December 2000/January 2001
Dear Prayer Partners,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Daily living can be pictured as a walk. In the New Testament the
believer's experience is called a walk. Prior to being called
"Christians" they were known as "those of the Way" (Acts
9:2). In other words, they were known by their walk; as noted in
Hebrews, this is the walk of faith.
The Islamic faith in Nigeria today
is more forceful, energetic, powerful and imaginative than at any time since the
days of Usman Danfodio, the first man to aggressively propagate Islam in
Nigeria. According to the LA Times, in a recent poll conducted in Nigeria,
over 80% believe Islam should play an active role in politics and should be
taught more in public schools, 72% believe religious leaders should play a
larger part in politics and 52% are opposed to democracy. Amidst this
'thought' climate, two other coordinating centers have been added to the Emmaus
vision in the Northern states between October and December 2000. Please pray
for their stability and growth.
at the assembly in Kumasi, the brethren remain faithful. Please
remember in prayer, Emmanuel Amankwah who lost his father recently. Also,
remember sister Rose who has become engaged and will wed early this year.
Both Frank and Emmanuel are working hard at their Emmaus courses and are
very focused and active in the meeting. Praise the Lord for them and
On the home front, Cyprian
returned to Los Angeles on the 20th of December. We were blessed to be
able to spend the Christmas holidays together as a family. Joy
has recovered well from her stroke and we thank all of you for your prayers.
Stephen was in a motorcycle accident on Dec. 15th in which the Lord
spared his life. Praise the Lord for this with us. He sustained
broken bones in his leg and arm, but is recovering at a steady pace. Jessie
has returned to Maryland to resume her studies.
Summary of Praises and Prayer Requests:
the new coordinating centers in the Northern states
2. that Cyprian
3. that Joy is doing
so well physically
4. that Stephen's
life was spared in his accident
a climate of political stability in both Nigeria and Ghana that
would allow the Lordıs work to continue on undisturbed
2. for a permanent
building (meeting place) for the young church in
3. for the Kumasi
assemblyıs continued spiritual growth and maturity
4. for the
opportunities Cyprian has to minister the Word both in the United States and in
5. for Stephen's
healing process to be complete and speedy
6. that each of the
coordinating centers will focus on evangelism and discipleship; on reproducing
So for us, who we are and what we do on the Walk, even when no on is watching,
is the essence of our being. As we walk with Him, His dominant Life and
Character will change who we are and what we do and merge with ours (Gen.
5:22, 24). Happy 2001!
Resting in His everlasting arms,
Joy and Cyprian Kia