OUR NIGERIAN NACM MEMBERS & ALL CHRISTIANS THERE are under heavy persecution: PLEASE PRAY

Fellow NACM Members: I would call you to URGENT PRAYER for our fellow Christians & NACM member ministers in NIGERIA as persecutions have stepped up lately and things are getting worse (kidnapping, robbing Christians of all property, rape, enslaving/selling Christian women/girls, and murdering especially Christian men/pastors/evangelists).

I have been regularly in touch, as Executive Elder and taking oversight over our NACM Elders, with our NIGERIAN ELDER FREEWATER ISSAH who has had to recently leave his home and move his wife and children to southern Nigeria, trying to escape recent attacks.  His farm was attacked a couple months ago and his livestock stolen and some destroyed.  He sought to rebuild, but then there were two attempts on kidnapping him and killing him.  So they have had to flee to southern Nigeria where it was hoped to be better.  But that is not proving to be so either.  PLEASE JOIN IN PRAYING FOR FREEWATER & HIS FAMILY, that the Lord would provide needed funds to get out of Nigeria and to either Ghana or Ivory Coast and be safe.  I myself have seen firsthand videos Freewater has forwarded to me of these attacks (even today) and how the government is failing to protect Christians and others and allow these Muslim Fulani to grow in strength and do the evil they are doing.

I know some Christian organizations (i.e., ACLJ – Jay Sekulow, who was one of the attorneys for Trump during impeachment trial and has been using legal influence to try and get the present US administration to put pressure on Nigeria’s government to stop this persecution) are trying to bring national and worldwide attention to this increasing slaughter in Nigeria (also starting in Kenya).  MUCH PRAYER IS NEEDED to come alongside our Christian Brothers & Sisters in these countries at this time (Remember those who are in prison as if you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering as if you were suffering with them – Hebrews 13:3).

So PLEASE PRAY MUCH if you would, and you can also offer words of encouragement to our Nigerian Elder Freewater by messaging him on the NACM website if you wish: https://nacministers.org/directory/47a6394db67fbeff/messages/compose/?r=882&_wpnonce=de856ffaa5   or, via Messenger/Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/freewater.nathissah

THANK YOU for your attention!

*IMPORTANT UPDATE 03/30/2021 (from Jay Sekulow of ACLJ – American Ctr. for Law & Justice – Christian lawyers group):   

“Violence against Christians has reached a CRITICAL CONDITION this Holy Week.  We just took MAJOR action, but now we face a critical midnight deadline tomorrow in our fight for persecuted Christians.  On Palm Sunday, suicide bombers detonated explosives in a Christian church in Indonesia. The Sunday before was the deadliest day in a long time in Nigeria, as radical Islamic gunmen murdered 137 people, including 22 children.   We’ve been warning you how radical Islamic militias are targeting Christians for slaughter just because of their faith. Families have been murdered. Christian pastors have been beheaded. Christian teens have been abducted and forced into slavery.

The world should be outraged! “

 

Rodger Niemeier, Exec Elder (28)

Born 1952 in Pittsburgh, PA; Born AGAIN in 1972 at Kent State University, OH.Education: Westminster College PA ( BA in Bible & English, 1974); Asbury Theological Seminary KY (MDiv in Pastoral/Cross-Cultural Missionary, 1986)Ministries: New Wilmington UMC, PA (youth/ass't pastor: 1972-4); Bowersville UMC, OH (ass't pastor: 1975-6); Brookville United Brethern (Adult Teacher: 1976); Life Anew Ministries, OH (urban residential recovery ministry: ass't pastor/street ministries/nursing home ministry/jail ministry 1975-1981); Dayton Christian Schools, OH (Bible/English teacher: 1976-1981); Short Term Mission trips in Nome, AK (Inuit (Eskimo) outreach: 1975 - 1980); Nicholasville C&MA, KY (ass't pastor; young adults; church plant: 1982-86); Seattle Intertribal Alliance Church (C&MA), WA (Native American church plant: 1988-2001); Hands of Creation Native Artists Co-op, Seattle, WA (director - cross-cultural outreach: 1994-2002); Immigration Detention Center, WA (Bible study outreach: 1994-1995); Seattle Indian Health Board (Thunderbird Inpatient Treatment Ctr), WA (chemical dependency recovery teacher; vocational counselor: 1999-2013); Eagle Wings Native American Ministries, WA (founding director: abuse/chemical dependency recovery: 2003-present); National Association of Christian Ministers, Online Ministerial Association (Vice President/Executive Elder: 2010 to present).Ministry focuses: Bible Teacher; Pastoral; Counseling (chemical dependency & abuse recovery); Educator (Christian living; ministry training); Administrator; Cross-cultural Missionary (Native Americans/Indigenous People).Testimony: Though raised in a "nominal" Christian home, I did not come to Christ until my first year at college, at Kent State Univ. in 1972, amidst Vietnam War protests and riots on that campus. Inner emptiness drove me to seek God, and I came to Christ in my university dormitory room on my knees after reading the Gospel of Matthew for the first time. There Christ made Himself and His love clearly known to my heart. Immediately I lost interest in architectural studies and transferred to a Christian college, majoring in Bible and English (writing). I was fortunate to have a wonderful Methodist minister to mentor me in those early growth years, and soon sensed the Lord's leading to pursue more biblical training through seminary. After 2 disappointing experiences at 2 seminaries, I got involved in an inner city, live-in street ministry that helped young people come to Christ out of drug addictions. I also became a secondary Christian school teacher for a few years, did 5 short term missions in outreach ministry to Eskimos in Alaska, got married and had my first and only son.Later I became convinced I needed to complete my seminary training, finding Asbury Theological Seminary in KY: no disappointments this time. The training for pastoral and cross-cultural ministries was excellent, as well as being a tremendous time for my own spiritual formation. I met Christian & Missionary Alliance people there and felt led to join them, preparing to plant a church for Native People, I hoped, in Alaska. However, circumstances placed me in Seattle, WA, instead, and with a ministry partner we planted an urban Native church (1988). This challenging work continued for 16 years. Over those years, the Lord showed us that there was a debilitating, unresolved Native problem that was not being addressed: the widespread experience of Native People with past abuse related to having the highest alcoholism rater of all people in the USA. . As a result, by God's grace I, and a couple Native Christians from our former Seattle Intertribal Alliance church, started a new ministry: Eagle Wings Native American Ministries (2003). Though officially "retired", my wife (recovering from 30 years of domestic violence and abuse - father, former husband) and I continue to minister to area Native People in recovery from past abuse and chemical dependency.In 2010 I came across the NACM seeking Christian ordination. Later that year I accepted the invitation to be an Executive Elder and Vice President. I greatly enjoy ministering to fellow ministers and receiving encouraging ministry from them!

3 thoughts on “OUR NIGERIAN NACM MEMBERS & ALL CHRISTIANS THERE are under heavy persecution: PLEASE PRAY”

  1. Hello Freewater; We are praying for you and your famlies, friends, and neighbors. When you can safely find the time write to us so we can raise up our prayers to God for all your needs and safety.

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