Recently I (Richard) had the privilege of visiting two church plants out in the bush on Nigeria. While these churches are only a two hour drive from Jos (a city of nearly 1 million people) I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere. The people live in mud huts with grass thatch roofs and farm just like they have done for perhaps hundreds of years.
For the most part they practice traditional religions and there are very few Christians. The pastor Sunday (his name is Sunday) planted the first church only a few years ago. The people seem to be very open to Christianity. The first church we visited was started a year ago and they now have about 60 people attending.
Since City Ministries is under the missions arm of the Evangelical Church of West Africa we help to support the missions effort of ECWA and other churches. One way we do this is to provide some funds to build church buildings. For these churches all of the labor and some of the material is provided by the local congregation. We were able to provide some money to buy some of the materials. We also provide encouragement by visiting the churches and praying with them. Where possible we bring short term teams to the churches to help encourage them and to develop relationships.
One of the challenges for these bush churches is to train pastors and leaders. There are people willing to serve, but the cost to train them is high, especially for these people. The people are hard working and have a desire to serve God. If you think about pray for these churches.