We thank you so very much for your faithful prayers and friendship. Because
it happens almost every time, it is probably better not to try to explain
why this is coming so long after you last heard from us. Thank you for your
letters, seasonal cards, emails and other expressions of your kindness and
patience which we do not deserve.
Nigeria Situation: Everyone here continues to thank God
for the peaceful elections which most feared could break up the country
with unimaginable consequences. Even CIA was reported to have predicted
that 2015 could bring an end to the country known as Nigeria. Well, the
year is only half gone, the insurgency in the North East by Boko Haram is
far from over and violence still continues. And while we sincerely thank
you for praying (and many of you did), we ask you please to continue to
pray for our country as we also pray for you and for the global difficulties
affecting many countries in various ways.
The second issue is related to that- the economic situation which is a
big problem for the new government. We hear from the international media
how our economy is the 'leading economy in Africa' yet at home we know that
almost one-third of the 36 States are owing several months of unpaid civil
servants' salaries. One Governor said a few days ago : I am helpless !
The workers and pensioners in that State are owed at least seven (7) months
of unpaid salaries and their pensions. The fall in price of crude oil is
said to be the immediate cause. The State Governors are meeting with the
new President Tuesday 23June to ask for a way out! One thing to praise God
for is the tremendous potentials in human and material resources which we
have. The present tough times will hopefully force us to look outside of
oil. We need to. The Church is growing in spread but sadly, not in depth.
The appearance of godliness is seen everywhere, but its power is difficult
to find. The Lord knows those who are His.
Church and Ministry: We continue to thank God for the
opportunities to be involved in some very small ways. Your prayers do indeed
make these opportunities be of lasting value and we thank you very much
for your partnership.
ECWA Lemu Road and Narayi
Prayer House - We
are involved at various levels and with various people. There are teaching,
preaching and leadership opportunities with Ruth very much involved in the
Girls ministry, Adult Sunday School, Prayer House Choir, in addition to
continuing volunteer work at her friend's Christian Nursery/Primary School.
The main Church is now considering granting the Prayer House approval to
organize morning services in addition to the present evening services. We
will then begin to work seriously towards organizing and then moving to
some temporary structure on the property already acquired for the Prayer
House. These are steps to becoming a full and 'independent' Church congregation.
Please pray for us. Meanwhile Abraham and others in the Leadership Team
are busy with preaching and teaching God's Word at the Prayer House. We
are currently going through a series in the first eight chapters of Romans.
'Let's Study Romans 1-8': This project of
our Kaduna Central District Church Council has been published and now in
use for Zonal Group Bible Study of the Churches in the District. It was
a privilege to be asked to lead the 7-person Preparation Committee. Our
Narayi Prayer House has based its preaching programme on the same chapters
of Romans running from May to mid-September of 2015.
Family Life Ministry: Ruth
and I were invited to be part of the Leadership Team of this ministry, working
with other Volunteer couples (mostly lay people) to help in promoting godly
families through events like Seminars, Week-end away, Trainings etc. Principally,
we seek to establish Small Groups that meet weekly to study, discuss and
pray for a period of 6-7weeks. The Team itself has just completed a one-week
intensive training to equip us for greater effectiveness. FamilyLife is
a ministry of Great Commission Movement of Nigeria (Campus Crusade for ChristInternational).
FamilyLife Staying Close
Group: Ruth and I
currently lead seven other couples meeting once a week at our house. We
use the book: Staying Close by Dennis & Barbara Rainey. We
hope to complete this first small group in about two weeks' time. Please
pray for us as we pray to start a new group after this one. Pray that we
will model Christ and his Gospel as we all learn from Him.
keep in touch with friends and ministry in Malawi through ZM and through
Aquaid Life Line. Our Church and a group of friends here remain faithful
prayer partners for the work in Malawi. We thank God for them.
Family News: Seyi
was able to visit Bunmi in the US. Her visit had to be extended
by three weeks because she fell ill while there. We thank God
she is reasonably stable and continues to enjoy her work with
WaterAid. She and Ibrahim are doing well. They and Bunmi are
planning for us to visit the US sometime in October/November
this year. Ruth and I are keeping quite well (after Abraham's
5 to 6 recent visits to the dentist). In February, Abraham joined
the 'Club 90-10' (Psalm 90 verse10) as a young member.
An unexpected and beautiful celebration was organised by the
Prayer House on that day, which was a Sunday, just after I finished
preaching. I trust some of you our senior friends will endorse
my membership! It is now more difficult to ignore the realities
of the ' Best-Before-Date' stamped on each of us.
So, let us work while it is day, for the night comes when no
man can work.
We thank you all for helping us to do this through
your prayers and friendship.
Sincerely and with our love,
Abraham and Ruth,