Our Photos and Reports from Today
One of our activities on this mission trip was visiting the National War Museum in Umuahia. During the Biafran War (1967-1970), Umuahia became the target for intensive bombing after the government of Biafra moved to Umuahia. The Ojukwu Bunker, an underground shelter built there during that civil war remains today. It, and the War Museum now built up around it provide the setting for discussions of something near and dear to Vision Africa: Peace and Reconciliation. Here are some pictures of the museum. Let them prompt you to pray for that ultimate reconciliation: between God and the people of Nigeria:
And here is a short video of key Methodist officials dedicating and blessing a new addition to Vision Africa’s radio building:
Our Devotional For Tomorrow
TOPIC: Hedge Around a Believer
TEXT: JOB 1:9-10 “So Satan answered the Lord and said, does Job fear God for nothing? Have you not made a hedge around him, around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.”
A hedge in its meaning is a wall of protection. One of an inheritance of God’s people is divine protection. Satan attested to it in Job where we took our text. Each time the hedge is broken, the people of God will always suffer defeat in the hands of their enemies. Satan has been trying to penetrate into the life of Job but the hedge around him and all he has could not allow him carry out his devilish mission. So the only thing Satan could do is to go and take permission from God to allow him torture Job. Dwelling in the secret place of God is a key to divine protection. Job was a man that fears God in his generation. A man that fears God and shuns evil like Job does not only get the blessings of God but he also enjoys God’s all round protection.
It is very unfortunate that God’s people right from the time of old till today are the ones breaking the hedge around them by the evil they commit. When sin is present, God’s presence which ushers in the protection we are talking about automatically disappears. In Numbers 25:1ff, God’s people suffered God’s punishment as a result of sin. In Joshua chapter 7, God’s people suffered a great defeat in the hand of a small city called Ai because of the sin of Achan. Likewise today, many Christians are involved in so many things that are not pleasing to God, thereby neutralizing God’s power and glory upon the Church.
The mind of God as you meditate in today’s devotion is that you should maximize God’s protection in every side and nothing happens to you except He permits. Remember, God’s protection is the ultimate.
ACTION PRAYER: Lord we ask you to protect us as we move round for the work you have ordained for Vision Africa. King of glory, as we engage in this Kingdom Service, let everything you have blessed us with enjoy your protection to prove that you are with us. Lord Almighty, permit no one to harm us as we journey through this life, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.