The Gospel to Nigeria

Nigeria's Flag: The centered white stripe is symbolic of peace and country unity, while the green stripes represent fertile land.


Step into Nigeria with Jackie Towns and support Stories of Glory in this excellent work for the Kingdom. She is going on a short-term missions trip to Nigeria making disciples and training leaders. Jackie currently needs $7,000.00 for supplies, printed materials and travel expenses. Your prayers and donations are much appreciated.


Jackie teaches the Bible through the art of biblical storytelling to pastors, church leaders and church planters so they can train others in their communities that are primary or secondary oral learners.


She traces God’s redemption storyline from Genesis through Revelation. The Bible is 75% narrative. God designed it that way so that we could come to know Him and embrace a personal relationship with Him!


Jackie has a unique ministry telling stories as Jesus did through parables. And God has invited us into His grace-filled story to join Him in His work for His glory.


When men and women, brothers and sisters work together in Christ and through Christ, we will be able to saturate our communities with the Gospel and the impact for Christ will be unstoppable! Authentic lives that are built on the heart and mind of Christ Jesus are contagious; hence the discipleship cycle of developing leaders to carry on the work comes with great increase. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To God be the glory forever. Amen” (Rom 11:36).


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Can you imagine not being able to read the Word of God? Or, living in a place where there are no Bible translations in your language? This is the land of Nigeria - a land in need of the Gospel.
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Stories of Glory-Ministry in SE Asia

My applied research will be in developing an effective curriculum to teach the metanarrative of Scripture through the art of biblical storytelling to increase a person’s understanding of God’s redemptive story, how they personally fit into His grand story, and how to apply biblical truth to life situations to nurture life transformation. The curriculum will be designed to help Pastors, church leaders, and church planters teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in primary and secondary oral communities or in communities without a translation of the Bible in their native language. I will be evaluating the metanarrative curriculum with pastoral students attending the DE&A Bible College in South Asia. According to the Joshua Project there is a 71% literacy rate in this section of South Asia. However, many Pastors, church leaders, and church planters that attend the Bible College minister in areas with people whose literacy rate ranges 25-30% or do not have a Bible translated in their native language. There are 575 primary languages and 1000 dialects in this region. The lack of access to the Scripture poses problems with the people, even believers, in their ability to understand that the Bible is God’s redemptive story and His story impacts their lives, which as believers, leads them through a transformational process with an ever-growing maturity in a biblical worldview. Therefore, the necessity and the focus of my work will be to teach an overview metanarrative which will include key stories from the Bible that will show God’s covenantal love, His faithful commitment to the redemption of His people, His longing for an authentic personal relationship with each one of us, and the development of a biblical worldview. This study seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of Stories of Glory: An Orality Journey Through the Bible Program, which is designed to teach the metanarrative of God’s redemptive story through the art of biblical storytelling and expository teaching. Quantitative and qualitative research will be done to evaluate if there is an increase in biblical knowledge, life transformation, and spiritual growth in the aspect of understanding one’s significance in the body of Christ after the course has been administered. The curriculum will be evaluated with pastoral students attending the DE&A Bible College in South Asia. This course is, however, designed in a way that will be easily adaptable to cultures all over the world.


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Teaching Pastors and Church Leaders Orality Methods to Fulfill the Great Commission
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Life-Altering Auto Accident

It was just a routine trip to the dance studio. Little did we know it would change our lives forever.


It was April 25, 2017 that our lives took a turn for the unexpected. Even though it was almost a year ago, we are still broken and in need of assistance - financially, spiritually (prayers) and emotionally.


Nicole was taking our daughter Mercy to ballet. While she was waiting to turn left into the parking lot, a car (with the driver distracted, possibly texting on his phone) rammed into the back of the vehicle she was driving.


As the distracted car was driving in excess of 50 miles an hour, her car was tossed into oncoming traffic, where she was hit a second time, this time as part of a head-on collision. The wreck was so bad that the car had to be cut open from the top in order to get Nicole and Mercy out.


The lead officer on scene said it was the worst he had seen in 20 years and that it was a literal miracle that anyone survived.


Mercy is actually the better off of the two; she sustained injuries, but will ultimately be okay.


Nicole had 7 fractures to her spine, 8 broken ribs, her left arm and right leg are so severely shattered that they required immediate reconstructive surgery with a metal pin currently holding them in place.


She has now advanced to a wheelchair. Due to her injuries she needs help to do even the most basic of tasks.


We are tired, still hurting physically and trying to not to think about the hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills pilling up.


If you feel lead to donate money to the medical bills fund that is such a help (one of our biggest) ... with repeated Dr. visits and rehab on the horizon the bills just keep coming.


Again we humbly thank you!!!! You are helping us to survive this crazy season.


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Nicole in hospital after auto accident that threw their lives into chaos.
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Hey everyone!
Another update: I had my first chemo treatment yesterday, and it went very well! No nausea or vomiting at all, and was even able to eat chipotle during the infusion. I did have some very mild neuropathy which lasted only a few minutes, but otherwise no side effects. Praise God!! I still have to wear the slow infusion pump until tomorrow afternoon, but if carrying that around is the worst my treatments throws at me, I can live with that. Thank you so much everyone for the continued prayers, as this was definitely an answer to them.

BIG shoutout to @madeleinefarsi, @rileysnowney, and @haleyycarroll for being so awesome and hanging out with me during the treatment. And also big thanks to Keith Moon for putting up with us and being a fun nurse.

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20-year old Liberty University student fighting colon cancer.
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