A Newsletter of the Pens for Christ Movement Nigeria
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (2Corinthians 4:2) NIV
On the 31st of August 2002, the Lord burdened the heart of one of us to look into how a group of university students could come together with the aim of helping the younger generation of Christians grow and mature in their relationship with the Lord. The aim of the group would be to nurture and guide these young ones into a fulfilling life long relationship with the Lord and Savior of their souls.
The group started with two people and as time went on, it pleased the Lord to add to the number other people who also shared a common vision. The rationale behind establishing the group was that: “if one could chase a thousand, then two would be able to chase tens of thousands”. .
By coming together as a group therefore we believe that the Lord would help us to achieve greater things for His own glory and purpose. Thus the group started off. Since then, others have joined the group and some have also signified interest but have not yet met with the group.
As the Lord would have it, our meetings have without prior plan or arrangement consistently fallen on every other Saturday (once in a fortnight) between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00pm. The former place of meeting was ECWA IDCC office along Ahmadu Bello way, Ilorin.
In order to stabilize our attendance, it became necessary for us to actually fix permanent meeting days and time that we could adhere to strictly. For now, the agreed venue is the Evangel Chapel - Fellowship Centre of ECWA Student Ministry, University of Ilorin Mini Campus Chapter. Meetings are still being held fortnightly (Saturdays) between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.
We also stated clearly in one of our meetings what we would be coming together to do and we were able to itemize three cardinal things: We would meet to pray, plan and study. The responsibility of coordinating the studies was assigned to one of us.
The study material we started with was Bill Bright’s ‘Ten Basic Steps Towards Christian Maturity’. It is a set of basic courses offered by Campus Crusade for Christ International. As time went on, we had the need to consider other materials for study as well as reviewing the materials we produced.
Our prayer is not only for ourselves and the work given to us by God, but also for the souls that the Holy Spirit is committing into our hand (Acts 20:28).
St. Anthony's Secondary School, Ilorin
So far by the grace of God, we have been able to visit a secondary school within Ilorin i.e. St Anthony’s Secondary School. The request for this was made by a student of the same school and an executive of FCS whom the lord has been using along with his friends to introduce other students to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Upon their request, arrangements were made to visit the school to see how we could help in counselling and discipling the young converts that the Lord had given to them. We however missed the opportunity of meeting with these people in person because it fell to a time that school was preparing for the second term holiday.
Nevertheless, we still consider our visit a success as we were able to meet with the two contact persons there. We encouraged them to continue in the laudable commitment to the gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ and to commit themselves to prayers for the school and for the converts. We trust the Lord that together with them, we would be able to win the school for the Lord Jesus Christ. Some of the materials we produced are currently being used for converts in the school. Please join us in prayers to this effect.
Igbaja Discrict Youth Council Camp 2003
One of the ways the Lord chose to direct our attention to the need of this group was through the involvement of one of us in the counselling work of this same camp in 2002. Since it was impossible to single-handedly follow up a reasonable number of converts, the idea of working as a group became a necessity.
In 2003, the camping exercise took place between the 7th and 10th of August at ECWA Theological Seminary, Igbaja. The theme for the camp was: “Set Your Minds on Things Above” Col 3:2.
The group was actively involved in counseling those surrendering their lives to our LORD. Likewise, follow-up materials have been sent to them and the group is trying to keep in constant contact with them in order to encourage them in their walk with the Father.
• Preparation of follow-up materials that suit the life of young Christians.
• Production of printed envelopes for correspondence as well as reply envelopes affixed with postage stamps to encourage response.
• Procurement and distribution of Bibles
• Supplying of other useful materials produced by other bodies/ministries.
• Launching of a Christian Website
Your prayers and financial assistance are really essential for the progress of this work. We therefore beseech you to commit yourself to praying and giving to the group.
It should be noted that: Pens For Christ is not a denominational group. However, when we first started, most of us were members of a particular ECWA Church, whose address we decided to use. At present, two of our highly committed members are not members of any ECWA Church and we thank God for their lives. Our aim is to reach out to as many people as God enables us to do so without making a church a barrier. This explains why our address no longer bears the name of any church.
However, we are not biased towards any church as long as we are in Christ. Our aim is to proclaim and expand His kingdom on earth. May the Lord, count on all of us, regardless of our denominations, to achieve this purpose.
The Bible records that: “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but in many advisers they succeed” Prov. 15:22.
We believe that it has pleased the Lord to lead us to several godly people with whom we have shared the vision of the group and we wish to say that their contributions have been of immense help.
At this juncture, we believe that it is noteworthy to state some of the blessings that God has granted us through these people. We have been able to purchase several useful discipleship materials through the help of some of them. Some gave money to procure materials while some even gave their personal books. We have also enjoyed wonderful counsels from them.
To all who have committed themselves to praying for the great task that the Lord has entrusted to us, may God enable you to be faithful to this commitment.
We are indeed grateful and we love you all.
God Bless You.