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Mission: Nigeria 2016
Mission: Nigeria 2016

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“Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” — Luke 12:33(b) (NIV)

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Mission: Nigeria 2016

The tribal chief of the Koma people where Climbing For Christ has ministered in northeastern Nigeria since 2011 wondered when the mission might return to the Atlantika Mountains.

“I told him that by God’s grace, they will visit the Koma people in November this year,” said Pastor Chris Joseph, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Nigeria. “The hamlet head was highly elated at this news.”

Pastor Chris was sent back to the Koma people living along the Cameroon border in early January with the goal of purchasing land to establish a base for Climbing For Christ’s work.

“I went further to tell him that a medical doctor is going to be a part of the team,” Chris reported.

A team has formed (and has room for more workers with servant hearts) to take Climbing For Christ’s EMT to the Koma Hills. The EMT – or “Eric’s Memorial Tent,” named in honor of Dr. Eric Cederstrom – was used on Mission: Haiti 2012 and 2013.

In addition to addressing physical illness, this team will confront spiritual sickness among a people that predominantly practices folk religion in a state that is majority Muslim. The Koma people of Nigeria, which number about 55,000, are reportedly 30-percent Christian, according to the Joshua Project. Only 7 percent of the population is considered evangelical. We have encountered a few believers among the villages visited there so far. [CLICK HERE and download The Climbing Way, Vol. 24, and turn to pages 3 and 4.]

Land (literally dirt cheap) has been purchased in the Koma Hills, where perhaps one day a church will be built. A borehole water project also is in the offing.

“He (Chief Moses) asked me to accompany him to a parcel of land near a hill,” Chris said last week. “On reaching there, he told me that the owner wanted to sell this parcel of land. After paying US$40 for the parcel of land, which is not usually measured, the buyer pays 15,000 naira (US$75.30) to the chief as a hamlet head. Thereafter he directs the person to the district head, who receives some money from the buyer before one is permitted to do anything on the parcel of the land.”

It should be noted that Nigeria is a country fraught with corruption, so paying multiple sources for permission to do anything is, sadly, not uncommon.

“I saw the parcel of land and I was quite satisfied with it,” Chris said. “Although it is in a ‘U’ shape, it is a large expanse of land of about two plots of land or thereabouts. Chief Moses told me that the (reason) the village head collects money for any land purchased is to secure their endorsement and defense in matters regarding disputes and legality.”

The chief ultimately rules the day among African tribes. Our prayer is this chief and those among his people will recognize the true LORD of their lives. May the possibility of providing drinking water lead them to the Source of living water.

PRAY for Pastor Chris and Lives Aglow Ministries in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Please lift the growth of Chris’s church and its impact on not only the south, but troubled northeastern Nigeria. We ask for protection over him and his family. We pray for fruit from the Koma Hills Project. May this outreach in Adamawa State become a beacon of light among a primitive people and lead to further work within unreached and unengaged people groups in the mountains of Nigeria.

GIVE to support the Koma Hills Project and the work being done by Lives Aglow Ministries. An estimated US$1,450 was needed to drill a borehole well. Email info@ClimbingForChrist.org for donation information.

GO on Mission: Nigeria 2016 in November. Trips to Nigeria cost about US$500 plus airfare. Email info@ClimbingForChrist.org to express an interest and request a mission application.

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Photo of the Week: Nigeria  The newly dug borehole working in the Koma Hills. (Photo by Chris Joseph) “The villagers are enjoying the borehole,” Pastor Chris reported recently from Nigeria. “As you can see in the picture, there are jerricans [containers for liquids usually holding about five U.S. gallons or roughly 19 liters] of water at the base of it. I even washed my clothes and took my bath with the water.” CLICK HERE to read “Water for the Koma Hills.” Photos of the Week are for sale – 8-by-12-inch prints suitable for framing – for $25 plus shippin... Read more »

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Chris Joseph on a survey trip to the Koma Hills in 2011. Nationality: Nigerian. Occupation: Clergy. Missions with Climbing For Christ: Nigeria 2011 and 2016. How long have you climbed? Since 2011. Type of climbing you do: Hiking and trekking. Highlight of climbing career: Climbing the Koma Hills. How long have you been a Christian? Since 1988. Type of ministry you are blessed to serve in: Apostolic, missions. and leadership training. Favorite Scripture verse (and why): 2 Timothy 4:5. “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full ... Read more »

Mission: Nigeria 2016

The tribal chief of the Koma people where Climbing For Christ has ministered in northeastern Nigeria since 2011 wondered when the mission might return to the Atlantika Mountains. “I told him that by God’s grace, they will visit the Koma people in November this year,” said Pastor Chris Joseph, a long-time Climbing For Christ member and ministry partner in Nigeria. “The hamlet head was highly elated at this news.” Pastor Chris was sent back to the Koma people living along the Cameroon border in early January with the goal of purchasing land to establish a base... Read more »