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This post was written by Tee Akindele on January 3, 2010
Posted Under: Everyday Christian,ministry

NYSC… An open door!

rugged_entryThe National Youth Service Corps(NYSC) is the mandatory one year programme designed to involve all Nigerian graduates in the development of the country. One of the expectations of the program is that “corps” members should be posted to cities and states far from home and states of origin. They are expected to mix with people of other tribes, social and family backgrounds, and to learn the culture of the indigenes in the place they are posted to. It is a scheme to engender unity in Nigeria.

This scheme was enacted under the military administration of General Yakubu Gowon in 1973. Just as the federal government had a plan, so God also apparently had his own plan and interest in the scheme. God spoke to Pastor G. Elton (a British missionary who lived in Nigeria for 50 years) that “a time will come when the Nigerian government will pay Nigerian youths to preach the gospel in the nooks and crannies of the country”. No doubt the prophecy referred to the NYSC programme and the mobilisation of Christian Youths to remote rural communities all over the nation.

An open door to priority peoples

About a third of Nigeria’s population remains unreached by the gospel, locked away from reach by barriers of language, remoteness and religious intolerance. Some of the most unreached regions in the country especially in the predominantly Islamic north have no contact at all with Christianity except when they meet with corpers who are usually school teachers or health workers. NYSC continues to post corpers, indiscriminate of their religion, to places where there are no known Christians or churches, only false religion, idolatry and abject poverty. We have to face it, the NYSC scheme is an open door to this priority peoples.

Undeniable fruits of corpers’ fellowships

The Nigeria Christian Corpers’ fellowship(NCCF) officially inaugurated in 1983, keyed into the prophecy of Sir Elton and adopted Rural Rugged Evangelism as the core of their vision. Every year the fellowship visits over 500 towns and villages, hardly touched by any form of development, bearing social relief and welfare materials, including volunteer medical personnel and free drugs, touching over 100,000 lives. Other corper fellowships like RCCF (Redeemed Christian Corpers’ Fellowship) also carry out similar outreaches in some states, including prison outreaches amongst other ministries.

Apart from outreaches to unreached priority groups, Corpers’ Fellowship both during the three weeks orientation camp and after, continue to help many Nigerian youths to meet with Jesus. Suffice it to say that since the inception of NYSC, tens of thousands of graduate Nigerian youths, covering a vast range of different backgrounds have believed on the gospel about Jesus Christ through one corper fellowship or the other under the umbrella of NYSC. I think that is absolutely marvellous.

Missionaries of tomorrow

Serving corpers have helped plant hundreds of churches in difficult terrain around the country. Just like short term missionary programmes in Europe and the Americas is helping many to commit themselves to full term mission work in foreign lands, the NYSC scheme has helped many of today’s full time missionaries, village evangelist and pastors answer the call to ministry and to permanently settle to serve God in the place where they concluded their youth service programme.

NYSC is un-arguably a missionary force in our land that shouldn’t be ignored, but what about Jesus Corpers as agents of development and transformation? At every point in time each year there are over 100,000 serving corpers from different disciplines and vocations all over the country. In some local government areas in the country, the only fully qualified doctors available are serving corpers. In some parts of Northern Nigeria like Sokoto where I served, well over 70% of the strength of Academic staff especially primary and secondary school teachers are corpers. I think this is the more reason why we have to take talk about proper orientation of serving Christian corpers seriously.

Little wonder, that the devil has tried to quell the continuity of NYSC severally. the scheme has major difficulties definitely, but Christians must remember that God has an interest in the programme, He has used it greatly and can continue to use it. Let’s cease praying for NYSC to be scrapped, but rather let’s be part of the solution to the problems faced by our graduate youths and NYSC. NYSC is the gospel’s open door to the unreached of our Nation.

Reader Comments

hi pls can you send me NCCF family house addresses nation wide? thank you

Written By yinkababs on April 13th, 2010 @ 7:34 PM

Hi Mr Yinka, I’m sorry, you’ll have to get that information from NCCF.

Written By Tee Akindele on April 14th, 2010 @ 1:29 AM

that’s a nice article, i finished my service in 2009 February and i still feel like going to Rural Rugged and getting involve with the Jesus’ Corpers as they reach the rural environment with the gospel of Jesus.

Well i have always wanted the NYSC to be scrapped but because of NCCF i dont want it scrapped anymore because the gospel must be preach to all nation and that is our purpose on this planet.

i hope to get involve with the NCCF around maybe there is something i can do to improve Rural Rugged because i dont believe we should just stop supporting NCCF since we’ve finished our service the vision still go on.

Once you are a Jesus Corper you are always a Jesus Corper so we should always be involve with the NCCF they can learn for our experiences and use it to reach the rural areas.

Written By OPE AJAYI on April 22nd, 2010 @ 10:43 AM

How are you Ope, Thanks so much for stopping by to read on my blog. You are very correct about that “Once a Jesus Corper always a Jesus Corper”. The vision to reach every nook and cranny of our nation shouldn’t die because we passed out of NYSC, but we must continue to support and participate in the work, wherever we find ourselves after. God bless you.

Written By Tee Akindele on April 22nd, 2010 @ 5:46 PM

Rural rugged shall never die….

Written By nife on October 16th, 2011 @ 12:04 AM

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