Hartland students inspire Nigerians to be medical missionary soul winners.
by Staff Writers
This August, a group of Hartland students journeyed to Osun State, Nigeria for a mission trip. For three weeks, they trained local Seventh-day Adventist youth and staff at the Ile-Ife Adventist hospital in medical missionary evangelism. Topics included personal evangelism, natural remedies, the effects of media and music on the brain, and the use of health ministry to lead souls to Christ.
“Our Hartland training prepared us for the challenges we faced in Nigeria,” says Kahn Ellmers, a pastoral evangelism major from New Zealand. “Nigerian Seventh-day Adventists need thorough education in healthy living and practical ways to study the Bible and share their faith. We taught them how to combine medical missionary work with the gospel. A lot of youth and staff were motivated to take better care of their health and be more involved in outreach to their communities.”
There is still much to do in Nigeria, where many lack health education and have yet to hear the three angels’ messages. God has placed a burden upon the Hartland students’ hearts to continue supporting and helping with this work.
Testimonies from Nigerian youth:
“I’ve learned so much, especially from Kendi, the youngest of the Hartland team. If such a young lady could go places for God, leaving her comfort zone for an unknown place, what about me? I’ve realized that I urgently need to study the Bible every day. I also need to be careful with what I put into my stomach, because I am what I eat. I pray that the Lord will grant me boldness to share with my friends and family what I’ve learned.” —Mary
“I learned to seek God first in everything. Also, I learned how personal effort wins people to Christ. Lastly, I learned about healthy living and knowing my Bible by observation, interpretation, application, and asking questions. It has really inspired me to be a medical missionary, pointing sin-sick souls to the Man of Calvary.” —Modupe
“Fellowshipping with missionminded believers from the ends of the earth increased my faith in God’s Word and His providence for His children. The lessons I learned inspired in me hope, courage, belief, and assurance that there is no limit to how much God will use me if I surrender.” —Opeyemi