Greetings from my lovely family and the saints at Utu Ikot Ekpo!
I do hope that all of you are staying safe and well during this pandemic.
Nigeria continues to have growing cases of the virus after the government eased the lockdown partially last month. As at yesterday Nigeria had 21,077 confirmed cases, 8625 discharged cases and 558 deaths. In Akwa Ibom State, we have 83 confirmed cases, 43 discharged cases and 2 deaths. The government is planning another lockdown because of incessant flouting of the Covid-19 directives by people and we are afraid that things will become more difficult while hunger will be the order of the day.
But we do not loose hope on God who controls the universe!
We had an inspiring worship service today. Our new brother Imeh Monday led in songs. I taught the Bible class on the topic ” Habits” I taught about good and bad habits as well as making some suggestions or examples of good habits that Christians needs to be incorporating in their daily lives. These include daily bible reading, daily bible study, daily prayer, daily cross bearing, daily meditation, daily exhortation, daily teaching and daily growth. I also pointed out some bad habits that the Christians need to break to include: putting other things before God, laziness, poor stewardship, murmuring and complaining etc. I concluded that cultivating good habits in the above areas will help one to have a fuller and more meaningful lives as Christians, and also enable one to have a good influence on all those who observe our lives ( Col.3:9-10). I also preached on ” why one must go to every service of the church”.
The attendance today was 24 with a visitor.
On Sunday June 21, the church in my village had one baptism and today the preacher, brother Jackson reported another two married women obeying the gospel. I would be meeting with these three converts today since they all come from my village in order to encourage them. Their names are: Emediong Eseme Abijah(m), Idorenyin Christopher (F), and Mrs. Mbakobong Johnson Charles. Please join us to pray for this new family!
As I stated earlier, we still have several completed lessons that we will be sending to your end once international mail is allowed. Few days ago, I was privileged to have a bible discussion class with over 30 young people in Etim Ekpo county headquarters. The discussions was quite successful as I shared some printed articles to these young people. I also received their contacts and phone numbers so that Bible correspondence course introductions can be sent to each of them as soon as the pandemic is over.
Our office at Abak continues to open and we continue to receive lessons as well as gives out tracts and other study materials to those that are interested.
Continue to pray for our efforts and thank you for being a part!
Finally, I wish to remind you to prayerfully and financially consider my earlier appeal for some financial assistance $1200) to enable us buy a strong and better generator that will help us pump our borehole water. For some months now my family have had very stressful moments going to fetch water in a far place. Moreover, those around us who benefitted from the free water are grossly affected as they now have to trek a considerable distance to buy water even with their very low income and poor conditions resulting from this COVID-19 pandemic. You can also help us buy food for most of these people that are victims of this pandemic. It will be a big relief and a good work. Send whatever you wish to contribute to Chad Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for being a part of this work. Remember Godwin Frank in your prayers as well as the new ‘babes’.
May God bless you richly as you help to spread the word.(1 Corinthians 15:58).
In Christian love,
N/B: Below are pictures of me & Mmemaobong, my wife and my mother Jenny.
I pray that may this information finds you and your family in good health and prosperous in the Lord. I am very pleased to let you know that two souls (a mother and a child) from Apostolic Healing Church were baptized yesterday, and added to the church at Abak Itenge during our visit to the area for Bible studies. Last week, we also had bible studies with a twin mother who is yet to be baptized. The attached are pictures of the events. Please sir, do not forget us in your prayers against COVID 19, which is increasing everyday in an alarming rate in Nigeria and causing serious problems and hardship in the country. I will send my 2nd quarter’s report to you towards the end of this month. May God bless you and your family. Sunday Solomon Udoh
Mojima Etokudo reports on the food and pallatives given in his area from generous supporters in the US.
Your generosity continues to help needy brethren in the hinterlands of Nigeria as palliative to cushion the effect of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Today June 1, 2020 , a total of 42 needy brethren drawn from three (3) local congregations of the Lord church namely:
1. Church of Christ,Ikot Akpa Idem
2. Church of Christ, Nkek Ikot Umo
3. Church of Christ, Ikot Udo Mbang
The meeting point for the distribution of the palliative by the Shackle Island Church and other Staples was the Church of Christ meeting place, Ikot Akpa Idem village.
One of the beneficiary your palliative was a denominational church member who just stop by and participate, he was glad to be treated as one of the brethren in our distribution fomula without discrimination. Hopefully, he will come to the knowledge of Truth as we will follow up with him.
Below are items purchased from the Shackle Island Church Emergency Food Fund this time for needy brethren drawn from three local congregations of the Lord church as stated above:
5 Bags of Rice
5 Bags of Garri (wheat)
4 Cartons of Noodles and a Token of funds to help each of them with other Staples.
The beneficiaries express their appreciation, prayed for God’s blessings on the donors and went home rejoicing.
One of the newly baptized sister, a widows two little children who lost her husband recently also received a Hymnal from our stock. Thank you for donating funds to help in the purchase of Bibles and Hymnals to those who needs it to grow in their Christian Life. God bless you and yours.
Greet all our brothers and sisters at the Shackle Island Church of Christ. Know that we mention you in our prayers daily.
The Akwa Ibom State government have lifted the ban on Sunday worship beginning April 7, 2020 but with all precautional measures, Lord willing, we hope to have more worshippers and I plan to meet with our evangelism team (preachers) on Friday for mission update and strategy to further the cause of Christ and His kingdom in our rural areas. We need more of your prayers.
Dear Brethren, Greetings from Akwa Ibom State, Monday Akpakpan and family. The 2020 LOCK-DOWN ORDER by Government does not mean Lock-In and close doors for our Evangelism work. We are to preach the word, in Season and out of Season. The Lord is still using some of His workers to do the work of Evangelism. Here are few small thing that took place in May 2020. – In Two Towns Church of Christ, Manta/Midim, Abak 1 person accepted Christ through baptism. – Church of Christ Number Two, Manta, Abak 4 people were baptized including a Pastor from the Apostolic Church. – In Odukpani County, Cross River State 7 souls were added to the Church. – In Ikot Ekpeyak Ikono, Uyo there were 2 baptisms. – In Obot Akara 2 people were converted to Christ. – Ikot Ubo Waterside Church of Christ reported 1 baptism. Brethren the spread of Covid-19 cannot stop our Evangelism work completely. Even though we are not as effective as usual but we must try our best. The lock-down makes many people to die because of hunger. Keep praying for us. May God be with you all.
– 1 BAPTISM, 1 SEMINAR AND 1 ORDINATION OF ELDERS/DEACONS
God is love, His love and mercies endureth forever. It is the Lord mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. God’s love is new every morning great is thy faithfulness.
The coronavirus – COVID 19 that is claiming lives of many Americans and Nigerians will not touch any of us in Jesus name, Amen. This virus will soon end.
On Sunday March 1, 2020, I preached the Gospel of Christ at Church of Christ, Ikot Akpabio, one soul responded and was baptized.
On 22nd March, 2020, I conducted W.B.S seminar at Church of Christ, Ukana Mkpa Eyop, Abak. We thank God that this dangerous virus has not reached Akwa Ibom State, so the seminar attracted a good number of Christians. We also preached from house to house and enrolled many into W.B.S courses. What we are doing in my congregation is that we do not allow many members to sit together, we try to space them and they wash hands with sanitizers and running water before they enter the Church hall. Large congregations split their services into four sessions. This week the federal and state Government has declared no work, stay at home from Monday to Friday and restriction of flights and closure of boarders. But workers are paid their salaries so that they may have food to eat with their families.
On Saturday 29th March, 2020 I participated in the ordination service of the first batch of Elders and Deacons at Church of Christ, No 3 Udoekpo Lane, Abak where three Elders and Deacons were ordained. It was a grand ceremony because only few congregations have Elders and Deacons here in Nigeria, many people came out to see the ordination.
Brother Chad, let me ask, I will like to attend this year’s ACAC at Eswatini-Mozambique if there are some assistance from Austin Chapel, let me know sir. Thank you
It is our daily prayers that God will continue to protect us from all harms and infections especially this Corona Virus-COVID 19. May this virus ends soon.
Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do to assist in the spread of the Lord’s kingdom in Nigeria. May God continue to bless you all in Jesus name – Amen.
I am reporting the good work God has used me to accomplish in the month of February to 1st March, 2020.
February 5 -8, I travelled with other ministers to Abuja to attend the great workshop 2020 arranged for Nigerian World Bible School Evangelists. The theme was “fixing the broken links”, about 600 ministers attended the workshop, seven keynotes speeches were delivered, one soul was baptized into Christ during the evangelism outings.
On 22nd February 2020, I helped to organize a seminar at N.C.B.C. Ukpom for WBS students on the theme “Christ and His church”
Two keynotes lessons were delivered – I have come that they may have life John 10:10 by Samuel Okon and II identifying the Lord’s church by Monday Akpakpan. Many WBS students from Nigerian Christian School Ukpom and Area churches attended and many new students were enrolled into WBS.
I need a WBS teacher in U.S.A. to send names of students to.
On 23rd February, 2020 I taught in an indoor lectureship at Church of Christ Ikot Akpabio on the subject of “Christian Faithfulness”.
Imo Friday Okon who had wondered away from the fold for three years and was disfellowshipped came out for restoration. He was restored and prayed for his steadfastness.
On 1st March, 2020, I preached again at Church of Christ Ikot Akpabio and one soul by name Goodnews Eugene responded for baptism.
Jane Uyai Joshua, my first daughter received a gift of smart phone for answering many questions during Sunday school. The gift came from Usen Augustine who was the moderator during the service.
The Church of Christ has appreciated one widow Arit John Uko for her steadfastness over the years. She has no children. On Sunday 1st March, the church decided to buy some clothes and give her some money for feeding. This was the first time the brethren here showed such benevolence. We will be doing this as we have the opportunity.
SECOND MONTH OF THE YEAR 2020 WAS NOT NEGATIVE MONTH IN EVANGELISM.- At Two Towns Church of Christ, Manta/Midim we had House to House Evangelism. There were 5 baptisms.
– Attendance of WBS Great Workshop at Abuja was very encouraging. The was 1 baptism.Some people were given Awards to motivate them to work harder in their evangelism work I was one of the Awardees. – One senior retired Police Officer that always come and take tracts and Bibles for Evangelism reported 9 baptisms in February 2020. – At Ikot Akpabio, Afaha Obong – 1 soul was restored to Christ. – Sister Ani S. Udoh, a retired Nurse and her husband is a Lecturer in University of Calabar, she always come to get Tracts for Evangelism, she reported conversion of 2 Denominational Pastors. – WBS Seminar was conducted at NCBC on February 22, 2020. – Anameti reported 2 baptisms. – Ikot Ekpene/Abak Prison had 6 baptisms in February, 2020. There is Skill Acquisition Training going on there. It’s Annual Bible Lectureship will take place in April, 2020. – Uyo Prison recorded 14 Baptisms during the month. – Monthly Women Lectureship is in a steady progress. – Monthly Youth Seminars is very very effective. – M. B. Archibong reported 10 Baptisms and 3 restoration. – African Christian Secondary School is in a steady progress. We have an approval of Examination Center for the students at School.
We are not able to complete Science Lab building that we appealed for financial help. We did not receive enough money to complete it. Please Brethren, keep praying for us and our work.
Greetings from the Lord, and may the Almighty God be with you and your family.
After the great workshop at Abuja on February, evangelism is still progressing in Akwa Ibom State. On the third week of February, 2020, Church leaders gospel seminar was organized at Manta Two Towns, Abak. Many preachers/church leaders in Abak and its environment were in attendance.
World Bible School Seminar at the NCBC on 22 February, 2020 was a wonderful one as many WBS students including Secondary School students across the road were in attendance. Many of them were enrolled for WBS teaching.
Evangelism at Abiaokpo, Uruk Uso, Ikot Ufen, Ikot Akpabio Afahaobong all in Abak and Nung Ukim and Ikot Ekpeyak in Uyo brought four souls to the Lord. Pictures are attached.
Please Sir, May I remind you of my appeal for funds for my roof replacement ($4,000). May God bless you as we partner in the spread of the Gospel in Nigeria.