“Greet all your friends in America from Nigeria!” — Leben
I can’t tell you how many times I heard that while I was there – I’ve never been greeted with more warmth or bigger smiles! We met people in the market and on the street, both Christians and Muslims, in houses and in mud huts – they all said the same thing: “You are welcome! You are very welcome!”
Far be it from me to forget my promise, so: Greetings from Nigeria!
We all know a picture is worth a thousand words. I’m gonna put that to the test. The following are my stories from my amazing trip to Nigeria. Enjoy!
The Gidan Bege (House of Hope) – a ministry to widows who have no source of income. They teach the women how to sew and give them a sewing machine when they complete the program! We brought our fabric here to have these lovely women make us some clothes!
In the village of Maidugu – Holly is pulling water out of the well and Martha is laughing at her. It took some sweat to get that water out! I kid you not: when we finally finished filling the pot, a little 8-year-old stick of a girl put it on her head and walked off with it.
We visited a lot of women in the village. We had just barely finished introductions and the women would give us their babies to hold. In this village, there is little-to-no access to uncontaminated water or good nutrition. Only 50% of babies here survive infancy.
The chicken. By the time they were finished giving us gifts, we were both in tears – their generosity was overwhelming. Sadly, we couldn’t get the chicken a visa, so we gave him to a very grateful Nigerian family. Sorry, chicken.
We got to join the bush church as they went to the homes of 3 Muslim chiefs to bless them and wish them a happy new year on the first Sunday of 2010. It was very special for the church to bring me, a musician from America, with them to play and sing to each chief as part of their New Year’s blessing! Those are the chief’s children crowding the doorways to hear.
The home of another chief – I’m playing “My Worship”. This one was so grateful he waved me over to him when I was done playing and put 150 Naira (Nigerian currency) in my hand to show how grateful he was.
Holly and I upon our completion of our Nigerian “hike”. It can’t be compared to the Colorado Rockies, but with those wrap skirts on, we may as well have been climbing the Himalayas. When we got to the top, the promised “amazing view” was completely obscured by a house and a water tank. Sweet.
And that wraps it up for now. Praise the Lord for such an amazing trip. His hand was all over it. I can’t wait to go back. Stay tuned: videos from the trip coming soon at http://www.meganisaacson.com!