Kim Combs 

To Nigeria

English is the official language, Tribal languages are:  Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo & 500 indigenous languages.

Population is over 177 million (most populous African Country).  Life expectancy for women is 53.66 years/men is 51.63 years.  Over 43% of the population is less than 15 years old with the median age of 18.2 years.  The size of Nigeria is twice the size of Texas.

250 ethnic groups:  Hausa & Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo 18%, other 32%

Unemployment is 27.4% (Bloomberg)

Prayer Needs

Peace in Nigeria – the radical Muslim group Boko Haram continues bombing churches, schools, government, military and police installations; murdering people and razing villages.

Core Leadership Team – train a core team to help establish teen ministries throughout the country and train other leaders.

Travel Safety – travel is dangerous in Nigeria and much traveling is necessary to train leaders in all parts of the country.

Reliable Transportation – reliable vehicle and a dependable driver must be secured before safe travel can occur.

Immigration – on-going residency visa issues.

Ministry Growth – leaders, teachers, and teens continue to grow closer to the Lord and serve Him faithfully.

Bio

An awesome journey with Jesus began at the age of 9 when I accepted Him as Lord and Savior.  Teaching Bible stories to preschoolers at age 11 I began the passionate pursuit of teaching the Word, which continues to be my heart’s burning desire.  Leadership opportunities in various area including children and teen ministries, small groups, evangelism, missions, teaching, and training have been seized at each church where I’ve been a member.

During a short-term mission trip to Mexico in 1999, God called me to service in foreign missions.  Since that time, I have committed to serve wherever God places me each day be it in America, Africa, or the uttermost parts.  Previously serving in Zimbabwe and now serving in Nigeria, I’m developing a teen ministry for the Baptist community to use in local churches.  Most of my time is spent speaking at Christian Education Conferences, writing training materials, conducting workshops, speaking at teen retreats and special events, mentoring teens, discipling and encouraging leaders in the pursuit of excellence in teaching the Word.  In addition, teaching at two of the Baptist seminaries and a few secondary schools are recent avenues of ministry God has opened to me.

Vision

Influencing teens and impacting the future is accomplished through training their leaders to effectively reach them with God’s Word.  In training leaders, exponential growth is experienced among teens as leaders influence teens in their local church.  Scripture instructs us in 2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”  In keeping this commandment, leaders are trained to teach teens and equip them to teach others.

Developing a ministry to reach and disciple teens in Christ-like living has been a challenge, but progress is being made.  In July 2011, a training manual was published to instruct leaders of teens to be more effective in outreach, ministry, and discipleship.  In Jan 2014, 1 40 hour course addressing the need for teen ministry in the Baptist Church was taught at one of the Siminaries.  The pastors attending were given practical skills in evangelism, creative teaching, and involving teens in learning and living God’s Word.  One week after the session ended a new teen ministry was established in a local church located in a Muslim neighborhood.

You may ask, but what can we do?  Commit to praying and suppoting the mission of…training leaders to equip teens to live the life of Christ as they influence others to do the same.

Religion
Muslim is 50%, Christian is 40% (most are nominal), Indigenous is 10%

The indigenous African religions tend to revolve around animism and ancestor worship. A common thread in traditional belief systems was the division of the spiritual world into “helpful” and “harmful”. Helpful spirits are usually deemed to include ancestor spirits that help their descendants, and powerful spirits that protected entire communities from natural disaster or attacks from enemies; whereas harmful spirits include the souls of murdered victims who were buried without the proper funeral rites, and spirits used by hostile spirit mediums to cause illness among their enemiesWhile the effect of these early forms of worship continues to have a profound influence, belief systems have evolved as they interact with other religions.

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