Dearly Beloved brethren,
Wow! What a year! For those of us who live in Oregon, we have been in the midst
of it all, from the COVID-19 pandemic, to rioting in our major cities, to fire and
smoke all around us, to loss of loved ones… In all these things the Lord God was,
and is still with us. He promised that when we go through the waters, we shall not
drown and when we go through the fire, we shall not be scotched( Isaiah 43: 1-4).
He never said, “if we go through the fire but when…” Our God never promised us
the sky always blue or sun without rain. He is a faithful covenant-keeping God. He
keeps His Word. That is why we are still here, sustained by His grace and mercy.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not able to travel to Nigeria this year.
Burabari( the President of Glad Tidings Ministries) who left for Nigeria last week
of November last year was supposed to return to Canada in May, 2020, but there
were no flights out of the country. He devoted himself to the work of the
ministry- pastoring, mentoring and preaching the Word. He planted a new Glad
Tidings fellowship in one of the nearby villages during his protracted stay in
Nigeria. With the Lord continually by his side, he was a stabilizing force to the
church, providing encouragement and hope to the brethren through the difficult
times. He eventually returned to Canada in November this year. Burabari and his
wife, Rosemary, hope to be back in Nigeria early part of 2021. There is still
Kingdom-building work to be done.
The GTM Lewe church Building:
Please see the attached pictures. The flooring and plastering of the inside and
outside of the church building should be completed by the end of next week. The
challenge now is the nation-wide scarcity of cement. If one is able to locate the
cement, it is costing two and one-half times more than what is used to cost. The
next challenge is putting in the windows, doors, completion of the toilets( 2 on
the upper level and two on the lower level, and two large “soak-aways” drainage
for the toilets. Please help us. We are hoping, as the Lord enables, to dedicate this
church on Easter Sunday, 2021. It will be glorious and you would not want to miss
this occasion. Please pray about coming to Nigeria with us next year.
The GTM Bori church:
This was our first church plant. Bori is the capital city of Ogoni tribe. The church
was dedicated on Easter Sunday in 2016 and it is doing well under the leadership
of Pastor and Teacher, Monday Nyone. He is a gift to the ministry.
We provide aid in various forms( food, clothing, finances) to the poor and the
widows among us and in the village. Sometimes, the need can be overwhelming.
We currently pay the tuition and fees of four students in the University, brilliant
kids who, without our help, would be stranded in village, doing nothing. The same
thing applies to those in the secondary schools. This is investment for the future.
God has entrusted us with some honest enterprising young boys and girls. They
are hard working but they need help to get off the ground. This program has been
successful in the past and we need to jump-start it again.
Free medical Care Outreach:
The last time that we were in Nigeria in March, 2018, we treated at least one
thousand people, excluding the kids, providing free medical care, free
medications, diabetes and BP checks and health education. We need the
medications, volunteers( RNs, MAs, PA, FNAs, MD/DOs, pharmacists…), and
different medical supplies- temp, BP and DM monitoring devices with strips,
oxygen saturation device... May God touch your heart to help us out financially.
Sincerely in His grace,
Dr. William Nyone