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Elbridge pastor preaches in Nigeria

Pastor George Burkinshaw, of the Calvary Bible Baptist Church in Elbridge, traveled to Nigeria this past fall for a 10-day mission trip. Burkinshaw visited the Imo State region of Nigeria, and stayed with the Rev. Lucas Ulo.

"The response from the Nigerian people was tremendous, almost unbelievable," Burkinshaw said. "They were eager to hear the truth and I was honored to be the one to deliver the message."

There were multiple local fundraising efforts, along with financial support from other churches in the Central New York area, to help supply some of the many items Pastor Ulo, of Nigeria, reported were needed.

He said the people of Imo State were incredibly welcoming, despite the extreme poverty they face daily.

"The people there were warm, friendly, and open," he said. "I was embraced with great honor and Pastor Ulo and his son were exceptionally hospitable towards me."

While in Nigeria, Burkinshaw preached in a king's palace, at seven church services and three schools. Bibles in both the English and Ibo languages were distributed, prayer requests were made, and tracts were given to children after each of the meetings.

He said the people of Imo State were incredibly welcoming, despite the extreme poverty they face daily.

"The people there were warm, friendly, and open," he said. "I was embraced with great honor and Pastor Ulo and his son were exceptionally hospitable towards me."

Pastor Burkinshaw hopes to return to Nigeria in the future, "if it is in Lord's will," and has made a wish list of items that he we would like to have supplied, if possible.

"I felt God's presence while I was there and I can honestly describe this as the most spiritual time of my life and the highlight of my work in the ministry," he said.

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