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Nigeria 2024

Trip Dates: Apr 26 - May 6, 2024

($3,225 )

Destination: Jos, Nigeria

This is a trip to Africa in order to learn about the life and ministry of one of our sent partners. Our aim is to spend quality time with Rachel Ellison, to encourage her, to meet her co-workers and fellow church members.

Our hope is to bring hospitality and care to her and to return better equipped to spread the vision of what God is doing in Nigeria for the rest of the congregation to celebrate. This is NOT a work trip. It is a trip for a handful of church members and is ideal for those who already know and love Rachel or who are interested in getting to know her on a deeper level.

Trip Reports

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Nigeria 2024 – May 5,6

Today we began by visiting a local village church. The pastor didn’t seem to know how to expound upon the text. Therefore, what we heard came close to the gospel at times, but never really communicated boldly and clearly that there was grace available for sinners. Instead, we heard moralistic...
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Nigeria 2024 – May 4

The highlight of today was getting to travel out to the village home of one of the translators who work with Rachel. His name is Gimba. We were treated so well. He introduced us to his family and many of his friends. We met the village king. I had never...
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Nigeria 2024 – May 3

I had a rough night and spent most of the day at Rachel’s sleeping off some sickness. Rachel’s team was working through some Greek lessons. How exciting is it that these brothers in Jos are learning how to read and understand the original languages so that they can make an...
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Nigeria 2024 – May 2

Today we slept in due to our long day yesterday, and returned to SIL Nigeria to observe Rachel and her team. They were studying 11 different stories in the Waci language to look for similar words/phrases in them that mark certain points in a narrative (I.e in English we use...
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Nigeria 2024 – May 1

Today was a Nigerian holiday- National Workers Day. So, instead of heading to the SIL office, we visited an orphanage called Seeds of Hope. A Nigerian man named Bomshock met us and took us out to East Jos for the visit. Bomshock had an incredible testimony. He barely survived a muslim...
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Nigeria 2024 – April 30

It was another full day in Jos! We broke bread with Rachel for breakfast and headed over once again to SIL to observe and learn about Rachel’s work. We enjoyed a devotional time that the staff holds daily in the morning before any work begins that is focused on prayer,...
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Nigeria 2024 – April 29

Today we got to go into the SIL Nigeria office with Rachel. They currently have over 100 workers there. It was an honor to meet so many servants of God. Many of the workers are native Nigerians. I was blown away by the sophistication of their work. It was like...
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Nigeria 2024 – April 28

This morning we had the great joy of worshipping at Equa Seminary Church that is located at a seminary called JETS. We enjoyed singing some loud (by American standards) praise songs. We got to hear from a Nigerian missionary to the country of Niger (just to the North). I was...
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Nigeria 2024 – April 27

Jimmy, Rachel, Albert, and I woke up and, at 6am, began the drive from Abuja to Jos. There are minimal traffic rules, if any, so commuting is more of a free-for-all with some general principles rather than set laws. We stopped for gas, but there were few gas stations and the...
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Nigeria 2024 – April 26

Evan and I left Thursday morning from Peoria at around 4am. Rich Hoyt was our gracious driver. We stopped for breakfast at McDonald’s and enjoyed chatting with Rich who has served in Africa for decades. We made excellent time getting to the airport, through security, and to the gate. Our...
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Please pray for our team, that we would grow together, encourage one another, and have the strength needed each day to serve the people of the community. Follow our trip updates and also consider supporting us financially.

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The cost of this trip is $3,225 per person, which includes travel expenses, housing, food, transportation, and directly funds part of the water project that we are working on. Each team member has already contributed the first 10% of this cost.
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