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We trekked downhill from Wiwp and through several other villages in the Koma Hills with temperatures of 105F in the sun. We needed to return to Tantille after our water filter broke as we obviously need drinking water in this blistering heat. We know this is part of God's plan because the chief of Tantille came for a long visit after our return. We learned many things about the 16 villages he governs. He invited us to send a full-time missionary here to minister to the 4,000+ living up in the mountains. We were welcomed back to the Christian church and school at the entry to the hills. Chri...
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We hiked for five hours into the Koma Hills searing heat that dehydrated our bodies and challenged our resolve. We were accompanied by Moses, the 18-year-old son of the chief in Tantile, and 17-year-old Lazarus on our trek to Wiwp (pronounced “weep”) where we attended a funeral for a 98-year-old man who was the oldest person in the village. We were told the dead man was a “traditional man,” which explained the music, pipe-smoking women, dancing by women wearing leaf skirts, and throwing of gifts (nuts, water and chewing gum) at the wrapped corpse carried overhead during...
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We arrived safely at the Koma Hills after another 2 ½-hour drive over 90 miles on dirt roads in a very small vehicle. We now are waiting for one of the tribal leaders or a local pastor, or both, to show up so that we can be greeted into the area. Hopefully the tribal leader will do that so that we are free to wander about and do our business, or do God's business, as we like to say. (Late Saturday) After about a seven-hour wait, a tribal chief returned to his home. We spoke with him and he granted us permission to go into the hills, which we will be doing at first light on Sunday.&n...
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We sped across the Christian south into northeastern Nigeria, driving for about 17 hours from Port Harcourt to Yola. This is our jump-off point for going into the bush to trek toward the remote Koma Hills people. "I feel like, if there was a speed limit we'd be going double it," Mike commented as our hired driver careened through one village. TIA (This Is Africa), too: crazy, long drives on roads (mostly paved) pocked with vehicle-eating potholes and littered with police checks. "Yola is like traveling to – I don't know what to describe," said Chris, although we can think of a f...
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Rochester, NY to New York City to Paris, France to Lagos, Nigeria to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Twenty-six hours of flying. And that's the easy part. We were met at the airport by a series of bribery seeking officials and finally Chris Joseph and eight or 10 other pastors. We drove in a sort of mini-motorcade for an hour on dark, bumpy and congested roads to reach our motel for the night. Chris' lovely wife delivered us a traditional Nigerian meal as a greeting. Welcome to Nigeria.
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Time to GO!
The team prepared for Nigeria by viewing Louie Giglio's teaching “God's Passion for God's Glory” on DVD and then watching a DVD from Open Doors ministry about persecution in Nigeria. We followed that with a study on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), reading Scripture about God's defensive and offensive provision found in the “full armor of God.” We completed the team building with a study prepared by Jordan Rowley on folk religions. And then closed with a time of prayer. Not long after this we received bad news: Jordan was again denied a visa to go. That means Br...
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The team came together in Rochester, NY, USA to prepare for the journey ahead. Good news awaited as Jordan Rowley, who didn't get his visa, might yet be able to go. With the help of Climbing For Christ member Melissa Waheibi in New York City, we are applying again at Nigeria's General Consulate on Tuesday.
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Preparations for this Evangelic Expedition may not have gone exactly as we would like (one team member did not get a visa to make the trip), but God is in control. We prepare to GO in His name and to His glory, knowing we must put on the full armor of God, so that we can take a stand against the devil’s schemes (see Ephesians 6:11-13). The spiritual warfare has been intense — an indication that we are doing exactly what we are supposed to be doing. As our team prepares to come together we share our prayers for the weeks ahead. Brandy Everts: “My main prayer for Missi...
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Date: Nov. 30-Dec. 13, 2011 Purpose: To deliver the Gospel to Koma people living unreached in the Atlantika Mountains and to explore the need for Climbing For Christ ministry in this part of the country. The Climbing For Christ team also will be teaching at conferences and celebrating the anniversary of the C4C-supported church that is pastored by Chris Joseph. Cost: Estimated at less than US$1,000 plus airfare to/from Nigeria. More information: To inquire about or to apply for this mission, e-mail info@ClimbingForChrist.org. 
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Report by Pastor Chris Joseph Submitted April 12, 2011 I was fully set to embark on my trip to Koma Hills of the Atlantika Mountains in Jada local government area of Adamawa state in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. We took off from Port Harcourt (in southern Nigeria) by land at 7:55 a.m. only to arrive in Yola (in eastern Nigeria) at 12 midnight. Midway through my journey, something unusual happened to me. I started experiencing acute pains at the sole of my right foot to the point that I was unable to lift it up. When I tried to find out what happened to me, I discovered ...
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A Nigerian newspaper story reporting on massacre in Jos. Jos, Nigeria used to be a peaceful place. On March 8, 2010, 416 victims of violence received a mass burial in three different graves. On another occasion, a pastor was abducted from his house by Islamic fanatics and taken to an unknown destination. Later his corpse was discovered. There are many other cases of violence. I solicit your prayers for an end to this senselessness. I am from Nigeria, a West African country with a population of about 150 million spread across 250 ethnic groups and two major religions — Islam a...
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