Hi. My name is Brenda Oyebode, and my uncle is O. A. M. George. I stay here in Dublin, Ireland while he stays in Ibadan, Nigeria and he’s a writer. Situations in Nigeria have been getting steadily worse for a long time now with no definite solution in sight. Particularly, in terms of human right abuses, the persecution of Christians is so prominent. According to Open Doors’ World Watch List 2018, Nigeria is 14th on the list of countries where Christians are being persecuted for their faith. Boko Haram atrocities; Fulani herdsmen killing people without being checked; online financial frauds, unstable economy – in spite of and because of these, the people have the need for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
My uncle, George has written a book titled: A Circle of Witnesses. It is about a group of five children, between the ages of 10 – 13, who met with Jesus during His days before He was crucified, each at different times. Each of them received a miracle personally, or they knew someone who did – like Moshe who was the boy healed in Mark 9:14-27, and Abigail whose father was healed in Luke 5:17-26. They all became friends, and after Jesus’ ascension, they continued to meet and pray that God would bring someone to them with whom they could share their testimonies.
Nathanael was a boy who happened on the group while he was being chased by some bullies. For the next few weeks, he continued meeting with them to listen to their stories, he even met with Peter, and the other disciples. In time, he, and some of his siblings, came to make a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The aim was to inspire young minds, the same minds that are being influenced to become radicals, kidnappers, suicide bombers and agnostics to read the accounts in the Scriptures actively. We want them to know that it’s good to use their imagination while they read the accounts recorded in the Bible as a way of seeing themselves in the footsteps of those who lived with Jesus then. We would like young people to know that the people then were as human as we are now, and we believe that the work will encourage them to ask questions and seek for answers about life from the Word of God.
The mind is to give the work out for free. Yes, for free. This will be the second work we’ve given out. The first one, Naked & True, (https://www.books2read.com/u/boYJMp) was meant for mature minds so it was distributed in softcopy. However, this work is meant for younger minds therefore, it has to be put into consideration that quite a number of them do not have a mobile device on which they could read comfortably – most people in Nigeria are still living below the poverty line.
As a whole, A Circle of Witnesses contains 25 chapters over some 220 pages. The first seven chapters are on a blog page – https;//www.houndinghim.com.ng/2018/06/18/a-circle-of-witn... Those are released for you to have an idea of what the work is about. Hebrew names and terms are used in the work, and for this, a list of translations into the familiar names and terms was included in the book.
The aim is to publish 25,000 copies of the work which are to be distributed across some states in the country. For this, $38,000 is needed for the printing and distribution.
Like Apostle Paul said, by writing this, we’ve planted the seed. We’re now appealing to people to come and water it so that God could make it grow. Of course, ‘… neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers…’ (1 Cor. 3:6-9, NIV).
Every, and any, help we can get on the work out is appreciated.