's kingdom. Simple as that.
 
Monday, June 21, 2010

 

Elijah Martin Joseph

Elijah Martin Joseph

We were praying for Chris Joseph and his family — in particular his pregnant wife, who is appropriately named Blessing — as they awaited the arrival of their fourth child earlier this year. Elijah Joseph was born March 16.

“Both the child and the mother are safe and sound, although the devil's aim was to eliminate the child,” Chris e-mailed that day from his homeland of Nigeria. “The (mid)wife who saw to the delivery of my wife exclaimed, ‘Your God is alive because the devil came so late!’ The umbilical cord was coiled around the boy’s neck and it extended to the back where it was tied like a knot. God, who never wanted me to be put to shame, was able to deliver the boy from this satanic ploy.”

We rejoiced at little Elijah’s arrival. And then we were honored when Chris asked us to give Elijah his middle name.

Climbing For Christ president Gary Fallesen told Chris: “My first thought was Martin after Martin Luther, the father of the protestant movement, because he was famous for fighting the devil. He once threw his ink well at Satan. Do you like Elijah Martin Joseph?”

Elaine Fallesen, Gary's wife and a C4C board member, refers to Elijah Martin as Gary’s “Nigerian godson.” Chris said, “For sure Elijah Martin is your Nigerian godson,” and he hopes we will one day meet him in person. That is probably part of God’s plan.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010

On a day when Nigerian member Chris Joseph said he lacked words “to express my heartfelt appreciation” for the Climbing For Christ support that will allow him to reopen his church, word came of more religious riots in Jos, Nigeria. Hundreds of Christians and Muslims have been killed in riots that began Jan. 17 when Muslim youths attacked a Catholic church and burned other church buildings.
 
Nigeria was the focus of our Project Prayer during the week of Jan. 4. Northern Nigeria is ranked 27th on the 2010 World Watch List by Open Doors, which monitors global persecution against Christians.
 
Chris Joseph, a Climbing For Christ member since April 2009, is from the North. But his church is now on the coast in Port Harcourt. That doesn’t make doing the Lord’s work any easier.
 
On New Year’s, Chris asked for our prayers “because of the challenges I have been facing, both financially and ministerially.” The landlord of the building that was home to his Lives Aglow Global Outreach church (also known as the Wonderland Chapel) had evicted him for failure to pay his rent, and his wife was “pregnant to the point of delivery.” God put on our heart to ask what was needed. US$1,000 was required for a year’s rent, but it might as well have been $1 million from where Chris was sitting.
 
Funds were wired to Chris the first week of February 2010.
 
“I am highly delighted and grateful,” Chris said, “for kick-starting the ministry so the devil will be humiliated.”
 
“I am trusting God to commence church immediately (after) I get the hall,” he added. “I intend organizing a five-day crusade with the theme, ‘If God be God,’ and on the Sunday which will be the grand finale, we will hold our inaugural Sunday service.”
 
We trust that the first service in this hall will be a time of celebrating and thanking God for His provision. All glory to Him!

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2010

Nigeria's north was ranked 27th on the Open Doors' “World Watch List” of persecuted places (down slightly from 26th in 2009).

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010

In his final instructions to the church of the Thessalonians, Paul exhorts the church: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, KJV).

This week we're asking all of the prayer warriors associated with Climbing For Christ to pray for Nigeria and, particularly in the Muslim-ruled north, to lift our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. We include Pastor Chris, a Climbing For Christ member.

Nigeria was included in our Project Prayer. CLICK HERE

Friday, Nov. 6, 2009

Nigeria's north was ranked 26th on the Open Doors' “World Watch List” of persecuted countries.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Chris Joseph of Port Harcourt, Nigeria joined Climbing For Christ. Nigeria was the 46th country in which we had members.

June 25, 2004

From E-Newsletter 19 and the original Mission: Vision, which consisted of 18 places in the world that God might send us:

Nigeria: The northern region of this African country has unreached people in the Gwoza Hills in the states of Adamawa and Borno (“a spiritual battleground” between Islam and Christ) and the mountain regions in the east along the Cameron border in the states of Taraba and Adamawa.

The Word

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”
— Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)

Helping hands

You can help by doing at least one of the following:

Pray!

Give financially to assist Mission: Nigeria and support Pastor Chris Joseph, his family, and ministry. Immediate needs: US$6 for the purchase of one Bible. At least another 80 Bibles are needed. Plus funding is needed for the Lives Aglow Global Outreach Centre church's rent and a visit to the Koma Hills.

Go! Consider being a part of Mission: Nigeria 2013. Email info@ClimbingForChrist.org for a mission application.

 

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