|Todd with Reverend Panya Baba, the person who introduced Leslie and Todd, and one who has discipled both of them in more of what it means to follow Jesus. Reverend Baba's wife brought Todd his favorite Nigerian snack.|
Except for one night. You see, if there is one thing than can bring peace to all of Nigeria other than Jesus, it's football, or soccer as we call it in these parts. And while we were there, a great thing happened. Nigeria's football team, the Super Eagles, won the Africa Cup of Nations - Africa's football championship. As the 95th minute of their championship match with Burkina Faso ticked away and the Super Eagles claimed their victory, all of Nigeria broke out in celebration. We didn't mind saying goodbye to peace for a night.
We need to be praying for our Nigerian microfinance partner. This trip focused on discussing with them the way forward in the midst of these turbulent times. Their microfinance program has been hit hard as markets have been burned down and many put out of business. Management and governance of the program suffers in times like this. What was once the strongest of our African microfinance partners was really struggling. They have great resolve to turn things around. Let's pray that they can do that, because there has never been a time when Nigeria needs a strong Christian microfinance program like now.
|Les with members of a fantastic Nigerian organization doing urban ministry.|