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Yinnkah: 4th Benue Mission Trip – CEFN

Teaching Ministry at CEFN (Babylon Street) – 4th & 7th Oct.

The Lord had blessed the heart of Dr. Daniel of St. Daniel Hospital, Otukpo, during the last 2-day Bible teaching we held in his house during my third visit to Otukpo in June’09. For that reason he invited me to his church [CEFN] on Sunday and Wednesday, 4th and 7th October, that more people might hear the Word this time.

The meeting started with the  Breaking of bread. Based on my perception of the Pentecostal influence in CEFN and my meditation on brother Height’s teaching on “Decoding Babylon,” I was inspired to give a brief exposition on Genesis 11:1-9 with the purpose of making God’s people see the confusion and division that attends every religious enterprise of man that is against God’s own purpose and pattern.

At the root of man’s denominations and ecumenical gravitation, is the Babylonian spirit of making a name for ourselves as [we] build for ourselves a city and a tower whose top is in the heavens [Gen.11:4].  Such cannot but end in God’s judgment and the eventual destruction of Babylon the Great (Rev.17).

On the second day of the Bible study, bro. Amos and I met with the “tongues” pandemonium of the worshippers that preceded the Bible study on that Wednesday evening meeting. And as soon as “the pastor” invited me to the pulpit to continue my teaching on Gen. 11, I diverted for a while as I gently rebuked them for their ignorance of 1 Cor. 14:23-25.

“Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there came in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind [insane]? But if all prophesy and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all and thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.”

I implored them to be guided by the Scriptures instead of being influenced by the religious trends all around. Our spirituality ceases to be genuine when we fail to acknowledge that “the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord” [I Cor.14:37]. Bro. Amos was grieved at the church’s attitude to God’s word as we perceived this local church’s deficiencies in the truth. May God deliver his sheep from starvation.

However, under the ministration of that Wednesday was one brother Jonathan who, though not a member of the church, was invited by Dr. Daniel to attend the meeting. He is on staff in his hospital. He spent the nights with me in bro Amos’ house where I answered, from the Bible, some of his questions about the Christian life.

I gave him a copy of Christ: Head of His Church and photocopies of Preach the Word and some parts of Worker’s Unashamed  [Editor: These are 3 of Steve Phillips’ books posted on this website].  I had to make some photocopies for Dr Daniel too! My interaction with him revealed how God’s people in Otukpo are in religious bondage for lack of knowledge.

DS, please, we need more copies of your publications as we have exhausted all the ones last reprinted: Positive Confession: Counterfeit Christianity, Christ: Head of His Church, All Things Loss, Believer: At Home, At Work, Love that Gives, Workers Unashamed, Out of the Depths, Truth Rightly Divided,  and even Are We Like Christ?

Not many people here in Otukpo can afford the cost of printing out the soft copies on the web; the majority don’t even know how to e-mail, let alone browse the internet. May the Lord touch the heart of the brethren there to be always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord [I Cor.15:58]. May it dawn on us that the time is short [I Cor.7:29].

Yinnkah: 4th Benue Mission Trip – Sabongiri

Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place – 2 Cor.2:14. My last mission trip to Otukpo, Benue, was propelled by the marvelous grace and provision of the Lord. Truly, the Lord’s vision and mission never lack His provision.

He showed Himself faithful and sovereign in providing for my transportation, the purchase of a brand new motor bike for brother Amos’ pastoral/evangelistic work, the settling of the domestic needs of my dependants before and during my absence, and above all, the granting of utterance to open my mouth boldly in making known the mystery of the gospel as I ought to speak [Eph.6:19-20].

I spoke at the Sabongiri Youth Conference, Christian Evangelical Fellowship of Nigeria [CEFN], a women’s meeting at Ojale, at the Church at Ojale, the Church at Ameh Street, Otukpo, and the church at Sabongiri, Otukpo.  For all of these I thank Christ Jesus our Lord [I Tim. 1:12].

Sabongiri  3-Day Youth Conference: 1st – 3rd Oct. ’09. The conference kicked off around 2pm on the first of October and ended about the same time on the third. Prof. Height Iyiama and I were the two preachers at the meeting. He spoke on “The Times and the Youth”, “Decoding Babylon” and “Vessel of Sonship” after which I commenced on my three day’s session on “The Vanity of Life without Christ” from the book of Ecclesiastes.

Brother Height exposed the evil of our time [2 Tim. 3:1-5] and the urgent  need for the next generation to be spiritually prepared to overcome the raging tide of wickedness lest they forsake the LORD God of their fathers [Judg.2:10-17]. “We are in the perilous time already and each youth has a choice to make. Your choice will determine where you will spend eternity.”  “Holiness makes you a son, but sin makes you a slave.”

On my “the Vanity of Life without Christ,” the experience of Solomon in his backslidden state as divinely revealed in Ecclesiastes is highly instructive for every young person of our generation. “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished” [Prov.22:3]. A wise youth will consider the evil of seeking fulfillment or satisfaction without Christ and will hide himself under the shadow of the Almighty [Ps.91:1].

It is only the foolish youth who will despise the wisdom of God’s word and seek to “live it up” to his own destruction [Prov.14:12]. Experience is not the best teacher as the word says, rather the true wisdom is in keeping God’s commandments for this is man’s all [Eccl.12:13]. Man needed not experience the deplorable sting of death, if he has contended himself with the Lord’s commands and warning that lead to life [Prov. 4:13; Gen.2:16-17].

Experiencing the joy, peace, life and reward of obedience is far better than having first-hand knowledge of the sorrow, misery and death consequent upon disobedience. It is better to hear me now, my children, and “do not depart from the words of my mouth…lest…you mourn at last, when your flesh and your body are consumed and [you] say, ‘How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised correction!’” [Prov.5:7,10-12].

Solomon sought peace and purpose outside of God. In his quest he tried human wisdom [Eccl.1:16-18], pleasure [2:1-3], alcohol [2:3], building projects [2:4], beautiful gardens and parks [2:4-6], personal indulgences [2:7], sex [I Kg. 11:3], massive wealth [2:7-8], international reputation [I Kg.10:6-7], Cattle breeding [2:7,8], Music [2:8], Literature [I Kg.4:32], natural science [I Kg. 4:33], and military power [4:26, 9:26].

Yet, after his exhaustive and exhausting journey, his concrete conclusion was: Meaningless! Meaningless! Says the debater, utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless [Eccl.1:2; 12:8]. He realized that life apart from God is utterly futile [Eccl.2:11], repetitious [3:1-8], permeated with sorrow [4:1], grievous and frustrating [2:17], uncertain [9:11,12], without purpose [4:2,3; 8:15], incurable [1:15], unjust [7:15; 8:14; 9:11; 10:6,7], and on the level of animal existence [3:19].

The only satisfaction is in Christ, the Lord our God [Jn.20:28]. All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied [Eccl.6:5; cf. 1:8; 6:3; 4:8; 5:10]. May we understand as the son of Korah did; May our souls pant for God as the deer pants for the water brooks. May we truly say, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” [Ps.42:1-2].

Therefore, Solomon concludes that even with God life is a mystery, but apart from Him it becomes a horrible nightmare. What else is best for man than to find and fear God early and throughout his life [Eccl.11:9,10; 12:1,2,13,14] ; even before the difficult days of old age come [Eccl.12.2-6].

As I concluded my 3-day teaching on the third of October, I dwelt on the twelfth chapter of Ecclesiastes, verses one, thirteen, and fourteen. I reasoned out from the Scriptures, the answer to the question: “Who is your Creator and God?” If we must remember now your Creator in the days of your youth and fear God and keep His commandments [Eccl.12:1,13], we must know Him. He is Christ Jesus!

 “He is the image of the invisible God…For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him [Col.1:15-16]. Hallelujah!

 And if there is one thing He wants us to remember Him for, it is His death on the cross for our sins [Matt.26:26-28; Lk.22:19-20]; and that “He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” [2 Cor.5:15].

 We must turn to Christ with a repentant heart [Mt.4:17], confessing Him “as Lord with our mouth and believing in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved…For the Scripture says, ‘whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame’” [Rom.10:9,11]. “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him” [Jn.3:36].

If one fails to remember Christ, it shall be accounted unto him as wickedness, and “the wicked shall be turned into Hell and all the nations that forget God” [Ps.9:17]. Which other time is best to believe in Christ if not in the days of our youth, before the evil days come? “Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” [Ps. 90:14].

It is Christ alone who can satisfy the thirst of our youthful souls. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” [Jn.7:37; 4:14]. In Him alone is true rest. He beckons, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” [Matt.11:28-30].

Prophet Jeremiah testifies, “it is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth as he hopes and waits quietly for the salvation of the LORD. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him” [Lam.3:25-27]. Many of the youth professed Christ after the message as the moderator of the conference and brother Height gave the “altar call.”

I didn’t use this method, because I would rather wait for the despondent to call out apart from responding to an emotionally charged appeal.  And one such young man did.  Emmanuel, in his early 20’s had professed Christ previously,  but was troubled about whether he would truly experience God’s salvation this time after many unfruitful responses to “altar calls” in the past.

He acknowledged his membership in a secret cult [Editor: A blood covenant ritual sacrifice cult often involving violence, murder, and even human sacrifice] at Benue Poly [Editor: A higher institution, roughly equivalent to a college specializing in technical subjects] and expressed his desire to be free from his sinful and wicked life. I counseled with him in the word of God and assured him of Christ’s power to save those who call upon him [Rom.10:13]. Please earnestly remember him in your intercession as he returned to school the following week. I have been contacting him on phone.

Love, Yinnkah

Foday: Change in Bo

Indeed it is true when the Bible says there is time for everything under the sun, a “time to condemn and a time to accept what was condemned.”

A SAUL has been transformed to a Paul in New Harvest Ministry here in Bo. You are familiar with the name of the ministry. We went there for Sunday service today with my whole family.

Dad, you can’t believe it; the chairman for the Pastor’s Council in Bo preached your same message regarding the church, making reference of the attack [see note following] and now agrees that the message they contended with is the true life-saving message of Christ.

[Editor: The December before we left Sierra Leone, I was called to stand before the Pastor’s Council in Bo, the second largest city in SL, in order to face accusations of heresy regarding my opposition to the “gospel” of Prosperity and authoritarian leadership in the church. There I was accosted by this brother along with about fifty pastors who vigorously charged me as a false teacher and antichrist. Brother Foday and brother Ngegba were present at the Council that December. My teachings on Prosperity and NT church leadership can be read in the books Positive Confession: Counterfeit Christianity and Workers Unashamed: Part One under Publications on this website]

He is the senior assistant pastor in New Harvest Ministry, and he preached with all boldness by condemning their former activities and renouncing any title in the church.  He further condemned all their followers of not being Christian [in their behavior]. He has now come to the reality of who and what the church is.

Gladys wept with joy and my heart was full of joy as we returned home. I don’t know whether out of confession or conviction, but the hard-truth message of Christ was preached with all boldness.  He addressed the whole church to come to repentance which, if they do not, not even the pastors can make heaven.

Pray for him; his name is pastor Jamba.  To God be the glory.

We are fine here, and Bro. William is doing fine with the fellowship in Freetown; the brothers and sisters are talking good about his work. I am lacking at the moment, except the Bible study with my family at home on Saturdays; I am not preaching outside for now. But the Lord will open doors for me very soon. [Editor: Foday and Gladys have recently relocated from Freetown to Bo]. Greet all the family.

Love, Foday and Gladys

Yinnkah: Lord’s Supper

BELIEVERS FAMILY COMMUNION

This do… in remembrance of Me- 1Cor.11:25

LETTER OF PRIESTLY INVITATION

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

After about three years of Bible teaching on the New Testament pattern of worship both in Ibadan, Oyo State, and a few parts of Benue State in Central North Nigeria, the Lord lately gave me a vision of bringing faithful, Bible-believing Christian families together to actually participate in this long neglected pattern of worship.

Indeed “the hour is coming and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him” [Jn.4:23].

This is going to be an experience that may cause you to ask how the Holy Spirit can glorify Jesus Christ [Jn.16:14] in this simple participation in the Lord’s Supper. “Do this in remembrance of Me” [Lk.22:19; 1 Cor.11:24]. In this simple request is contained the only command from our Lord Jesus Christ regarding the meeting of Christians. All other meetings, however beneficial, are optional. This one is not!

The early Christians of Jerusalem in their “honeymoon” devotion to Christ, “continued steadfastly…in the breaking of bread [Communion/Lord’s Supper]…continuing daily with one accord in…the breaking of bread[communion/Lord’s Supper] from house to house…with gladness and simplicity of heart” [Acts 2:42,46]. The Bible later revealed to us that at Troas “on the first day of the week[Sunday]…the disciples came together to break bread” [communion/Lord’s Supper] [Acts 20:7].

The early believers loved the Lord Jesus and so kept this command He gave to us; especially since they knew, as we should know, that the One who is worshipped dictates how He is to be worshipped. They understood that “as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” [1 Cor.11:26]; for “we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son” [Rom. 5:10].

Dear saint [1Cor.1:2], it is our time to express our love for Christ our Lord and one another [1 Cor.10:16-17]. This we can do as we faithfully observe this tradition of breaking bread according to the Word of Christ taught by His Apostles [2 Thess. 2:15]. It will surely be a highly refreshing time as we experience the manifestation of Christ’s presence through His Spirit [Matt.18:20; 2 Cor.13:14] and faithful compliance with His written Word [1 Cor.14:37].

The maiden edition of this landmark fellowship holds on Saturday, the 28th of November, 2009, starting from 5 pm. The venue will be the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Alabi, Animashaun Compound, Sango, Ibadan . GSM: 0803-809-1404 or 0803-426-6792.

You are therefore invited as one of the special believer-priests [1 Pet.2:5] to edify us at this gathering which is in the Name of the Lord [Matt.18:20]. We will be glad to have you around.

As you prepare to come please kindly note the following:

The purpose of the meeting is to thank our Lord Jesus Christ for lovingly and willingly laying down His life on the cross for our salvation. And we do this in OBEDIENCE to the Lord’s COMMAND as we gather around the bread and the cup, symbols of His body and blood. It’s a thanksgiving communion where Christ will be the center and focus [Lk.22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-26; I Cor.5:4; Matt.18:20; Gen.49:10(KJV)].

You are invited as a New Testament priest [I Pet. 2:5, 9]. Come with your Bible and hymn book (Yoruba or/and English) [I Tim.4:13; 2 Tim. 4.13; Col.3:16; Mk.14:26].

Please come with an expectant, open and contrite heart as the Lord will meet with you personally in a way you never imagined [Is.55:1-3; 66:1-2].

Confess any known sin with a sincere heart of repentance before coming for this unique encounter with the Lord [Ps. 32:5]; and flee from sin, as the table of the Lord must be approached with a pure heart [I Cor. 5:8; 11:27-31].

Other New Testament believer-priests will be present to minister alongside with you [Heb.10:25; Acts 20:7] but the Holy Spirit will be the Worship Leader/Moderator. He will surely be in charge of the meeting [2 Cor. 3:7-8; Acts 13:1-2; I Cor.2:7; Rom.8:14].

Only the brothers will be expected and allowed to speak any words of teaching, preaching, exhortation or admonition. Sisters can only participate in praying, singing of hymns/spiritual songs and sharing of testimony with their hair covered. They are not permitted by the Lord to teach or preach in public meetings where brothers are present [I Cor. 14:34-35; I Tim. 2:11-14; I Cor. 11:3-10, 16; Eph. 3:10 cf. Isa. 6:2].

Please don’t  keep back whatever the Lord lays on your heart in His Word for His people while at the same time you show  your  love for all by not dominating the use of time [I Cor. 14:26-33, 40].

Please feel free to share at least a testimony of the Lord’s faithfulness to you and your family. This will fan to flame the faith of all [Heb. 10:24 cf. Acts 12:17].

It will be pleasant if you come with your children as they will be part of this experience, even though ineligible to partake of the Bread and Cup except grown ones who have professed the Lord [Matt. 19:14; Acts 8:36-38; Jos.8:35; 2 Chron. 20:13; Ezr. 8:21; Neh. 12:43; Mt. 21:15]. Let’s give them a better foundation than we had! You owe them!

“If anybody speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God” [1 Cor. 14:27, 28].

There will be a love feast after the communion meeting [Jude 12].

The meeting holds from house to house [Acts 2:46].

Please be prompt to afford us some mingling; getting to know one another before the meeting commences [Acts 3:1].

Please take quality time to meditate on Matt. 26:17-30; Lk. 22:7-23; I Cor. 11:17-35; Jn. 4:23-24; 1 Cor. 14:33.

You may kindly contact Brother Yinnkah Durojaiye on 0805- 835- 4699 or 0703- 825- 9515 a week ahead of time if you can’t make the meeting.

We “hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face. Peace to you” [3 Jn. 14].

YINNKAH DUROJAIYE

Your brother and servant

Editor: Positive Confession – Counterfeit Christianity

Worldwide, occultists share the same essential formula.  Reduced to its simplest elements, it can be summed up thusly:

 The mind of man through images creates reality by spoken words

which releases powers either positive or negative.

 

This is at the core of occultist practices witnessed among Hindus, Buddhists, Sufi Muslins, Shamans, Native Doctors, Spiritualist Prophets, Mind-Science Cults, New-Age Channelers, and Positive Confession [PC].  Yes, and PC.

Despite its thin veneer of Christian sounding labels, at the heart of PC’s orientation and practices is traditional mainstream occultism.  By their leaders’ own admissions, one does not need to be a Christian at all in order to employ and profit by these techniques.

“They are simply formulas discovered to be universal spiritual law.  Even God Himself tapped into this power of creative imagery through the spoken word.  He was the acknowledged Grand Master of PC who most successfully had “faith in His faith.”  These are the occultist beliefs of PC which have been gleaned from dark sources.

The Lord specifically warns His people against being ensnared by these practices. The command is “that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’” -Deut 12:30.  Yet the adherents of PC have done so. They have been ensnared while following occultists’ techniques by which their gods are served.

“Why should the devil have all the benefits and blessings of this spiritual secret?” asks a PC leader.  The answer is clear.  He should have it because it is not of God.  It has not arisen from the Scriptures and is rejected by the living God.  And, in reality, it is of no benefit and blessing at all, but rather a lying deception.

In previous chapters it was shown that the terms positive and negative are not used even once in the Word of God.  Positive is not to be equated with good neither is negative with bad.  We do not “possess what we confess.”  In the final analysis, we must choose between submitting to the Word proceeding from the mouth of the Lord, or following our own word proceeding from our own mouth.

Real faith is trusting in God whose promise is contained in the Bible while obeying His commands therein.  Faith has nothing to do with visualizing and decreeing by our own words. PC distorts and denies “The Faith” which was once for all delivered to the saints and turns it into an occultist formulary.

Actually it eliminates the need for God entirely.  We merely need to go straight to the fount of all blessing – the law of PC – and confess what we will.  This is raw occultism.

If we are to pray aright it must be according to the will of God and not in the self-willed presumption of commanding our own decrees.  Confession is of our sin unto God, not of our words into reality.  Real prayer consists of humbly asking, not in arrogantly decreeing.

“Using” the name of Jesus as an incantation to insure obtaining what has been positively confessed, is nothing more than occult methodology.  It is taking the Lord’s name in vain and will be judged as such.  Prayer is no technique to get things from God or to tap into reservoirs of spiritual power.

Becoming gods was a lying promise of the devil which PC has embraced.  There are no gods in heaven or earth but that are lying vanities, things of nothing.  The words of men have no inherent power as do those of God Most High.

PC’s leaders have exalted themselves to the realm of godhood.  Their devotees flock to their feet hoping to attain to the same status with its attendant wealth.  Their spoken words of “faith” dictate their followers’ beliefs and actions.  This is the essence of idolatry; serving false gods according to deceptive promises.

Prosperity is a synonym for covetousness; and covetousness is idolatry.  It is what PC is made of and what is eagerly sought by all those longing after this root of all evil.  God and Mammon cannot both be served, contrary to their rationalizing practices of simony.

Healing, or any other blessing from God’s mercy, cannot be reduced to a formula of “law.”  Only small gods join in league with men on the principle of law to effect their wills upon earth.  The true and living God abides apart as the unrivaled Sovereign with unlimited dominion over all in heaven and earth.

Any other imagined god is not the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one presented by PC is a figment, a powerless myth.  He is bound by law and the decrees of men.  He is impotent apart from man’s “‘faith.”  This god is no God at all and differs in no respect from the local deities enshrined by the heathen across the globe.

Pride stains the religion of PC a deep crimson which no amount of “confession” can purge.  And we know the God of heaven is opposed to the proud.  He is opposed to PC with its occultist roots and practices.

PC is a deceptively false system stemming from pride and lust for gain.  It has created an imaginary deity constrained by decrees of its co-regent gods on earth.

This is not Christianity.  It is another religion altogether.

Herein is the conclusion of the matter.  May the Lord have mercy on us.

[Editor: The preceding is a summary of the book: Positive Confession – Counterfeit Christianity which can be read in its entirety on the www.gospelforwestafrica.com website]

William: October 12 Update

Beloved, by the Lord’s grace I visited Alusine Tarawalley’s [see Oct.10 update] place today; it was just unfortunate that he was out by the time I went. But while I was there, I met his 76 year old Muslim grandmother, Haja Hawa Kallon [Editor: Haja is a title for females who have made pilgrimage to Mecca; Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime is one of the five pillars of Islam].

I introduced myself and sought to preach just Christ. After it all, I left a note for her grandson, prayed for her life, and left. I am not sure, though, if she truly understand or not, but the gospel being the power of God unto salvation (Rom1:16), the Lord will have his way. Let us join faith together in prayers for them as Paul, Sylvanus, and Timothy did in 1Thess.1:2.

Love, William

William: October 10 Update

God indeed deserve all the praise. I’ll continue to lift up my eyes onto the hills from where comes my help, and my help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. By His grace I was able to visit brother Foday and brother Ngegba in Bo [Editor: Bo is the second largest city in Sierra Leone, about a four hour journey from Freetown] today. The urge came upon me when some thieves bumped on brother Foday’s house, beat him up, and took all of his money away.

We thank God that even though they attempted to cut off his hand with a cutlass [machete], their attempts were futile. Therefore, there was a need to see, encourage, and pray with him and the others working with him. Though I’ve tried to on the phone, it was obvious that my presence would make much difference.

Brother Ngegba had visited me in town on many occasions, requesting that I come to search certain passages of the Scriptures. So, we met together to look in the book of I Thessalonians, chapters one and two. You can remember us in prayers as we go through the HOLY SCRIPTURES.

Additionally, I came along on the bus with a young man who had just gained admission to the university and he was full of zeal and courage to read [to major in] African Studies [Editor: A significant part of this course focuses on the spiritualistic rituals of various African Traditional Religions]. With his much zeal I saw a need to tell him about our sweet Lord, just to realize that he had no relationship with HIM.

He eventually accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and prayed that He would take over his soul. His name is ALUSINE TARALLEY. I’m trusting God to see him at least once more before he comes over to campus on Monday. I’m trusting the Lord also to leave Bo not later than Sunday. We must redeem the time for the days are evil.

Love, William

William: October 6 Update

Beloved, I always find a reason to share whatever the Lord chooses to do through me in this part of the vineyard. By His grace I was able to carry on a successful Campus evangelism from the 28 September to the 2nd October 2009. I give Him all the praise. Here are some of the testimonies that the Lord used to cheer up my heart so much.

First, one of my lecturers who threatened to fail the whole class because none of the ladies agreed to sleep with him, succeeded in giving me the worst grade ever in my tenure at FBC [Editor: Fourah Bay College]. In fact, that has greatly reduced the total number of points I was supposed to score for a first class degree. In all things however, I still thank God I did not fail.

Secondly, during our evangelism, the Lord chose to lead me to one of the students that was involved in the death of one Mohamed Jowana during their cult initiation [Editor: Ritual cults, many involving threats, torture, and even murder, are one of the most serious problems facing university campuses in West Africa]. They were arrested, charged to court and sent to the Pademba Road maximum security prison for remand.

However, my prayer had always been that the Lord would reach them in jail and glorify Himself in their lives. Some few weeks ago they were granted bail by the government. So when I met one of them, I preached Christ to him without knowing who I was talking to at the start.

He received the message and accepted Christ to be His Lord and Saviour. Later on he confessed that he is ADE TUBOKO MEZIKA, one of the suspects arrested for manslaughter. I was speechless at least for a while. I’ve started though a discipleship session with him shortly after that by looking at ‘WHO IS A CHRISTIAN?’

I provided for him a Bible from one of the ones we have on campus. He was reading himself as I gave out the references. The following day he was supposed to appear in court, so I volunteered to go with him and, as the Lord would have it, I met with the other suspects. I wasted no time to preach to them too and prayed for them, trusting God to lead them to the best path of their lives. Currently I’m hoping to follow up Ade to the best of my ability as the Lord will direct. Join faith with me, beloved, that this soul will truly be the Lord’s.

Lastly, in one of the sessions, I had the opportunity to preach to almost all of the freshmen students. I began with Isa. 1:18 along with many other salvation Scriptures. Afterwards I prayed and the choir came and ministered in songs. Among the students, one of them called TEJAN ROGERS met me privately and accepted the Lord. I’m also trusting God to follow him up. Pray for him also.

Love, William.

Patti: A Life of Submission

She Experienced a Sweet Marriage Through Submission

 How did this young lady become a woman that would give up all for the Lord and her husband?  It began even before she was born.  Her father was raised in a local church that taught the word of God concerning a submissive wife along with other true teachings.  He agreed with these teachings and God developed her father’s character to be the man he is, even today.

Her mother’s church may or may not have taught these truths as her father’s church did, but when her mother grew up, she had a desire to be willing to follow His word of truth.  Yes, her mother was a submissive wife; quiet, gentle, and very cheerful and pleasant to be with.  Even though her mother had many burdens laid upon her and made mistakes as all of us do, she raised her children with her husband as he desired.        

This young woman, seeing her mother’s relationship with her father along with the teachings of the Scriptures from the church, wanted to be a submissive wife also.  There was one catch; this young woman being naive did not know what it would mean to be submissive, at least, to her own husband when she married.  The desire was very strong, the word of God was very sure, but the exercising of this truth in her life (soul) was minimal.  Perhaps it is like this for all young brides.  It takes the marriage relationship to truly develop this character of submission.

Looking back now, this young woman had, as she perceived it, a difficult life growing up.  At the age of nine she believed in, followed, and willingly gave her heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. He brought her to the Heavenly Father, where she could and did pray as He desired.  The sins she had committed previously were abandoned and a new heart was experienced.  She loved the Lord more than anything and anyone.  She loved learning from His word; poetically speaking, “sitting at His feet.”  She loved singing songs to uplift His name and His truth. 

She became a fountain of good news, preaching the gospel to those who did not know Him whom she loved and who saved her from her sins and a damnable eternity.  She did not want anyone to remain “unsaved.”  She wanted everyone to be with the Lord in heaven for all of eternity.  And it was this that caused her suffering. 

Yes, she suffered with her Lord, through the rejection of men.  Even at nine years of age her classmates turned away from her and friendship was something she knew little of. These experiences were to develop her character and personality for the future God had planned for her.

In the academic schools attended, she loved sports and art.  In such schools she excelled in these fields.  She also enjoyed science and business classes. 

There were other places of learning she also attended and they were Sunday school, Bible Camp, and Christian girl’s clubs.  These were a delight to her heart.  She loved learning about the Lord and His word.  At the age of 13 two things happened; one she was baptized, and two she wanted to be a missionary.  She loved it when preachers or missionaries came to her own home for a meal and fellowship.  She would sit on the floor and listen to the men discuss the Scriptures.  It was wonderful to her.  She later taught Sunday school herself, and worked at Bible camps.  Then upon graduation from the 12th grade, she went to a one year Bible school and then off to college for 7 years. She worked her way through school, graduated as an art major, and afterwards got a job.

Seeing no prospect for marriage, she committed her heart to the will of the Lord and continued teaching Sunday school classes, working, and fellowshipping with her local church and young Christian people.  One day, however, a young man came to her local church.  Unlike any of the other young men in the church he knew the word, was willing to speak in the church, and was very capable of expressing the truths of God’s word.  He was wonderful, and an honorable young man.  Soon he discovered her and sought her hand in marriage.  She willingly consented with her father and mother’s approval. 

One interesting side note, the young man she later married thought she would be a faithful and submissive wife because she was living at home.  She was 29 years old at that time and still in her fathers’ house.  Some young men may not have even been concerned about such a thing; but he was.  He was concerned for her and God’s purposes for both of them together.  Marriage is designed by our Heavenly Father for life; and he was careful about her fitting into what God had planned for him.

Through this marriage a whole new life experience and journey began; one of maturity and understanding of the ways of the Lord in her life.  She had many things to learn.

It appears that marriage was not what she thought it would be.  There were some inherent difficulties that neither she nor her husband expected.  She made some poor choices at times which did not help; diligence in housework was lacking sometimes.  But all was not lost.  In Christ whom she hoped in, there was always hope, though there were times when she felt hopeless.  But the Lord was faithful to bring her back to the hope that is found in trusting Him, and she followed. 

You see, she could have refused the encouragements of the Lord to continue trusting Him and doing the things He had taught her from His word.  But she did not refuse.  Many of King David’s writings in the Psalms encouraged her at these times, and she developed a determination to not give up on obeying the Lord from a pure heart and a cheerful soul.  Though this seemed impossible at times, the Lord always helped her back up to have faith in that Rock, which is Christ.  Yes, she always got back up.  This is the way of the Lord with His children.

There were many difficulties in her life, but she never thought of leaving her husband because of them.  It was ingrained in her to work alongside her husband, lift him up in prayer to the Lord, and to help in every way she could.  Also, the way in which she wanted to help her dear husband was that she show him respect, that he would be the one to make final decisions, and that others would respect him as the head of their home. 

There were a few miserable times when she brought him shame.  Typically if she saw that she had embarrassed her sweet heart (husband) in public, she would be immediately convicted by the Lord Jesus.  She would then go into her room privately and with a sad heart confess her sin to the Lord.  Immediately following that she would go up to her husband and as quietly and privately as possible, ask him to forgive her.  After that she would remain quiet during the rest of the activity in order to keep her mouth or actions under control by the work of the Holy Spirit in her life; for none of this would be possible without Him. 

This behavior kept her and her husband dear to each other and provided for an openness of love in their relationship.  Failures should never keep a husband and wife apart.  It is the lack of confession to God and your spouse that may separate your affections.  And if kept that way for a long time, this can cause big problems in your marriage relationship.  It is best if your love to God and each other is so strong, and so true, that you both would come quickly to the other, to receive the other in order to forgive from the bottom of your hearts.  Yes, this should make you both glad that you are grieving over your failures in life and that your marriage, your lives together are more important than these things.  Bringing peace to your spouse and joy should be of top priority.  Don’t you think so?

Having an open door for communication with the Lord and her husband were the most important things in her life.  Later as the children came, she wanted the same openness with them.  This openness is two sided.  The husband or child also has to want and keep these doors open.  But this did not always happen.  They did not have the same mindset as she did. 

So as far as it was up to her, she kept her heart at peace, as the Scriptures said in Romans 12:18.  More than that she needed peace in her own heart with herself when others would not want to talk about their lives or talk their problems out.  When peace was found within, she could go on loving her dear husband and children. 

To find this peace she needed the wisdom from above described in James 3:17 and 18.  As you read this passage you will see that this wisdom is peaceable. Getting this peace is something you must work out with God’s help in your life.  For it is God who is at work in you both to will and to do His good pleasure, Philippians 2:13.

So here she is today.  The problems still come, some from within and some from without.  That is how life is in this world.  But she has Christ, and He has overcome the world.  He was tempted as we are yet without sin, say the Scriptures in Hebrews 4:15.  All power is His, and He loves her.  He loves all His children.  Are you a believer, a child of God? Then know that He loves you too.  He loves us with an unending love.  His love and power will see you through. 

Do you believe this?  You must.  If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as proclaimed in the Word of God, then believe the whole word of God with proper understanding.  If we understand the truth in God’s word it will set us free.

I hope this little story is a help to you in understanding the inner workings of becoming a submissive wife and believer.  I know that you must make this journey yourself and your particular experiences may differ, but God will see you through to godliness also.  And one day you may be compelled to share your story with others, as to how God made you like His Son, Jesus Christ.

The work and complete transformation is yet not complete in her.  That work goes on until the day she dies, or is taken up into heaven.  So the work goes on.  The road goes up and down but never crooked.  She will fall and may even need someone to pick her up.  Will you be there for her?  You, who are the body of Christ; will you be there?  For she knows that God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ, her God, is there for her.

The Lord bless you, and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;  The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Good bye

With all my love,

Sister Patti Phillips

Iya

William: September 11 Update

Brother Simeon has been thrown out of the school he was teaching in there in Lunsar because (1) the school is a Catholic built and administered school (2) He has persistently taught the pupils about our Lord Jesus Christ and (3) time and again he used to carry his Bible to the school which is deemed illegal by them even if you’re a Christian.
 
As well, a group of pupils who were affected by Simeon’s teachings and testimonies took up the decision to follow Christ and began to hold meetings among themselves in school. Persecution broke out and they were invited to respond to the accusation of whether they are Christians, that is, born again or not. They actually publicly confessed   their faith. Therefore some of them have been driven [Editor: expelled from the school] and others served warning letters.

We are going to hold a retreat with some students from the fellowship starting from 15 to 19 September 2009 at the chapel in Murray Town.  Also we will have our annual Orientation Missions for freshmen coming to campus starting from the 21 September 2009.  We are counting on your prayers for this venture that the Lord will reach His own on campus so that as He has kept me thus far, so shall He for them also.

 Love, William.