Mission Profile – Nicky Brand


Nicky BrandNicky Brand working with SIM in Jos, Nigeria

 Nicky Brand is a former secondary school teacher who has been with ‘Serving in Mission’ (SIM) since 2005 as a member of the City Ministries team in Nigeria, where she works with orphans and vulnerable children in Jos.  Her home church is Gateway Baptist Church in Sussex, and we came to know through her aunt who lives in Bridgnorth.  She last visited Bridgnorth Baptist Church during her summer 2015 Home Assignment when she spoke at our morning service followed by ‘bring and share’ lunch at Number Seven.

‘King’s Kids’ offers vulnerable children, a new start in life by meeting their basic needs of food, shelter and an education whilst nurturing them spiritually.

 Many in this program are street children, abandoned by their families. Some have been involved in or accused of occult practices and have been tortured as a result. Some have come from extremes of poverty and others are from Muslim backgrounds.

Jos 2When the children first arrive they are placed in ‘Gidan Bege’ (House of Hope) for six months to be nurtured, prayed for, medically examined, and taught how to look after themselves.

Many receive Christ as their Saviour. After 6 months they transfer to Children at Risk Educational Centres (CARE). The children live in family units with Godly house parents.

The largest CARE Centre is Gyero where 120 children live. There is a lot of space for them to play sports and get involved in a variety of extracurricular activities.

Jos 1

 

City Ministries run their own primary school ‘Cornerstone Academy’ in Gyero. Once finished primary education they transfer to a transition house for secondary or vocational education. The children stay in the program until they can live independently. For some, this can be many years. Wherever possible the children are reconciled to their extended families or fostered by Christian families.

 

Nicky returned to Jos in September and we received her latest prayer letter in October which is full of news and things for us to pray for. You can download a copy from the church website or you can ask to be included in the mailing list.  Nicky also sends us a copy of her prayer diary each month which gives specific things (and people) for us to pray for each day.  Again please ask if you would like to have a copy.

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For more information about the work of SIM in Nigeria visit www.sim.co.uk  and follow the link to Kings Kids Nigeria project 96901.

It costs £35 a month to care for each child through King’s Kids. This pays for food, shelter, medical needs, education, clothing and caring parents.  You can sponsor a child as an individual or with a group of others.

Please speak with Donovan if you would like to know more about this or visit www.cityministriesng.org and follow the link to ‘sponsorship’.

 

And please pray for Nigeria –

  • Praise God for the amazing work that he is doing through King’s Kids to offer children an eternal hope.
  • Pray for those involved in this ministry who give so much of their time, love and compassion for these children.
  • Pray for God’s provision for these children in all their needs.
  • Pray for peace in Nigeria, particularly in Jos.

 

Donovan Gibbons

Senior Church Leader

Bridgnorth Baptist Church

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