HERALD INTERNATIONAL (Printing In Over Twenty Languages)
Promoting Revival In Nigeria Through Publishing And Prayer
The Herald of His Coming office in the U.S. recently received this encouraging report from Brother A. O. Sanu, Herald representative and editor in Nigeria:
"The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it" (Psa. 68:11).
We thank God for the word He has entrusted to Herald of His Coming, and for the great number of people who have helped publish it. Ever since the Herald ministry reached into Nigeria, there have been many who have helped distribute copies of the paper in churches, Christian ministries, crusades, schools, hospitals, prison houses, offices, and so forth. Many years ago, the late Pastor Elton, a missionary, used to give out large quantities of the Herald to many up-and-coming young evangelists and pastors for distribution. We thank the Lord for all of the people who through the years have helped in the outreach of the Herald in Nigeria. We thank Him also for all of those who have been blessed through reading the Herald.
It was not until the early 1990’s that the Herald ministry in the U.S. chose Nigerian representatives in the person of my wife and me. At that time, the late Brother Elmer Klassen let us know that there were about 20,000 Herald readers in Nigeria. We praise the Lord that the work has become better coordinated, and that the number of readers has increased. At one point, the Nigerian office used to receive large consignments of Heralds to post to readers, but now the papers are sent directly to readers from the U.S. office.
We receive in the Nigerian office a good number of letters from readers, and we work through these letters and send them on to the headquarters in the U.S. Readers also send donations to the Nigerian office to support the Herald work.
We thank the Lord for the growth of the Herald ministry in Nigeria. In 1993, we started an annual conference for all Herald readers. On Saturday, October 20, 2012, we held the nineteenth edition of the conference. Readers usually come from many of the thirty-six States of the Federation. During these conferences we devote much time to prayer concerning the work of the Herald, including prayer for the Herald workers in the U.S. as well as volunteer workers. Readers also have the opportunity to ask questions about whatever problems they may have with receiving the Herald. Those whose consignments have been reduced [for economic reasons] usually bring their regrets.
The conferences provide a good opportunity each year for readers to share with each other. The last conference was successful, although readers from the northern part of our country were unable to attend because of the Boko Haram insurgence. They were only able to send a representative. Readers from one of the states were also unable to attend because of an election there. Nevertheless, we were thankful for all those who were in attendance, and for the message shared that day which focused on the need for Christians to be on the alert for our soon coming Lord.
In Nigeria we recognize the great need for revival that will impact our whole country and bring many into God’s kingdom, while purging our country of sin and all unrighteousness. As the Bible says, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people" (Prov. 14:34).
Other Language Editions
We thank God that the Herald is translated into three of the Nigerian languages – Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa. We always use the opportunity at the conferences to distribute the language editions to those who attend, and these readers then carry large quantities for distribution in their areas. We bless the Lord for the many readers of the language editions who are being blessed.
Some years ago, the need was felt for concerted prayer for the work of the Herald. We then agreed that readers from each state should establish themselves into prayer cells and meet regularly to pray for the Herald ministry. We thank God that a number of states have started prayer cells that meet monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. We also thank Him that there have been many blessings from the prayer cells. We are praying that all states will have started prayer cells before the end of the year.
We also bless the Lord for those who contribute regularly to the Herald ministry. We pray that God will continue to bless them and enrich them more and more. We are also praying that more people will join in giving to the work. Those who do not give still enjoy receiving the Herald, and we pray for spiritual and physical blessings upon them.
There has indeed been improved giving to the glory of God. We remind those who give to always supply your address so that we can send receipts to you from the Nigerian office, and so that the U.S. headquarters can also acknowledge your giving.
Prayer Requests• Please intercede on behalf of our nation that God will bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgence.
• Pray for readers to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
• Pray for God’s provision for the continuous printing and posting of the Herald.
• Pray for Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa editions, that the Lord will continue to use them to bless the readers. Pray for an increase in the frequency of these language editions.
• Pray for our future conferences. Pray that there will be peace in our country that will make it possible for readers to attend.