Above is a video from Pastor Jonathan Werre’s recent trip to Nigeria produced by Great Plains Productions.
It’s a country where foreigners are at risk of being kidnapped and robbed.
It’s a country where extremist groups are known to invade entire towns.
It’s a country where the Gospel is preached.
“I didn’t initially want to go,” Good Shepherd Lutheran Pastor Jonathan Werre said.
Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places for Americans to travel with the U.S. State Department warning of frequent carjackings, armed robberies and home invasions.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Pastor Jonathan Werre recently returned from a month-long missionary trip to Nigeria where he taught Lutheran doctrine to eleven aspiring pastors at a Nigerian seminary near the town of Uruk Uso.
“It’s a situation you can’t really say no to,” Werre said about being asked to travel to Nigeria to teach courses in Law, Gospel, Baptism, and Communion to the seminary class of 2015.
Werre’s January trip to the African country was the fourth attempt he made to travel to Nigeria. The other three attempted trips were cancelled because of the violence and unrest in the country. Even during his month-long stay Werre said he was escorted by Nigerian police armed with AK-47 rifles for protection.
But despite all of the dangers Werre says the men who he taught were a light among the ugliness that lives in a country where the Muslim and Christian population is almost evenly split.
“They have more congregations than pastors,” Werre said. “They want to preach the Gospel.”
Werre says the Nigerian seminary student yearn for knowledge and are pursuing their humble careers as Lutheran pastors for the right reasons.
The classrooms sit near an old cinder block building that was once a small church. A church with which Werre has a deep personal connection.
“I got to see the original church where my dad preached,” Werre said.
Werre’s late father, Reverend Alvin Werre, was a missionary for two years in the exact spot near Uruk Uso where Werre spent his time this past January.
“I could just picture him,” Werre said about walking into the building that now sits empty.
It’s a reminder of the work his father once did to share the Gospel in the third-world country and the work that still continues as a new generation teaches the next generation of Nigerians the doctrines necessary to make disciples of all nations.
“The work, the teaching, the meeting people was awesome,” Werre said. “Being there and working there was just miserable.”
But despite the hardships and his initial trepidation Werre says he would return, because the people are strong in their faith and want to share the Good News of Salvation.
“I would do it again.”