The Iowa-Nigeria Partnership (INP) links the ministries of the United Methodist Church in both regions. INP works with Nigerian church leaders as they plant new congregations in new places where villagers have not heard the word of God. Both verbal witness to our Nigerian partners and non-verbal acts that express Christian love work to develop relationships and share in ministries to develop spiritual maturity in Nigerian United Methodist congregations.
Several students from Nigerian are studying in Iowa because of relationships that have developed through the church. Paul Johnson just completed his junior year at Morningside College in Sioux City. Ishaya David, a sophomore at Simpson College in Indianola, is working as a camp counselor at Wesley Woods this summer. Adams Davidson is taking three information technology (IT) classes at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.
Iowa conference apportionment gifts help to support the Iowa-Nigeria Partnership. Advance Special gifts are also welcome to supplement what the conference budget can do. Contributions can come through your local church to the Conference Treasurer designated: INP, #230. Learn more at https://nc.iaumc.org/inp.
Beverly Nolte, a longtime advocate for INP, invites our prayers in the light of recent violence in Nigeria. “Our Nigerian church friends live with insecurity and a sense of fear not knowing where, when, or why an incident might take place. Let us raise our prayers to God for their safety and ability to continue the Lord’s work in their land. Pray that the kidnapped girls be found and returned to their homes. Keep the church leaders in your prayers as they seek unity among themselves.”