GWow! Where do I start from? Please forgive me for the delay in writing this report. The team of six, including me, left Portland, Oregon, on 3/20/18 and arrived in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on 3/22/18. We spent the night in Port Harcourt and the next day we left for the village of Lewe. On arrival in Lewe, there was Glad Tidings Ministries( GTM) leadership meeting scheduled for that evening. We participated in the meeting. What transpired that night could not be expressed in words as we experienced the presence of God in the home where we were staying. The prayers were like wild fire and could not be stopped. When the meeting ended, we all looked at one another in astonishment, with tears in our eyes, and could not say a word. The presence of the Lord continued to linger. It was our warm spiritual welcome to Lewe.
The next day, it was go, go, go, and time for ministering. What did we do?
As soon as many people in the village heard that I and the team were around, they started coming to the house where we were staying. We started ministering to their spiritual and medical needs as much as the Lord enabled us. Both children and adults, male and female, were evaluated and treated. As in the past, we encountered many cases of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, stroke, malnutrition, and different kinds of infectious diseases. Malaria and typhoid fever are endemic in the area. We thank God for Providence Health in Portland, Oregon, who again this year, provided us with the medications that we needed to treat the above conditions. As usual, the need was great and overwhelming sometimes but we did the best that we could with what was available to us. The people were grateful.
On Monday, 3/26/18, we conducted a medical clinic outreach to the Lewe community. This event was held at the Glad Tidings temporary Church facility in Lewe. We started by 9:00 am and ended by 7:00 pm. When all was done, we attended to and treated about six hundred people that day. We were all exhausted. Many were referred to the local physician for follow up and ongoing medical care.
Bore-hole well for clean water supply:
In 2004, a bore-hole well was installed by GTM in the village of Lewe for clean water supply to the community. This well was functioning and providing free water supply to the people( a similar well was established in the village of Bomu in 2004). The Lewe well was vandalized twice and this rendered the well non-functional for years. We received designated financial support from some generous donors specifically for this water project. During our stay in Nigeria, we contacted the local individual who installs the bore-hole wells, and he obtained the assistance of a plumber and an electrician. First, the 7.5 horse-power pump in the well was pulled out( what a tedious ordeal) and a smaller pump which can be powered with a portable generator was installed. The well was purged and purified until clean water started flowing. New pipes, faucets and filters were installed. A new water storage tank was mounted. We also purchased a new portable 5 KW generator for operating the well. I am glad to announce that the water was running prior to our departure. The smiles and joy on the faces of the individuals tell the story( please see the related pictures). Three individuals were assigned the responsibility of operating and maintaining the well, and taking care of the generator. We are very grateful to the donors who made this possible. Hopefully, this will help to abate some of the water-borne diseases that are prevalent in the area, especially typhoid fever.
Lewe Church Construction:
I lack words to express our gratitude to the brethren from the US and Canada who generously donated financially toward this project and today the church building has been roofed. It looks beautiful. Praise the Lord! We still need to finish the flooring, windows and doors so that the brethren will start worshipping in this sanctuary. Please see the pictures. Thank you very much.
GTM Bethesda Farm:
Please recall that the GTM farm( crops, poultry, fish farming…) located at Bookpodoo, Lewe seaside, was destroyed by the people of the village of Bomu in December, 2016. The whole farm land has been fallow since then till now.
Proclaiming the Word of God:
A lot of sharing of the Word of God, mentoring and ministering took place during our stay in Nigeria. People were prayed for and cared for, both spiritually, physically and financially. Money was given, in some cases, for the tuition of those students whose parents could not afford to pay their fees. Many were blessed, and we were also blessed. We all also proclaimed the Word during the three-day Youth Rally program that was held at the Glad Tidings Church in Lewe. The worship was wonderful and the presence of the Lord was real. Many were ministered to, some re-dedicated their lives to the Lord, and some believed and were saved. On Easter Sunday, 4/1/18, the message on Redemption had a dramatic response. Many were delivered and their lives re-committed to the Lord. Fifteen souls were saved that Sunday morning, and there was great rejoicing in heaven. It was glorious!
Overall, it was a wonderful trip, ordinary men and women doing the work of the ministry. Our desire is to establish the Lord’s Kingdom on this earth as it is in heaven. Thank you very much for all your support over the years. Only the Lord Himself can adequately quantify the eternal impact of your investment in this ministry and what we do. Remain blessed and know that your labor of love and sacrifices for the Lord Jesus Christ are not in vain. The Spirit of the Lord is moving and lives are being transformed for His glory. We departed for the US on 4/4/18. We miss the brethren and cannot wait to go back.
What is next:
The year 2019 is just around the corner and the Lord wiling, we will like to travel to Nigeria again next year. We need to continue the above areas of ministry and expand to the other villages. We will like to finish the Lewe Church building and dedicate the church next year, hopefully on Easter Sunday. The need is great but one soul at a time. Your continuous support is always deeply appreciated. Thank you for your support and the Lord bless you all in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Sincerely in His grace,
Dr. William Nyone
Please see the attached pictures. Though slow, tedious and time-consuming, they still tell the story of the progress so far, resulting in where we are today. Please refer to my email of 4/23/18. The first disbursement of $13,000.00 was wired to Nigeria and it covered the cost of the materials and labor for the steel framing (please see the pictures). How these guys were above to mount the big steel frames and the crossbars remains a mystery to me. In any case, we thank God that there were no injuries or falls. Then on 5/29/18, another $13,000.00 was wired to Nigeria for the zinc roofing and labor. Three quotes were obtained from three different companies. Our builders and the President of the ministry( Burabari Daaza) then decided on the one that they felt was more reliable. Burabari has stayed behind in Nigeria to make sure that the roofing is completed before going back to Canada( Burabari, his wife and daughter reside in Regina, SK). Due to the lack of healthy business competition in Nigeria, the retail zinc company did not honor the quote that was originally given to us because the prices of the zinc went up. This is not uncommon in Nigeria. You can buy something today for a given price, and five days later the price jumps up and you may more. Once the price is up, it never comes down. What is left for the roofing is now what they call “crowding,” that is finishing the under-roofing of the corridors around the church building. To make the long story short, it will cost us about $6,000.00 dollars more than anticipated for the roofing of the church.
I cannot thank you enough for partnering with us in the construction of this sanctuary for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His name will be lifted up and magnified in this place, and from here will spread the glory of His presence to the neighboring communities, resulting in the salvation of souls. This is the hope that we have and we are all very excited. “Hitherto had the Lord helped us”( 1 Sam 7:12). The Lord is our “Ebenezer.” As Paul put it, “In Him we live and move and have our being”( Acts 17:28). Once again, thank you very much for your love, support and prayers. I will continue to keep you posted.
Sincerely in His service,