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Lunch with Nigeria's President Obasanjo
Highlights Nelsons' Trip to Africa


Thursday, May 24, 2007

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

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 Forest, California.

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."

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