Our time with our new friends in Nigeria seemed to pass by so quickly, yet the effects of what we experienced and learned continue to work through each of us on a daily basis. We got home about three weeks ago from what most of us would say was the best trip of our lives; a ten day opportunity to serve, love, and learn from what many people would consider “the least of these” along side the amazing staff of Back2Back Nigeria. It is honestly hard to pick out singular impactful events because the week was so well planned out that each event or opportunity to serve held significance from playing with and holding beautiful orphans, to using our underwhelming construction skills to help build the new educational facility and a new orphanage to praying with widows. Every day was full of amazing experiences and encounters with people just like us, working hard to provide for their families and putting their dependence, despite their extremely challenging circumstances, on a God who loves them very much.
It was a true honor and a privilege to be a part of Back2Back’s work in Jos. It was entirely humbling to have the opportunity to serve and serve with such amazing people. I’ve heard very often about individuals wanting to go places to share God with people, which is certainly a noble cause. However, in my experience, the people of Nigeria did a lot more of sharing God with us, then we could have ever shared with them. We simply opened ourselves up to be used in whatever way God saw fit and then waited anxiously to see what He would do. And what He did was awe-inspiring. We are so excited to continue to share the stories of what we’ve learned through our experiences with our friends and neighbors back here in Kentucky. We are anxious to share the challenges that our friends in Nigeria face so that we can make a small difference there. However, we are also excited to share what we’ve learned from their dramatic dependence on a loving Savior and how that kind of dependence can cause a deeper love for God in our lives here. Thank you Back2Back for making this possible. We are forever grateful.