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Mission: Nigeria 2012

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Mission: Nigeria 2012 will pick up where the 2011 survey trip stopped — evangelizing the lost in the Koma Hills. This will not be easy. Nigeria is not Disney World. Particularly now.

In early January, Boko Haram — a militant Islamist group whose name means “Western education is forbidden” — declared war on Christians in Nigeria. Beginning on CHRISTmas day in 2011 and carrying over into the New Year, more than 85 people were killed in bomb and gun attacks carried out by Boko Haram. Several parts of the country declared states of emergency as assaults were launched on universities, police, secular courts, Christian churches and even mosques. President Goodluck Jonathan, a professing Christian, also closed Nigeria's borders with Chad and Niger Republic.

Boko Haram's determination to institute Sharia law across all of Nigeria was known. Since 1999, Muslim state leaders have imposed Sharia law in 12 northern states and parts of four others. But in a Jan. 11 videotape, the leader of Boko Haram vowed to render Nigeria “ungovernable.” They desire complete choas.

“Nigeria seems to be sitting on the (keg) of gunpowder that will soon explode. It has reached a level where God has to intervene in the affairs. We sought God's intervention in our (worship) service. That's not enough as I solicit your prayers. When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. How long can we continue to live like slaves in our country at the expense of the minority few? God is both alive and well and able to handle this matter to the glory of His name.” — Pastor Chris Joseph, Climbing For Christ member in Nigeria (Sunday, Jan. 12, 2012)

According to the Voice of the Martyrs this meant that the scale of persecution of Christians by Muslims was likely to spread from Nigeria's northern states to the central plateau. Church leaders warned that Christians would defend themselves by whatever means necessary.

It is our prayer that God would frustrate the plans of the enemy. We also pray that the enemy would realize the love of Christ. As Jesus instructed in Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Pray also that the plans of the enemy would not interfere with the plans our Lord has for His ministry in Nigeria.

A Koma woman dancing during a funeral ceremony in a hill village.

Trip planner

Date: December 2012. Length of trip: 10 days. Team size: 4-6 members.

Purpose: To deliver the Gospel to Koma people living unreached in the Atlantika Mountains. CLICK HERE to view our videotape, “The Koma People of Nigeria.” The Climbing For Christ team also will be teaching at a second missions and leadership conference and celebrating the anniversary of the C4C-supported church that is pastored by Chris Joseph.

Cost: Estimated at US$1,000 plus airfare to/from Nigeria.

To apply: E-mail info@climbingforchrist.org to request a mission application.

Posted Jan. 15, 2012

The Word

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” 
— Matthew 24:6-14 (NIV)


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