Tuesday 14 April 2015
It’s exactly one year today since Boko Haram islamists abducted hundreds of Chibok school girls out of whom 219 are still missing. A few of the girls miraculously escaped. The true numbers of the initial abductees, the escapees and those still missing cannot be confirmed with certainty as many of the agencies involved are being very conservative with the information they have. This must be one of the most repugnant events in our history and the lowest point of our existence as a nation.
Our government was initially in denial the event ever took place. However, evidence soon proved them wrong and irresponsible. One year on and little or nothing has been heard about the girls’ whereabouts, let alone their condition of health. Whether they are still alive is even in question. The leader of the group announced months ago that he has since sold off the girls as wives to foreigners. However, a recent escapee from the same terrorists claims that she was held in the same vicinity with about fifty of the girls. Also, there is a report in the papers today claiming that the girls might have been cited in the company of the terrorists in the Gwoza area as they retreat from advancing federal troops.
We wish to mark the one year remembrance of the absence of these girls with fervent prayers to God Almighty for His intervention in order to free them. There is nothing impossible for Him. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He decides the fate of all men. He is more powerful that any human. He is aware of all things before they even happen and the future. He can therefore bring this episode to end in safety at any moment. He tells us to ask whatever we desire and He will grant our requests.
We plead with God to please have mercy on these innocent girls. For no fault of theirs, they are suffering. Their parents and close associates are in pain. We ask God to please forgive us as a nation for our shortcomings, which might have caused this calamity to befall us. He says if we humble ourselves and submit to His will, He will heal our land of all blight. With confidence in Him and in faith we offer this prayer believing that He has heard us and answered us in the affirmative, in Jesus name. Amen.
PLATEAU INDIGENOUS INDEPENDENT MINISTERS’ ASSOCIATION (PIIMA) - email@example.com April 14, 2015
Monday 13 April 2015
There is an evil wind that is blowing across Nigeria. For now, it has only blinded the people; later, it will consume them. They will soon cry, "Had we known". But God did not leave us without a warning. The people, as in 1 Samuel 8, chose an earthly King, Saul, over the King of kings and the Lord of lords. There will soon be trouble, a military intervention, divine judgment to sweep away the corrupt, and then an ushering in of God's own fair leaders. All these in a space of three years. Let's watch prayerfully for the fulfillment of His word to His servants and prophets as promised in Amos 3:7. Shalom.
12 April, 2015
12 April, 2015
Friday 10 April 2015
The true story of Granny Brand is told by Bob Gass in his devotional series is the story of true Christian service. She was completely sold to God. Which is what God expect from His ministers. We hope that you will resolve to be more committed to your calling after reading this.
Evelyn Brand felt called by God to go to India. For a single woman in 1909, a calling like that required a lorry-load of faith. She married a young man named Jesse and together they began a ministry to the people in rural India, bringing education and medical supplies and building roads to reduce the isolation of the poor. For seven years they went without making a single convert to Christianity. But then a priest in a local tribal region developed a fever and grew deathly ill. No one else would go near him, but Evelyn and Jesse nursed him as he was dying. He said, 'This God, Jesus, must be the true God because only Jesse and Evelyn will care for me in my dying.' The priest gave his children to them to care for after he died--and that became a spiritual turning point in that part of the world. People began to examine the life and teachings of Jesus, and in increasing numbers began to follow Him. Evelyn and Jesse had thirteen years of productive service, then Jesse died. By this time, Evelyn was fifty years old, and everyone expected her to return to her home in England. But she wouldn't do it. She was known and loved for miles around as 'Granny Brand', and she stayed another twenty years under the mission board she had served so faithfully. Her son, Paul, came over to see her when she was seventy years old, and this is what he said about his mum: 'This is how to grow old. Allow everything else to fall away, until those around you see only love'.
Here's the rest of Evelyn Brand's story. At age seventy she received word from her home mission office that they weren't going to give her another five-year term. But she had Caleb's 'we can certainly do it' attitude. A party was held to celebrate her time in India, and everyone there cheered her on. 'Have a good trip back home,' they all said. 'I'll tell you a little secret,' she announced, 'I'm not going back home. I'm staying in India.' Evelyn had a little shack built with some resources that she had smuggled in. Then she bought a pony to get around the mountains, and this septuagenarian would ride from village to village on horseback to tell people about Jesus. She did that for five years on her own. One day, at seventy-five years old, she fell and broke her hip. Her son, Paul Brand, the eminent doctor, said to her, 'Mum, you've had a great run. God's used you. It's time to give it up now. You can go back home.' She replied, 'I am not going back home.' She spent another eighteen years travelling from one village to another on horseback. Falls, concussions, sicknesses, and ageing could not stop her. Finally, when she hit ninety-three years old, she could not ride a horse any more. So the men in these villages--because they loved Granny Brand so much--put her on a stretcher and carried her from one village to another. She lived two more years and gave those years as a gift, carried on a stretcher, to help the poorest of the poor. She died, but she never retired. She just graduated.
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Wednesday 1 April 2015
In Pastor Bosum Emmanuel’s message to the church released in 2014, he warned Nigerian Christians not to make the mistake of digging the grave of the church with their thumbs. He meant that Nigerian Christians should not vote into office politicians who might emasculate the church and endanger its existence. His message was loud, clear and direct. He did not mince words.
In the same year, Pastor Tunde Bakare also predicted that the selection of Pastor Yemi Osinbajo as running mate to a presidential candidate would divide the Nigerian church. Now that the presidential election has been won and lost, it is obvious that Nigerian Christians did not heed these warnings.
The Lord gave us a word for the Nigerian church to the effect that it has done exactly what He warned it not to do. We should therefore be ready to reap the consequences of our actions. These consequences shall include the emasculation of the church and the denigration of the name of the Lord.
The Lord gave us 1 Samuel 8 as scriptural basis for this message. The passage refers to the days that judges ruled in Israel and the people asked for a king so that they would be like other nations around them. God was displeased with their request as He was already their King. God sent Prophet Samuel to plead with them to drop their request and to warn them that an earthly king would thoroughly maltreat them. The people insisted and God reluctantly acceded to their request by giving them Saul as king.
A similar scenario is playing out in Nigeria right now. We have voted with our thumbs for the President that we prefer without bothering about God’s voice and God has granted our request. Christians should therefore brace up to face the unpleasant consequences of their actions in the 2015 presidential election.
PLATEAU INDIGENOUS INDEPENDENT MINISTERS’ ASSOCIATION (PIIMA)
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01 April, 2015