|Our 24th Anniversary service, Port Harcourt IBC, January 27, 2019. 1,506 in attendance|
Friday, 8 February 2019
The Maskeys in Nigeria
Dear Fellow Laborers,
Delivered from kidnappers!
Laura was only about five years old when she first visited our church in Port Harcourt, and she and her family have now been attending for over 15 years. She was also saved and baptized at our church, and is a close friend of our daughter, Cayla. Recently, on the morning of December 15th, she was walking to work when suddenly she felt dizzy and had to sit down. The next thing Laura remembers was waking up in a room with about ten other girls on the other side of Nigeria, about 12 hours away. Apparently, her kidnappers had drugged her and taken her to that area, which is known for organ harvesting and selling body parts for “juju” rituals. Because of the drugs, Laura was in and out of consciousness for several days and doesn’t remember much, other than some men coming into the room a few times discussing which organs they wanted from the victims. Meanwhile, her family and all of us here were praying without ceasing for her safe return, not knowing where she was or what happened to her. The next thing Laura remembers was waking up on Christmas morning in a field next to a gas station, surrounded by some people asking her if she was ok. Amazingly, her phone was still with her, and when she finally came to herself, she immediately contacted her family. Soon she was on a bus back to Port Harcourt, safe and sound! It was as if God had sent an angel to deliver her and bring her to that field where somebody would find her. As you can imagine, we were all rejoicing and praising God for her safe return and answered prayers. “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them”(Psalms 34:7).
More Praises & Prayer Requests…
We are also praising the Lord for a successful 24th Anniversary service at the main church in Port Harcourt on January 27th. We had a record number of 539 visitors and a total of 1,506 in attendance that day. God really blessed in the service as 203 responded to receive Christ as their Savior, and 24 were baptized. We even rented canopies and extra chairs this time to set up outside the church, and they were filled up as well (See pictures on our website: maskeysnigeria.blogspot.com). Pray for these new converts and for us as we try to follow up on all the visitors.
Recently, we’ve been getting some things accomplished on the building projects in Omoku and Yenagoa, and we are grateful for that. Continue to pray with us for God’s help and provision for those new churches and for open doors to start more.
It has been a great blessing for us to partner with you in reaching Nigeria for Christ. Thanks again for your prayers, gifts and faithful support, especially to those who have stood with us for the last 24+ years. We thank God for you!
Yours for His Service,David, Rose & Justin
Friday, 13 April 2018
The Maskeys in Nigeria
Dear Praying Friends,
Laborers together with God…
We have seen some good results in the last two months as our people have been laboring in the fields. During the last week of February, we took about 40 of them to the village of Omagwa for a day of soul winning and inviting people to the church plant there. God helped us to see 84 souls saved that day, and the following Sunday (the church’s one year anniversary), they had a record attendance of 188, with 124 visitors! I had the opportunity to preach to them that Sunday and God really blessed in the service as 83 responded to the invitation and received Christ as their Savior. The Omagwa church is already outgrowing the building they are renting, and we are praying now that God will open a door for them to get some property for a larger building.
We did the same thing also in March in the village of Igwuruta for our church plant there. The Igwuruta church has had some setbacks in the last year, including the death of their pastor’s wife, but in spite of that, they had a wonderful service on Sunday, March 18 (their 6th anniversary), with 325 in attendance and 142 visitors! It was a great day for them, and I had the opportunity to preach in that service as well. Once again, God blessed as 81 responded to the invitation and received Christ as their Savior. Also, we were able to raise the money for them to get a new generator, which was a huge blessing and encouragement to Pastor Elvis and the church. Many thanks to those who gave towards this!
Through all of our ministries and church plants, we praise the Lord for 2,542 souls saved so far this year, and 73 baptized. We’ve also seen an increase in our discipleship classes as well, and we are thanking God for all these blesssings.
Other news and prayer requests…
1. The progress in Yenagoa. We are now in the process of drawing up the building plans and getting them approved. We need $500 more for that, then about $4,000 for the fencing of the property, and then about $10,000 for the building. This area desparately needs the Gospel and is ”white unto harvest”, so we really need your help and prayers to get this new church plant started.
2. Nigerian Ladies Spectacular. In May, we’ll be hosting our annual ladies conference in Port Harcourt with 250-300 ladies from all over Nigeria. Pray for Rose and our ladies as they prepare, and that it will be a great help and encouragement to all who attend.
3. Video of our Ministry. You can watch a video of our ministry by going to our website: maskeysnigeria.blogspot.com or YouTube: Maskeys in Nigeria 2017 Video .
Once again we thank you for standing with us in prayer and your faithful support of our ministry. Thank you for being a blessing to us!
Yours for His Service,