The Nigeria team has been “In the Waiting”. In early February we returned to the US from Nigeria. The plan was to stay 3 weeks in order to get our immigration documents updated. God had other plans. As we were preparing to return to Nigeria the COVID 19 pandemic hit which closed the borders of many countries including Nigeria. God protected the team by bringing us back to ride out the pandemic in the states. We have been waiting on God’s timing for us to return to Nigeria
We thought we would be in the US for 3 weeks it has now been 8 months. During this time God has shown me many things.
1) The love of our church family. Many of us have stayed with friends or family during this time.
2) Patience: We long to be back in Nigeria but have learned patience in waiting on God to lead us in the timing of our return.
3) Team Unity: The unity of the team has grown strong. We meet regularly and pray for one another.
4) God’s goodness and provision: He has provided for each one of us during the waiting.
5) Growth in the knowledge of God’s word: He has led me to lead a weekly Bible study for the team and others in the church. We have been studying the books of Acts. Leading a Bible study has stretched me in many ways. I love digging into the word to gain a better understanding.
6) The mission continues: Part of our team is still in Nigeria. These are Nigerian nationals that God has brought to the team. God has provided funding that the local team has used to support Nigerians that have been in great need during the pandemic.
As we wait upon the Lord these Bible verses and even the lyrics from worship songs provide comfort and assurances of God’s goodness and Love “In The Waiting”.
Psalm 37:34 (ESV) – Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land…
Psalm 25:5 (ESV) – Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
Psalm 27:14 (ESV) – Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
Hosea 12:6 (ESV) – “So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”
Chris Tomlin Everlasting God Lyrics – “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord”
Bethel Music Take Courage Lyrics – “Take courage my heart, Stay steadfast my soul, He’s in the waiting”
Lord God I praise You and worship You for who You are. I lift up the Ignition Abroad team to You. I ask Lord for continued wisdom and discernment for each one of us for when we will return to Nigeria. This is Your team and Your mission we lay it ALL down at your feet. In Jesus name I pray.