May School Teacher for Nigeria Update

April 30, 2015

In May: 

Rev. Uzajja Dauda, in a Master’s Degree program at Africa University, heads for Nigeria on May 9  to do his internship. 

Rev. Danjuma Juji, Faculty member at Banyam Theological Seminary, will graduate on May 11 with a Doctor’s of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary IF he is granted a visa by the U.S. Embassy. Prayers needed!

Adams Davidson will graduate from WITCC in Sioux City on May 15 with an Associate Degree in Networking Administration. If you want to send him a greeting his e-mail is: 

Ishaya David, a Simpson College Junior, returns home on May 23 to visit his family.

When the Iowa Nigeria Partnership was started 25 years ago, the UMC in Nigeria was given permission to start a preschool/primary school. The Nigerian government had taken over the mission schools because oil money was coming into the country. After the oil glut decreased the government was happy to release education back to the various churches and mission agencies. Iowans provided funds and educational information for the building, staffing and equipping of three classroom buildings to house K – Grade 6. Now a Junior Secondary School (High School) is situated on a campus near the UMC Headquarters, with boarding students in Grades 7 through Grade 12. 

The Nigerian Government has now mandated that any high school that has female boarding students must be surrounded by a block/cement security fence. This is to protect the girls after the Boko Haram kidnapping of the 200+ girls in NE Nigeria.  Funds are needed for this priority project.

It’s off to Nigeria again…June 11 a group of 7 persons, 5 from Cedar Falls First UMC, Linda Rowe and myself will travel to Nigeria.  The Cedar Falls 5 team will work at the medical clinic at Banyam Theological Seminary. Linda will be visiting village wells and spend time in Panya, the Bloomfield UMC/Davis County adopted village.  This will be my last visit to Nigeria after having traveled there 9 times since 1989 so I want to reconnect with the many friends I have and visit all of the mission sites once more. 

From Grandview UMC (Dubuque) Damka Matters Mission, a team will travel to Nigeria arriving in Yola on June 26, returning on July 4, 2015. This group has a direct partnership with the village of Damka, located in northern Taraba State. Before 2013, there was no school in this area or village. When the first team visited in 2013, the school consisted of around 30 students with the classroom under the tree. Today, about one year later, the school has grown to almost 255 children, with 4 full-time teachers, who learn in 5 cornstalk classrooms located around that same tree. Students from 6–16 years of age attend the school, where a black board is propped up against the tree and the teachers give lessons. Kids use their fingers to do their lessons in the dirt, or on the small blackboards made by the Grandview congregation. This opens the door to a child’s future. 

 That’s how education starts. Interested parents, excited children, motivated by Christian concern from the Grandview team, want an educational opportunity for their children. The village is excited with the growth of the school and the bore-hole well. So much so, that a guesthouse was constructed as a place for the visiting teams to use. 

Mark your calendars for: June 8 at 8:30 AM at Annual Conference worship/celebratory service will highlight our 25 years of mission and ministry with the UMC in Nigeria.

Silent Auction of Nigerian clothing, cloth, artifacts, short handled hoes, pictures, etc.

Where:  Iowa Nigeria Partnership Display tables at Hy Vee Hall A

When: Silent bidding begins Sat. June 6 at noon, concludes Mon. June 8 at 5 PM 

Winners: Announcement of highest bidders on Monday, June 8 at the INP Dinner and Tuesday June 9 at 8:30 am

Pickup/payment: Tues. June 9 by 10:30 AM, checks payable to Conf. Treasurer 

Pictorial walk of Nigerian pictures in Hy Vee Hall taken by Iowans who traveled to Nigeria. Pictures are available for purchase of $20. 

Celebration dinner at 5:30 PM on Mon. June 8 at First UMC in Des Moines at 1001 Pleasant St., Tickets are $10 and reserved with a check payable to First UMC and sent to Christine Anders, 1001 Pleasant St., Des Moines 50309.  Come one and all to hear “Out of Africa/Nigeria” stories. You’ll want to hear about Bishop Trimble’s birthday cake!!! 

Check out the Nigerian village as you enter the seating area of Hy Vee Hall. 

Prepare to “dance” to the front of the stage as we take an offering a la Nigerian style.