REPORT: DECEMBER 2021 MISSIONS STORYTELLING AND OUTREACH
Missions 1 is a missions support organization that uses storytelling tools to enlighten Christians about Missionaries and their efforts, as well as motivate Christians to give support (e.g. financial, material, spiritual, voluntary, etc. ) to missions work, in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of missions. Missions 1’s efforts directly improve the livelihoods of underprivileged and neglected communities where the missionaries work.
Andrew Osakwe Ministries International (AOMI) is a global ministry designed for spreading the message of the new covenant and God’s kingdom across Nigeria, Africa, and around the globe, using every available media, and in every known language.
Giving Tuesday is a movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world. Giving Tuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity.
- The Maguzawa people are a Hausa tribe located in northern Nigeria, primarily in Kano and Katsina states and particularly in the rural areas surrounding the capital cities which bear the same names as those states.
- The Fulani people are scattered mostly in Nigeria and Cameroon. These semi-nomadic people fiercely reject anything they perceive as contrary to their lifestyle of roaming with their cattle herds.
In line with the vision of all three organizations, the objectives of the effort were as follows:
- Minister salvation, healing, and deliverance to the people living in the communities visited.
- Provide medical treatment to the people of the communities visited.
- Minister to the missionaries working among the Fulani and Maguzawa people groups in the communities.
- Provide financial and material support to some of these missionaries during the outreach.
- Tell compelling stories of these missionaries and their efforts among unreached people groups in the 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, deliverance, and medical treatment to about 1000 people in total.
- Seventeen missionaries were given financial aid worth N255,000 to support their efforts. Cattle medication worth N100,000 was given to the members of the Fulani communities. We also distributed 1,063 clothing items, 54 pairs of footwear, 6 bags, 10 headgears, 3 walking sticks, 3 curtains, 4 bed sheets, 38 Bibles (Hard-copy Hausa Bible and Audio Bible MP3 Player), and 78 books (education literature). N300,000 was spent on Medication and this was given to about 700 persons.
- Two compelling stories (video, photo, audio, and written formats) of missionaries and their efforts among the Maguzawa and Fulani people groups in these regions 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 missionaries in that region have reported wonderful testimonies among members of their churches within a week of the team’s visit.
- There was poor network coverage in the communities visited, so communication was difficult during the trip, especially with people outside the communities.
- The schools in the communities visited are dilapidated and have poor facilities. There is no school in one of the communities visited, and the children of the community have to attend schools in other communities.
- There is no source of good water in the communities. The people are left with no choice but to drink well water and other sources of unclean water that cause them to be sick and unhealthy. This led to a fatal cholera outbreak in September.
- We recommend the building of a good water source for the communities visited. This will really ease their water problems.
- The communities visited have school structures, but these structures are in serious need of renovation and improvement. The building of a school for one of the communities will be beneficial to the children of the community and nearby communities.
- Community schools are also short on teachers. We recommend partnering with bodies like Teach for Nigeria and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for the posting of teachers and corps members to these communities to ease the shortage of teachers.
- The collaboration between Andrew Osakwe Ministries International (AOMI), Giving Tuesday, and Missions 1 was necessary for the level of success achieved during this outreach; going forward, collaborations like this are highly recommended.