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.

ICT Training in Adamawa and Taraba States-Nigeria

REPORT OF ICT TRAINING FOR PREACHERS IN ADAMAWA AND TARABA STATE – NORTH-EAST NIGERIA.

For the past 6 years, it has been my desire to build capacity in preachers in Nigeria on how to use the internet effectively especially for the sake of preaching the gospel of Christ to the dying world.

The location for this year’s training is Jalingo in Taraba state and so preachers from Adamawa state were drawn into the program.

27 participants including 18 preachers were trained in Basic Internet skills, Internet evangelism and Making of short videos for Internet Evangelism.

The coordinator of the training and minister of the church meeting in Jalingo posted this on the newly created WhatsApp group for continuous training;

“Brother Mike you are great blessings to the Lord’s church. We thank you and your entire Entourage for extending the hands of free blessing to the available Preachers and Church Leaders in Taraba and Adamawa State. It is my belief that the seed you have sown in these lives will grow and endure. Thanks a lot for your help. We were wrong to think we knew.”

I thank you all for the support you send to me to make an impact on the growth of the church.

Keep me in your prayers.

I am back to Ogoja with my team

God bless you. Mike Udam

7 Years!

Beloved,

One big lesson I have learnt working at Ukpagada for these 7 years is simple: The village is a tough place that the preacher is the chairman and CEO, PRO, Medical doctor, Information Analyst, program planner and above all, the pace setter in all things. Just one small mistake, the entire church will crumble. It is really tough. But Jesus had been involved all the way. A smile of victory ahead. Keep us in your prayers and support.In one of the group pictures you will see me with a few persons. They are those I met when I came in 2013. The next group picture is a cross section of those that through evangelism are now a part of the church. Thank you for all the support. Your support has made the difference.God bless you all.


Sincerely yours
Mike Udam

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

Udam’s 1st QTR Report

To God be the glory that he has sustained us to do his will in this very trying moment of our lives as we see people killed daily by the novel corona virus that has ravaged the world between December last year and today.

We have made significant progress this quarter in our quest to serve God in the vineyard of the Lord.

Between January and today, the church meeting at Ukpagada have recorded an additional 10 members born through the watery grave of baptism. We suspect that God gave us this increase through the instrumentality of our evangelism strategy that we adopted this year. For twelve weeks now, each Tuesdays is devoted to outdoor open air preaching. The message of the gospel has been preached and his doctrine shared to the world. We are glad to share the result with you knowing that you have been having us in your prayers.Between January and March, I have made 4 evangelism trips to locations in other states to share the good news to the lost and to strengthen the saved to remain saved. Our God has been faithful and his mercies endure forever.

The plan to go to Kenya for mission work got to advance stage before the outbreak of covid 19 that temporality put it on hold. We had already secured visas for the trip and were working on funds to buy the tickets when this global pandemic struck. It is our desire that as soon as everything is brought under control, we will still make the trip.

The church at ukpagada is greatly affected by the lockdown associated by the covid 19 pandemic. The government has ordered a lockdown at the very period of our starting to activate the farming process. The more the farmers stay at home, the more they are tempted to eat from their farm inputs. Any support to help cushion the effect of these lockdown will be greatly affected.

Cheering news: I recently graduated with a bachelors’ degree in Biblical studies from Sunset international Bible institute, Texas through it affiliate school, Darrell Memorial Bible institute Obudu. I desire to enroll immediately for the masters degree in Youth and family from the same Sunset School. I pray the Lord to make a way.God bless you for the support you send to me to make the work around me easy. 

It is my desire to be in the states and Canada lord willing this year. My visa interview on the 25th of March was cancelled because of the covid 19. Keep my family and I in your prayers.

Taraba State Evangelism Report

The leadership of the churches of Christ in the 19 northern states of Nigeria came together and formed an evangelism team that goes out once every year for a week to a specific location in northern Nigeria and evangelize the area either to plant a church there or to expand the one already existing.

I was invited to speak to brethren and participate in their gospel campaign for this year in a town known as Baissa, about 9km to Cameroon. The congregation there was established by an American Missionary Ken Klein in the early 1980s and has grown significantly over the years.

I spent my one year youth service 18 years ago with Ken Klein and got to work with him there. So it was an opportunity to visit once again the place I had worked some years ago.

I participated in the Open Air evangelism and spoke during the Indoor lecture on corruption of the pattern of marriage by man.

As at yesterday, 8 souls have already obeyed the gospel and were baptized and added to the fold.

My team includes, Chidi Chibunna, a staff sergeant of the Nigeria Army who resigned from the military deliberately just to work for God in the Lord’s army. Cornelius Monjok our Ogoja WBS Team leader, Festus Okwo my Head of department in school and brother, and Bro Joe Ekpo, a newly converted pastor of a denomination.

Keep us in your prayers.

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

Ukpagada Couples Retreat 2019

For four years running, the church meeting at Ukpagada have been gathering couples from around the country together towards the end of the year to brainstorm on ways of making our marriages work according to the standard that God expects it to be. It is one event that has recorded so many testimonies of it huge impact on the couples that had followed regularly.

Research conducted in the early 1990, by a group of family experts places the family as the main institution that God expects man not to fail and sadly 60% of 100 men interviewed showed signs of lack of capacity to “Dwell with them with understanding” 1 Pet 3:7.

So it became imperative that couples come together to build capacity in how to live with each other peacefully.

The retreat is usually divided into 3 parts.

First we spend time introducing our spouse in public stating the things you know about them, their likes and dislikes.

Then we receive a lecture by a seasoned family expert.

Then we split to deal with issues based on gender.

In between these periods, we break to eat together and have fun in the process.

This year 45 couples attended and it was colourful. Adegoroye Abiodun, the minister of the church meeting at Kado Abuja was our guest speaker. He spoke on having the mind of Christ even in our marriages. He destroyed so many preconceived positions and prejudices that have made our marriages a war room.

During the split session, the men were told to learn to look inward and build their marriages. Honesty and transparency in handling family finances was emphasized.

The women were told how to truly be submissive to their husbands while husbands were called upon to be assistive to their wives in the kitchen which was not the case before.

The retreat came to a close with a closing prayer by the host minister Mike Udam.

The saints were edified and the Lord glorified.