From Monday 16th to Thursday 19th November 2020, Andrew Osakwe Ministries International (AOMI) and Missions 1 embarked on a missions outreach and storytelling effort to the Geruma people living in Bauchi State, Nigeria.
Many of the Geruma people have adopted Islam. Their literacy rate is low. Their language is shifting from Geruma to Hausa, which has become the dominant language and culture of the area.
In line with the vision of both organisations, the objectives of the effort were as follows:
- Minister salvation, healing and deliverance to the people living in the selected communities in Bauchi State.
- Minister to the missionaries working among the selected people group and other unreached people groups in Bauchi State.
- Provide financial, material and moral support to some of these missionaries during the trip.
- Tell compelling stories of these missionaries and their efforts among unreached people groups in Bauchi state.
- Deploy stories of the missionaries in video, photo, audio and written formats via media platforms, in order to create awareness and raise support for the missionaries and their efforts.
OUTCOME AND IMPACT
- Throughout the outreach period we ministered prayer, salvation, healing and deliverance to over 300 people in total.
- Eight missionaries were given financial aid worth N120,000 to support their efforts. We also distributed 1,116 clothes, 100 pairs of footwears and dozens of sanitary products. Also, 70 Hausa bibles and over 500 copies of various Christian literatures were distributed to the missionaries and church workers in the region.
- Compelling stories (video, photo, audio and written formats) of two missionaries and their efforts among the Geruma people groups in Bauchi were recorded.
- Deployment of these stories will be made on media platforms after the videos and pictures have been edited to create awareness and raise support for the missionaries and their efforts.
- The missionary in the Juga community reported an unprecedented increase in church worship attendance by over 50% since our visit.
- The distance between the communities visited was very far apart so the travel time took longer than we anticipated.
- There is no source of clean water in one of the communities. The people are left with no choice but to drink dirty water that causes them to be sick and unhealthy.
- In the nearest future, we recommend the set up of a school in one of the communities visited. This is one sustainable effort that can transform the future of the people for the better.
- With time, we also recommend the building of a water well/borehole water well for one of the communities visited. This is one gift that can keep giving back to their society. We can draw partners’ attention to this need and trust God for provisions to meet them.
- The collaboration between AOMI and Missions 1 was necessary for the level of success achieved during this outreach; going forward, collaborations like this are highly recommended.