For 30 years World Missionary Press has partnered with West Africa Theological Seminary in sharing the Word of God with the people of Nigeria. Strategically located in Lagos, they have received the equivalent of 30.9 million WMP booklets in 38 languages to meet the many requests from all over this most populous nation in Africa.
WMP: What is the ministry and vision of West African Theological Seminary?
WATS: Day after day, we are vigilantly carrying on one of the most crucial tasks imaginable for the Church in Africa--faithful, in-depth training of Christian leaders to carry the gospel to the lost.
WMP: How has WMP literature helped you meet this challenge to evangelize and train?
WATS: We greatly appreciate your effort and the good work of WMP to send the precious Word of God to us in Nigeria for propagating the gospel to the unreached. The distribution of the booklets has gone far and wide throughout Nigeria. The demand is high and [the WMP literature is] greatly appreciated. One 40-foot container (2 million booklets) is not enough for a year.
WMP: Can you share testimonies of the effectiveness of the Scripture booklets?
WATS: A woman who was about to commit suicide was given a Scripture booklet that made her see herself as in a mirror. The message changed her life, saving her from dying without Christ. God also saved her marriage from divorce. She is now an evangelist herself, sharing the booklets in hospitals, police stations, and villages. Many have repented and been followed up with Bibles, given food items, and assigned to different churches.
WMP: How does having free booklets encourage the local evangelists?
WATS: One evangelist reported that when he received booklets for the first time, he began to preach, and many people received Christ through the booklets. Many also came to Christ in his place of work as a policeman. He shared the booklets with his friends in evangelism and they are using them to preach, with the same positive results. He says, “The booklets really make the work of evangelism easy for me because I use them to preach.” At a crusade in Kadura State, 86 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. At another crusade, 53 new converts came to the Lord using the booklets. A booklet was shared with a man from Saudi Arabia who lived in Jos. He accepted Jesus, and when his parent came to Jos to see the one who had led his son to Christ, he became convinced and told his son to follow his heart.
WATS: This testimony came from a ministry in Lagos that uses WMP Scripture booklets not only in one-on-one evangelism but also for evangelism in markets, banks, among the police and in prisons, hotels, fuel stations, schools, for film-showing crusades and feeding programs, as well as supporting surrounding churches and members outside their state. “We appreciate your support through the booklets in different languages that have won many souls to the kingdom of Christ. Lots of people have given their life to Christ and have the knowledge of God through reading the booklets. The booklets have brought great light to the world by increasing the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, and many gave their life without being preached to. The booklet on its own is a ministration that many read and surrender to Christ.”
[A new container shipment is on its way to Nigeria, with another set for production later in the year. The need is great. Laborers are ready and waiting for the Scripture booklets that will tell the story of God’s love and redemption.]