v 24 So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father.
Nigeria is a large country with a huge growing population (over 200 million) in 39 states, and many ethnic groups and traditions. In the northern area of the country where the nomadic and semi-settled Fulani herdsmen are finding a short supply of areas to graze cattle, they have been taking land by force. This together with the challenge of Boko Haram who are killing travellers on the main roads and destroying village communities. There is now also the health concern of the CoVid virus causing fear, especially in village communities but sometimes the daily threats to homes and livestock from violent robbery leaving a community reduced to ashes is more important. You might ask what are the law enforcement agencies doing to challenge these incidents and what might be possible?
Over the past 50 years there has been an explosion in the growth of the Nigerian Christian community. Christian churches continue to be well attended: for some folk it is an indication that they are not Muslim, but there is usually a core group of faithful believers, many supporting bereaved families with food and shelter. Where church buildings have been destroyed groups continue to meet in homes. Yes, there is a vibrant church with qualified and godly leaders for which we give praise but there are major challenges: the growth of false doctrines, inadequate leadership and a lack of true pastoral concern. We ask God for wisdom and courage to be given to faithful leaders seeking to address these concerns; ‘See what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father (1John 2:24). From Jean Chilver