News from Nicky - December 2013
Greetings to you all from Jos. It has now been three months since I returned from Home
Assignment and time to update you on what has been happening here, as well as wish
you Happy Christmas.
It has taken some time to settle in and work out what my priorities should be for this
term, as well as struggling with minor sickness, which caused me to rest more than
normal (which we now think was caused by side effects of my malaria medicine). It has
all been a bit overwhelming., along with my Dad being in hospital for three weeks...
But I am now at a stage where I can have a schedule, which helps me and I can see
where I should focus my energies.
Things to be Thankful for ...
One of the results of me travelling to the USA earlier in the year was that the old Texas
team were challenged to come back again after a 5 year absence due to security
concerns. Ÿ§ They bring a unique style and much encouragement to all the staff and
kids and are a great support to our ministry. They did many different things but one
special thing for me was that they brought 3 laptops donated by their church for the
Girls Transition House.
I am happy to report that they plan to come again next year.
We have had financial challenges in the ministry as funding from abroad has decreased
and funds from within Nigeria have been slowly increasing. Much prayer has gone into
this, especially from the children, that God would provide for their needs, particularly
this Christmas. We have begun to see some amazing answers. A few weeks ago a lady
donated a cow !!!!! so the children could eat meat for Christmas. (this is a huge gift as
meat is expensive here and the children eat it very rarely ) They have been eagerly
feeding the cow to see how fat it can become before it is slaughtered.
A few large donations have come in from a couple of business men which will enable the
kids to have clothes for Christmas. God is answering their prayers as he cares for the
orphans much more than we ever can.
New things ...
We have all of a sudden got a bunch of junior secondary school girls in
Gyero, 14 of them. They have all grown a lot in my absence !! Lisa and I have begun to do
the Alpha course with them, to make sure they understand their faith, as they are now
mixing with many young people at school. It has been a special time of discussing and
sharing their ideas and concerns. I am amazed at how God is shaping them as they grow.
Girls Transition House Update ...
I have been working on getting the vocational girls back into a schedule for their skills
acquisition since I returned. The two new girls, Elizabeth and Gloria, as well as Hannatu
, Comfort and Faith have been learning to knit, sew, make jewelry and bake and are now
also learning how to use a computer.
Our aim is to have a foundational year of skills acquisition , basic Maths and English
tuition, lifeskills and Discipleship , as well as giving them the responsibility of learning
to run a home and look after themselves.
We are grateful to a group of volunteers who provide their time and skills and help to
have an impact in the lives of these girls.
Aunty Gay Lynn a fellow missionary has joined in the work this year and that is a great
help to me as my responsibilities continue to increase ministry wide. I will be looking
for a Nigerian assistant in the new year to train as well. Pray I will find the right person.
Once the girls have completed their foundation year, we place them in an apprentiship
for one or two years so they can work towards independence.
Faith, pictured here, has just begun an apprentiship in sewing with our widow's ministry
in Jos. She is staying with one of the widows and goes to the centre every day. She is the
youngest person there and is enjoying it and becoming quite proficient. I expect her to
be there a year. Meanwhile Ruth our oldest girl will be finishing her apprentiship as a
hair stylist in February and we will see what is next for her, either to set her up in her
own salon or complete training in something else.
The girls have just organized and run their own Christmas party this year, including
making invitations and cooking the food for about 50 people and loads of local children.
It was a great success and shows just how they are maturing Ÿ§ The local community
have been so supportive of them and its amazing how right this location is.
As I close, I cannot do so without mentioning our need still for buying bulk grains for the
children for the year. This is the best time to buy them as they are cheapest, so if any of
you would like to give a donation, we could really use it. Donate to Kings Kids Nigeria
Project 96901 by going to www.sim.org. Thank You
We have also now started putting regular news on our facebook page (City
Ministries-Gidan Bege ) so if you are on facebook, like it. We also have a blog
now with stories of the ministry which can be accessed at
Thank You for your support and prayers this last year very much appreciated.
The Children and I wish you a very Happy Christmas
and a Happy New Year from Jos.