June Missions Update 2017
Greetings in the all powerful name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. We thank you very much for your prayers which had sustained us during our mission trip to Niger. In fact we saw the hand of the Lord at work in all places we went.
Our Trip to Niger
It is a joy to write about our missions trip (May-17 to June -2 -2017) to Niger with Apostle George Apasera (Christ Frontiers Mission based in Wa-the Upper-West regional capital of Ghana) and Pastor Victor Rainhill, (pastor of Esereso branch of Waves Of Glory Church). Pastor Victor speaks fluent French language and was a great blessing and help to us.
Apostle George and I have had a great burden to minister to the Fulani people and to open churches in their territories for a long time. Fulani, also called Peul or Fulbe, are a primarily Muslim people scattered throughout many parts of West Africa, from Lake Chad, in the east, to the Atlantic Coast. They are concentrated principally in Nigeria, Mali, Guinea, Cameron, Senegal and Niger. Their language known as ‘FULA’ is classified with the Atlantic branch of the Niger-Congo language family (from Encyclopaedia Britannica).
The Lord seeing our love and burden many years back led us to pastor Oumarou Djibrilla and wife Hawa ( Our spiritual son and a full blooded Fulani couple). This God sent wonderful couple and their little girl Marian, heads Fulani Ministry called JANTAM (founded by Bourima Djillo and wife from London) in Burkina Faso. JANTAM Fulani Ministry has won many Fulanis to the Lord who lived in scattered communities. The ministry has Schools, shops, restaurant, sewing centre (to help young women), grinding machine to pound millet (the main staple food), Money transfer centre, cattle, goats and sheep.
Pastor Oumarou has mapped all the places we were to go and minister and open churches in Fulani concentrated areas. He has raised the pastors needed. From BARKUNDOUBA, we headed to NIAMEY (the capital of Niger). Since we would cross the Niger River, he advised us to take a different root we had not passed before to Dori, Tera where we can cross the Niger River on a ferry (which is north of Niamey). We crossed the ferry at about 4.00pm after leaving JANTAM Ministry at 8.00am (May 20-2017) and we had about 44 miles to arrive in Niamey.
Pastor Harouna Souley escorted us to a nice guest house of SIM Ministry. Pastor Harouna Souley (an Hausa) a wonderful and anointed man of God, made us to know that there is hope in Niger. He is opening many home churches. The next morning being Sunday he took us to one of them. It was crowded with older men, women, the youth and lots of children. We encouraged them with the word of the Lord and headed to MARADI (the second capital)
We arrived very late in Maradi and spent the night at Mazatsaye Centre. Madam Carol (assistant overseer of this large centre) hosted us. In Maradi, we met a wonderful person called Oro Barangoua, a full blooded Fulani (who was trained by Pastor Oumarou Djibrilla) to take us to places already mapped for ministry. Oro led us to a town called AJEI and were taken to a Bible School headed by Madam Rebecca Dakao, as principal and pastor Harouna Moussa as Vice.
The next day (May -22-2017) we drove (mostly on desert sand) to a village called WURA where we wanted to plant a new church. Lawali Umari (one of the student of Ajei Bible School and a native of Wura) would be the pastor of this soon to be church.
It was interesting that we decided to show a Jesus film in Fulani language and it failed in the two days we spent. The people listened to the message I preached, however, I did not make an altar call, yet the people came in their numbers. A young man with strange sores on his legs and foot approached us for prayer. Even though he testified that the severe pain he had before had gone down after we prayed for him, yet we gave him money to go to a clinic. Before the preaching they shared a communal meal with us. These people walked from far away to attend the crusade yet after every meeting they asked questions and waited until our vehicle took off before they dispersed. Their questions made us to know their deep hunger for the Lord. They were concerned that after preaching and opening churches we would abound them. We therefore introduced Pastor Lawali Umari to them and they were happy.
NB: We did not take pictures of the open air meetings because we saw that the people were not comfortable with it.
Kwasi & Victoria Appiah
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