Mission: Nigeria 2012
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.
“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.