Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Careless believer, Wake-up!
I was resting after our morning devotion this morning, when ring from my phone jolted me. It was our sister, ASP Grace Ogbonna, one of PNUR coordinators in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State Nigeria. She called to give me update on the terrorist activities in North-East, Nigeria. More than forty students had died as a result of a suicide bomb attack and many more wounded. I immediately lost my sleep.
Every day people are dying all over the world due to the activities of Terrorists. That does not include those that die through motor accidents; arm robbery and cult activities. One question came to my heart, “Has PNUR done enough? Have we fought the fight with all our energy and eagerness to the point of shedding even our own blood? If Christ were to appear now, can we tell Him that we have done all that is within our power?”
Just like in our world today, the following scripture says what most believers are doing;
All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.
The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish."  Jonah 1:5-6 NIV

All our presidents from countries all over the world and their legislators are afraid; all our army, police, air force, navy etc are afraid. Doctors are scared and many nurses are quitting the profession they once loved because of the scare of Ebola virus.
But where are those God called to stand in the gap? Where are the intercessors and prayer warriors? Where are the preachers that should stand up and guide them out of this dangerous moment? Where are the evangelists and prophets?
They are down below the deck of church politics and worldly pursuit; they have gone down the deck of worldly pleasures; they are down the deck of pursuit of seeking worldly titles. That is why we don’t hear fire messages anymore.
Will our generation of believers go down in history as the most indifferent to the purposes of God and the need of the people? See how frantic the captain and crew are in their search for solution. They want solution from wherever and whatever. They are talking of doctrine or theology now; they don’t mind the religion anymore; just give them solution. At this point most difficult people will bow to Christ.
I pray that every believer reading this will be jolted as I was from our sister’s call. May the Holy Spirit shake us from this stupor that leads to death.
Your brother @PNUR

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Matters Arising from the PNUR Retreat

Matters Arising from the Retreat: Let’s make it clear
We thank God for the success of our General Retreat this year. As we look forward to the central International Prayer and Revival Conference coming up 25-29 August 2014 there are matters arising from the General Retreat which we ought to make very clear.
It was observed that most PNUR partners did not know the difference between the meeting in April and that of August. Again because of the recent growth and spread of the ministry across the globe, most partners have not really had opportunity to ask questions. Most time times we have asked people to visit our website, few have done so, yet fewer have taken time to study it. The result is most partners do not know the difference between PNUR and other ministries. Some tend to put us under pressure to do what other ministries are doing. In as much as we appreciate these other ministries, it is necessary that we keep within the confines of our assignment, to avoid unnecessary duplication of functions. Yet, in some cases, PNUR is not ready just now for some duties which God may have for us; if we rush into it, we shall discover our inadequacies in a sad way. That is why I feel the need, to let all my wonderful partners have a better understanding of PNUR.
1.  PNUR is not a Christian organization. This point is clear to almost all the partners.
2.  PNUR does not wish to be controlled by any denomination: In this we have problem; because we use church auditoria for meetings, some local church pastors have hijacked our prayer meetings, imposed themselves on the partners insisting on saying how things go. Some have instead of allowing us to run our meetings our way, insisted that we should go their own way. Even, some partners have advised that let them have their way so we can have a large turnout. This will frustrate the original purpose of PNUR
3.  PNUR President, Emma N J Nwosu, as a minister of the gospel can minister anywhere, but would not want to preach in meetings that undermine the PNUR vision. Hence have politely turned down some invitation. This should not be misunderstood as pride.
Our Ministry Program.
1.  Set Apart Prayer Retreat: This is only for prayer warriors and those who want to join. It is intensive prayers; pregnant women or nursing mothers are not welcome. In this program, we arrive at venue in the night, and carry on prayers for 48 hours with fasting, resting only on interval of one hour thirty minutes. This is where we train our workers.
2.  Just Prayer and Revival Retreat: this is the one we hold on the week immediately after Easter. Anybody who can fast from six in the morning to six in the evening is welcome. In this we have often made a mistake; this meeting is for PNUR partners and those who wish to belong. We provide free feeding and accommodation for all delegates. From 2015 it shall be zoned and the zonal coordinators will publish venues and date soon.
3.  International Prayer and Revival Conferences: These are non-denominational prayer and revival conferences we host from city to city across Nigeria and some parts of Africa. The President is the main speaker alongside other PNUR partners. We have had ugly experiences where we brought in some guest speaker who says or does something, that in our judgment is not in agreement with the Word of God. This is has been saddening, especially when some people in that meeting may be attending PNUR meeting for the first time. We therefore concluded in the recent retreat that we will not accommodate guests speakers in our meetings that are not cleared from the headquarters. We liaise with Christian organizations like Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Nigeria Missionaries Association- most time outside Nigeria- etc. we print the posters, fliers and flex banners when we are breaking new grounds. Coordinators and partners stand up to support in areas we have members and partners. This is a conference; we are not responsible for the feeding and accommodation of the delegates. Partners can extend hospitality to others, but this should not be seen as the rule. Most times we have a special morning session for Pastors and church workers, and a general evening session.
4.  Central International Prayer and Revival Conference: We hold this in Port Harcourt- Nigeria last week of August each year. Because Port Harcourt is the Headquarter of PNUR, we see it fit to arrange for the feeding and accommodation of partners coming in from distant places. This hospitality is planned only for those from afar and most times for the first day of arrival of delegates. We do not feed everybody all through the conference; hence, we arrange for food vendors within the premises of the conference venue.
5.  Crusades : Many partners have been agitating for open air meetings, general called crusades. We have been reluctant about owing to the challenges associated with such meetings. Light, public address system, movement of chairs and canopies, follow-up arrangement etc. Crusades cost more and the pressure is greater. Any coordinator who is considering crusades should consider these too. Even meeting calls for prayers, but crusades demand more. We suggest that for now, let us remain with the Retreats and Conferences.
High-light of Retreat- Board of Governors
Before this time, we have had people who we address of board of governors. Most of them have not been active and rarely show-up in our meetings. We thank God who has phased out this kind and brought in more responsible leadership. Here are names of those who volunteered to work in this capacity. I mean that the President did not appoint them or persuade them to accept this responsibility.
Eldad Ifechukwu (Onitsha- Annambra State), Moses Ranti Adejare (Lagos), Enoch Ikoghuya (Ughelli- Delta State), Angelica Nwokocha (Calabar- Cross Rivers State), Mercy Stephens (Yola- Adamawa State), Praise John (Yola- Adamawa State), Joy Emmanuel (Port Harcourt), Essien U Umoh (Port Harcourt). One more name is not mentioned because he was not present at the meeting. Even though he is committed and will most likely gladly accept, we want to be sure everybody in this list is in it by personal choice.
I wish thank all of you for standing by my side for all these years. As continue to trust God, we shall cover more grounds.
Emma your brother at PNUR

Monday, April 21, 2014

15th Wedding Anniversary

I want to thank God for his wonderful gift in the person of my wife, Joy.
Our wedding will be fifteen years by the 24th of April, 2014.
We are still serving God together and still love each other more than ever before.
There have been challenges and there are yet some presently,but glory to God, we are on top of every situation. With four wonderful children, who have remained a blessing, we give all thanks and praise to God.

Emma and Joy say "Praise!"

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tale of Four Young People Chapter 2

Tamar – Betrayed by all; so Why live on?
So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing a richly ornamented robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore.  Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornamented robe she was wearing. She put her hand on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.
 Her brother Absalom said to her, "Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet now, my sister; he is your brother. Don't take this thing to heart." And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom's house, a desolate woman. 2 Sam 13:18-20 NIV
Most people believe that bad things only happen to bad people. It appears that Tamar was of this opinion. Immediately this happened to her, the first question was “what did I do wrong? I was good to everybody, obeyed my parents and loved my brothers and sisters. I did my best to help everybody and avoided every appearance of sin; that’s why I wear this special robe meant for virgins”.
Of a truth Tamar was right to feel betrayed. It looked like her whole family conspired against her. She was raped by her step-brother right under her father’s roof. She fell into that trouble because she obeyed her father and he did nothing to Amnon after his wicked act. Perhaps she hoped that her brother Absalom will step out immediately to avenge her but the way he spoke to her suggested that he did not see it as too bad an incident. Even after,
Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad                                             2 Sam 13:22NIV
All these were what other people had done to Tamar, but what did she do to herself?
Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornamented robe she was wearing. She put her hand on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.
It is like Tamar did more harm to herself than her supposed enemies did to her. Her enemies meant to ruin her life; they only took one step each but Tamar packed-up herself. She put a conclusive end to her whole existence. It is true she was hurt, betrayed and abandoned. But that was only an incident in her life. There was no reason for Tamar to help her enemies to terminate her own life.
And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom's house, a desolate woman.
Hear this; bad things happen to everybody. The difference between the overcomer and the defeated is what they do at the point of a bad incident. Joseph the son of Jacob found himself in the same condition; his father sent him to send food to his brothers who left home many days with the sheep. He went to care for them and bring back news for his father; but his brothers took him and sold him out to Ishmaelite traders. That resulted in many years of horrible experiences as a slave and latter prisoner. That was what the enemy did to Joseph, but Joseph put his life together in all this. He continued to express his spiritual gifts even in the prison. That opened door for him to appear before the king. You know the rest of the story; he became the prime minister of Egypt and all his enemies bowed down before him. This resulted because he did not pack up his entire life because of one incident.
Hagar, Abraham’s concubine tried to pack up her life because she was thrown out of home by a couple she had trusted and allowed herself to be used as a baby making machine. She and Her baby were thrown out of home. Her worries blinded her to the supply of water by her side. She was ready to let her son die.
When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes.  Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she thought, "I cannot watch the boy die." And as she sat there nearby, she began to sob.
God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.  Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation."
Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.
Gen 21:15-19 NIV
  Did you read that? Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. Water was not her problem contrary to her views; she had closed her eyes by her concentration on an incident that happened “yesterday”. She refused to see anything else. Thanks be to God who had mercy on her and opened her eyes.
Everybody knew Tamar was raped; even if every other person believed she was immoral, there will always be somebody who will accept her as she was. Rehab was a pronounced prostitute yet was mentioned in the genealogy of Christ.
Counsel: There are many ills that befall young people which are not their making: some suffer like Jabez, the father abandons the mother or may deny the responsibility for the pregnancy. That will mean suffering for what one does not understand. One may be falsely accused or even go to jail for a crime one knows nothing about. One may be carrying disease he inherited from the carelessness of parents. One may just fall out of favor in a family of many children, especially a polygamous family.
Don’t pack up your life because of one incident. Pick up the pieces of your life. Who knows, there may be a throne waiting for you ahead. Follow the example of Jabez (1 Chron. 4:9-10), turn your back on every other thing or person and cry out to God. The God who answered Jabez will answer you. extract from a book by Emma N J nwosu

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Prayer Network for Universal Revival: Tales of Four Young People Chapter 1

Prayer Network for Universal Revival: Tales of Four Young People Chapter 1: In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David. 2 Amnon became frustr...

Tales of Four Young People Chapter 1

In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David.
2 Amnon became frustrated to the point of illness on account of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her.
3 Now Amnon had a friend named Jonadab son of Shimeah, David's brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man.  2 Sam 13:1-3 NIV
These four had royal blood, from the richest and most powerful family on earth at the time. They were under the roof of a globally recognized servant of God with god fearing priests and worshippers. There was nothing they lacked in any sense; yet, they failed. Two of them were princes and heirs to the throne, but died young and unmourned, leaving no children.
Amnon – Destroyed by obsessive compulsive drive (OCD).
One day Amnon noticed this pressure on his soul and will; he must have sex with his step sister or die. He called it love, and did not know where this pressure was coming from and could not resist it. Soon this pressure diminished all the opportunities and privileges around him. He lost appetite and interest on whatever else. This soon became noticed by his close friend and confidant who then suggested how he could satisfy this urge.
The victim of his beastly urge warned him-
Don't, my brother!" she said to him. "Don't force me. Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don't do this wicked thing.  What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel.
2 Sam 13:12-13 NIV  
 What about you, Amnon? That was the least thing he wanted to consider then. That urge had come to destroy him, but he lacked sufficient will power to reason then. He was obsessed. In other words, he was mad. This madness was driving him by a compelling force to ruin his future and the destiny attached.
This can be the story a lot of young people. Once any young person comes under this influence, he does not want to see those that he knew could dissuade him from the path he has made up his mind to follow. At such time the youth begins to withdraw from his parents, guardians and teachers. The person the young person wants to listen to, is fellow youths that he knows would not stop him but encourage him on the path to self-destruction.
At times this comes as sexual urge; for girls it could be at a likely time to get pregnant. It could be urging for a particular fashion lifestyle. In the case of the prodigal son in the bible, it was urge to leave home and live independent. It could come as pressure to test alcohol or rape. The more fatal case is to attempt suicide. In Nigeria within the year 2013 more than four university under graduates committed suicide in four different cities.  They all cited that they were fed up with life. All of them were below twenty four years and their parents were still living.
After taking this self destructive step, they always recover, but then the irreparable harm is done. In Amnon’s case -
But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.
 Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, "Get up and get out!"
2 Sam 13:14-15 NIV
He thought he loved her, now he has done the irreparable damage to the girl and more to himself, he discovered he never loved her; he was only mad, which madness he could not resist until he had ruined his chance to the throne and earned himself a life time enemy in his step-brother Absalom which resulted in his death.
He died as a rapist, guilty of incest, self-condemned prince unfit for the throne. In Tamar’s words, he had become like one of the wicked fools of the land of Israel. Foolish could be excused but wicked was deserving of death. His father could not kill him because he was his son but judgment came through his offended step-brother.
Counsel- When young people come under such pressure, let they run to a more matured person and confess their condition. If Amnon had spoken to his father, mother, the priest or teacher about this; none of them would have made the satanic suggestion Jonadab made. It is not also wise to try to handle this alone. It was Amnon’s effort to handle this alone that resulted in his losing weight which brought in Jonadab.
The best person to talk to in such case is a pastor, or where available a youth counselor. Youths who have learnt to pray have an edge in such matter. But just like Amnon, most youths see praying as old fashioned, hence, do not join their parents in prayer. When such youth come under such problem he is helpless.
It is necessary to make mention that such pressure could be hereditary. In the case of Amnon, his father David had succumbed to such pressure earlier and committed adultery with Uriah’s wife. In this also parents should not be shy to confess their weaknesses before their children, and warn them of such pitfalls. Most parents boast before their children as perfect people, who have made no mistakes in life. When the children find themselves under pressure, they see themselves as never do-wells, considering their challenges only peculiar to them. That could be why Amnon kept his pressure to himself. If he ever saw that his father had faced such problems, he would have reached out to him for help.
Parents should open up to their children in such a way as to help them avoid the pitfalls to which they were victims.
Extract from a book by Emma N J Nwosu