Please pray for the Lord to send more labourers for the work. Even without the extra projects at the moment, we are always understaffed, and in the past two months have had to say good-bye to three of our paid staff at Lokoja and five at Otutulu for various reasons. We may also be losing our driver at Lokoja and another nanny at Otutulu.
In addition to the fire at Lokoja, there was a fire at Otutulu when some Fulanis (nomadic herdsmen), caught some brush on fire. The fire spread quickly and even jumped the fence into our compound, damaging some of our cashew trees. Our approach with the Fulani is to allow them to stay peacefully and do what we can to show them the love of Christ. We pray that the rest of the community will take such an approach, even when the grazing cattle damage their crops.
Another prayer need concerns the American missionary who was kidnapped in February from her school near Lokoja. (Update: Praise God, she's been released! ) Though we strive to live in the peace of the Lord and not in fear, we must still take extra precautions. We are strengthening our security measures and restricting the movements of our foreign missionaries. Ultimately, it is the Lord who is our security and our strong tower.
Finally, please remember to keep Nigeria in your prayers. Presidential elections, which were to hold February 14, 2015, have been postponed for six weeks, and will be followed by gubernatorial elections. Please pray that the elections will hold peacefully and be conducted in such a manner that all Nigerians can accept them as legitimate. (Update: mostly peaceful so far.)
Daniel A. Edeh