Author Archives: Dave & Mary Lou

Last “piece” of Nigeria!

January 2016 Dear Family and Friends, The past 12 months of our lives have been rich, full of transition and loaded with new experiences.  Change is something some of us embrace while the rest of us go along for the … Continue reading

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A Cathedral of Tears

Musa Ishaku Indawa Musa Ishaku Indawa grew up in a close knit family that did not change even as they became adults.  The siblings looked out for each other and their parents.  When Boko Haram insurgent activity increased in 2014, … Continue reading

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“Ma”

For the last two years, my students at the two seminaries where I taught addressed me as “Ma.” For a while, I thought the term was short for “Ma’am,” since male teachers were often addressed as “Sir,” or “Prof.”  As … Continue reading

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thank God for life…after life as a sex worker

I was privileged to spend 90 minutes with a group of sex workers in Jos the other day.  Their stories were sobering and enlightening.  — Dave Though Zulei Isa is a retired sex worker, she continues to lead a group … Continue reading

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Holy Ground – Church and Smoke

Before the weekend I sent Margaret a message that I wanted to go to the Jungle on Sunday morning.  Her response was that it would be better to go in the afternoon. I said that I wanted to go to … Continue reading

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Healing the Wounds

Faith Alive began as the vision of one man, Dr Chris Isichei, to follow his calling of service to humanity through healing in 1996.  He began by renting a 4-bedroom apartment where he gave free medical treatment and counseling services.  … Continue reading

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From the Jungle to Doughnuts

When I try to enter a church on a Sunday, people move away from me because they can smell that I’ve been smoking.  I feel condemned by my family and by the church.  In the Jungle, nobody will reject you. … Continue reading

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