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By David Maskey As a missionary and pastor for many years in Nigeria, I have found it interesting to see how God uses different people in the church. Sometimes the person you think will go far does not, and the one you think will not do much ends up being the one God really uses! Such was the case with a young man named Royal. We remember him as a tall, skinny boy who used to live across the street. He would often peer over his gate and watch us, yet he would not attend our church. Eventually, he became friends with our oldest son, Jonathon, as they played soccer together in the street with the other neighborhood boys. Royal finally came to our church for the first time in 2006 after Jonathon invited him for “Friend Day,” but he did not get saved until about three years later in a Sunday morning service. He was also baptized at that time. After that, he was very faithful to church, and later that year when Jonathon left to go to Bible college, Royal thought, “Somebody has to take Jonathon’s place and stand in the gap!” So he did and became more and more involved, working in a boys’ Sunday school class, the bus ministry, and soul winning. In 2011, Royal joined our Bible institute then later transferred to Providence Baptist Seminary in Abuja, where he graduated in 2016. Soon after that, he married one of our fine young ladies. In September 2016, he started a church in Ogoja with the help of Independent Baptist Church of Calabar, and they are now averaging about 35 in attendance. We recently had the blessing and privilege of ordaining Royal into the Gospel ministry. Little did we know back then that someday God would use this tall, skinny boy, who lived across the street and refused to come to our church, to be an ordained pastor in one of our churches! Please continue to pray for Royal and his wife, Kemi, and the Ogoja Independent Baptist Church as they reach their area with the Gospel. W Editor’s Note The Maskeys (far right) recently celebrated their 25th year as BIMI missionaries. Their son Jonathon plans to return to Nigeria as a missionary in the near future. 21