Richard is slowly beginning to learn about the details of City Ministries and what his job will look like. He has been on one overnight trip to check out some current construction at a Bible College and a dormitory for Nigerian missionary kids. In April he will be part of a four day trip assessing facilities outside Jos. He has also toured several of the centers in Jos to begin to understand what the needs are.
City Ministries falls under the Mission/Outreach arm of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) and therefore along with urban outreach to orphans and the poor it also supports Nigerian missionaries and church planting. Part of that support is to help to build church buildings for newly established churches in northern Nigeria (while there are many Christians in southern Nigeria, northern Nigeria is largely unreached and there is still a great need for mission work there). Therefore, part of Richard’s job will be to supervise the construction of these churches. The plan is for the local congregation to build the walls and then City Ministries will send a team of Nigerian builders to install doors, windows and the roof and to plaster the exterior. At AIM – Tech Richard did the construction, but now he will supervise from a distance and only travel to the sites to check out the quality of the work.
Another part of Richard’s job will be to help in planning. There has been little planning with regard to types of facilities, size, function, location and future needs. So things are working as effectively as they could. Therefore, Richard will be spending a lot of time gathering information and meeting with ministry leaders to determine what is needed where. Then projects can be prioritized and funds can be raised to build the facilities. This planning is particularly important since there are many short term teams coming that want to help with construction. With a prioritized plan we can use their time and money much more effectively.
Some of the projects currently underway:
- Dormitory for Nigerian missionary kids.
- School for Fulani girls (we are told that the Fulani are the largest unreached nomadic people group in the world).
- Roof for a church at a Bible College
- A new building for the widows’ vocational training project (we hope to start construction in the next couple weeks).
- New church building in northern Nigeria.
- On going work at Gyero orphan care center. Gyero is an orphan care center in a village just outside Jos that houses about 70 boys and 10 girls.