By now you might be wondering why Mary and I visited Nigeria.|
In 1982, one year prior to our visit, our daughter Linda and her husband Aaron went to Bauchi, Nigeria to serve three years as teachers in Nigerian secondary schools. This was a commitment they made with the Mennonites who, under an arrangement with the Nigerian government, provided qualified teachers.
So here was our perfect excuse to see a part of the world we would not otherwise have experienced.
Nigeria, with it's striking differences to our culture, was an eye-opener. Now, in retrospect, we realized that Nigerians are much like anyone anywhere, even here in the U.S.A. To broadly generalize, they have the same aspirations for progress, the same interests in acquiring knowledge, the same drives for self-respect and the same desires to see their nation prosper. But, just as in any culture, the situations prevailing around them obscure a view of their potential, and frustrate achievement. So my conclusion is that Nigeria helps to remind us all that if we have achieved anything it wasn't just our own doing. We should be be grateful to God that frustrations were surmountable.
It was our pleasure to meet in the homes of some of these hospitable Nigerians and of other Mennonites from America who were serving in Nigeria.
Musa, Babia, Linda and Aaron.