President Obananjo’s Drawing Room
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS)
-- "Aso Rock Presidential Villa" is Nigeria's White
House, the residential compound of the President of the West Africa
nation. Norm and Cher Nelson, of Compassion Radio, were honored to
be luncheon guests at President Obasanjo's dining room table on a
recent Sunday in early May.
The presidential luncheon and Norm's offering of prayer during the
Sunday Worship service at the President's Villa Chapel were
highlights of the visit to Nigeria, said the couple from Lake
However, the true purpose of the trip was to learn more about the
continuing spread of HIV/AIDS throughout Africa's most populous
nation and to consider Compassion Radio's possible involvement in a
project to Nigerian victims of the pandemic.
Dr. and Mrs. Danny McCain
Norm and Cher were hosted in Nigeria by Dr. and Mrs. Danny
McCain. Dr. McCain has served for 19 years as Professor of New
Testament at the University of Jos, and is a member of the U. S.
Academics Committee that is working, together with its Sudanese
counterpart, to establish "Nimeiri University" in Khartoum, Sudan, a
new "transformational" university. This committee was initiated by
Nelson, who, because of his wide-ranging academic background and
God-arranged friendship, was asked by the Former Sudanese President,
Jaafar Nimeiri, to help conceptualize his namesake university.
Nelsons present wheelchair and Bible
The Nelsons met with members of the University of Jos faculty,
participated in a graduate level New Testament Seminar, conferred
with the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at
the National Cathedral in Abuja, visited numerous AIDS clinics and
HIV/AIDS-focused ministries in and around the city of Jos, and
helped in the distribution of wheelchairs made by Christians from
recycled bicycle parts.
According to Norm, "The needs resulting from the scourge of AIDS
in Nigeria are endless. But, then, so are the opportunities to
serve, empowered by the compassionate heart of God. We are already
ministering to the situation in South Africa, and we are eager to
see what Christ has for us to do in Nigeria."