GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 9. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth “(Acts 1:8).
Our emphasis in the last article was on the need for power in order to be an effective witness for Christ. It is important to know also that, inasmuch as we cannot witness effectively for Christ  without the power of God, the power will be useless if it is not been used to witness for Christ. A lot of people in the world today are still living under the bondage of false religions because they have not heard the true gospel. People will never be liberated from falsehood until they received the truth. So, in as much as the need for power is important, men and women who carry the power of God must rise up to be effective witness for Christ everywhere. There is need to take the gospel to: People of close proximity, People within our territory and People beyond our territory (more…)

GIVING MISSION PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 8. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” ( Acts 1:8).

What qualifies a man to be effective witness for Christ? Certainly, different people will have different opinions. I will not be surprised to hear people saying things like: A good biblical and evangelism training, good communication skill, wealth, social status etc. But I think in as much as those things are very important the Bible mentioned a fundamental element that an effective preacher of the gospel cannot do without which is POWER. The power of the Holy Spirit an indispensable thing that one must possess in order to witness (more…)

GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH- PART 7. The story of Gabriel is almost the same with that of Joseph the son of Jacob in the Bible that went through different hardships as a result of his brothers that were jealous of his prospect in life and the love of his father for him. Gabriel was a very talented and hard working man, who worked in a big company. As a result of Gabriel’s performance and progress, his fellow workers became jealous and then conspired against him. Gabriel was accused wrongly which led to his been put in prison. One day, the General Director of the company needed a job done and there was no one among Gabriel’s colleagues that could do the job. One of the Senior Managers in the company who has (more…)

Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) @ 40. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAPRO!

 APRO, YOUR ORIGIN AND BIRTH:

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), introduced by Federal Government of Nigeria in 1974, was one of the tools that the Lord used to bring CAPRO into existence.

“God at work” doing amazing things, what was initiated by men to meet the physical needs of the people, became a pathway for the fulfilment of God’s missions to the unreached.

God needed men at that time through whom, he can fulfil his plan for the nations. (more…)

CAPRO, YOUR GROWTH AND EXPLOIT. Calvary Ministries (CAPRO), you are 40 years old and like a Mustard seed you have grown. You have grown with many branches and many fruits.

You have grown from childhood to Adulthood, People say life begins at forty.

Many men and women from different nationalities and church backgrounds have come to be part of you in the last 40 years.

They are men and women that understood the vision of God for their time, and understood the vision of CAPRO. (more…)

GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 6. Simon and Andrew had just arrived in Zabe town where they planned to settle for their community assistance work.  The first thing they did on arrival, was to do a general survey to discover the major need of the people. They discovered that the people of Zabe loved rice but only few can afford it. They decided to be supplying rice to the people with affordable price.  As a takeoff of this exercise, they declared a rice-free day during which people will be given free rice. On the rice-free day, there were two queues for people to collect their gift of rice, one on the side of Simon and the other was supposed to be on the side of Andrew. It was amazing and a big shock as everybody queued on Simon’s side and nobody queued to receive rice from Andrew. Simon’s rice finished and as he wanted to take from Andrew’s rice to share to the remaining people on the queue, the people dispersed and went to their different homes. It was a strange experience for both Simon and Andrew and they decided to approach the community chairman for an explanation of what had happened. The chairman told them that it is was a symbol that Simon was accepted into the community, while Andrew was not. He went further to (more…)

GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 5. “and had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother. John’s disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus.
When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”  “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” (more…)

GIVING MISSIONS PRIOPRITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 4. I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way (2 Corinthians 11:6).

Talking about the importance of training in mission, when we look closely at Paul’s statement in the passage above, Paul said, despite the fact that he has not been formally trained as a speaker in the school of languages and communication, he has acquired some knowledge. Paul has acquired knowledge in different areas through both formal and informal training. His theological training in Gamaliel’s school, his time in Arabia after conversion and his working with Barnabas, couple with God’s given natural talents have all made Paul, not just a Great Bible preacher and a Bible scholar of his time, but an orator and a great speaker. (more…)

GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 3. Joel was driving to his firm one early morning when his car broke down. He tried for over 5hrs to fix the car on his own, but could not succeed fixing the car. Suddenly, a man came, and in the process of sympathising with Joel’s situation, he asked Joel if he was a trained mechanic technician and Joel said no. The man advised Joel to call a trained mechanic technician and Joel accepted the advice and went to call a trained mechanic technician. It took the trained mechanic technician 20 minutes to fix the car that Joel had spent over 5hrs and could not fix. That’s important of training. The place of training cannot be over-emphasized in Christian ministry and particularly in cross-cultural missions. (more…)

GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 2. Zachariah was one of the most active and gifted members of his church. One day he had a special encounter with God, during which the Lord spoke to him that He was calling him into cross- cultural missions. Zachariah went to his Pastor to share this experience with him. The first response of the pastor was that, you did not need to leave the church before you fulfil your mission call. The church will set up a Mission Department and you will be the head of Mission Department of the church. Zachariah complied with his pastor and within a year a Mission Department was set up in the church and Zachariah was heading the department. For 2yrs Zachariah’s mission’s involvement did not go beyond administrative works, and all within the church. He began to feel uncomfortable with his situation because he knew that, that was not what God had called him to do. (more…)