Michael Adeboye is our Country Director in Nigeria. And these are the kinds of headlines coming out of his country today: Boko Haram continues its terror, elections next week may turn violent, and the country’s recent economic strength is threatened by all the turmoil.
Amidst all of that, there’s good news from Michael. He shares what it’s like to invest in a new generation of pastors who will counsel their nation through such crises. So as you read the tough headlines, check out three pieces of good news out of Nigeria.
You can support pastors in Nigeria for just $18 a month here, and help them get the tools and training they need to share the love of the Gospel.
African Leadership (AL): Tell us what it’s like to give a Common Ground Graduate a Bible.
Michael Adeboye (MA): To give a Common Ground Graduate a Bible is to give him a compass that will guide him through life journey. It is also to equip and empower him with the textbook on which other books depend. In light of 2 Timothy 3:16 without it, it is impossible for him to adjudge what is right and wrong and to be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
AL: Can you share a specific story of a graduate?
MA: Out of many that received the NIV Bible is Mr. Samuel Abubaka of Afipo Centre. His basic need was to have a basic biblical training that would help him in his pastoral ministry. The day he received the NIV Bible from us was very unique. When he received the Bible, he was so excited. He said, “Whao! I have been longing for a Bible like this that would help me in Bible study and sermon preparation. I didn't know it would be so soon. This would enhance my love to study the word of God more than ever before.”
AL: What is your favorite Bible verse?
MA: My favorite verse is Romans 8:28 : “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (NIV)
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