September/October '14

On the 4th day of October, my family returned to Nigeria [with all our luggage! pictured] to begin our 10th year of service in West Africa. Our furlough consisted of over 60 meetings in a six-month span of traveling. One of the high points before departing was my thrill of baptizing our 3rd child, Brian Michael, at our sending church.

As soon as we came back, I only had one Sunday at Truth Baptist Church before setting out to fulfill a couple of promises made before our trip to the U.S.  On October 12th, the honor was given me to preach the 10th anniversary of Lighthouse Independent Bible Baptist Church in Ibadan; the following Sunday saw my whole family at Independent Baptist Church in Port Harcourt [pictured]
for the start of their first-ever Missions and Leadership Conference. This was to be a regional version of the pastors' conference that we have conducted in Abuja over the past 6 years, but, due to an emergency cancellation from the other scheduled guest preacher, Missionary David Maskey gave me the singular privilege of teaching leadership for three mornings and speaking on missions each evening after preaching both services on Sunday. Several national pastors attended, and there was a great percentage of the members who were faithful to the whole meeting. As we were rejoicing over the results of the conference on the last day, late that night we had to admit Joseph and Victoria into a hospital near the Maskey home. Our two oldest suffered with a bacterial infection from food poisoning for almost four full days until Joseph was discharged on Saturday, with Victoria following on Sunday. The missionary family and their members were so gracious to us, as we had to delay our flight back to Abuja, and, thanks to some extremely kind friends, we had no hospital bills.

Just one week before departing Nigeria in mid-March, I made the decision to sell our SUV that had served our family for almost eight years. One of the goals we had before resuming our work in October was to be able to purchase vehicles for both our family and the seminary (which now numbers 25 students).  We were able to save enough funds for a 15-passenger van [pictured] that we would like to donate to our Bible college, but right now my family needs to use it until we can accumulate about $22,000 to also buy a quality 8-seater van that can safely carry the family and be adequate for my frequent travels.  Would you consider donating towards this need? Please pray that God will lead to the best automobile for the money we are able to raise.  

1 comment:

Emilio Fernandez said...

Good morning, how are you?

My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because through them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Nigeria? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Nigeria in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

Emilio Fernandez Esteban
Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
28902 Getafe (Madrid)

If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

Yours Sincerely

Emilio Fernandez