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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.