[This report was lost in the shuffle of various brothers’ travels and was never published. It has been found and we are grateful to the Lord to report on what He has done. Editor, Jim B.]
First mission Trip of Yinnkah Durojaiye to Benue, Nigeria. May 2008
Greetings in Christ’s name .
Praise be to the Lord for His enabling grace and His
unrelenting love in seeking the lost and building up His church in the world .
I also bless him for the godly influnce you have been in helping my walk with
Him whose wisdom is far above ours as the heaven is form the earth.
My prompting for the church in Benue began when your sharing
with me about the situation there met with the sense of unfulfillment I have
been coping with at Oke Anu. However to be sure of the Lord’s leading as that
is so crucial, I made it a point of prayer as well; and this I encouraged you
to do with . I knew you did. I shared the maturing burden with the brethren as
well and they did joined me in prayer.
At last on the 11th of May 2008 I had the conviction of
visiting Benue and this was futher confirmed in my heart by the Lord’s
provision same week. I left for Benue on the 15th of May around 8 a.m. and
arrived Igah about 7.30pm . The other three places of my call were Oiji,
Ugbokolo and Okpoga. Bless the Lord for the willing assistance of bro
Solomon who is indeed a brother in the Lord.
Though bro Solo was absent that night, sister Mary, his
wife, and Vivian their daughter welcomed me hospitably tho unexpected and
a total stranger to them. The poor phone network did not afford me the
chance of contacting before hand; even bro Moses couldn’t help for the
same reason. Anyway, after some good night rest bro Solo arrived the next
morning and he warmly received me as I introduced myself with the letter of
recommendation from you.
By the Lord’s providence I arrived Igah at a time when the
women were having a two-day confeernce. Its purpose was to train the younger
women according to the precepts of Titus ch. 2 ! Teaching the women of about a hundred in attendance was therefore my first teaching ministry among the people just the next day after my arrival. I taught on being at the feet of Jesus with Mary-Lk10.38-42- as my spring board as I emphasized the developing of virtue thru a true devotion to Christ in His word. From my evalution, the sisters’
hearts were built up and encouraged . One sister Regina Samuel requested
our prayers as she believed the message was to spure her up in representing
Christ to her unbelieving husband who abandoned her and the kids for other two wives even after her. This, bro Solo and I did after further strenghtening her
in the word of God. After teaching this day-16th May- the news of my presence
spread out to the men and other woman and the following day-17th- I was invited by the women to teach once more. This time I taught on Christian Women’s Dressing with my focus on the younger ladies who will be faced with the influence of wordly fashion at school. One of my texts was Lk 8.27ff where
Jesus delieverd the naked dmoniac who in his right mind was clothed and
sat at Christ’s feet- as Mary ! The “Ma’s” from the women after the teaching
was an encouragement to me that the word had met its target.
Same day bro Solo informed me we were to attend the Ochekwu
Conference at Oiji where brethren from differnt villages would converge for the
monthly confrerence of evangelism and breaking of bread
Saturday,17th of May 2008 in the aftnoon around
3pm, we arrived Oiji on a motor bike. Three of us with our
luggages on that ‘iron horse’ wasn’t funny but I took it with joy as it
was for the sake of the gospel. The atmosphere at oiji was diffrent as
young and elderly men during a meeting populated the centre of
the confernce. The women jioned later as we left them at Igah to round off
their meeting. Later after bro Solo had introduced me in absential to the
confrence of men I was presonally invited into their midst to speak for myself
since ‘I’m of age.’ I shared with the elders and brethren how I met the Lord in
my high school days-1990- and how my hunger for the truth of the Bibleat
last brought me in contact with Steve Phillips who discipled me in the
Lord. I shared with them how I got to know of them thru you and bro
Titus,your disciple too; and I was burdened to visit them. Before lunching
futher into exhorting them from Acts 1.8 , I was halted and requested to
speak to the confrence tomorrow morning, sunday, after the breaking of
bread as they had to go on witnessing soon. They expressed their delight in my
coming as good report of me had spread to them thru their women and the elders at Igah
I joined in the door -to- door witnessing as bro Solomon
interpreted for me each time I shared the gospel.
Later that evening the brethren assembled after evangelism
for a brief fellowship. After singing of hymns and words of prayers in the NT
pattern,just like we have learnt to do !!, a brother , Edoh by name, stood up
and shared the word from the same Lk 8. 27 I shared with the women in the
morning . DS, I was wonderfully blessed by the brother’s applications of that
passage to all. Bro Solo interpreted every of his word to me and I marveled at
the insight the Lord gave to this brother from that passage. This humbled me
inndeed as I blessed the Lord for what he has been doing among the pple for
After the meeting the most prominnt elder, Awodi Akpan. shared
a testimony of how the Lord healed him from sickness and restored him from
coma. He refreshed all with a meal of pepper soup with goat meat whille I
was served a double portion !
My fellowhship with this brethren this day set me thinking as
I pray the Lord would raise true young disciples from among this pple to reach
this nation and save God’s pple from the rule of men.
The next day,early in the morning elder Akpan, with his
walking stick, but no clerical robe,visited me and appreciated the Lord
for me as he rejoiced to see a young man serving the Lord. He lamented on how the fear of the Lord is fading away in the church and how the younger
generation are becoming disobedient to parents even accordingg to the warnings of Paul in 2nd Timothy .He received me as his brother and confessed this witness within him the moment he saw me ; he prayed with me and
looked foreward to receiveing God’s word thru me later that morning.
About 9am the meeting venue was filled with pple numbering
about 200 , young and old male andd female. It delighted my heart as we
assembled in simplicity aroud the Lord’s table under some trees. We sang hymns in idoma- I was able to read most of it tho without understanding-,prayed
and one bro Elijah shared from John 3.16 and Rom 3.26. Wonderful gospel
messsage! After this we solemnly broke the bread.
I was finally called upon to speak and my meditations
with the church was : NO OTHER KING BUT CHRIST with my text from
col 1: 18 . I warned the ch and the next generation esp, of itching
ears and false- hireling teachers, the likes of Diotriphese , and exhorted them
to beware of lukwarmness in their communion with Christ lest they decline
to desiring for a King like other nations/ denominations in rejecting the rule of
Christ,our only Lord, over them. After about an hour of teaching I paused to
conclude but the brethren pleaded that I continue just like the women did the
first meeting with them at Igah! I expatiated on those things I encapsulated
and finally rounded off with a prayer that the Lord would fruther interpret his
word into their hearts. A brother was to raise a hymn afterwards but
a selah was successfully implored by the elders. Very long
heartfelt prayers by two elders followed the silence and a brother
raised a hymn which ended the meeting.
The church was touched . I knew it! I also rejoiced the
younger ones were challenged to see a fellow young brother speaking for the
Lord.The assemby expressed their thanks to the Lord and
to me for the message and the visit. They acknowledged I was God-sent
, to have come at a time they were all gathered for their monthly me
eting yet without my prior knowledge ! They offered me some
honorarium which I turned down since the Lord had been faithful to provide all
I needed for the trip even back home. I told them I would rather give to
them being simple farmers ! In response, elder Akpan sermonised
thru Peter’s experience of wthdrawing money from the mouth of a fish
at the Lord’s command. “Who would have said a fish would be in
custodyof money to meet the need of Peter and the Lord? Who would have
said poor farmers like us would be the Lords instrument of blessing his
servants?” was his conclusion and he victoriously persuaded me
to receive their unplanned 4,250 naira. Im yet to recover from his
Many words of appreciation and beseeching for my return
followed and they promised to be better prepared for my next vist as they hoped they would be notified ahead of time. My heart was exultant at their
reception of the word and I bleessed the Lord for leading me to be a blessing
to this simple pple of God.
The elders ‘Ma’ me a million times and
prayed the Lord will give me a woman who would be a true help meet for me
as I preach the gospel of Christ . Of course they were surprised I’m
not married yet ,hence the prayers and promise to keep doing so for me.
After some pounded yam with oghona soup and a cup
of kunun , we headed back to Igah but this time we returned on
two separate bikes prepared by the brethren for our convinience on
the now mashy road.
Nothing much in this part of my trip except my meeting with
bro Moses and the Police brother- pardon me I forgot his name. We had a brief
time of fellowhip as we got to know each other as like-minded ones
who have been touched of the Lord ‘thru’ your ministry over the years.
Dear sir and ma, this is my story, this is my song
as I praise my Savior all the day long.Pls keep praying that the
Lord’s will be done as I look forward to returning to Idoma land in Benue among
the brethren there in the fufure for a longer visit.