Being pastor of this wonderful community of people called NewPointe is one of the greatest joys of my life. We have worked steadily and responsibly, together, to create a culture of compassion, ready service, and radical generosity. Nothing fills my heart more than watching it happen, and seeing God use us to be the answer to the prayers of those who need what we have.
I was so happy to read the following Facebook post, recently, from Phyllis Sorter in Nigeria. You will remember Phyllis as the missionary who was kidnapped a couple of years ago, was rescued, and then returned to the country to continue her vision for the Fulani, a nomadic, largely Muslim tribe.This is what she wrote:
“On April 7, 2017, we completed our first term at NewPointe Community School, at the Ero Mountain Grazing Reserve in Kogi State, with two teachers, sixty students, a school administrator, several security guards, a bike man, twenty cows and twelve sheep! ☺
The school has been officially recognized by the Ajaokuta Local Government and by the National Commission for Nomadic Education, Kogi State (NCNE). The children have been immunized by the Local Government's health department, and several text books and posters have been donated by NCNE, who have promised to still do more.
This is our first grazing center school, for which we are so thankful to God, and to Pastor Dwight Mason, Mike Sparling, and all the rest of our dear friends at the NewPointe Community Church in Ohio. Thank you all for opening school for these children and giving them the opportunity to learn about Jesus for the first time. May God bless you and the children, in Jesus' name.”
Doesn’t that make you feel gratefully proud? Some of you are donors to Clear Blue Global Water Project (clearblueproject.com), which has provided the funding for the water in all the grazing areas and schools. Your prayers and gifts through our mission projects are doing something that will continue to have an eternal impact. When people from every tribe and nation are gathered for the great gathering at the end of life on this planet, there will be Fulani there to thank you! I love being on mission with you!