About the Work
Our involvement in Nigeria began in 1988 when Simeon Nwakanma providentially visited the congregation in Pearland, Texas. Since then, there have been numerous visits by Evangelists and others to and from Nigeria, thousands of dollars have been raised for this work, and countless souls have been added to God's kingdom as a result of this work. Today, American Preachers Ty Fleming, Ray Cook, Shawn Zybach, Jerry Lowry and Michael McCorkle have assumed the day to day responsibilities for the work in Nigeria and abroad. They are assisted by a board of advisors including Tony Springer, Rusty Springer, Nathan Springer, Jacob Springer, Ray Newell, Craig Keel, Kerry Jones, Tony Blankenship, Levi Barris, Yancey Jones and Alan Monk. Please feel free to contact any of these men with concerns or questions related to our brethren and the Lord's work in Nigeria.
The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a federal constitutional republic comprising of 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The country is located in West Africa and shares land borders with the Republic of Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean.
Nigeria is often referred to as the "Giant of Africa", due to its large population and economy. With approximately 196 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. The country is inhabited by over 500 ethnic groups, of which the three largest are the Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba.
Regarding religion, Nigeria is roughly divided in half between Christians, who live mostly in the southern and central parts of the country, and Muslims, concentrated mostly in the nothern and southwestern regions. A minority of the population practice religions indigenous to Nigeria, such as those native to Igbo and Yoruba peoples.
You may be aware that the Nigerian brethren began an intensive evangelistic outreach opening new congregations. Some of the new and young congregations still need Bibles. The translations that are needed are Igboo, Effik, and English Bibles.
Since the recent chaos in Nigeria, motorcycles have been restricted in our major cities but can still be used in some of the outlying areas. We still would like to purchase motorcycles for Evangelists in those areas. This is very important to allow our Evangelists to continue to travel to areas that are seeking the Gospel.
"We praise the Lord as he blesses us physically, mentally, and most importantly spiritually. The brethren of Nigeria are very appreciative of the financial help of the American brethren but most importantly the prayers that are given up on our behalf."
Estimation of Costs:
- Motorcycles: $750
- Motorized Tricycles: $1000
- Roof for Church: $4500
- 100 copies of Igboo Bible: $910
- 100 copies of Effik Bible: $730
- 100 copies of English Bible: $910
- Monthly support for one Evangelist: $50
We are currently looking to purchase 3 Tricycles and 10 Motorcycles for the work in Nigeria. We are always seeking to put roofs on church buildings in Nigeria. Currently we have 4 churches that need roofs.