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Nigeria Trip 2016 – Day Seventeen

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-3, NKJV

The first official mission trip for GTGIM has finally come to a close.  The team members arrived home today, February 13th, to overjoyed families that were eager to hear of the adventure they had been on.  In the final days in Nigeria, the Lord opened up a few “unplanned” opportunities to share the Gospel, including a trip to a women’s mental health facility.  Pastor Louis, who was supposed to only be with our team for the first week of the trip, just couldn’t bring himself to go back home, and so he joined the men for the second week of mission work as well.  What a testament to his heart for his people!  GTGIM has been very blessed by the Nigerian men and women who worked so closely with us to make this trip possible.  From housing, to feeding, and driving our guys around, to coordinating church visits, and being the translators for our English-speaking missionaries, there is a LOT that couldn’t happen without them.  On the last night in Nigeria, Jim and Pastor David spent a quiet night at the Baptist Mission House where Ruby, the lead “House Mother”, surprised them with an extravagant meal of spaghetti, bread and salad – a welcomed change after two weeks of the same chicken and rice.  She sure knows the way to an American man’s heart!

Thank you all for your financial support, prayers, and encouraging emails during this 17-day journey.  Our team members are excited to be home and will no doubt have lots of stories to share.  In the meantime, check out the video below that was put together by one of our Nigerian brothers, Charles, to bring further awareness to the Camp for the Needy.

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