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January 2017
Nigeria

IDP camps in north Nigeria

Recently, John Kalma wrote to ET: ‘Hope you are all doing fine. It’s great reading mission information in ET International, which you graciously send me. I distribute the same to quite a good number of readers here in Abuja, Nigeria. Indeed, many people are blessed reading the Christian news. I personally travelled to north east Nigeria — Maiduguri, in Borno State, in particular — and saw things for myself (I am from that area). I decided to share this with you all, for your prayers. The deplorable condition of IDPs (internally displaced persons) in north east Nigeria, particularly women and children, has reached a sad...

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July 2016
Nigeria

Creation teaching in Nigeria

In April 2016, at the two African Pastors Conferences (APC) in Nigeria — one in Abuja, and the other in Kaduna State — we had a very valuable time. It was extremely hot, 35oC and above, with little aircon. But it was a great blessing to reach eager pastors willing to preach the biblical gospel and bring the theology of creation to these Christian leaders. Increasingly, the issue of creation has an effect on African congregations, as more young people have contact, through smart phones and social media, with erroneous Western ideas. Irving Steggles, pastor of Birchleigh Baptist Church, Kempton Park, South Africa, though fighting...

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October 2015
Nigeria

Blessing at Christ’s Reformed Baptist Church, Port Harcourt

The result of the presidential election in Nigeria on 28 March sent shock waves across the world. There were mixed feelings too among Nigerians. With the conceding of defeat by Dr Good-luck Ebele Jonathan to General Muhamadu Buhari it was felt, in south Nigeria, as if someone great had died. We are waiting to see how events turn out under the new government. Nigeria needs prayer, as the Boko Haram insurgency deepens, with bombings and killings every day in churches and mosques. Easter weekend On 2 April, the Reformed Foundations Theological Seminary students’ union had its constitution read out by Christ’s Reformed Baptist Church pastor...

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March 2015
Nigeria

Nigeria

More than a million people have fled their homes in terror as a result of incessant attacks from Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria. According to reports from Christian advocacy group Barnabas Fund, victimisation and violence have become part of everyday life for many people there, particularly Christians. Alongside Boko Haram, Christians in northern Nigeria are also victims of repeated violence from ethnic Fulani Muslims, who have been responsible for killings, burning houses and forcing Christians to flee. Displaced Nigerian Christians have fled in droves to neighbouring Cameroon, where they have been given food and medical assistance from Barnabas Fund. On Sunday 25 January, the...

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September 2014
Nigeria

Barnabas Fund Suffering Church Action Week 2014

Living in Babylon — faithful to Christ in a hostile world The fires of anti-Christian persecution rage on around the world. Through most of the Middle East, and in large parts of Africa and Asia, our brothers and sisters continue to suffer discrimination, ill-treatment and violence because of their love for Christ. Research has estimated that around 200 million people claiming to be Christians — about 10 per cent of the total number — are disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their faith. Every week seems to bring its share of tragic and heart-breaking stories. In Nigeria, scores of Christian girls are abducted by a...

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Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet
August 2012
Nigeria

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet Communal violence is not new to Nigeria. In spite of this, the church has continued to grow — to 51.3 per cent of the population, according to Operation World. But, for several years now, Nigeria has been facing a new and growing threat from an extreme Muslim group known as Boko Haram. This group has a strong political agenda, feeding off discontent towards the federal government.     This discontent is felt all the more in northern Nigeria because the Federal Government of Nigeria is now headed by a southern Christian, President Goodluck Jonathan.    Boko Haram The name ‘Boko...

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November 2011
Nigeria

Lagos update

Mission:Nigeria  Lagos update  Despite a terrible fire earlier this year, the work of Sovereign Grace Bible Church,Lagos, is being blessed by God. According to Pastor Tony Okoroh, the church has witnessed God directing an average of three new visitors each month to morning worship services over the past three months. He said, ‘The need to move to a more spacious place is pressing. Because God has yet to provide the finances to do so, we are convicted to pray and plan for church plants instead. ‘We thank God for working in the hearts of some that have been attending our worship services for quite some...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Port Harcourt
September 2010
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Port Harcourt

Encouragement in Port Harcourt   We are grateful to God that he had led us through the first half of 2010, although the Niger Delta is troubled by renewed kidnapping attempts.   Here, in the south of Nigeria, everything and everyone has been Christianised. One newspaper wrote this ‘Christian’ comment from ‘Mike’ about the World Cup: ‘Boy, I have been enjoying myself. I have been indoors, enjoying every minute, every second of the World Cup.      ‘I am sure the hosts of heaven are also watching the World Cup. There must be TV sets in heaven. Yes, there must! Whatever is on earth must be...

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