Despite obstacles, Christian missionaries in Nigeria are equipped for ministry.

By August 16, 2005

Nigeria (MNN) — In the Islamic-dominated northern states of Nigeria, indigenous missionaries are seeking to share the love of Christ Jesus in the face of persecution and much resistance.

SIM International was part of an event to help encourage these courageous and faithful believers. The “Equipping for Effectiveness” workshop was held in Jos. Sponsored by the Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association, the event sought to encourage and equip the missionaries in their difficult work.

The conference was fraught with problems. Lack of transport funding kept 75% of the would-be participants away, so only 55 out of 200 actually got there. Dry wells, the breakdown of a water tanker truck on its way to the center, lack of funding, and illness of a key organizer were all obstacles to overcome.

But, in God’s goodness, SIM’s Bill Foute reports excellent presentations and encouraging discussions. Topics included evangelism techniques, spiritual warfare, Islamic beliefs, health issues and HIV/AIDS.

SIM sees this as a starting point for many more workshops to help build up the mission force in northern Nigeria.

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