1st QTR 2021 Report from Mike Udam

REPORT OF WORK FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2021

I am delighted to share with you the report of work for the months on January, February, and March 2021.

The church witnessed 20 New birth through baptism, and one very significant restoration – a man that was baptized in the early 1990 and whose wife was converted to the faith six years ago turned himself in and reconciled with God.

Under this period, we did not record any withdrawal of fellowship even though we are still having members that are very epileptic in their attendance.

In February, the church organized her annual couples retreat to help shape the tone of couples living with each other in proper Bible-defined harmony. Over 80 couples attended and the bond of friendship in marriage was renewed.

In March, the church planted a very big farm for me to cater for my feeding. Since it is a rural congregation, that is the best they can do to support the work of their preacher.

Arrangements have been concluded to establish a congregation this year in a neighboring village. For the next quarter, all my evangelism efforts shall be focused in that area, and with God on our side, we will set up a congregation there.

Keep us in your prayers.

Within this first quarter, follow-up work with WBS students was resumed. We hope to have a WBS seminar sometime in July Lord willing and if the funds are available.

We are also struggling to finish our mission house where we hope to be keeping most of the visitors that come here to work with us. We have plastered and now we are at the stage of fixing doors and windows.

Thank you for supporting me to work out here. I am grateful.

My family shall be heading to Enugu state tomorrow April 1st for a four-day Family Retreat. It is a time once in every year where we go out and meet other Christian families and spend time together in fellowship during the Easter period.

I am doing well in health and the Lord is faithful to me.

God bless you all.

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Couples Retreat in Ukpagada

THE UKPAGADA COUPLES’ RETREAT

The UKPAGADA COUPLES RETREAT IS an annual gathering of couples to brainstorm ways of making their marriages work even when it is the desire of the devil to shipwreck Christian marriages. After hosting the program for 6 years now, we have recorded success in the following areas

1.       Stability of families. So many couples now know what it means to be called couples.

2.       Clearing of debt – so many couples that did not know that they were cohabitating learned what it meant to go and clear and they have done so.

3.       The public image of couples has improved.

4.       Conflict management amongst couples has been improved and enhanced.

5.       Communications between couples have been improved and

6.       A positive lifestyle is not promoted.

Through this couples’ retreat, men have now known how to take good care of their wives and vise versa.

The only challenge still hanging is how to Dwell with them with understanding.

We are working on that.

We are not yet at the promised land, but certainly, we have moved past where we were.

The church at Ukpagada believe that once the home front is ok, the entire church will be doing fine.

For this year, 83 couples attended and it was colourful. The Man, his wife and his health was the topic considered and we were refreshed.

Keep us in your prayers and also if you have the strength, you can support us as you see fit.

Ukpagada Lectureship 2020

UKPAGADA LECTURESHIP 2020

To the glory of God, the word of God has gone forth and for sure it will make a tremendous impact in the hearts of all those that listened attentively to the topics under the theme: The Christian Family in our just concluded lectureship.

 A total attendance of a little above 600 souls (450 adults and 156 children) participated in the lectureship from over 60 congregations across Nigeria.

One central message from the first speaker Hilary Johnson is that God expects us to lead our families well to enable him God write a good testimonial about us like he did about Abraham in Gen 18:19 “For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”

The second Speaker Elijah Abire provoked the audience to learn to walk hand in hand with their spouse and avoid acts and conducts capable of destroying their public image. According to Elijah Abire, any man yet to formally marry his woman is a kidnapper and is warming up for hellfire unless they repent and do the needful.

Bassey Esang used the open Forum to go over the lesson highlighting all the grey areas and making sure that the lesson sinks into our hearts.

The youths were made to know the power of being people of Integrity by the ambush commander Chidi Chibunna.

The lectureship had outdoor preaching the previous day 27th November, where Tobobelem West advised the audience to save themselves from this wicked generation. The open-air started at 6 pm and we finished by 10 pm due to questions that arose from the topic. We hope to harvest souls arising from this public lecture in the near future.

The high point of the lectureship was the defection of the mother of Bro Festus Okwo from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light through baptism. Within two years, the baptism of Okwo, my head of department in the school where I teach has produced 9 souls to the kingdom of Christ, with 6 of these souls now worshipping in his village, Wula, 9 km to Cameroon.

Three members of the Ukpagada Mission team, Chidi Chibunna, Agala Chinedu and Ikenna Chiozoadighi presented a brand-new generator to the church to power our outdoor evangelism.

Our challenge is in the area of accommodation. We had built our mission house and were unable to complete it before the lectureship. So, we had to struggle to pay for the accommodation of our guest speakers and other friends from outside Ogoja who came to participate in the lectureship. If we can get a one-time gift of $500, we will be sure there will be a smooth sail next year.

Attached herewith are pictures that capture the event.

To God be the glory.

2nd QTR 2020 Work Report

WORK AMIDST COVID 19 PANDEMIC.
I am delighted to share with you the little the Lord used me to do in his vineyard in this second quarter of April May June 2020.
It is no longer news that the world is currently being ravaged by the novel coronavirus covid 19. I am thankful that he has protected us from the pandemic and kept us safe even as we practice the WHO protocol.
I thank you for your support that has really helped me survive this pandemic as we were literally shut down in the entire country.
Thank you for the covid 19 palliative that you sent to the cameroonian refugees here in Ogoja. God bless you so much for your love.
During this period, we were blessed with 5 baptisms amongst which were two pastors of denominational churches.
A new congregation was started for the pastors with some of our brethren around there joining in fellowship. I teach Bible study there every Friday. The baby church has a membership strength of 35 with adults over 25 on Sunday worship service.
We are trusting God that covid 19 will recede, and we will resume our aggressive evangelism.
We were able to construct a baptistery in my congregation to easy the process of baptism especially that we have a functional borehole in the church premises.
For the next quarter, lord willing, there are two Leadership seminars that I shall be conducting in Benue and Taraba state in North central Nigeria.
Beginning from July 4th, my team Africa Evangelism Mission shall start Virtual Lectureship streaming live across the continent of Africa via Nzuko/Zoom applications. The brethren in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe are our principal target. Topics have been assigned to us all. This is our response to the emergence of covid 19. We are adjusting to the New normal. Trial sessions are ongoing. Keep us in your prayers.
I am equally starting 20 minutes Bible classes live on my facebook page Mike Udam from the 1st of July 2020.
One thing I have learned from this pandemic to always put the phrase LORD WILLING in all my plans.
My family is doing well and to the glory of God, I shall be 7 years at Ukpagada on the 5th of July 2020. Keep me and my family in your prayers.
My members are farmers, if you have a small support for them to buy fertilizers and herbicide for their farms, it will be well appreciated.
God bless you.

Mike Udam

Report of Work from MJA

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.

M.J.A.

Brief Report

Dear brethren, 
I am giving you a short report here

Three Souls were saved that I am aware. We Evangelize. We conduct weekly Bible study. We engage in prayer for sick persons. 
A small number enrolled into WBS Study. Completed lessons are awaiting posting due to no available funds. They will be mailed soon as funds will be available. 


WBS OFFICE AND MISSIONARY APARTMENT.
Two Solar panels were purchased making a total of four Panels to four batteries. As God continue to bless we continue to work in apartment 2 &  3  after completing apartment one. I have made full payment for the Solar items.

EVANGELISM VEHICLES.
We use them to convey persons and Children to worship. We do so for Bible study, Songs practice and Evangelism. About $200 extra will be needed to maintained them and to raised up the body of new vehicle to cope with the degrading roads. This kept waiting because first quarter support from you brethren in Oakley Church was not given to me. Let God bless.


Remain blessed
God protects you all
In Christian Love,Moses Ogar.

Great Transformation

Yesterday, the kingdom of darkness lost three souls to the kingdom of light when we boldly declared that Jesus is the Son of God and moved straight to the watery grave of baptism.

We are glad to announce that God is the one rewarding our efforts with this great harvest. Recall that our evangelism strategy this year is using our public address system to preach the gospel into all the homes in Ukpagada nation every Tuesday during our Bible study period.

In one of the Tuesdays, Chad Wagner – Missionary to Nigeria visited Ukpagada and spoke during the Open Air. After hitting the airwaves with the undiluted truth, we got one result when Chad Wagner spoke and yesterday three come forward and God added them to the church.

Keep us in your prayers. We are confident that God will give us more fruits in the coming weeks.

Mike Udam