Recently I received an email from the MNM Director for West Africa, Mike Okuneye, that was very disturbing—he was responding to the message I had sent him asking about recent violence against Christians in his country.
“Hello John, Thank you so much, I am doing fine. I wish these stories were not true, but sadly it’s becoming a continuous occurrence in the North Central part of the Nigerian Plateau—Benue and Taraba have all been hit recently in a major way. We covet your prayers for Nigeria. Pray the Lord will console and comfort the bereaved families. Pray for adequate provisions for the displaced. Pray for lasting solution and peace to return to this region. Once again, I really appreciate your love and concern. Blessings, Mike.”
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“In what the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is calling ‘mass murder,’ 238 more Christians were killed and churches desecrated by Muslims last week in the west African nation of Nigeria. This brings the death toll of Christians to more than 6,000 since the start of 2018.”1. In his email Mike mentions that CAN is asking all Nigerian Christians to fast and pray. We value prayer. There is something additional that can be done….GIVE.
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A wonderful example of overcoming hope being found despite horrendous circumstances is taking place in Niger. This country shares a border with Nigeria and has experienced many of the same atrocities. Our MNM Niger coordinator Oumarou Issa recalls, “The churches are gradually recovering from the trauma they suffered as a result of the attacks of violence against believers in January 2015. The body of Christ has come out of that time with a clear vision and better strategies for ministry.” He goes on to say, “After discovering MNM materials and receiving training, in Niamey and at other locations around Niger other ministries have started to show an interest in partnering with MNM so the Kingdom of God will be made known.”
“Eglise Evangélique des Assemblées de Dieu du Niger (EEADN) is one of these partners and a key relationship for MNM at this stage. We have been using MNM modules to train the church planters that the EEADN sponsors as a denomination in the Makalondi area of Niger. They are targeting a suburb of Niamey called Sonuci. The desire of their key leadership is to involve MNM in teaching the church planting modules at their Bible school.” This is a strong indication that by your giving...
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Oumarou Issa is happy to report, “We continue to survey other locations, and make new contacts with the hope of partnering with like-minded believers. One of these partners, the Association of Evangelical Christians of Niger (ACEN), participated in the translation work of MNM materials into Gourmantchema. The 12 modules of the MNM More Churches Program have been translated. We bless God for allowing us to accomplish even more translation work.” The next focus is Module M. This newest addition to the MNM library of materials teaches church planters how to interact effectively with Muslims and lead them from their false belief in Islam to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
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What Africa desperately needs today, right now, is peace! Political legislation and social relief programs are not enough to bring lasting change. People need Jesus! Only a gospel-centered approach will bring a change that can transform, bring hope, and offer lasting peace. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid,” John 14:27 ESV. Believers in Africa are finding Jesus and experiencing His peace in their hearts even while sometimes enduring the persecution of the Church. When you give this summer, you are helping the persecuted Body of Christ in Africa find true peace.
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