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Published on 08 June, 2007

Fourteen-thousand come to Christ

Nigeria (MNN) — A large people group in Nigeria now has a Christian leader.

Brett, from JESUS Film Project, traveled to Nigeria in April where they showed the Idoma people group the JESUS Film. There are approximately 1-million Idoma people. 

The culture, formerly ruled by the British Colonies, still honors their chief by standing and sitting as he does. When addressing the chief, it is customary to kneel or at least be lower than him. That was exactly what Brett did when he shared the Gospel with the chief.

"And after I shared Christ with him, the chief asked for me to write down the prayer, how to pray to receive Christ. The pastors we were working with were very ecstatic. They had told me that meant that he wanted to go pray to receive Christ, kind of in private," said Brett.  They later got word that he has accepted Christ.

Nigeria is generally very nominal, but this chief was very moved just by the gift of a Bible. "He said it was like us giving our lives to him just by giving him a Bible," said Brett.

Besides the chief, 14,000 people accepted Christ in just ten days. 

There is always follow-up after the JESUS Film is shown by local pastors and JESUS Film workers. "They are able to do the follow up and to train and to disciple new believers. The new believers are able to get plugged into local churches."

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