Meet one of 'His Rivers'
You get your burnin’ and then you get your learnin’.
With learnin’ the burnin’ becomes a blaze !
Meet one whose becoming a blaze for God.
Many of you know Nixon. A student at WATS, who moved to Nigeria a number of years ago with his father and sister. His father Frederick came to WATS to receive his learnin’ – at the age of 50+. Frederick has now graduated and returned to Cameroon along with his daughter to be a ‘blaze for Christ’ in that country.
The Call was given to all WATS students to sign up for a six week ‘assignment’ in missions called Springboard. Among the locations for assignment was a dangerous part of Northern Nigeria where Christians are being persecuted and killed. This assignment was to go and live/work among a village that had been driven out by the Muslim controlled civic authorities because of the people’s unwillingness to conform to Muslim practices.
Nixon signed up along with four or five others.
Time was fast approaching to leave. One by one, those who had signed up to go began dropping out because of fear. Some were married, and did not want to risk the possibility of being killed, and leaving their families without a father. Others had various ‘reasons’. Nixon struggled with the same fears – mostly of the unknown. But God revealed strongly to him, that he was TO GO. He and one other prayed and prepared .
They left by bus for a 15 hour ride to a City they had never been to, and where weekly reports were coming of Christians being killed. They arrived only to realize that the ‘missionary’ who was to meet them, and take them on the remainder of their journey was nowhere to be found. They ended up spending the night there, praying that God would ‘connect them’ with their ‘host’.
Morning came, and they were connected with their host and began a several hour journey via motorcycle to the village where they would spend the next six weeks.
Next Six Weeks
Living in mud huts
No Power or generators
No Water ( except a small bore hole – see picture)
Very little food – and certainly nothing he had ever seen or tasted before
People worked from sun up to sun down in the fields
No furniture except for mats to sleep on
So how do we ‘minister’?
So for six weeks, Nixon and his friend …
Became RIVERS of God to these people.
Every day they took their plows and went to the fields and worked alongside them in 100+ degree heat
Every day they drank the water and ate their food with them
Every night they slept on a mat on the floor of the mud hut
Every day they loved them, prayed for, laughed with, and cried with them
They scrounged up some wood and made benches for them to sit on
They fed the chickens
They met with the Children and told Bible Stories
And they ‘worshiped’ God together
And God protected them – No sickness, No persecution, Nothing that He didn’t give them the strength to endure.
His life will never be the same. And because God used him as a RIVER to ‘deliver’
His grace and mercy to them, they will likewise never be the same.
THANK YOU NIXON – THANK YOU LORD