One of the biggest issues for missionaries anywhere is how to educate their children. This is true for missionaries serving with EMS. EMS (Evangelical Missions Society) is the missionary arm of ECWA (Evangelical Church of West Africa). They have thousands of missionaries serving throughout Nigeria and other countries (including a few in the United States).
In an attempt to help these missionaries EMS created several boarding schools for missionary children. One of the largest is in Jos, they currently have about 140 children. There are also schools in eastern and northern Nigeria.
Christian education is a major concern for Christians living in northern Nigeria. Northern Nigeria is primarily Muslim and the government schools have a great deal of Islamic teaching. There are many primary schools at local churches, but there are few affordable secondary schools. Private Christians are out of reach for most people living in the villages.
Since City Ministries is under EMS we try to help keep the schools running. Nigerian missionaries are paid less than$100 per month which does not go far especially when you have to pay school fees. Therefore, many parents cannot pay even the reduced school fees to send their kids to the EMS schools. City Ministries helps by buying food and school supplies. We also raise awareness by sending visiting short term teams to visit the school in Jos. Many times these teams will provide basic supplies for the children. They also provide much needed encouragement for the staff.
When money is available we also assist with basic building repairs. The school in Jos had a major issue with people encroaching on their land along with others using the land as a short cut to their homes. Thanks to a large contribution we were able to build a ½ mile long security wall. This wall defined the property boundaries and greatly improved the security of the school.