On 31st of August, 2002 the vision to start this ministry was impressed upon by Dr Adewole Babatunde while an undergraduate in the university. The idea was to come come together with other like-minded Christian friends in order to attend to the needs of new converts and young believers through writing The team would meet together to pray for and carry out correspondence with the target audience in giving foundational teachings (follow-up) and attending to their questions/concerns (counselling).
Why Pens For Christ?
The following needs were identified at inception:
The need to produce suitable follow-up materials/programme to help guide and meet the spiritual needs of those indicating a decision to follow Christ.
The need to provide needed guidance for people in their new-found faith, helping them to be firmly established in the Lord and begin to know Him personally (Colossians 2:6-7).
The need to encourage and guide people (especially young Christians) into a fulfilling personal relationship with our Lord and Maker
The fact that some of us have been victims of doubts, confusions and uncertainties in our own walk with God which frustrated our thirst for Him. We know that God “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2Cor 1:4, NIV). We believe that the truths we have come to learn will be useful for them in their own walk, especially when presented early enough to them.
The need to provide support/partnership to churches, ministries and outreaches in following up their new converts/young Christians
Writing of serial follow-up articles appropriate for the new converts/young Christians.
Writing of encouragement letters to the new converts/young Christians
Keeping in personal touch with the new converts/young Christians through writing
Attending to questions or issues that trouble the hearts of the new converts/young Christians
Praying for the new converts/young christians
We like to describe our approach as being both pro-active and reactive. Our Pro-active approach or follow-up involves writing of serial articles, Bible studies etc aimed at helping a young believer build their faith progressively from scratch.
Our reactive approach or counselling involves attending to specific needs, questions, concerns or area of struggles regarding their walk with God.
Our means of communication is mainly through writing (correspondence) and we use a variety of means which include: postal services, email and social media. We usually require responses from our contacts in form of completed Bible studies, personal letters or feedback on write-ups. This helps us to assess their understanding as well as receive their questions or concerns.