Of Unreached People and Unmobilized Church

Figures and quantitative analysis cannot be contested. They reflect reality without sentiments or prejudice. When such figures are about the souls and eternal destiny of real men it becomes critical. Earlier in the year, the Centre for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon Cornwell Seminary released the Status of Global Christianity, 2023, in the Context of 1900–2050. The report placed in very incisive perspective the state of the Gospel over a period of a century and half. Of particular interest in this article is the year 2023 and the state of the global Church viz-a-viz the state of the unevangelized ( better still unreached) of the world.

The Unevangelized/The Unreached

According to the report, the Global population is estimated to be 8,045,311,000 by mid-2023. Out of this, the population of the unevangelized will be 2, 250, 856,000. This means 28% of the world will be unevangelized by the middle of 2023. The implication of this is that with the current speed and attitude of the global Church, a whooping 28% of the world population will not have access to the Gospel by mid-2023! These are 2, 250,856,000 real souls Jesus shed his blood for at calvary!  2,250,856,000 souls facing the risk of eternity without the privilege of hearing the Goodnews of Jesus’ redemption!

It is of note to clarify here that these are different from the unbelievers who have access to the Gospel, have had opportunity to receive the Gospel but have decided against it. While the souls of these ones are very important to God, God has a unique interest among the unevangelized to make them have access to the Gospel.

Going further, the report states that the percentage of non-Christians who know a Christian is 18.3%. Conversely, this means that 81.7% of non-Christians globally do not know a Christian or have met a Christian before! In definite terms, this means that in spite of global migration, internet and human connectivity, 1,838,949,352 souls who are non-Christians do not know a Christian and as such do not stand the chance of hearing the Gospel message. So sad!

According to the report, the five top religions on earth after Christianity are Islam (2,007, 352,000), Hindus (1,090,304,000), Buddhists (535,545,000), Chinese folk-religionist (458,580,000) and Ethnoreligionist (288,866,000). All these are aside the Sikhs, Jews, Atheists and several others still being held by the shackles of one religion or persuasion or the other who makes up about 5.4 billion souls silently crying for deliverance. Perhaps the cry of some of them would be ” …the harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved! ” Jeremiah 8:20.

Mobilizing the Christian

Missionary distribution

According to the report, population of Christians in the world stands at 2,604,381,000. These number of Christians are made up of 4,200,000 congregations of Christians globally. This makes Christianity to be 32.4% of the world’s population. This of course includes the Catholics, Evangelicals, Charismatics and other expressions of Christianity. However, it is of note that in spite of the multitudes of the unevangelized on earth, there are only a meagre 440,000 Foreign Missionaries. This makes the foreign missionaries a very minute 0.0169% of all Christians globally! This means the ratio of foreign Missionaries to population of unevangelized is 1(one) foreign missionary to 5115  unevangelized globally! However, the report further states that the number of Christian National workers( Citizens)  working in their Own country stands at 13,600,000.

Financial distribution


According to the status of Global Christianity, 2023, the Personal income of Christians Worldwide stands at $56,000 billion. Giving to Christian causes is $945 billion while  Churches’ income is estimated at $380 billion globally.  The income to Parachurches and institutions is $570 billion while the income of global foreign missions is $55 billion.

From the report, only 1.68% of Christians’ personal income worldwide is given to Christian causes while 0.68% of the personal income of Christians are churches’ income globally. Furthermore, it is also noted that about 0.1% of personal income of Christians worldwide goes to foreign missions.

However, it is estimated that  $62 billion is lost to Ecclesiastical crime annually. This borders on issues of embezzlement and other mismanagement. It is shocking that more money is lost to ecclesiastical crime annually than goes to foreign missions!

From the foregoing, it is shocking to discover that 0.0169% of Christians globally are deployed as foreign missionaries with a meagre 0.1% of the personal income of Christians. It is very clear that the global Christian movement do not prioritize deployment of her resources and foreign missionaries to the priority needy areas of the world, especially to the 81.7% of the unevangelized who do not know a Christian.

What are the Implications for the Unreached/Unevangelized and the Christians

  1. Due to the numbers of the unevangelized that do not know a Christian (81.7%) , finishing the task of World evangelization requires the deliberate deployment of missionaries by the Church to core unevangelized regions of the world. From the statistics above, it is clear that global migration, internet and other means of global interactions are not enough to give access of the gospel to the unevangelized. It takes deliberate deployment of missionaries to the unevangelized regions. This does not mean however that global migration and other means of engagement are not relevant.
  2. If the global Christian community would step up her sending capacity to evangelize the unevangelized by sending just 0.1% of her population, being 2,604,381missionaries, that means 1 foreign Missionary will be engaging 864 unevangelized souls as against the current state where 1 foreign missionary is engaging 5115 unevangelized souls.
  3. The implication of the above means the global Christian community will need to increase her foreign Missions sending capacity sixfold over.This will be an average of 2 foreign missionaries will be sent by about one and a half congregations.
  4. The 13,600,000 national Workers serve as a ready pool from where foreign Missionaries can be mobilized to reach the unevangelized. With the correct envisioning and engagement, the estimated 2. 6 million foreign missionaries needed to be deployed abroad that would increase the number of foreign missionaries to about 0.1% of global Christianity can be sourced from among the national workers.
  5. If the status of the unreached/unevangelized would change, the attitude of Christians towards giving for foreign missions must change.
  6. From the statistical analysis, it can also be deduced that the level of awareness and mobilization of the Christians is directly related to the evangelization of the unevangelized.

In conclusion, as we are burdened about the state of the unreached and unevangelized nations because of their spiritual state, it is very important we express similar concern about the level of the mobilization of the Church towards her responsibility to the evangelization of the unevangelized nations. If the damning and troubling statistics about the state of the nations, the level of deployment of missionaries among the unevangelized nations coupled with the low investment in foreign missions will change, the average Christian will need to be mobilized effectively and aggressively to respond to the beckon of God to “…go and make disciples of all nations”.

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Missions and Pastoral Training in Nigeria: Issues and Challenges


And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.- Acts 14:23

Right from the time Jesus gave the great commission, planting of viable Churches have always been the hope of the sustenance of any meaningful Missions foray into any area. The fruit of Missions work are sustained by the Church while the Church became the seed bed where fresh Missions outreaches were launched.

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Jesus commissioned the Apostles and as the church grew, the Church in Antioch sent out Paul and Barnabas for Missions and as they got fruit from their labours ,churches were organized and leaders appointed.

From the foregoing, it is clear that Missions, Church and Pastoral ministry have always been an interwoven kingdom expression to fulfil the great Commission.

In this paper, efforts are being made to look at the relationship between Missions and Pastoral Ministry and by extension Pastoral training in the Nigerian context examining the issues involved and the challenges.

Missions and the development of the Church in Nigeria:

The first contact of Christianity in Nigeria was in the 15th century through the Augustinian and Capuchin monks from Portugal. Their major interest of engagement then was trade and economy as such there was no meaningful Gospel engagement and acceptance. However, In September 1842, Rev. Birch Freeman of the Methodist Church of England arrived the shores of Nigeria at Badagry and  preached the first Gospel message on Nigerian soil, ever since then, the gospel has spread from the coastal region into the hinterland. Soon after that, other missionaries arrived the shores of Nigeria to complement their effort.Notable among them were the Baptist Missions, the Anglican Missions (CMS) and the brave young men of the Sudan Interior Missions who had a vision to take the Gospel into the dangerous hinterland of the Sudan.

From that small beginning, the Church in Nigeria has grown in leaps and bounds.Today, it is on record that Nigeria has the highest Christian population in Africa with an estimated population of  80 million Christians and about 40 million of them being Evangelicals.The World Christian Encyclopedia (Johnson and Zurlo 2020).

Missions advance and Church growth and development:

God blessed the different Missions and with time came an increasing number of converts and followers which led to the establishment of Churches and congregations. The growth of the Church raised the need for Pastoral trainings for indigenous believers who will provide leadership in the local congregations. It is worthy of note here that the need for Pastoral training was a direct implication of concerted Missionary efforts that has borne fruits. Therefore, it can be deduced that there is a direct relationship between Missions efforts and need for Pastors among the fruits that came out of the efforts. As we saw during the Apostolic era so it was in the development of the Church in Nigeria.

The beginning of Pastoral training in Nigeria

What started as a  “Preachers’ Training Class” in Ogbomoso, Nigeria for Baptist Mission Station workers on May 3, 1898 soon  became the first theological Seminary in Nigeria now known as Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary,Ogbomoso. Others soon follow as the work of the different Missions grew and the need for indigenous Pastoral training for leaders arose for their growing congregations. It should be noted that these Churches and the Seminaries grew out of the pioneering Missionary work of European and Americans. Today we have several Seminaries across the length and breath of Nigeria, notable among them are Anglican Seminary at Abeokuta, ECWA Theological Seminaries at Igbaja,Jos and other places, UMCA Seminary at Ilorin, TCNN in Jos, mainline denominational Seminaries started as a result of Missionary efforts among others.

We cannot talk about Church growth in Nigeria without the mention of the contribution of the Pentecostal Churches in Nigeria. According to Lindhart and  Martin (2014-12-01) in their paper ” Pentecostalism in Africa: presence and impact of pneumatic Christianity in postcolonial societies” , they wrote that “Pentecostalism began in Nigeria during the early twentieth century as a renewal movement to the prominent mission churches in Africa. At first, the growth of Pentecostalism was due to the efforts to break free from Western missionary control. This resulted in the popularity of many AICs (African-initiated churches), which focused on prophecy and healing. The second wave of Pentecostalism arose as a result of the Nigerian Civil War among students and young people who belonged to Pentecostal churches, mainline churches, and the Scripture Union”. Also as part of efforts to respond to the challenge of growing membership, there was need to establish Bible schools to train Pastors with Pentecostal/ Charismatic Theology. Notable among the Bible Schools are All Nations for Christ Bible Institute of Church of God Missions,  Word Of Faith Bible Institute of Living Faith Church, Redeemed Bible college among others.

It is worthy of note also to mention that the Missionaries that came with the Gospel to Nigeria are products of the church in their homeland who were groomed and sent by the Church. It is clear that the task of Missions advance and church Ministry are interwoven and cannot be separated from each other and very vital in this relationship are well trained Pastors.

After setting the relationship between Missions and Pastoral training in perspective, it is proper we examine the issues these have raised for us as Nigerian Christians of the 21st century that desire to carry on with the baton handed to us by our forebears.

  1. Importance and Centrality of Pastors and Pastoral training in the Church life: The vitality and viability of the Church as a whole is predicated on the health, competence and capacity of the Pastor. If the Nigerian Church will be healthy, we must have well trained and healthy Pastors on our pulpilts. As a Nigerian Church leader did say,”There is no dead Church but dead pulpits!”.
  2. Church growth means more pastors as such more training institutions but there must be quality control . The explosion in membership in the Church has thrown up the need to commission more Pastors to take care of the growing number of congregations. This also goes with the challenge of availability of equipped training schools, competent trainers for the Pastors and the issue of quality control for the training schools. Unfortunately today, there is a degree awarding seminary in almost every street corner in Nigeria! Everybody and anybody opens theological schools and Bible colleges today without accreditation.
  3. Gospel advance to the unreached in the North is predicated on a sound Pastoral training: The local Church Pastors are  vital to Missions resource development both human ,material and financial. A well trained local Church Pastor is the best catalyst for Missions advance on the frontline. The strength of a Church is not in her sitting capacity but in her sending capacity. Today we have about 50 Unreached People Groups in Nigeria in dire need of the Gospel, missionaries are needed from the Church to reach them. Also, the Missionaries working among some of these unreached People Groups need to be supported. The advance of this missions efforts are predicated on the effectiveness of the local Church Pastors.


  1. The need for training of indigenous leaders(Second generation leaders): This is more relevant among Missions Churches in the North and rural areas. As missionaries plant churches in the north/rural communities, indigenous leaders emerge who in turn are charged with leading their congregations. In most cases, the best training they had was basic discipleship training and perhaps on-the-job training as they observe the Missionaries. There is need for effective training for these leaders too to strengthen the Missions advance of the Church.
  2. The need to give transferable and practical training to Pastors: Most Pastoral training have the trainees housed in the seminary,stuffed with a lot of information and when they leave the seminary there is a total disconnect  between what they learnt and the reality of ministry in the local Church . Pastoral training should be practical and relevant to the needs of their congregant and the needs of the world at large. ( Curriculum should be developed to be need based and not as was dictated by Church dogma, western Curriculum imposition etc. )
  3. The need for wholistic and relevant training: Interacting with some Church Pastors ,it was discovered that training was heavily bent towards their church and denominational doctrine. However, a training package that empowers the head,heart and hand of the Pastors (Know, be ,do approach) would be very helpful for their task and calling. Pastoral training should also equip Pastors to minister in  a Post modern world of relativism and in a Post- COVID world riddled with economic challenges, climate change and insecurity.
  4. The need for a movement focused Pastoral training: Pastoral training should engender Kingdom movement. The training should equip Pastors to groom members for outreach and frontline ministry while also building a strong congregation base.
  5. The need for training for bivocational Pastors: Churches have come up with creative ideas to respond to the need for Pastors by ordaining Pastors involved in other vocations. These bivocational Pastors combine Pastoral services with their daily job. While in some cases it reliefs the Church of the burden of remuneration for the Pastors, it has also raised the issue of a growing number of local  congregations with untrained Pastors. The financial advantage of that is paid for by a congregation Pastored by an untrained clergy.
  6. The need for retraining for trained Pastors: Even as we focus on the importance of training untrained Pastors for effective Missions advance, there is also the critical need to pay attention to trained Pastors for retraining  and refreshing. The dynamics and reality of the 21st century Church calls for a well rounded Pastor continuously evolving to respond to the challenges the members are facing.
  7. The need to incorporate missional content into Pastoral training: Since the local Church is the nursery where global Missions visions are nurtured, there is need to incorporate missional content in the curriculum of Pastoral training. This will help local church Pastors be equipped for their strategic role as catalyst for world Missions.



  1. Funding for quality training: In as much as effective Pastoral training is very important, a major challenge in getting quality Pastoral training is the cost of such trainings in credible Theological schools in Nigeria. Except those that are sponsored by their local churches, very few with Pastoral calling can afford the cost of training.
  2. Some Pastors do not see the need for a formal training: There is a believe in some quarters that there is no need for a formal training if you can read and study the Bible by yourself to understand enough to teach others. Some others also believe that the grooming they have in their Church or in their campus fellowship while in school is just enough to Pastor a Church. This is a dangerous trend and it is not healthy for the kingdom.
  3. The challenge of having resources and materials in indigenous languages: Most training resources are in English and as such non-literate and oral learners have been disenfranchised from receiving training.However, in some cases,some of the training materials are now being translated to indigenous languages. In spite of this, there is still a large gap in the need for Pastoral Training materials in several indigenous languages.
  4. The challenge for oral learners: This is similar to the point above but for the fact that there is need to develop oral resources especially for rural Pastors who could not read or write.

5.The challenge of wholistic curiculum development : It takes a well rounded Pastor to raised a healthy congregation. As has been mentioned earlier Pastoral training curriculum should be such that target the Head, the Heart and hands of the Pastors. ( Know, be,do approach to training)

  1. The challenge of contextualization: Most Pastoral training resources were developed in the west and with western audience in mind. There is an urgent need to develop more culturally relevant curriculum and materials that will speak to the training needs of local Pastors.



Unlike the dichotomy and parallel relationship between the Missions Movement and the Church in Nigeria, the Gospel was set up to have a robust and complementary relationship between the Missions movement and the Church. This was clearly demonstrated in the Bible by the early Church. The hope of the Nigerian Church in playing her role in God’s global agenda lies in the robust,wholistic and effective training and equipping of local Church Pastors.

(This paper was presented at the Re-forma Global Quality Assurance Institute,Lagos Nigeria.)

About the presenter

Pastor Adegbite Olanihun is a follower of Jesus Christ with over 2 decades in Missionary service. He is the Executive Director of Omega Centre for World Missions, an apostolic Centre committed to catalyzing the Church and Missions community until there is a worshipping community among all the tribes and people of the world. He has been involved in Missions mobilization, research, teaching/Training, Disciple Making and Missions administration after working on a cross cultural Missions field . He is a Network Catalyst and Missions Consultant. He is passionate about the followers of Jesus Christ living their lives daily in obedience to the word of God and to see nations of the world reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ until Christ is worshipped by the nations. He served as the Director of Finance and Administration of Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA), the Nigeria Missions network body with over 15000 Missionaries in 196 countries . He is married with children. He can be reached at +2348068120447. adegbiteolanihun@gmail.com. www.omegamissions.org.


Engaging the frontier through access ministry

The Rula people(not real name) live by the bank of the Niger river. For centuries they have lived off the blessings of the river but have despised and rejected the eternal God who created the river . Up until 2017 there was no known believer among the Rula people though there are churches that are populated by non-Rula people who are economic sojourners among them. There is no Bible in their language and outreach to them was also next to nothing!

John and Rebecca (not real name) have been working among the Rula people for about a decade. In spite of their Theological training they found it very challenging engaging the Rula people because of their hatred for the Gospel. They were vehement against the Gospel and venerate Islam and their ancestral spirits. The Rula would not allow their children to respond neither would they touch the Gospel with a long stick.

After working among the Rula for years without a fruit, John and Rebecca were exposed to Disciple Making Movement  approach to multiplication. They realized the strategic place of access ministry in disciple making and how it can bring a people into the kingdom. Rebecca is a seamstress and she realized how much she can use her skill to engage the young girls of the community. So she started inviting them to learn sewing.

Rebecca’s sewing classes soon became a platform for scripture engagement with the young girls. The girls got so close to her that they are open to learn more than sewing. The sewing class soon became what every one in the community wants their daughter to attend even the influential members of the community.

The engagement of the ladies have also opened the community to John as the men have also become more friendly and open. Though they are still resistant to the Gospel, there are currently about thirty (30) secret disciples among them! The Gospel is having in road among the Rula and we live in anticipation of the first Rula church!

The work among the Rula is expanding and new engagements have started across the river Niger. Please pray for the anticipated birthing of the first Rula church. Pray for John and Rebecca.


Have you ever wondered what is the Missions mandate of the Church? What is the motivation for obedience and what is our Missions message?

This episode of Ancient WORD examines our Missions mandate from the scriptures. This is the second of a two part series. Be blessed as you watch and kindly share.

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The virtual Missionary

The Gospel has always been the solution to the chaos among men. It is the provision of God to save and redeem men from eternal damnation and restoration of the world. The Gospel is the power of God unto Salvation both to the Jews and the Gentiles! Romans 1: 16.

With about 7.9 billion people on earth and over 2.3 billion of them who have not heard about Jesus, met a believer or understood the Gospel enough to make decision for Jesus, our world is desperately in need of the Gospel! Unfortunately, most of these people are not only deprived of the Gospel, they are also shielded from accessing the Gospel either by Government restrictions, physical inaccessibility, violence or outright resistance.

However, during Jesus’ time on earth, he used different means to preach the Gospel. Most of these means were relevant to his audience and easily understood by his listeners. Likewise, during the Apostles’ time, the Gospel was given to all men and bore much fruits irrespective of location, religion, bias or affiliation. When Jesus was going up to heaven, he commanded his Disciples to “…make Disciples of all Nations” (Matthew 28:19,20) and just after a few decades, the testimony was that the Gospel was bringing forth fruit in all the world! (Colossians 1:5,6). In fact, the people of the world did acknowledge that they were everywhere with the Gospel (Acts 21:27,28).

So how did they do it?

In 1Corinthians 9:18-23 Paul gave an insight. He said he took advantage of every available means to present the Gospel to everyone in every place in the context and form they would understand. To the Jews, he preached the Gospel from the Torah and the Prophets (Acts 13:15- 41), to the Greeks in Athens, he preached to them from their poetic writings and the objects of their worship (Acts 17: 23 -28). Evidently, the early Christians reached their world in spite of the resistance and oppositions because they took advantage of all creative means available!

If Paul were to be alive, would he have used the internet to preach?

I think the answer is yes. With the enormous opportunity available to engage our dying world through the internet, Paul would be the first to take advantage of the internet. Let us see the world of the social media and the unfettered access available to preach the Gospel.

With more than 2.85 billion monthly active users, Facebook is the most popular social media worldwide. According to https://www.statista.com,

  • India: 340 million users,
  • USA : 200 million users,
  • Indonesia: 140 million users,
  • Brazil: 130 million users,
  • Mexico 98 million users,
  • Philippines: 88 million users,
  • Vietnam: 71million users,
  • Thailand: 54 million users,
  • Egypt: 47 million users,
  • Bangladesh: 46 million users
  • Pakistan 45 million users

are the t10 countries with the highest users of Facebook. In the same vein, as of the second quarter of 2021, Twitter had 206 million monetizable daily active users worldwide.

Thanks to modern technology and the social media, our ability to share, influence, and serve online has multiplied exponentially. We can now share the Gospel and spread the message of His love and maximize the use of platforms like YouTube, blogging sites and social media sites to increase our online missionary work. We can now spread the gospel message, and build up the kingdom-all without leaving our home!

Today through virtual means, the Gospel has advance into areas and cultures that were hitherto impenetrable by conventional Missionary deployment. Arab youths are coming to faith daily through online Gospel engagements, several Muslims are being discipled across continents through discipleship apps and online interactions. Prayers and resources are being mobilized for Missions today through social media platforms like Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook and others. With the enormous internet users especially in unreached countries with good internet penetration, engaging virtually are very strategic options for communicating the Gospel in the twenty-first century. There are obviously enough reasons to explore virtual means of spreading the Gospel. The vast population of internet users who literally live on the internet, unfettered access to the target audience and the fact that engaging virtually is far cheaper than sending Missionaries across the sea to reach the unreached are very valid reasons to deploy virtual means to spread the Gospel.

However, it should be noted that as much as it is very strategic to engage and share the Gospel virtually, the physical contact components are still very important in making Disciples of all Nations. While God is working through the internet among Muslims to bring them to faith, the roles of resident Disciplers and Missionaries in those countries are still very strategic in building the faith of the Disciples.  With all forms of junks and philosophies on the internet, it is also very important that our engagement online should be biblically sound. If there is anything needed on the internet now, it is sound biblical contents!

So, who is the Virtual Missionary?

Are you a follower of Jesus Christ with an Android phone? Are you on any social media platform like Facebook, twitter, Telegram etc? Do you have access to the internet? Then you are a virtual Missionary! You never know how much you can turn our world around with the Gospel of the Kingdom as you engage the unlimited access to the world on your fingertips.

Adegbite Olanihun

He is a follower of Jesus Christ with over 2 decades in Missionary service. He has been involved in Missions mobilization, research, teaching/Training, Disciple Making and Missions administration after working on a cross cultural Missions field . He is a Network Catalyst and Missions Consultant. He is passionate about the followers of Jesus Christ living their lives daily in obedience to the word of God and to see nations of the world reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ until Christ is worshipped by the nations. He currently serves as the Head of Finance and Administration at the Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA), a Missions network Association of over 150 Missions organization and Missional Churches with over 15,000 Nigerian Missionaries scattered all over the world. Adegbite is married with children.

The New Testament At Christmas


It is a celebration of the eternal gift of the scriptures and particularly the dispensation of the new covenant as expressed on the pages of the New Testament scriptures. And what a time to celebrate that than the season when we celebrate the birth of the mediator of the new covenant Himself, our Lord Jesus Christ!

The NEW TESTAMENT AT CHRISTMAS is an invitation to as many that would be willing to join in reading the New Testament for TWO week (fourteen days)! There are 260 chapters in the New Testament, participating in THE NEW TESTAMENT AT CHRISTMAS means participants shall read 20 chapters of the Bible per day and a celebration of the Gift of His Word in Bodily form – Our Lord Jesus Christ on the fourteenth day! There shall be a sequential guide to daily reading and a daily encouragement and motivation to read. It is a journey with like minded Christians who love and want to know Jesus better. It is a rediscovery of the joy of diving into the ocean of wisdom and blessing contained in the scriptures. Join others across the globe as we celebrate Jesus by reading the scriptures at Christmas.


  1. To celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ
  2. To encourage the reading of the Bible
  3. A call to Revival through focused engagement of the scriptures through reading
  4. To participate in a mutual encouragement of global Bible reading

How It Will Run

  1. Sign up by clicking on the WhatsApp link of the two weeks you want to participate in December.
  2. There shall be a guide on what portion of scripture to read each day.
  3. After reading the portion of scriptures for the day, you shall post “READ FOR TODAY” in the WhatsApp group to signify you have read the portion for that day.
  4. Anyone who does not indicate that he/she has read the Bible portion for the day in 4 consecutive days would be assumed as not keeping up, as such would be removed from the WhatsApp group after encouragement.
  5. After the two-week completion of reading, participants are encouraged to share their joy and experience of reading through the New Testament in two weeks to encourage others.

Join 1st Batch (1st – 14th December):

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NOTE: You are free to start a team within your church or community of Christians who want to read through the New Testament in 14 days. Inform us by sending a mail to Ancientwordpublications@gmail.com so we can record progress and send you additional materials.


‘’ It is not far’’ – The metaphor about the distance of the Miyawa and Jimbunawa people of Bauchi state to the Kingdom

Mallam Musa Wanda Turaki is a Missionary among his people, the Miyawa people of Bauchi state. While addressing the HARVEST20 outreach team, he will conclude his information of distances between a location and another in Miyawa and Jimbunawa land as ‘’it is not far’’. When he would be asked, ‘’how far is not far?’’, he would say about two hours on foot or about five hours on foot! At this, the short term team will sigh with exasperation.  For a hardworking and rugged Missionary in love with his people, no distance is far to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom to his people.

The HARVEST20 short term Missions outreach among the Miyawa and Jimbunawa people of Bauchi state is a foray among a people harassed by the Devil but hungry for the Lord, they are indeed not far from the Kingdom.

The HARVEST20 short term Missions outreach among the Miyawa and Jimbunawa people of Bauchi state is a foray among a people harassed by the Devil but hungry for the Lord, they are indeed not far from the Kingdom.

The 3rd in command in the Dodo priesthood of the Miyawa people. ’’We prefer Christianity to Islam’’

Mallam Musa Wanda Turaki addressing the HARVEST20 team

HARVEST20 short term Missions outreach was held from 10th to 20th December, 2020. The outreach comprised a time of training and orientation for the Short termers, journey and engagement of the unreached communities at their locations and concluded with a debriefing session of the team before they were released to return home.  For the participants, the experience was both transforming and impacting.

The training/ Orientation

HARVEST20 started with two days of training in Missions and Discipleship with an orientation about short term Missions and the communities where the team will be visiting. The devotions were centred on ‘’ Basic attitudes for Missions advance’’ as Sacrifice and Zeal for God were considered. Topics on ‘’ The role of the Holy Spirit in Missions’’ and ‘’The place of Spiritual Warfare in Missions’’ were also considered. The highpoint of the training for the Short term team was the session on understanding Missions and the state of the harvest as the state of the unreached was explained to the team through video and documentary presentations of the sad state of our world. They understood that there is a difference between an unbeliever who has heard the Gospel but is unwilling to receive Christ and an unreached people who have not heard the Gospel before or have not heard or understood sufficiently enough to make a decision about Jesus! The training was concluded with a time of prayers and impartation for the team.

Miyawa people: The land of Dodo (Masquerade) and oppressive Islam

The HARVEST20 short term Missions outreach continued after the training with community engagement in Miyawa villages. Miya is the major town of the Miyawas but they are scattered in different farming communities in the hinterland.

The pool of water drunk by communities in a radius of more than 5km. It also serves the cattle on international transit. Right: A boy drinking from the pool

The HARVEST20 team were able to minister among two communities of Kurmi Tamara and Kurmi Jojin. In Miyawa land, the major thrusts of engagement are prayers, film show evangelism and family engagement in the communities.

The contention for the faith of the Miyawa people is occult traditional practices and Islam. The Islamic caliphate in Nigeria is working strongly to impose Islam among them while their ancestral pagan worship would not let loose. It is between these two spiritual forces that the Missionaries are working to raise a church among the Miyawa.

Aside the spiritual stronghold of the enemy in Miyawa land, infrastructure and social amenities are non-existent in Miyawa land.  Open defecation is the order of the day as the available toilets are the large expanse of open field used for farming by the villagers. This disposes them to all sorts of diseases. The source and provision of water is very terrible. Kurmi Tamara is on the path of the international cattle grazing route that cuts across many countries from Guinea through Mali, Burkina Faso into Northern Nigeria down to the South. As such the shallow pools that the people drink from are also shared with the cattle in transit. As the dry season beckons, they are at the risk of another sanitation crisis!

Mallam Musa is the second born of one of the Sarkis (local Chief) in Miyawa land but the only one that has embraced Christianity. He was able to acquire an expansive piece of land to build a church but could only pay for half of the land, the HARVEST20 team assisted in helping to pay up for the land as the team looks up to God to help with the construction of manual water pumps to meet the water/sanitation needs of the teaming population in the jungle and also provision of about a dozen modern toilet facilities for the communities. The commitment of Mallam Musa is legendary as he traverses the length and breadth of Miyawa and Jimbunawa land preaching the Gospel and exercising pastoral care over Christian workers and Christians scattered across the land, however, he does not have any means of mobility! During the rainy season, he would have to wade through pools of water to reach his destination. Mallam Musa and his team need motorcycles urgently for their work!

The King of Jimbunawa: Living in a fortress of Crocodiles

The Jimbunawa and the Miyawa people are neighbours but their gods are different! Visiting the palace of the Jimbunawa king will reveal the spirits and forces holding sway in their midst. At the entrance to the palace are about seven pools of crocodiles that form a semi-circular fortress.  It is a wonder to have crocodiles, an animal whose natural habitat is in tropical climate surviving in the desert! Such is the spiritual state of the Jimbunawa. Worse off is the fact that they are in league with Islam to resist Christianity.

When the team visited the king in his palace, it was an intense spiritual confrontation as he told them out rightly that they are not allowed to preach from house to house and they can only show the Gospel film inside the small church building, which happens to be the only church in the town, at the outskirt of the community. In spite of the opposition, they reached out to him with an olive branch and he eventually agreed that they pray for him. After this they had a prayer walk around the town specifically praying against all the Spiritual forces sustaining the stronghold of the crocodiles!

The Emir of Jimbunawa with one of his chiefs.

One of the pools with one of the crocodiles forming a fortress around the palace of the chief

It is a major source of concern to observe the illiteracy level among these tribes and absence of government efforts to provide education or health services in these communities.  The only semblance of health centre in Jimbu town is referred to as a death centre by the villagers because they believe they get worse after visiting the clinic. They seldom see any health worker at the clinic. The only block of building being used for school does not have teachers. The children will only come in the morning and play and go home. It is even worse in the villages as there are no schools. The team’s initiative to respond to the need at the public school was subtly rejected by the Muslim education officer stationed in the town but there is a great prospect for the establishment of private schools to reach the large population of unschooled children.

The youngest member of the HARVEST20 Team, 10 year old Agbolahan Olanihun, engaging the children. Nearly all of them have never been to school because there is no school or teacher in the only school in about 50 communities.

The cases of under aged marriage and child mothers are rampant. There are several teenagers who are already given out in marriage and have one or two children, the case of a child taking care of another child! There is an urgent need of educational and health intervention in the communities.

As HARVEST20 came to an end, the short termers were all blown with the depth of revelation in the hinterland and Missions frontline. They seriously yearned for the Church to prioritize outreach to the unreached people groups and very passionate to mobilize more youth for future HARVEST outreach.


It was another weekend of shinning light to the dark places of the earth as we reached out to the Sanga people group( One of the 54 unreached people groups in Nigeria, 33,000 in population scattered into the 3 states of Bauchi, Plateau and Kaduna states.No Bible in their language with a strong idolatrous hold). Thank God for the blessed partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Bauchi as the proclamation of the Gospel was complemented with medical services.

There are no forsaken sinners but unwilling saints! The harvest is truely plenty but the laboures are few. The people are willing, the Devil is oppressive but God is looking for obedient saints. Will HE find you?





For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16

What a weekend it was as we kicked off the strategic engagement of Fulanis with the solar powered Audio device of Bible in Fulfulde. It was a time of excitement and fulfillment for the Fulani recipients of the device. our conviction has always been that the Gospel is the solution to the myriads of problems in our country and world. Join this chariot as we spread PEACE across the land. We live in the most exciting time of harvest of the Nations, join us to win the world!



10-Day Youth Mission Trip

Today, there are 48 tribes in Nigeria that are considered unreached, by that it means there are no sufficient Christians in their midst to evangelize them. All these tribes are in Northern Nigeria. Among these tribes are millions, hungry and thirsty for the bread and water of life that brings eternal satisfaction, however, there are very few Christians reaching them with the word of God. The harvest indeed is plenty but the harvesters are few.

 HARVEST 21 is a short-term Missions outreach to unreached communities in Northern Nigeria aimed at mobilizing the youth for Missions and bringing the joy of Jesus Christ to unreached communities.


HARVEST 21 comes up from 13th to 23rd August 2021. It is a ten-day outreach which includes a 2-day Missions training/orientation, 5 days frontline cross-cultural evangelism among communities in Northern Nigeria. (All outreach locations are secured and safe locations). The outreach concludes with a session of debriefing that helps participants to process their experiences.

Cost: N30,000:00/ participant (Which includes the cost of accommodation, feeding, transportation from Jos to/from the Field)

(Cost should not be a limitation for any interested youth while opportunities of sponsoring other youths are available.) 

Activities include and are not limited to 1-hour intensive prayer session for the Field daily, contextual evangelism, discipleship, skill acquisition, Spiritual Warfare etc).

Age bracket: 18-45. (SS 3 graduates, undergraduates, Corpers, young graduates, young professionals are all welcomed).

Date: 13 – 23 August, 2021(2 days training/Orientation, 5-6 days among unreached communities in groups of 5&6, 2 days of debriefing, departure from Jos is on 23rd August, 2021).


HARVEST 21 is a lifetime opportunity for Christian youths to be equipped, mobilized, and unleashed among the nations

and an opportunity for the unreached multitudes to receive the Gospel.