Update: Glad Tidings Ministries, Nigeria
It has been a while since you heard from me. Please accept my apology. In December 2016, the neighboring village of Bomu, which is about three times the size of my village, Lewe, decided that Lewe did not deserve to exist. On December 14, 2016, they launched an attack against my village. Bomu had the guns, the money, and the political leverage. Lewe had nothing. Lewe mobilized the Christians in the village for praise and worship gatherings, three days a week. God had to fight for us and defend us. To make the long story short, since Bomu is not God, the village of Lewe still exists and is enjoying a peace that she has not had for a long time. Praise the Lord! In addition, in May this year, both villages entered into a peace agreement, orchestrated by the Rivers State Government representatives. There has been no fighting between Lewe and Bomu since then.
2016 Benevolence Donations
Last year, following the devastating rainfall that ravished the Gokana county, some of you responded to the needs through your financial donations. We received $1,500.00 which was designated for helping those affected, as best as we could. We decided against giving out the cash to them, except for the elderly men and women who are not able to work or undertake some business ventures. We identified some of the young men and women who were heads of households, who had expressed interest in different trades or businesses such as building, mechanics, plumbing, opening small restaurants, and tailoring, to mention a few. We paid for their training and gave them the money necessary to start their respective small businesses. For those students in our midst whose parents were not even able to pay for them to take their final exams( JAMB), part of the money was used to pay these fees.
The President of Glad Tidings Ministries( GTM), Mr. Burabari Daaza, and his wife, Rosemary, arrived in Nigeria on December 1, 2017. They are right now residing in the village of Lewe and will be there for about six months. They have reported great successes from the above empowerment ventures. Some of the students have been admitted into Nigerian universities. The small businesses started by some have performed beautifully, generating some profit to sustain their families. Those in the apprenticeship programs are progressing, learning, and on track for completion of their courses. Thank you for your kindness and assistance.
2018 Mission Trip
A team of eight will be leaving the US in the early part of next year to join forces with Burabari and Rosemary. We are all excited. The Lord moved in a very mighty way last year, and we are expecting Him to do even greater things this year.
The Immediate Challenges/Needs
Construction on the GTM Lewe church building was suspended last year when the Bomu-Lewe war started. Construction will resume this month. This has been a great burden on our hearts as the brethren in Lewe really need a place of worship. Unfortunately, the prices of everything, especially building materials, have doubled since we left Nigeria last year. It is estimated that it will now cost at least $300, 000.00 to complete the Lewe church. Please help us financially so that the church building will be completed and ready for dedication on Easter Sunday next year. What a glorious event it will be! When that day comes, as William Shakespeare puts it, “I (will) express my joy in tears of sorrow.”
We want to continue to provide financial support for the brethren through the empowerment program. We are making a difference in the lives of the people. There are abject poverty and hunger in Ogoni land right now. Nothing is working in Nigeria, and the people are suffering. Only those who benefit from the endemic corrupt system will sing its praise. As the famous African proverb says, “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers”. Our God has always been compassionate to the poor and needy. Let us be like-minded.
The medical outreach has been a powerful evangelistic tool. We provide free medical care and medication for the people. This is a whole community outreach, showing the love of Christ to the people. We need the medications, medical supplies, equipment, and healthcare personnel such as RN’s, MA’s, pharmacists, physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners and Physician Assistants.
We also need volunteers such as electricians, plumbers, builders, construction workers, teachers, financial planners, entrepreneurs, and more. The Lord has need of you. We need to equip these believers for the work of the ministry.
Re-digging the Lewe borehole well for water supply: this well was established in 2004, and it was functioning beautifully, providing free clean water supply to the Lewe community. Later, some radical boys in the village broke into the generator room and stole the AVR from the generator. We had to send the electrician, Mr. Don Meliza, with Burabari, back to Nigeria to restore the well. About six months later, the generator was vandalized again and the AVR and radiator were stolen. The well has not been working for years, but recently the Spirit of the Lord has spoken to us both in Canada and here in the US, to “re-dig the well” for the water to start running again. We were reminded in the Word of God of the Philistines closing Abraham’s wells, but Isaac his son had to re-dig the wells. With the dry season coming up, water will be in high demand. The electrician has estimated that about $5,000.00 will be needed to restore the well. We need to take out of the well the 7.5HP Franklin pump, put in a 1.5HP pump and buy a portable generator to operate the well. When the water starts flowing, we need to extend the water supply to the nearby secondary school to serve the students and teachers.
Please help us, and may the Lord God bless you.
Sincerely in His Service,
Dr. William Nyone