With a population of more than 150 million, Nigeria is by far the most populous nation in Africa. With its immense population also comes broad diversity. It is estimated that there are over 400 ethnic groups within Nigeria—each with its own language and culture. While it is beautiful to see such diversity, it can also lead to tension as ethnic groups struggle for influence and strive to maintain their cultural heritage.
CRWM missionaries began serving in Nigeria as its first international missions field. From the 1940s through to the 1980s, the work of CRWM was blessed with a rapid growth of Nigerian churches and other ministries. A vast array of ministries flourished and from these efforts emerged three national denominations: the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria (CRCN), the Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria (RCCN), and the Universal Reformed Christian Church (NKST). Today, though much smaller in size, CRWM’s presence and impact in Nigeria is still vital. Through partnerships focused on Christian education, evangelism, discipleship, and leadership training, CRWM continues to work with national churches and other organizations.
- Christian Education: CRWM missionaries are walking alongside local teachers and ministry leaders to improve education in Nigeria—from kindergarten at Hillcrest School to higher education in seminaries.
- Evangelism and Discipleship: CRWM works closely with national churches and partner organizations to provide training and mentoring on various outreach programs.
- Leadership Development: CRWM provides training for both community and church leaders that focuses on developing a solid Christian worldview. With this foundation, churches, businesses, and school officials are being challenged to reflect Christ in all aspects of life.