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Each day, almost 1,000 children in Nigeria lose the battle against malaria.

Vision Africa works to prevent this disease through medical missions and health education broadcast on our radio station, Love 104.1 FM, as well as undertaking many more initiatives to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Nigeria.

On Thursday, May 12, we will hold our sixth annual Vision Africa Golf Marathon to raise critically needed funds to support the ministry, which includes radio, peace-and-reconciliation, medical outreach, leadership development, church planting, and bibles-for-pastors ministries.

Our goal: $100,000.

Teams of golfers will play 100 holes on a Dallas-area course – whacking, chipping, hacking and slicing golf balls to raise money. We will have fun, but this is serious business. The people of southeast Nigeria depend on us!

From last year's event: First Group  Ready to play several balls on first green

From the 2015 event: First Group Ready to play several balls on first green

Please consider making a pledge or donation to bring hope, healing, reconciliation and education to the people of Nigeria.

All your donations are tax-deductible. You can pledge online or send a check made out to Vision Africa directly to:

Vision Africa
Attn: Golf Marathon
P.O. Box 600008
Dallas, TX 75360

Thank you for your support!

Bishop Onuoha honored with prestigious NRB international award

Bishop Dr. Sunday Onuoha, founder and president of Vision Africa, was recently honored by National Religious Broadcasters with the prestigious NRB Award for International Individual Achievement for his leadership of Vision Africa Radio in southeast Nigeria.

The award, based on a thorough review by a panel of NRB International Committee judges, is presented annually to a non-U.S. resident who demonstrates a strong personal commitment to proclaiming Christ through electronic media.

Effective Christian radio ministry in Africa

Bishop Onuoha honored with prestigious NRB international award

Vision Africa Radio, which runs Love 104.1 FM in the city of Umuahia, broadcasts 24×7 in a region with a population of more than 20 million.

“Love 104.1 FM brings messages of hope, healing, reconciliation and education to Nigeria,” Bishop Onuoha said. “Since Love 104.1 FM began broadcasting in 2005, it has played a critical role in seeing thousands come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Marriages have been restored. God has used the station to ignite a great transformation across the region.”

NRB presented the award to Bishop Onuoha during an awards banquet at the organization’s annual conference in Nashville in February 2016. Three years earlier, the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards named Love 104.1 FM its Station of the Year in southeast Nigeria.

“The team of professional Christian broadcasters who operate the station are dedicated to sharing God’s love with excellence and with a passion for seeing many come to faith in Christ,” said Steven Ross, chairman of Vision Africa’s Board of Directors. “We are thankful that God has raised up a team committed not only to broadcasting the Gospel with uncompromising integrity, but also raising awareness about social issues such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, family values, the importance of education, respect for others and social order.”

In Memory of David Baxter

Click any of the slides to be taken to David Baxter’s obituary:

Bishop Sunday Continues to Promote Peace and Reconciliation

Bishop Sunday Onuoha spoke at and was on a Panel Discussion at Global Peace Foundation Conference in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Pictured above is Bishop Sunday with His Excellency Amani Abeid Karume (former President of Zanzibar), Khalifa Mohammed Al Shaer Suwaidi from Dunai, His Execellency Rupiah Banda (former President of Zamia), Dr Omar Mohammed Al Khateb from Dubai, and Ambassador Mussie Hailu (regional director of United Relations Initiative for Africa)

Pictured above is Bishop Sunday with His Excellency Amani Abeid Karume (former President of Zanzibar), Khalifa Mohammed Al Shaer Suwaidi from Dunai, His Execellency Rupiah Banda (former President of Zamia), Dr Omar Mohammed Al Khateb from Dubai, and Ambassador Mussie Hailu (regional director of United Relations Initiative for Africa)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9

PEACE AND RECONCILIATION WORK CONTINUES

Bishop Sunday spoke at and sat on a panel discussion at the Global Peace Leadership Conference in Zanzibar, Tanzania this week. It says a lot about Bishop Sunday and his work that he was asked to be one of the leaders of this conference. Zanzibar is about 90% Muslim. Participants at the Global Peace Foundation conference were drawn from many parts of East Africa. In addition to Bishop Sunday, facilitators were drawn from other parts of Africa, Dubai, Europe and U.S.

The Global Peace Foundation said “This timely and important gathering of top government, religious and business leaders and other influential public figures was convened in response to the grave challenge to the security and welfare of East Africa’s peoples”. The Global Peace Foundation (GPF), in partnership with the Government of Zanzibar, the East African Community and the International Authority on Development, convened this Global Peace Leadership Conference to promote peace, security and sustainable development in East Africa.

According to the GPF, the East African region has witnessed an alarming rise of intra-state and interstate conflicts in recent years and this has taken a huge toll in terms of human lives lost, the suffering of refugees and internally displaced people, as well as the destruction of much of the social fabric, physical infrastructure, and natural resources of the region (in particular within its coastal strip).

Eight former African Presidents were in attendance at the conference!


His Exellency Amani Abeid Karume and Dr Omar Mohammed Al Khateb with Bishop Sunday

His Exellency Amani Abeid Karume and Dr Omar Mohammed Al Khateb with Bishop Sunday

In addition to being a speaker and on a panel discussion, Bishop Sunday was also there to represent former Nigerian President Obasanjo.

Bishop Sunday was on a panel discussing how religious institutions can be used to build peace and mutual understanding, and as a speaker, his presentation outlined the elements that promote peace, security and sustainable development, including (i) how we must have leadership that accepts responsibility and is willing to take risks, (ii) how insecurity in one country is insecurity all over the world, and (iii) what values we must preserve to hand over to youth and new young leaders.


Although participants at the WPF conference were drawn from many parts of East Africa, the facilitators were drawn from other parts of Africa, Dubai, Europe and U.S.  At this period of growing extremism, we must all work together to care for our world. Insecurity in one country is insecurity all over the world. About 400 youths from the local community also attended the conference.

Although participants at the WPF conference were drawn from many parts of East Africa, the facilitators were drawn from other parts of Africa, Dubai, Europe and U.S. At this period of growing extremism, we must all work together to care for our world. Insecurity in one country is insecurity all over the world. About 400 youths from the local community also attended the conference.


World Methodist Evangelism Institute (part of the World Methodist Council)

World Methodist Evangelism Institute (part of the World Methodist Council)

Next month, Bishop Sunday will be a featured speaker at The World Methodist Evangelism Institute (WMEI) in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the Nairobi conference will be “That the World May know Jesus Christ” and it invites the world church to focus on the contextual and eternal implications of the gospel. Bishop Sunday will be speaking on Muslin/Christian Relations.

Over 100 Leaders, including Methodist Bishops, Clergy, Lay and Evangelism Leaders will be in attendance. The WMEI is a ministry of the World Methodist Evangelism of the World Methodist Council and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Romans 14:19


Hear more about the World-Changing Activities of Bishop Sunday Onuohaat Vision Africa’s
2015 Celebration Dinner on October 8 at Park Cities Baptist Church
Reception starts at 6:00 p.m. – Mark Your Calendar
[more info to follow soon]

Vision Africa 2015 Golf Marathon a Big Success

VISION AFRICA 2015 GOLF MARATHON A BIG SUCCESS

Thank You To All Our Golfers and Sponsors

The Vision Africa 2015 Golf Marathon started with the initial golfers gathering at 11:30 a.m. on May 6 for registration, lunch, and this group picture

Vision Africa 2015 Golf Marathon a Big Success

Vision Africa 2015 Golf Marathon a Big Success

 

 

Chuck Anderson and Tom Leiser were our “Kings” of the Golf Marathon as they each completed 100 holes in our Golf Marathon (instead of 100 holes as a team).  Tom was quoted as saying “Once again, I was able to demonstrate my superior interest in the environment by exploring much more nature than Chuck did.”  And Tom bragged “I did break 600…..barely!!!”     

Tom Leiser and Chuck Anderson Ready to Tee Off at Vision Africa 2015 Golf Marathon

Chuck Anderson and Tom Leiser are Ready to Tee-Off on Their 1st of 200 Combined Holes of Golf

Amazingly, the first group landed all 12 of their golf balls within easy putting range of the first hole!!

First Group  Ready to play several balls on first green

First Group Ready to Putt Several Balls on First Green

 

Sand Trap Pic

Greg Barnes Shows Off his Sand Trap Skills

 

Long Distance Putting

Dr. Jim Sackett Shows Us Some Expert Long Distance Putting

 

Jim Shute and Friends

Jim Sackett, Rick Tubb and Michael Aikens Enjoying the Post Game Tex-Mex Dinner

 

Snack Chicks

Thank Goodness for the Snack Chicks (Beth Ross and Ugonna Onuoha)!

 

Steven Ross and Friends

Steven Ross with Jerry Davis, Dr Tom McDougal  and George Gunn

 

Two Vision Africa Golfers

Fearsome Twosome

 

 

Jack Cleaveland and Friends

Jack Cleaveland with Max Tucker and Bruce Gray  (Jack is on the IR list, so we only let him drive the golf cart for 100 holes!)

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Marlin Wilson - Post Game Dinner

Marlin Wilson with Jeff Fulton and Allen Van Valkenburg

Bishop Sunday Onuoha on Faith Communities’ Role in Improving Health

Click for Full Article

Click for Full Article

Bishop Sunday recently posted a commentary on the website of the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. You can read the full commentary by clicking on the link at the end or the thumbnail image of the webpage.

“Faith communities have tremendous potential to improve health throughout the world. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will require us to take better advantage of the ground game that faith communities make possible.

Our partners in the international development community often mention the positive role that religious leaders and networks can play in support of health outcomes. Yet efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals have failed to systematically engage religious networks to full advantage. The faith community offers an asset that is inestimable in its potential for driving change: we have a deeply rooted and highly trusted ground game that reaches every village, no matter how small or remote. Faith communities hold a number of key tools to help accelerate the pace of maternal and child survival.  We have centuries of practice at “behavior change” and from our leadership to our rural pastors and imams we’re ready to make a difference for the health of our people!”

Read the full commentary….

Celebration Banquet October 9

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW FOR THE CELEBRATION BANQUET, OCTOBER 9

Come and Join the Celebration

Come and Join the Celebration

Our Vision Africa Celebration Banquet and Dinner is going to be a wonderful night celebrating the many things God has accomplished through Vision Africa this year in Nigeria, and I want to extend my personal invitation to you to attend, Thursday, October 9 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church starting at 6 PM. There are many things that will make this year’s banquet stand out as the best ever (new Venue, many accomplishments to share with you, big announcements, great entertainment, etc.), but today there is one aspect of the celebration to which I would like to bring special attention.

We are so excited that this year for the first time we are bringing two of our leading Love 104.1 FM radio personalities to the United States for you to meet. Our Station Manager and our Head of Presentations and Promotions will be here for the banquet.

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Click for full-size image

Chijioke Emmanuel Nwogu (better know as CeeJay) has been with our radio station from its inception and he has been the station manager for the last 5 years. Under his leadership, our station has become one of the best radio stations in the entire country of Nigeria. Last year we were named the best radio station in Southeast Nigeria (beating out several better funded commercial radio stations). CeeJay has previous experience with several TV stations and several other radio stations and even a newspaper. His commitment to Vision Africa Radio is a calling from God and through thick and thin he has been part of the team that God used to bring the first Christian radio station to Nigeria. CeeJay hosts one of our most popular radio shows called “Intimate Moments”, a show about marriage.

Uchemadu Ohakah (better known as Uche) grew up to be a Methodist preacher and is often addressed as ‘Pastor Yucee” by friends and on-air fans. He is the producer and presenter of several shows on our radio station, including ‘Lifelane’ (a program that offers listeners the privilege of sharing their salvation stories on air), ‘Newlife Wednesday’ (a one hour life transforming program where listeners are helped to deepen their relationship with God and are led to a personal knowledge of Christ), and ‘Dark Secrets’ (a phone-in program for emotional healing from wounds of the past). In many ways, Uche essentially functions as our assistant station manager, so his involvement in every aspect of our radio station has been key to its success.

These are two great men that are honored to be invited to attend our banquet. While they are here, they will spend a whirlwind of several days training and interning at each of three top U.S. Christian Radio Stations (KCBI radio in Dallas, KSBJ radio in Houston and KCMS radio in Seattle).

So, please join us on Thursday, October 9 to meet and welcome CeeJay and Uche to the United States. Best time to visit with them would be at the 6:00 reception that evening in Elliott Hall at Highland Park Presbyterian Church (see invitation below). Also below are a couple of pictures of CeeJay and Uche in action!!

We really appreciate your support. Thank you and God Bless.

Bishop Sunday Onuoha
Vision Africa – Founder and President

CEEJAY AND UCHE AT THE MICROPHONES
CeeJay at the Mike
CeeJayAtTheMikeThis is a picture of CeeJay in our broadcast studio in one of his many on-air opportunities. With his experience in news, radio, television, news reporting, production and his degrees in theater arts and mass communications, he can do (and does) just about anything we need off and on-air.
It was an encounter with God where he was specifically told that one day he would run and manage a gospel broadcasting company that led him to be part of the pioneer team that established a new Christian radio station in Nigeria – Vision Africa Radio, Love 104.1 FM

Uche at the Mike
UcheAtTheMikePictured here with Bishop Sunday in our recording studio, is Uche, a local boy (born and raised in Umuahia where the radio station is located) that was destined to play a prominent role in our radio station. Pastor Yucee (as he is often referred to) was born to Elder & Mrs Ama and he personally came to know the Lord in his early years as a teenager and he grew up to become a Methodist preacher. He is one of our most popular on-air personalities – born to be a live on-air minister.

Save the Date

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It is August, and that can only mean one thing. The Vision Africa Annual Celebration Banquet is coming up soon. We are excited to announce that we have a new venue for our banquet this year. The Celebration Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 9, at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, in Elliott Hall, starting at 6:00 p.m.

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!!!

Please plan on attending this year. Your support is greatly needed. We are excited to share with you everything we have done over the last year and our plans for the future.

MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW SOON

Doing the Two Step with Boko Haram

OUR LAST TWO DAYS IN NIGERIA

PaulDittoOK, although the subject line might otherwise imply, we were not country and western dancing with Boko Haram. It might be more accurate to say we were side-stepping them.

Before we left for Nigeria, we all knew about the girls Boko Haram had kidnapped in the far northeast area of Nigeria. We knew about the village they more recently torched in the same area and we knew about the killings and bombings since then in Abuja, Jos and Kano. But we thought that would remain far north of Aba where we were conducting our medical mission, our crusade and planting our church. WE WERE WRONG. I did not want to report any of this to you until we were safely back in the U.S., and thank God we are now back in our safe and secure homes.

Our plan was to spend the last two nights in Aba and participate fully in our medical mission there during the day and our crusade every night, and wrap up our stay there with an official church planting on the last day (the church plant in honor or our former Board Chair, Natalie Jones). Unfortunately, right before we were to head just one hour south to Aba, the Nigerian government intercepted a caravan of vans and buses in Aba with over 400 suspected Boko Haram members. To get to Aba they had to travel through Umuahia (where we were doing our radio mission work). And the bad news is that when they were intercepted, three buses escaped and no one knew where they might be lurking. Immediately below is a link to a news article about the interception.

http://dailypost.ng/2014/06/17/486-suspected-boko-haram-insurgents-arrested-aba/

So, we decided not to go to Aba, at least not completely as planned. We were not to be totally shutout and we remained at least partly undeterred, as our plan was to prayerfully get to Aba for at least some of the mission work. Our plan was to “not announce” when we would go to Aba (just in case the bad guys were somehow listening), not spend the night there and not be there after dark. On our next to last day in Nigeria, we doubled our usual security detail and we took a quick trip to Aba (getting there quickly in the morning and getting out of Dodge almost as quickly in the afternoon). We met with both the Bishop for Aba, as well as the Arch Bishop for that area and several surrounding areas. The Arch Bishop said a blessing over us for our safety (he also blessed the food he was about to feed us and ask the Good Lord to ensure it was disease free – that did not do too much for my appetite – but we all ate and no one got sick).

We left the Arch Bishop’s office and went with him to the home of the Chief of the Village where the church was being planted. He was a very nice gentleman and seemed very happy to have a church planted in such a crucial area. We presented him with a very nice “minister’s” study bible (donated by Sharon Geiger), which he seemed thrilled to get (see picture below). From there we moved on to the area where the medical mission was being conducted. The doctors and nurses had the medical mission indoors the first couple of days, but because of the heat, they had moved it outdoors on a long porch by the time we got there. Below are some pics from both the indoor sessions and the outdoor sessions. They were seeing over 200 patients a day!! We were not there long enough to get involved in the medical mission, but we were there long enough to see the very grateful faces of some very kind looking elderly patients and several very young mothers and young children. I did not want to leave! The people in Nigeria are such kind and loving people (which does not lead to very Christian thoughts on my part about Boko Haram). Although we wanted to stay longer, our safety plan called for us to move out of there and on to the church site where the Arch Bishop would do a very quick, short and private blessing of the new church (see pictures below) – and we were out of there and back to Umuahia before dark.

So, I hope you will join me in praying for all the victims of the Boko Haram violence, as well as the Boko Haram terrorists themselves (that the Good Lord will reach out to them and soften their hearts). I must confess, under the circumstances, my prayers to God about Boko Haram tend to lean towards to the God of the Old Testament (if you get my drift), but after many deep breaths and some soul searching I usually come around to asking Jesus to save them from their evil ways (after God softens their hearts in whatever way He sees fit).

Here is a link to a very good article (hot off the press) summing up the recent Boko Haram violence.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/25/deadly-blast-nigerian-shopping-mall-abuja

Fortunately, the end result was – a very successful trip. Chuck and Sharon did a great job training and working with our radio staff (as well as the State radio staff and students from Abia State University). Because we did not spend as much time in Aba as we had hoped, that gave us more time to train smaller management groups at the radio station to a deeper level than we would have otherwise been able to.

It is great to be home. I immediately went out for Mexican Food the first night and a big juicy hamburger the second night. I am still trying to get back on Dallas time. I have been pretty regularly falling asleep at home around 8:00 or 9:00 (which is 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. in Nigeria) and then waking up at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. here (which is 9:00 or 10:00 in the morning in Nigeria).

We thank each of you for all of your prayers and your kind and generous donations to Vision Africa – we really appreciate your support. This trip would not have been possible without your kindness and generosity. Thank you and God Bless.

Paul Ditto
Vision Africa – Executive Director

PICTURES

Our meeting with the Arch Bishop at his Office [from left to right is the evangelist conducting the crusade, me, Sharon Geiger, the Arch Bishop, Chuck Pollak, the local pastor for the Church Plant, the Arch Bishop's assistant, and of course our own Rev. Dr. Sunday Onuoha]

Our meeting with the Arch Bishop at his Office
[from left to right is the evangelist conducting the crusade, me, Sharon Geiger, the Arch Bishop, Chuck Pollak, the local pastor for the Church Plant, the Arch Bishop’s assistant, and of course our own Rev. Dr. Sunday Onuoha]

Presenting a leather-bound Minister's Study Bible to the Chief of the area where the Church is being planted.   Pictured from left to right are Paul Ditto, the Chief, his wife and the local pastor who will serve at the church we are planting.

Presenting a leather-bound Minister’s Study Bible to the Chief of the area where the Church is being planted. Pictured from left to right are Paul Ditto, the Chief, his wife and the local pastor who will serve at the church we are planting.

Below are pictures from the medical mission

Nurses checking the blood pressure and taking history and blood work from local patients in the indoor portion of the medical mission

Nurses checking the blood pressure and taking history and blood work from local patients in the indoor portion of the medical mission

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The next to last day, the medical mission was moved outdoors where it was cooler.

Nurse with patient at the blood pressure station

Nurse with patient at the blood pressure station

Young mother and her baby at the nurses station for blood work up

Young mother and her baby at the nurses station for blood work up

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Below are Pictures from the Church Plant

Outside view of the front of the church plant building (buildings are usually rented at first and as the congregation grows and becomes self-sufficient, land is purchased for a more permanent church facilities to be constructed and paid for by the local congregation)

Outside view of the front of the church plant building (buildings are usually rented at first and as the congregation grows and becomes self-sufficient, land is purchased for a more permanent church facilities to be constructed and paid for by the local congregation)

The Arch Bishop blessing the ground (the dirt floor) of the church plant building where the first services were held the following Sunday.

The Arch Bishop blessing the ground (the dirt floor) of the church plant building where the first services were held the following Sunday.