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This came by email today...

23 Ramat Park, Isakor,
Ikpoba Ogha Local Government,
Edo State, Nigeria.

Dear friend in Christ,

Calvary Greetings in Jesus name. It is a great blessing writing you from Nigeria. I hope all is well with you this moment and pray that this letter meet you well in Christ.

By His grace I am a Christian and I gave my life to Christ 6 years ago. I am married with two children. I am now working as a part time clerk in an office where I earn just little to keep going for now. Please help me pray for a permanent
job. There is computer email in the office where I serve so I am able to reach you. I am a member of Life and Light Bible Church which is a small but living church with about 20 members. I serve in the outreach arm of the church and we go out for evangelism winning souls. Not every one can go to house to house evangelism because many are busy so they find time to do their personal evangelism in their
place of work and on their way home. There is great joy in reaching out to the unsaved. A lot of time my heart tells me that I have not done much for Christ but in evangelism I know that I am doing much.

In our house to house evangelism lat year we converted a very nice couple Mr. & Mrs. Aduno Seye and although they do not fellowship in my church I go to see them every week to pray and comfort them. They fellowship in a near by church to their house because they cannot trek the distance to my church. They are almost 80
years old and they are very committed to Christ. They have been in need of bibles because they cannot buy. I want to appeal to you on their behalf to please send two bibles for them. There are also a couple in my church Mr. & Mrs. Fajuyi also need bibles which are giant print. They are aged couples who came to our church
September last year. They are also very committed but poor in finance to buy bibles.
The bibles with giant print of words will be the good one because of their sight. If you can get the ones with the super print it will be better for them. Please help them. I need a strongs exhuastive bible concordance for my use. This book has a lot of help in bible study and research. Please help me for one. I cannot afford it. Thank you for this wonderful help an may the Lord bless you as you help. Please send the bibles through my residential address above and please send the bibles by insured
postage for safe delivery.

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, Psalm 17:8

I can look up to you oh dearest Father in heaven, and know that I am dear unto thee as
the apple of your eye. All the saints of God are dear to God at all times, but the persecuted saints, they are the apple of God s eye. If at any time they are dear to God, then especially when they are most persecuted. As the eye of the believer is ever toward the Lord and as the eye of the believer searches the words of life to find comfort and deliverence, so does the eye of God looks in tender care over our every
need. The eye of God find sweet fellowship in those who watch intently towards Him and trust in His loving care.

In Christ,
Avbieriarie Okpanavbiusi



Radagast said... 2/08/2008 5:45 pm  

That particular spam email seems to be going the rounds -- lots of people have received it.

It's the latest example of the classic "Nigerian Bible Scam," which has been going on for years.

It's interesting... it contains several "Christian" phrases, but is not quite what you'd expect a genuine African Christian to send in a mass mailout to churches overseas.

Still, it can serve as a reminder that we should help our African brothers and sisters, who are, in material terms, poorer. The Presbyterian Church has contact with sister-churches in Malawi and Zambia, and working through them is one way of helping our fellow-Christians there.

Bron said... 2/08/2008 9:05 pm  

Sounds like a good idea radagast.

I wonder what the scammers do if someone actually does send them a Bible? Is it lucrative on the black market for them?

Gosh, reminds how slack I have been of late in giving to the Bible Society, Bible League etc.

I think those types of organisations seem to have programs to ensure that Bible are distributed where they really are needed... which I guess protects Christians from being ripped off by black market scammer dudes.

Does anyone know which of those societies are good in that respect? I must admit I always feel at a bit of a loss when it comes to researching that kind of stuff.

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