Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27 (NIV)
We support, on a monthly basis, two evangelists in Nigeria. Monday John Akpakpan helps with many things, but is also the coordinator for the World Bible School in Nigeria. Sylvester Imogoh (far left in the picture) not only ties into our monthly support but he is our focus on the yearly donations for specific projects.
We are very excited about the Outreach Print Ministry (OPM) that Sylvester heads. He has printed literally hundreds of thousands of tracts and books distributed throughout Nigeria. Through the help of congregations like ours Sylvester is able to offer these tracts and books free of charge to the recipients. We have also helped him purchase printing and binding machines (pictured below), along with electric generators to supply reliable power for the operation of his equipment.
Others projects we are involved in are getting sewing machines, food grinders (pictured right), goats, and food relief for widows. Widows do not have the social safety net like we do, and these works help them to become more self-sustaining for them and their families.
We also buy reading glasses (pictured left below) and large print Bibles (pictured right below). The glasses are vital in situations like those of widows who need them to see in order to sew and aging preachers who cannot see well.
Nigeria is a very tough country and both evangelists are in physical danger. Please keep them in your prayers for safety as they continue to make both a great physical and spiritual difference in their country. Pray for their health, which is a struggle at times, and for God to continue to open manys doors to the huge print ministry that this congregation started years ago.
Breakdown of support
Monday John Akpakpan monthly support: Total of $350.00 per month (breakdown below)
$50 personal support
$40 widow support
$40 Efik language Bibles
$45 Postage for WBS
$75 Fuel and maintenance for car while preaching
$100 Extra personal support or for the work, at his discretion
Sylvester Imogoh monthly support: Total of $450 per month (breakdown below)
$150 personal support
$50 Leadership Training Seminars
$50 Support for preacher trainees
$30 widow support
$30 English Bibles
$20 Tract ministry
$100 extra for personal support or for the work, at his discretion
$600 per month for printing supplies and paper
$325 per month for support of 5 "casual" workers that help with printing operations
$500 per year for reading glasses
$1,000 per year for widow goat ministry
$500 per year for large print Bibles
$2500 per year for food relief for widows and the orphans at Auchi
$2500 per year for sewing machines and food grinders for widows
$500 per year for extra help for Sylvester's medical expenses
$3,000 per year for extra printing of tracts and books with Outreach Print Ministry
If you would like to read more on Sylvester's work here is an article that talks about it. Sylvester's work is discussed on page 5.
Orphan's Lifeline was founded as Lifeline of Hope, a Montana non-profit corporation under the direction of a Christian board in 2000.
Their mission is to bring hope to the Orphans of the world by providing food, shelter, medical care, children's Bibles, educational assistance, adoption advocacy and more in a manner that breaks the cycle of dependance and promotes individual and societal productivity as well as charitable character within the community.
Our church family actively contributes financially to the Godly works of Orphan's Lifeline.
Know Your Bible
One of the local efforts our congregation is involved in is the "Know Your Bible" program. This program is an opportunity for people to have their questions answered about the Bible. It airs each Sunday morning at 9:00 AM on KDLT, channel 46.1 here in Sioux Falls. For more information check out http://www.knowyourbible.com/