Nigerian Proclaim Project
IRVING, TEX. – It started as a dream in 2017. How could Irving Living Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church members share the beautifully illustrated copies of The Great Controversy by Ellen G. White, with people in our home country of Nigeria? After much discussion and with the church board’s approval, the initiative Nigeria Proclaim Project was created.
Members were surprised when the initial price tag to purchase the books and ship them to the post in Lagos, Nigeria, was estimated at $5,646.
Excited about the vision, though, Tunde Obrimah, an elder, shared the dream with the missionary-minded Potters Outreach Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ikoyi, Lagos. With their church board approval, both churches started fundraising. The premier educational institution in Nigeria, Babcock University, also donated funds. Recognizing that sending religious books without the health message would be incomplete, we searched for an easily-readable health message book and found Habits that Heal by Monica Fukuda and David Fukuda. Unexpectedly, a donation of $1,000 was received, enabling the books to be shipped to Nigeria as shown below. Team members Dapo Oke, Chibuzor Onyema, Kayode Arigbede and Babatunde Obrimah gave their time and resources.
“The Lord blessed this project,” Cornelius Ayodeji Osuntade, Irving Living Springs pastor, shared. “And allowed the books to arrive in Nigeria just before COVID-19 reduced travel.”
By Emeka Ukegbu