It’s been five years since I first experienced the rugged, and sometimes delicate, beauty of Egbe, Nigeria. What a joy it was to return! To see and experience the incredible transformation at the hospital and all over the compound was amazing. In addition to the administrative staff who worked out all the details of our travel and itinerary so beautifully, we were impressed by 1) the staff at the hospital who are so competent, compassionate, and so concerned for the spiritual well-being of their patients–as well as meeting their physical needs, 2) the missionary team that teaches the Bible to national workers and seminary students, as well as in English to the tribal M* children now learning to read from the Bible and in their native language on MP3 players to the adults; and 3) the ECWA leadership that allowed us to accompany them and witness The Jesus Movie shown in the native language at a remote village where dozens of men, women and children wanted to receive Jesus as their Savior. We were grateful for all of these men and women’s counsel, prayer and help as we felt our way among the many fruitful ministries for the Kingdom of God that are blossoming in Egbe, Nigeria in His perfect timing…seeded by the sacrifices and generosity of many builders and supporters.
From sharing a testimony with HIV patients at the Spring of Life Center (penned by an incarcerated Christian woman with HIV in the U.S.) or sharing “The Monkey Story” with the children at AWANA; to praying at the bedside of a beloved prominent woman in Egbe who was dying in her home; enjoying the gracious hospitality of dinner with the Chief’s family; or delivering the first soccer ball to a Fulani village and visiting a TIV village called Liberia in the bush on a motorbike; our week was a blur. And it’s taken a month just to process all we experienced and all we learned from the missionaries and medical team there.
My take-away (for now) is that we are all brothers and sisters in the incredible work of God in Egbe, Nigeria…whether we are here in the States praying for, supporting financially, and encouraging those who are serving there–or joining those with boots on the ground–we are part of something wonderful. We look forward to being involved with the ministry of SIM in Egbe, Nigeria until Christ returns, and so occupy until He comes.