Pioneering Oportunities

Business as mission

Many Nigerians are very entrepreneurial and thousands of small businesses operate across the country. Opening business ventures may thus not initially be an obvious approach.

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However, we envisage such businesses not only providing a service to the general public, but enables us to offer training and help  to Nigerian employees in setting up and running businesses. For those from disadvantaged backgrounds this may be a crucial “leg up” to being able to support their own families. For others this may provide the training they need to enable them in turn to establish Christian businesses in hard to reach areas where people have never heard the Gospel in a way which they can understand and relate to. For ultimately we see these businesses, not so much as a way of making money, although we will aim to be profitable, but as a means of opening doors for the Gospel to be explained to those who would otherwise never hear it in a meaningful way.

Rural health clinics

Hundreds of thousands of Nigerians do not have access to adequate health care facilities. Many are too poor to afford good medical care.

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Corruption, lack of investment and mismanagement have left other facilities – both hospital and community health clinics – in poor shape and lacking serviceable equipment and enough trained personnel to be effective. Community health work for us will be targeted at the poor, both in rural areas and in urban slums. We will seek to revive what facilities there may have been by providing necessary training and relevant equipment along with competent management, and where there are gaps in provision look to establish appropriate facilities to care for community health needs. Accompanying this will be a vigorous programme of health care education training and enabling Nigerians in ways to enhance their own health and safeguard against prevalent diseases.

Vocational Training

High unemployment rates in northern Nigeria reflect a lack of opportunities for many people, especially young people. Some have been through the education systems, graduating from universities yet without jobs.

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Others have suffered from poor primary and secondary education leaving them with few qualifications and even fewer skills. We would like to set up a mix of ventures which will help young Nigerians especially, obtain the mix of practical skills they need, along with the knowledge they need to run their own businesses. Skills could include joinery, agriculture, horticulture, plumbing, training as electricians, IT skills, crafts, food technology, building, engineering, mechanical, repairing office and household equipment – where we can identify a need and find the right personnel to offer the appropriate training. Alongside this we will need to try and give them some educational foundations correcting basic deficiencies in literacy and numeracy that have previously held them back from educational and employment success. In so doing we plan to offer young people hope over against the despair of unemployment/underemployment, and to open minds & hearts to the hope that is in Christ as we do so.

TESOL

Declining educational standards across Nigeria’s state education sector has led to a considerable drop in educational attainment. This especially affects English language skills.

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Even those with advanced educational qualifications are not aware of some basic English language mistakes they are making in both their spoken & written English. Efforts to improve the standard of spoken, and written English, not to mention English comprehension will considerably improve educational standards across the board. English teachers are welcome in theological colleges and seminaries, in helping to improve the standards of English taught in the secular educational system, and also as a form of outreach in areas traditionally hostile to Christianity. As English language schools are created in northern Nigeria we envisage that they will attract students from a wide variety of backgrounds (both Nigerian and expatriate) who might otherwise have little or no contact with Christians or the Christian message. Discreet, tactful conversations about beliefs and practices can build bridges and plant ideas that later bear fruit.