“What are you doing here?”

Posted: June 25, 2013 by Patrice Miles in Egbe, Egbe Hosptial, Egbe Nigeria, Nigeria
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Free image“Come on kids, its time to go visit the M@sque.” I yelled. “Mommy, tell me again why I can’t tell them about Jesus when we visit?” Cason asked. I never thought I would be explaining to my 10 year old son why you cannot walk into a M@sque and start telling everyone about Jesus. It was precious conversation that I will never forget and a huge educational opportunity.

We have finished 2 weeks of our cross cultural training at CIT (Center for Intercultural Training) in Union Mills, North Carolina. We have two more weeks to go and it has been an eye opening experience already. They have helped us identify cultural, spiritual, and emotional issues that might arise while in the field. They are also giving us the tools to equip us once we encounter these hard issues. They want us to get uncomfortable in our American ways so we can truly understand how hard it is going to be in Africa. One of the uncomfortable assignments was to visit the primary Religious worship service for our country we are heading to. According to a 2011 report, about 50.8% of Nigeria’s population are Christians, 47.8% are M*slims and 1.4% adhere to other religions. So we decided to head to a M@sque along with 4 other families.

Nigeria Muslim Women

Nigerian M*slim Women

Upon arriving at the M@sque we were greeted by the parking director. “What are you doing here?” he asked. Telling him we just wanted to visit, he sent us in to find a congregation of men standing at the entrance. To say we were the center of attention would be an understatement. The looks and stares we received were just a little uncomfortable. Upon realizing there was a separate entrance for women, our group separated. We found the women’s entrance and immediately realized that our long skirts and long sleeve shirts were not the only requirements. Every women had on a head covering. The stares again were overwhelming and I was very uncomfortable. One of the missionaries I was with made her way to a table were one women was sitting and sat down. I followed her and we began to strike up a conversation with the Mu$lim women. She was from Nigeria….too funny!

I am excited about what God has in store for us in Egbe Nigeria and we would love for you to partner with us. We still need financial partners, 3/$100 partners, 7/$50 partners 9/$25 partners and 3/$10 partners. We also have 189 prayer partners and are wanting 400 prior to departure August 15th. To sign up to be a monthly financial partner click here. To become one of our prayer partners click here.

  1. mark says:

    is the CIT training part of SIM or separate?

  2. mark says:

    excited for you all to be here!! not long now.

  3. james eicher says:

    We pray everymorning for all of you. Would you like to talk to some friends of ours who spend 25 years in Nigeria? If so let me know and I will contact Eveline and Paul. That is how you spell her name. She was from Canada and her dad was head of the Salvation Army if I remember right. Fred knew them when he was little. They studied at Louisville Baptist Seminary and we have stay friends forever!! Love you all, Grandpa and Grandma Eicher

  4. Sheryl O'Brien says:

    Hi! Reading your letter from Nairobi, and it’s very exciting! I’m so thrilled that you are learning a lot and appreciating your experiences at CIT. That’s a great place for all things cross-cultural. (My husband used to teach Bible courses out there in the summer.) Glad you had the m0sque visit and a first chance to interact with people there. Looks like your support is coming in very well. Praise God! May He hold your hand through every step of the journey. These are not easy times, I know, but they certainly are exciting! Let me know if there’s any way I can help. Prayerfully, Sheryl

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