When the Northern Alberta Missions Committee (NAMC) was transformed into the Alberta Baptist Association’s Global Operations Team (ABA GO Team) in 2015, it was decided that we needed to do something else to continue supporting our work among the Fulbe. The NAMC had supported many good mission ministries over the decades, but whereas most of the other ones would continue to be supported through other ministries after the NAMC dissolved, the Fulbe has no other champions among the NAB conference.
So the Friends of the Fulbe Society was born. The Society is actually a sub-committee of Wiesenthal Baptist Church, but it has representation from a whole host of churches, with members from all four Canadian western provinces, the USA, Germany, Cameroon, and Nigeria.
Our executive committee meets about six times a year in the ABA Board Room in Edmonton, Alberta, though we Skype in some members from other places. This is the group that meets to receive reports and updates from the field, hear how our Fulbe brothers and sisters are doing, deliberate on new ministry priorities, and decide on funding directives. (Wow – that sounds like an advertising blurb right there!)
Anyway . . . this coming Thursday is going to be a bit of a Red Letter Day for us, as – Lord willing – we will also have Pastor Aminu joining through the miracle of the Internet, and the generous hospitality of Dan and Tina Gibbs – the Directors of GECHAAN, in Gembu, Nigeria.
Internet access is a luxury in Nigeria, not always reliable or even available, so we are very fortunate to have the opportunity afforded us by the Gibbs. There are a few on our committee who have never met Pastor Aminu (or any other Fulbe person, for that matter), so this is an exciting occasion for us. We hope to hear first-hand how things are going with our Christian brothers and sisters, to discover some of the challenges of the ministry there, and to enter into some of the grief and joy of their lives.
Please pray with us that our connection will be good and strong, and that we will be able to receive a good, full report from our brother, Pastor Aminu. Thanks so much!