Newsletter Feb 2018 – More school girls abducted / Highlights of 2017

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From Passion’s Desk:

With hearts in deep pain, we write this to give you a true picture of a recent ugly incident in Kasuwan Magani. It is less than 15 kilometres south-east of Kaduna town. It has a reasonable Muslim population surrounded by Christians.
In the early hours of February 26th 2018, both Christians and Muslims woke up to experience a blood bath. A Christian lady was in a relationship with a young Muslim boy. She relocated without her parents permission to live with her boyfriend who had completed arrangements to convert her to Islam and have a marriage contracted without her parent’s consent.
Attempts to resist this plan resulted in Muslim youths attacking the Christians. The reprisal by Christian youths left many dead, with houses and shops belonging to Christians burnt down. Sadly, today, many are homeless and jobless.
Passion is interested in Kasuwan Magani because we have a silent convert there and hope to make it our second mission field because we know that they are open to the gospel.
Thank you for remembering Passion for Converts International in your prayers.

More schoolgirls abducted

On 19th February, 2018, 110 Dapchi Federal Government Science and Technical College boarding school students were taken to an unknown destination without any security intervention. The North East region of Nigeria has been under the danger of adoption and Islamic terror attacks since 2014.

One Christian girl named Leah (15) was asked to accept Islam while in captivity. Because she refused to accept Islam, she was not released. After almost 5 weeks, all (except 5 who did not survive the ordeal and Leah), were released.

Passion celebrates with young Leah who, even at the point of death, defied the threat and stood her ground, maintaining and retaining her faith in Christ Jesus.

‘Unlocking the Growth’ Seminar

The Seminar was held in St. James Anglican Church, Kujama on 17 February, 2018.
It was attended by 25 pastors of different denominations.
At the conclusion of the Seminar, the pastors were asking that further such Seminars be held. This is encouraging for Passion as it is good to be seen as an instigator of programs that are helpful to local pastors.

A meagre response

Concerning the incident in Kasuwan Magani, (see ‘From Passion’s Desk’), Rev. Muhammed drove to the area to see the after effects of the uprising first hand. He was disappointed to see that while Muslims were giving out urgent assistance to fellow Muslims, there was little response from Christians helping fellow Christians.

The following day, Rev. Muhammed returned to give a bag of rice and a box of noodles to some affected Christians. He had no further funds to allocate to others in need.

Worth reading – Christianity alongside Islam

The author, John W. Wilson grew up in Sydney’s northern seaside suburbs. He trained for ordination in the Anglican Church of Australia at Ridley College in Melbourne. He has served in country and city churches and is a graduate of London, Yale and Duke Universities. He has travelled widely and taken a great interest in the churches of Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Professor Peter Riddell, Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths, says that ‘Christianity Alongside Islam’ succeeds in digesting a vast amount of information about both Christianity and Islam and presents it in a way that is very accessible to non-specialist readers.
ISBN 978-0-908284-91-7

Eight students now sponsored by Passion

When Muslim students turn to Christ, Passion is faced with a dilemma. Are they left to continue on as they were or does Passion change the course of their lives forever by enabling them to receive an education which would have been inconceivable to them before their conversion.

The costs to enable the eight students to attend school/
university is considerable. For the next two terms of 2018, ie. Jan. to April and May to Aug.
the total cost will be A$1,700.00.
(The new Academic year begins in September.) To date, Passion has been unable to pay the fees for the first term of 2018.                 Please pray that funds will be forthcoming.

The First Kujama Community Revival

The Revival was held from 8 – 14 January, 2018.
It became necessary in view
of the 130 converts that Passion made in 2017. The Revival acted as a follow-up towards    During the Revival’s Praises hour
discipleship to keep
and build the converts. The second aim was to keep the established relationship with the communities where the converts live. The third reason was that Pastors around Kujama will be helped by
participation in the disciple-making program entitled, ‘Train the Trainer.’

Some highlights of 2017

There was much to praise God for during 2017.  The Founder of Passion and his family remained safe and well.

It was the year of the greatest harvest of souls since the work of Passion began.  We rejoice that over 130 converts came to the Lord through the work of Passion.  About 30 were from an Islamic background. The others were nominal Christians who renewed their commitment to serve God.

Even as we celebrate this massive conversion, we equally mourn the highest record of deaths in the history of Nigeria which is second only to the 1967 Biafra war. The deadly Islamic sect known as Boko Haram now has two factions. One of their operating nomenclatures is ‘Fulani Herdsmen’.

Their killings are highly recorded in the Middle Belt states of Nigeria. These are the Christian dominated states of Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa and Adamawa. The wounds of many ugly incidents remain fresh because the killings have not and do not seem to have an end.

Joint Seminar held with One Hope USA* –
The Seminar was held in Kajama on 11 October, 2017.
Aimed at young Muslims, the Seminar was titled ‘Pathway to Hope.’
(* Ruth Veltkamp, a missionary to Northern Nigeria for over forty years, was instrumental in coordinating the Seminar with Passion. She was a Lecturer in the West African Theological Seminary in Lagos where Rev. Muhammed did his Masters in Intercultural Studies (Islam Focus).

The 6th Makarau Revival took place on 25 – 28 December, 2017.
Makarau is the community where Rev. Muhammed, the Founder of Passion, was brought up. The Revival always ends with an outreach to the nearby Kachechere community.

Widows receive help

Rev. Muhammed again shared some gifts with the widows of Makarau who said, ‘Thank you Passion.’ Most are aged and are victims of Boko Haram insurgency but one younger widow lost her husband through witchcraft. She has five children.

2017 Christmas Greetings

The year 2017 has been very eventful to the glory of God, despite its peculiar challenges. The successes recorded this year wouldn’t have been possible without your various contributions. Thank you.

We in Passion have the following to thank God for during the year 2017:

In January, Passion launched in Kujama, a settlement where Islam is liberal and open for the Gospel. This led to the highest record of Muslim converts in one year since the commencement of our ministry. Realizing the significance of the ministry in Kujama, Passion consistently held monthly prayer revivals and discipleship teaching for MBBs for three days each month.

In the month of August, Passion held a joint partnership Seminar between Passion and One Hope (USA) to prepare specialist teachers who are now helping in the teaching of children from MBBs families. Pastor Uche from Lagos was our resource person from One Hope.
In the year under review, Passion was able to distribute a total of 70 copies of Bibles for the converts in Kujama alone which were donated by you.

Passion organized and held an Evangelism Outreach to Kakura 2 where a harvest of 110 souls was made. We praise God because this is the largest harvest Passion has ever made. The new converts are currently undergoing discipleship. Interestingly, 30 of them are MBBs.

In this year, the demand for another safe keep Home caused Passion to ask supporters for sufficient funds to buy a piece of land in a Christian-dominated area, south of Kaduna town. Our prayers were answered.
Through your relentless support, Passion was able to establish 6 converts with small business-making ventures, allowing them to become self-reliant today.

The Passion family celebrated the graduation of Stephanie from High School and her successful admission into the University. There were also a number of births during the year in our wider Passion family. We praise God.

The future:
Passion looks forward to host two important Revival programs in Makarau (26th – 28th December, 2017) and Kujama (9th – 15th January, 2018).

By the grace of God, Passion is planning to host the first Passion family meeting. The aim is to brainstorm on how the family members can start helping new converts.

We are also trusting God to commence the building of a new safe keep Home on the piece of land purchased this year.
Passion’s aim is to concentrate on discipleship. ‘Train the Trainers’ is our target for the year ahead.

May you and your loved ones know the blessings that Christmas brings to all of us.