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Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria
July 2009
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria

Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria   Our seventh annual Reformed Bible Conference in Port Harcourt saw 209 pastors and 60 others from twenty different churches gather together.   Before it even started, we were able to enjoy ministry from Chris Buss (Metropolitan Tabernacle, London). He preached to thirty seminary students on: ‘Teaching believers about personal prayer’; ‘The biblical necessity of the Lord’s day’; and ‘Fundamental principles of the canon of Scripture’. The next day he preached at both Sunday services and spoke to the Sunday school children, as well as to a group of converts preparing for baptism. Monday began with a live radio programme....

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Missionary Spotlight – Creationism in Nigeria
January 2008
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Creationism in Nigeria

Creationism in Nigeria At the invitation of Rev. Adamu Maga, Director of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), Andy McIntosh recently visited five Nigerian cities – Abuja (Nigeria’s capital), Miango, Jos,Kaduna and Gindiri – to present the message of biblical creation. This is what Andy writes … In Abuja, I spoke in the home of Elesa Bitrus who works for the Ministry of Agriculture and who, together with his wife Rhoda, has many contacts. Not all who came were believers. At Miango to the west of Jos, I spoke over the weekend at a Christian School called Kent Academy. When asked, the great majority...

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February 2006
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight

Tony Okoroh, pastor of Sovereign Grace Bible Church, Lagos, writes:   We give glory to God, who made this third annual Lagos Conference possibleon 3-5 November. Nigeria is desperately needy. Many evangelical pastors are strongly influenced by the word-faith movement and ignorant of the counsel of God. This year’s theme was 1 Timothy 4:16, ‘Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine’. Joe Jacowitz (Christ’s Bible Church, Oakland, California) spoke on the pastor’s ministry to himself, preserving the pastor’s first love and the pastor’s devotional life. Abiodun Longe (Upper Room Baptist Church, Lagos) spoke on basic Christian doctrines, the need for a sound doctrinal foundation,...

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Missionary Spotlight – Nigeria revisited
October 2002
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Nigeria revisited

Nigeria is a country of contrasts. It is vibrant with life and activity, and yet shows enormous differences in lifestyle.   In the cities begging and corruption exist alongside splendid buildings (usually mosques). Many are being reached, but there are still whole tribes who have not heard the gospel of Christ. People flock to the churches, but there is much superficial ceremony and a great need for sound Bible teaching. Visits   Three of us from the UK landed in Abuja on 28 June and stayed with a Christian family over the weekend. We preached at churches in Abuja and conducted Creation meetings. On the...

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Missionary Spotlight : Nigeria: a satanic attack
October 2002
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight : Nigeria: a satanic attack

The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ recently stirred up an attack from the kingdom of darkness in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.   A ‘mystic’ woman, a Prophetess of the ‘Cherubim and Seraphim Eternal Sacred Order’, lives in front of our church (Christ’s Reformed Church), with a fence between us as the boundary. Her ‘church’ burns candles and incense to angels, and its adherents wear white clothes and walk about in bare feet. Livelihood   Before we started our church, many people consulted this woman for the purpose of divination, and to obtain magic potions to promote their business, marriage, health, fertility etc. Initially, the woman...

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Missionary Spotlight – Nigerian churches today
October 2001
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Nigerian churches today

A century ago our nation was in deep darkness. Superstition ruled and Satan was worshipped. Sacrifices were offered to deities in rivers, trees and rocks. The creature was worshipped rather than the Creator.   The earliest attempts by missionaries to penetrate Nigeria soon resulted in two missionary societies withdrawing from the area, after the death of 11 and 71 missionaries respectively mainly due to mosquito-borne disease. The West African Coast had become ‘the white man’s grave’. However, Nigeria was conquered at last largely through the work of black Jamaican missionaries, and the gospel spread like wildfire. The Acts of the Apostles repeated itself among our...

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Missionary Spotlight – The ‘Christian’ scene in S. E. Nigeria
November 2000
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – The ‘Christian’ scene in S. E. Nigeria

‘The New Jerusalem Hairdresser’s’, ‘The Heavenly Bakeries’, ‘The Mount Zion Hotel’ — everywhere you see evidence of a past influence of Christianity. ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ or ‘I’m covered by the blood’ is often painted on the front of lorries, while on the back is painted some Muslim slogan! It seems that whatever helps, goes.   There are thousands and thousands of ‘churches’ — perhaps a small village will have nine or ten different ones. Within five miles of the centre of a nearby town, there are estimated to be 500 churches. These churches divide roughly into two different kinds, independent and Western-type churches....

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