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How to Use WEI

 

Matt 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
NIV

John 20:10-16

10 Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"

"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

16 Jesus said to her, "Mary."

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).
NIV




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WELCOME! 

Nigeria Church of Christ



Aniefiok & Etang Akpan
WEI Director, Nigeria
Chaplain, Obong University, Nigeria

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mail: weiafrica@yahoo.com
Phone: 234(813)-349-7474

Postal Address:
Box 973, Abak,
Akwa Ibom State,
Nigeria, West Africa

Mission contacts:
 

Bethlehem Church of Christ
Lebanon, Tennessee
Philip & Carolyn Poston
Email:cposton@genesco.com

The church in Nigeria...A GROWING MINISTRY
1. Aniefiok was baptized at the age of 10 in 1984 and became a student-preacher at the age of 12 in 1986.
2. His full-time preaching ministry began in 1986 when he served as the chaplain of Obong Christian High School for four consecutive years, and about 20 students were converted.
3. In 1992, Aniefiok became the first resident preacher of the newly established congregation in Ikot Akpa Idem, Ukanafun where nearly 30 baptisms were recorded.
4. In 1996, Aniefiok began a six-year ministry with the Garage Church of Christ, Ibio Nung Achat as the first resident preacher and over 70 souls were won for Christ.
5. While serving at the Garage church, a new congregation was planted in Rumuodogo, Rivers State in 1997 where Aniefiok served as a visiting preacher and baptized 48 persons under one year.
6. A new congregation was planted in Uruk Ata Ikot Akpan where Aniefiok visited every other week and witnessed over 40 baptisms.
7. Aniefiok was also involved in planting new congregations at Ikot Ekperikpe in 1998, Ikot Ebenwan in 1999, Ukanafun township in 2000 and a total of over 50 baptisms were witnessed in these congregations.
8. In 2001, Aniefiok began a seven-year full time ministry with Ikot Ubo Church of Christ where over 80 souls were baptized & restored and pioneer elders & deacons were ordained.

 

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9. While serving with Ikot Ubo brethren, a new congregation was planted at Nkek Idim where Aniefiok served as a visiting preacher and baptized over 40 persons.
10. In January 2008, Aniefiok returned home to plant a new congregation in his hometown, Uruk Otong where over 70 of his people have been won for Christ.
11. Over 100 persons have been baptized into Christ in various places across Nigeria through the WEI ministry.
12. Our WEI ministry in Cameroun & Sierra Leone has yielded over 30 baptisms.
13. During the past 25 years, Aniefiok has witnessed over half a thousand people surrender their lives to Jesus.
14. Presently, Aniefiok has just begun an exciting and promising ministry with Obong University Campus Church of Christ.
15. Aniefiok is presently a university graduate preacher with a wife & three children to take care of.
16. The newly inaugurated university campus church with 12 pioneer worshipers does not have the financial strength to support Aniefiok and his family.
17. The responsibility of building and growing the campus congregation at Rhema Academy rests on their shoulders with a present dependency upon support from the US.
 

Using a Stone to Kill Two Birds
Suddenly, we discovered that we were 'using one stone to kill two birds.' Our students improved significantly on their knowledge of the English Language. Our pioneer students recorded 100% success in the Junior School Certificate Exams administered by the education ministry. Our students learned the truth of Jesus at the same time.

God Sponsors His Work
We did not know how to acquire WEI materials for our students. So we mentioned it in one of our reports. Nancy Gonzalez, after reading the report, introduced us to brother Tom Langley. With the support of our sponsoring congregation, the Bethlehem church, brother Langley sent the first parcel of WEI materials to us at Rhema Academy. The President, Richard Ady then took over the responsibility and later confirmed our WEI ministry in Nigeria.

The Harvests of Souls
 A short while after we began using WEI materials, our students began to respond to the gospel. Within a short time, many of our students accepted Christ and were baptized. Many responded to the call for baptism during our daily chapel services. In fact, God added new souls to His Kingdom almost on a daily basis until our high school was suspended in December 2008 for accommodation reasons.

Damaging Controversies
Initially, the churches of Christ in our area reluctantly accepted our WEI converts who desired to place membership in their congregations. Some brethren thought it was unscriptural to make disciples for Christ through WEI because they did not know WEI as a ministry associated with the churches of Christ. Most of our converts were confused and some returned to the denominational groups they came from following the controversy.

Remedy to Controversies
Initially, we did not know what to do about the situation. So, we called for a one-day fasting & prayer meeting at Rhema Academy. After the prayer meeting, God gave us the wisdom to set up a campus church at Rhema Academy so that our converts and others could meet to study, pray and worship without any controversy. The inaugural worship service of our campus church which had ten worshipers in attendance was held on January 06, 2008. Within a year, membership strength increased to over 70. Thus, we were able to gather the Lord's harvests successfully and our campus church has witnessed a rapid growth since then. Although we lost most of our new converts when our high school was suspended in December 2008, other souls (villagers) who accepted Christ and were baptized replaced them. We look forward to a time when we will be able to complete our permanent school building so that we can re-gain our high school for greater harvests.

Three Successful WEI Conferences
 After our first annual WEI Nationwide Conference & Graduation in 2008, other gospel preachers in Nigeria began to use WEI as a tool for evangelism. The results have been so impressive. Over a hundred souls have been won for Christ in Nigeria through this effort during the past three years. The controversy about making disciples through the WEI ministry ceased after the maiden conference and the churches of Christ in our neighbourhood now accept our converts willingly.

Nationwide Campaign
We have intensified our WEI nationwide campaign in Nigeria. As I spoke at lectureships, seminars, workshops, and gospel meetings across the nation, I carried the message of the WEI ministry along. By phone calls, text messages and emails, we are able to reach out to areas where we are not able to go in person. By these methods, we have registered hundreds of students in Lagos, Calabar, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Ibadan, Abuja and other cities. Our WEI City Office & Teaching Center in Abak helps us to better co-ordinate our WEI activities in the different zones. We have also extended the tentacles of our WEI Ministry to Cameroun where several souls have also been won for Christ.

The 4th Annual WEI Conference in May 2011
The 4th edition of our WEI annual nationwide conference at Rhema Academy will hold in May 2011. We recorded a total attendance of 520 participants in our previous conference.

WEI students in Nigeria that we taught personally. Presently, with the emergence of American postal teachers and great increase in the number of students which now exceed 1000, we are expecting more participants at the conference. We are also anticipating more harvests during the 2011 conference.

The Most Pressing of Priority Needs
Presently God has helped us overcome some of the initial obstacles we encountered in our WEI campaign.  There is, now,  only one big obstacle which has greatly hindered the progress of this wonderful ministry in Nigeria: TRANSPORTATION. We look forward to a time when we shall be blessed with at least one vehicle to meet the needs of our WEI campaign and mission work at Uruk Otong. A strong vehicle like a Toyota Hilux truck will be a great asset to our work as it is suitable and adaptable to our bad jungle roads. We pray that a family or congregation would come to our rescue and donate a fairly used or a new truck, or the fund to acquire one here in Nigeria.

Partnership & Prospects
It is our conviction that WEI will help to win more souls in Nigeria than any other ministry in the next couple of years. Over the years, we have been looking for the right bait to use in our fishing for souls. The Chinese people have an adage that says 'to catch a tiger, one must bait the trap.' The English lessons of WEI has proven to be one of the most effective baits for our work as fishers of men. It will be great and encouraging to hear from you and to enjoy your fellowship and partnership in this great worldwide evangelistic ministry.


 

 
August 2014

Dear Brethren,

Greeting! We are using our mini mobile phone keyboard to type. Hence, it is a
brief report. Details later!

WEI BEARS FRUIT IN NIGERIA
I worshiped and preached at the Campus Church of Christ, Rhema Academy, Uruk Otong today. One precious soul, in response to the sermon accepted Christ and was baptized. Her name is Unwana James Okon. She was one of our high school students at Rhema Academy and one of the most serious WEI students we had before the high school was closed down in December 2008. She completed her high school education at APOSTOLIC HIGH SCHOOL in a village called Ikot Akpan, about 30km from RA. The school belongs to a denominational group called THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH. We thank God that the seed of the gospel we planted in her before she left fell on a good soil. I personally baptized her and some members of our campus church witnessed the baptism.

WEI CAMPAIGN IN LAGOS
I arrived Lagos on July 24 and introduced WEI at three different locations - Mushin, Ikorodu & Ikeja. On Sunday afternoon July 27, I had a meeting with 9 preachers from different congregations in Lagos. None of them heard about WEI before that meeting. They were so excited about the opportunity to use WEI to enhance their evangelistic campaign. All the preachers enrolled in the WEI free study programme and collected extra introductory lessons for their prospects. We have another WEI Seminar in Lagos on August 31. On Sunday July 27, I worshiped and officiated at Mushin Church of Christ. I returned home on July 29.

RA SCHOOL BUILDING
We are getting closer to fulfilling the dream of completing our school building  for Rhema Academy. Last month, a christian couple suspected to be a member of the Bethlehem church sent a donation of $200 to help with the school building project. That reduces the amount needed to acquire the remaining timber and to settle the carpenters to $2800. With the funds donated by brethren, we acquired the roofing sheets and some of the timber. As soon as we are able to raise the remaining $2800, carpenters will be working round the clock to complete the roof
construction so that we can use the building next month. We need the help of whoever the Lord has blessed with the resources to help us complete the work. We decided to buy the roofing sheets first instead of timber because this is rainy season and timber can not stay.

RESUMPTION DATE

Rhema Academy closed for the long vacation on July 25, when I was in Lagos. Etang issued the promotion examination results to the pupils and directed the closing activities. She is an intelligent leader and a responsible administrator. She is so excited about the possibility of completing our school building so that we can continue to train and nurture the leaders of tomorrow. The resumption date was not announced to the pupils because we did not know when
we would be able to complete the school building. Rather we announced a PTA Meeting on September so that we can brief the parents about developments in the school.

THE CHRONICLER
We have initiated a quarterly Christian magazine called THE CHRONICLER. We need
inspiring Christian articles, sermon scripts, Bible lessons and other info from
Christian brethren for subsequent publications. We also solicit sponsorship for
the publication.

Other issues will be published later.

Thanks for your prayers and continued support.

Yours & His,
Aniefiok & Etang Akpan

His Will Prevails!

 

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