Dear Brethren, November is the second to the last month of 2020. What is going on in the World today should make all of us to sit up and discharge our duties well. 1. Perilous time and perilous men are seen globally today. II Tim. 3:1 – 5.2. The devil walks about as a roaring Lion, seeking whom he may devour. I Pet. 5:8.3. What should we do, if we see that we are in a bad crowd? It is our responsibility to carry out our Assignment effectively. Our Assignment is to preach the Word of God always. II Tim. 4:1 – 5, to all Nations. Matt. 28:19, to every creature (body). Mk. 16:15. Here are some of the things that took place in November, 2020 in our area. . Church of Christ Oku Ikot Edung had 4 baptisms.. A new Congregation was established in Ikot Edem, Ikot Ekpene L. G. A.. We had WBS Seminar at Ikot Oku Mfang and 2 WBS students were baptized on November 22, 2020.. Anameti Akpan brought 2 people from denominational Churches to Christ.. Bro. M. B. Archibong reported 8 baptisms and 1 restoration.. A new Congregation started at Ikot Ekon, Mkpat Enin invited me and my follow workers to come and introduce WBS to her. We did so and also did house to house evangelism in the area.. The Women monthly Gospel Meeting took place at Nigerian Christian Bible College (NCBC) on November 28,2020.. Moses Ogar reported 2 baptisms during WBS Seminar in November, 2020.. There was 1 baptism at Church of Christ Ekom Iman Junction. APPRECIATION: We thank God, our Great Physician, Mediator (Jesus Christ) for protecting, empowering and guiding us to carry out the work entrusted in hand.
Special thanks to all the brethren who are supporting us in our Evangelism work. Mission Printing Press, The Voice of Truth International, World Bible School Lessons, WBS Teachers and all those who are sending us Bibles, Bible Lessons/Materials are highly appreciated. May God bless all of you. Please keep praying for us. Your Partner in Soul Winning Business,
I am very pleased to report that the WBS seminar/evangelism held on 22nd Nov., at Ikot Oku Mfang, Otoro in Abak L.G.A. brought two souls to the Lord.
Pictures during the event are attached.
This week, similar event will take place at Ikot Ekong in Mkpat Enin L.G.A. on 29-11-2020.
Please Sir, The motorcycle which I have been used for evangelism in the local areas over years is not functioning effectively. Right now it is in the workshop for repairs. I therefore appeal for some funds in order to purchase a new one.
I bring you goodnews and blessings from the brethren in Nigeria. We love you and are praying for you daily for the good work you are supporting in Nigeria. I am particularly grateful for the money you have been sending to assist me in preaching the gospel of Christ to my people in Nigeria. May God continue to bless you abundantly in Jesus name, Amen. I am glad to share with you Mission Updates for the months of September and October, 2020.
WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL SEMINARS RESULTED IN MANY BAPTISMS: On 13th September, 2020, we conducted WBS Seminars at Church of Christ, Manta II, Abak. I spoke on Christ and His Church. Many visitors from denominations attended and asked many questions. Many non-Christians enrolled into WBS courses and two souls were baptized.
I sent Uforo Udosen, N.C.B.C Students to go and preach at Church of Christ, 62 Bende Road, Umuahia, Abia State. 19-20 September, he came back and reported of one baptism.
We also conducted WBS Seminar at Church of Christ, Oyubia, Oron on 4th October, 2020. Etim Esang, N.C.B.C Student directed us to meet with WBS Students and two souls were baptized.
Clinton Bassey, N.C.B.C Student also reported of one baptism at Church Christ, Obingwa, Abia State during his evangelism on 11th October, 2020.
On 17th October, I participated in the Men Fellowship at Church of Christ, Ediene, Ikot Akwa Ebom, Abak. It had a large crowd of Church Leaders.
On 18th October, I spoke at a Youth Seminar held at Church of Christ, Ikot Ekan, Etinan where many youths gathered to discuss on “Preparation for Marriage”.
WORLD BIBLE SCHOOL, ABAK TEAM: On 23rd and 27th September and October 29th, WBS Team, Abak met at N.C.B.C WBS Office to plan for WBS Seminars and Evangelism. These meetings will be held monthly every last Thursday of the month.
This Team conducted a seminar on 25th October at Church of Christ, Ikot Ekeyak, Ikono, Uyo. It had a large attendance and many WBS enrollment.
CHURCH OF CHRIST, ABAK ITENGE, ABAK: I helped to establish the Church of Christ, Abak Itenge on 20th January, 2019. Since then, this young congregation has been meeting in somebody’s compound. They 20th January 2021 and celebrate her second anniversary.
MULTIPLYING MINISTRY – II TIMOTHY 2:2: My Late Grandfather (maternal), Jerome Udofia Obot took the Gospel to Ikot Obong, Afaha Obong and established the Church of Christ, Ikot Obong, Afaha Obong. My Late Father, Sunday Joshua Ukpong was a gospel preacher and Elder at Central Church of Christ, Ukpom, he baptized me into Christ in 1983.
I also preached and converted Nse Sunday Edet who was from a Qua Iboe Church background in 1987. Today, Nse Sunday Edet is a very powerful preacher and his two sons who are good song leaders in the Church of Christ. To God be the Glory.
Thank you brethren for your support and prayers. The harvest is great. May God help us to reap the harvest for Christ. God bless you all.
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.