Greetings to you all my brothers and sisters at the Shackle Island church of Christ in Christ precious name, hope this mail meet you well.
The month of February 2018 was very hectic, challenging and fruitful in my ministry.
On Saturday February 3, the Akwa Ibom State WBS FOLLOW UP WORKERS treat brother Chad Wagner the President of African Christian School foundation to a reception at the Nigerian Christian Bible College (NCBC) Abak and I was part of the organizing committee. Same February 3, I was on a follow up mission on an internet WBS student (Ime Inuaeyen) referred to me from Mike Udam through Douglas Wheeler. After speaking with Ime Inuaeyen who was a pastor of a Redeem Christian church denomination for over two hours about the New Testament church, he was convince and was baptized into Christ witness by some members of our WBS Evangelism Team. See attached photos.
On Sunday February 4, more harvest thrilled the church as Two (2) put on Christ at Ikot Odiong in baptism after my sermon. On the same Sunday February 4, Three (3) Souls obeyed the Gospel at Ikot Akpan Eyo.
On Tuesday February 6, I led members of our Ukanafun WBS Evangelism Team to the 2018 WBS Great Workshop at Abakaliki in Ebonyi State. There I was a guest speaker speaking on “Introduction To WBS Evangelism Team”
On Wednesday February 7 Still at the WBS Great Workshop, I have an encounter of the WORD with the denominational church FOUNDER “Pastor Umoke Nicodemus” of Living Christ Ministry who obeyed the gospel and I baptized him into Christ witness by many at the Great Workshop.
Again same day February 7, I preached to Mrs Peace Morris who also obeyed the Gospel this time around 7.00pm and the brethren there lead us to the river and I baptized her into Christ. On Thursday February 8, still at the WBS Great Workshop during the general door to door Evangelism campaign another Five (5) souls obeyed the Gospel through the collective efforts of the participants at the Great Workshop.
In all at the 2018 WBS Great Workshop at Abakaliki, a total of seven (7) souls obeyed the Gospel.
The Ukanafun WBS Evangelism Team arrived home from the Great Workshop at Abakaliki on Friday February 9 in the evening and they all slept in my home.
On Saturday February 10, I and my co laborers who slept in my house went on a follow up mission of a Deaconess of a Full Gospel church denomination whose husband has been a Christian for over twelve (12) years, she obeyed the Gospel and I baptized her “Idongesit Uduak Thompson” into Christ who is now united with her husband Spiritually worshiping now at Church of Christ in Ikot Ikpe village witness by her husband and our Ukanafun WBS Evangelism Team
On Sunday February 11, I worshipped and preached the sermon at Ikot Odiong. On same Sunday February 11, my co laborers brake news that One (1) soul obeyed the Gospel at Church of Christ in Ikot Akpan Afaha while another one (1) soul obeyed the Gospel at our newly planted congregation at Ikot Osute. So on that Sunday 11th, Two (2) souls obeyed the Gospel.
On Monday February 12, some of our Ukanafun WBS Evangelism Team embark on Evangelism campaign at Ikot Osute using a hired MegaPhone for open air preaching, another one (1) soul obeyed the Gospel and was baptized into Christ.
On Friday and Saturday 16 & 17, I was in Uyo via Oron for the Oro Preachers Retreat and WBS Evangelism Team inauguration were I work with Mike Udam, Bassey Esang, Osita Onuora, Samson Alabi and Cornelius Monjok.
On Sunday February 18, I and my wife “Ekaette” worship at Ikot Osute our ten (10) weeks old church planted during our WBS Evangelism Team campaigns on December 10, 2017 were I preached my sermon from James 1:13-16, a soul baptized into Christ after hearing my sermon and I did the baptism in the River witness by other brethren.
A total of 18 Souls Baptized Into Christ in February, 2018. The breakdown is as follows : At
* Ikot Osute……….. = 3
* Ikot Akpan Eyo…. = 3
* Ikot Akpan Afaha. = 1
* Ikot Ikpe……………. = 1
* Ikot Odiong………. = 2
* WBS Internet student =1 new worshipping at Uyo .
* Great Workshop Abakaliki =7
We give God the glory for this addition to the kingdom of Christ.
My wife Ekaette lost her mom through earthly death and On Saturday February 24, the funeral service was held.
On Sunday February 25, I and my family worshipped at Ikot Akpan Eyo were I preached the sermon. It was so refreshing as many asked questions about the New Testament church and Bible answers was given.
The Ukanafun WBS Evangelism Team and the students of the Nigerian Christian College of Evangelism (NCCE) Ukanafun did so well in the preaching of Christ using different methods which includes :
* Door to door Evangelism
* Open air evangelism
* Tract distributions
* WBS enrollments
* WBS students follow up
* WBS /Bible Seminars
* Food/Clothing for Needy distribution
* Visitations etc.
Pray for more of His grace and strength on us all to do more for Christ and His church.
Pray for our newly planted congregations as day by day souls are added to Christ for them to grow and become mature in the faith.
Pray for our Free Preacher’s training school the “Nigerian Christian College of Evangelism (NCCE) Ukanafun who has laboured for 3 years now training men for the kingdom, our students serves in our newly planted congregations and most of our denominational pastors convert are trained to know the proper way to divide the Word of Truth. NCCE is purely self sponsored.
Pray for the following challenges:
We need Mega Phones used with battery to help our team and the newly planted congregations in the rural areas carry out her out door Evangelism campaigns.
Pray for mobility for my co laborers serving in the newly planted congregations to help with their Evangelism, visitations and follow up etc.
We plan to hold a WBS Seminar At Ikot Osute Village this March to strengthen the newly fast growing congregation, pray for success.
With the advent of Seven (7) newly planted congregations between 2013-2017 through our efforts, I plan to have the following :
* Preachers support fund
* Land purchase /church building fund.
My vision here is as God blessed our efforts day by day and churches are planted through our efforts, we need finances to support preachers who labour to keep the Souls as I can not do the work alone and my family size is growing, my children school fees and other things, also when churches start and grow, the need to be in her permanent land and building become necessary as worshipping in someone’s house for too long does not encourage many who do not understand the church to come in and it doesn’t give the church Independence if the owner of the house who housed the church is not acting the way of the Lord etc.
So my idea here is if these Preachers support and Land purchase /church building fund has God’s approval, then we can manage whatever little we had as His grace reaches us to take care of this needs as I can’t stop preaching the Gospel, baptizing those who obeyed and can’t also stop planting new congregations when need arises but it requires Barnabas a little monthly or quarterly financial support to keep the work until they become mature in faith. So please share this idea with the saints and if this seems to offend you or any, my apologies.
Thank you for your prayers and kind support to me, my co laborers and the church which has really payoff. God bless you and your endeavors. Our prayers continues with you for successful endeavors till we meet at the eternal home in Heaven, while praying for an opportunity to meet with you in God’s mission field here Lord willing.
Again, thank you and God bless.