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All articles in category Western Africa

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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January 2017
Ghana

Saved to serve in Ghana

My life was dominated by alcohol for 30 years. I had a promising career as a professional footballer and worked in my father’s business. I married Jennifer and had three children. Everything looked rosy. But, over a period of eight years, I went from social drinker to alcoholic, drinking on public park benches, sharing bottles with other alcoholics, sleeping rough in derelict houses and stealing to get more drink. Rock bottom It’s still hard to believe I gave up all the good things for uncountable nights in police cells, mental hospitals, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics and eventually prison. It was during one of my...

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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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September 2014
Ghana

PTI in Ghana

From 27 June to 11 July, Daniel Grimwade, one of the pastors of Dewsbury Evangelical Church, spent two weeks in Ghana with Ivan Watson, from Cavan Baptist Church, Southern Ireland. They travelled to Ghana to attend a preaching conference organised by Pastor Training International (PTI). PTI is a UK registered charity, established in 2004, that supports pastors who have had little or no training and yet are responsible for the oversight of their congregations. The organisation works mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, although their ministry activities are now expanding to areas in Asia and Eastern Europe. Ghana has an estimated population of 25 million; 71 per...

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February 2014
Western Africa

Haiti

Jean-Claude Souillot, managing director of Evangelical Press Missionary Trust’s outreach to the French-speaking world, describes his latest visit to Haiti. The main goals of my visit were first to preach and teach the gospel in various places and second to see how I could best encourage the Christian bookshop in Port-au-Prince. In preparing for the visit, I also got in touch with as many Haitian students as possible who had been undertaking EP’s correspondence course for preachers. While in Haiti, I was able to meet many of these students, including those who had finished the course. Generally, the reception of the Word was good and...

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May 2013
Western Africa

New training initiative in West Africa

Recently, a group of Senegalese, Liberian and Ivorian pastors and Christian workers, whose hearts God had burdened to take his Word more effectively to fellow Africans, let it be known that they wanted help with this outreach. New Tribes Mission (NTM) is more than happy to be involved.      Some of the participants, both trainers and trainees, had come to trust Christ as Saviour through the ministry of NTM missionaries. They subsequently were discipled and are engaged in gospel and pastoral ministry.      As a result, an exciting project is now under way to give these mature believers cross-cultural training as church planters. The introductory...

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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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