Kingdom Wins: Building Partnerships for God’s Glory in Nigeria and Beyond
The beautiful way God has designed the work of ministry is that it is intended to be done together. As we travel around the world serving frontline leaders, I am consistently reminded that we cannot do this work alone. It is said that many hands make light work. Many hands also lift heavy hearts when the work is difficult, and provide resources when the need is great. Our partnerships around the world and here at home are mission critical for the gospel's advance.
In Northern Nigeria, just over 38 million people belong to the Fulani unreached Muslim people group. Less than one percent of the population professes to be Christian. This month, outside the city of Jos, Global Advance delivered urgent aid to persecuted Christians living in an Individually Displaced People (IDP) camp. We also convened training conferences to equip and empower Northern Nigerian pastors to plant churches to engage the Fulani unreached Muslim people. The need is staggering, but the opportunity is enormous.
What Does Partnership Look Like?
Partnership with Global Advance can mean going to the fields with us. Brad, one of our volunteer trainers to Nigeria, shared some perspective from the field concerning his process in deciding to go with Global Advance: "The opportunity to go serve and help train leaders as an Ambassador with Global Advance was not taken lightly. I love adventure, but this was not that. One doesn't just leave his family for a week to go to Nigeria for adventure. This was a call. I felt the peace of God the moment my wife and I started praying for this trip and sensed He was leading."
The persecuted church in Northern Nigeria is suffering greatly, as two of the top five terrorist groups (Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen) are active here. Our team served Individually Displaced People (IDPs) who have suffered at the hands of these groups. We witnessed personal testimonies from those who lost everything, including loved ones, to violent Muslim extremism. Although adversity is very high, the soil is extremely fertile for God's Kingdom to advance. People are hungry for Jesus. Brad said, "When we walked into the camp, they were dancing and singing about the goodness of Jesus." These are people who have lost everything. Most of the children have lost their parents. Brad spoke with a woman who lost her husband last year to Fulani Herdsmen. Brad told us, "I went to serve and encourage the persecuted church, to make a kingdom investment and train leaders, but the deposit I made doesn't even come close to the deposit I received. The blessing of just being with these precious people changed my life forever. I'll never be the same."
Partnership Positions Us to Love - Both God and Neighbor.
In discussing the Christian call to service, we often hear references to Matthew 25 and the parable of the sheep and goats. Jesus declares, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me." It leads to a rather powerful tilting of the human order: service to others is also service to God. When we partner together, we are serving Him. God is knitting together an elaborate and diverse family through the work of human hands, and more importantly, He is changing hearts through the process, calling us to view and approach our work as the sacrifice it was designed to be.
The work at Global Advance can be challenging, but the presence of our Heavenly Father to transform lives - even our own lives - makes this investment of time and treasure worth it. We are so grateful when friends go with us to serve the needs of others on the front lines. We rejoice with every prayer that is prayed by our partners, who cover us while we help lift leaders who desperately need encouragement. If you are interested in making a difference in Nigeria or in the 10/40 window, but you can't serve in person, you can make a difference with your generosity. Visit Global Advance to donate or find out more information. Thank you for seeing with spiritual eyes, the fields that are ripe for the harvest. When you partner with us, you are sending more labor to the global field of ministry to help fulfill the Great Commission.