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Word of Life Nigeria began as a desire of Peter and Bette Verkaik's to reach the Fulani people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. This ministry began in late November 2000. Since that time several exciting things have been happening in this country. Word of Life Nigeria has purchased a 12-room building in Jos, Nigeria and began a Discipleship Training Center to train new believers and to protect them from severe Muslim persecution. Future plans hope to see this DTC move to a 400-acre property that the Nigerian government has promised to allow us to use. The first Bible Club began in November 2001, today there are 15 Teen & Olympian Clubs. Peter currently has two couples from Nigeria working with him on staff in the Bible Club program, and there is another American family preparing to go to Nigeria to help in the ministry as well.
Nigeria is a country that has just recently come out of military rule and the civilian government is in the process of rebuilding the country's economy. Nigeria is the most populous African nation with approximately 127 million people living in an area twice the size of California. Nigeria also has many other staggering statistics such as: 43% of the population is under the age of 14; 2.7 million people are living with HIV/AIDS; 45% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Word of Life Nigeria
P.O. Box 7063, Anglo Jos
Jos,Plateau State 93007
*Allen (name has been changed to protect the individual)
When he was 3 years old, Allen took ill of a sickness that no one could tell what was disturbing him. This went on until he was 6 years old. His dad visited a lot of hospitals with him but there seemed to be no solution to his illness, ... read more
We have been experiencing unusually positive results to the ministries that we have been involved in this year. Many night school teachers are accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Among them was a 56 year old man. After a Gospel drama presentation and the preaching of the Word of God, the man ... read more
Numbu is a Muslim dominated community in Sanga. The village is about 99.9% Muslim. During our recent evangelism outreach, we set up our instruments and played some gospel videos and advertised that we would play a movie (Pilgrimís Progress) in the evening. Children, youth and women were all there ... read more
James is a Fulani man who grew up in the desert between Nigeria and Niger Republic. He and his family are nomadic cattle herdsmen. Because of their nomadic lifestyle, they survive with very little infrastructure and have no access to the education or the Gospel.
One of our staff, James, is in the Abuja area studying at the ECWA Bible School at Karu, Nigeria. He has gathered a group of Fulani believers and they have been fellowshipping together. They have formed themselves loosely as a church and are meeting every Sunday for worship and teaching from the ... read more
"Mama" held a traditional title and religious position before she accepted Christ. The title was passed down from one generation to another. She inherited the title/position from her mother. "Mama" felt convicted as a result of a Word of Life outreach. She renounced the traditional family rite that ... read more
Although WOL Nigeria has run a number of camps, we were more involved in every aspect of this camp than in anything we have done so far. After months of planning & preparation, we felt our purpose would be achieved in meeting the spiritual needs of all campers and staff. Our pulpit ministry, ... read more
Because there had been trouble in the area that we had been in during January, we were cautious about heading to the local government of Langtang in Southern Plateau. However, after a survey trip the week before and communication with the local pastor, we moved forward with our plans. read more
During the setup trip for our February Evangelism Outreach, we discovered the type of "chains" the Devil was using to destroy the people in this area of Plateau State. The Roman Catholic Church is the dominant influence there. Consequently, we had to meet with the local priest to let him know that ... read more