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PILLAR MISSIONS IN NIGERIA

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CHURCHES
The Pillar of Fire Church in Nigeria consists of five churches with a total of eight pastors. The main church is located in the capital of Lagos, while three of the other churches are located in very remote villages. Nigeria has a large Muslim population; of the almost 150 million people living in Nigeria today, roughly 80 million are Muslim, while another 5 million hold to animist beliefs. In many areas, particularly in the North, this creates tension between the faiths, and Christians are often under threat of persecution.

SCHOOLS
Pillar Missions currently operates one elementary school in the Akwa Ibom State. The school has 215 students, and provides an education for many local children whose parents cannot afford to pay for school fees.

HISTORY OF PILLAR OF FIRE IN NIGERIA
After gaining independence from British rule in 1960, Nigeria experienced several years of political unrest, causing many to flee to surrounding countries. One of these refugees was a man called Paul Essien, a native Nigerian who fled to Cameroon to live in a newly formed Nigerian community. While in Cameroon, he became acquainted with Reverend Smallridge, a missionary who had worked with the Pillar of Fire Church in Liberia. Reverend Smallridge introduced Essien to Pillar of Fire leadership, and in 1974, was given permission to start a Pillar of Fire Church in Nigeria.

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