Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT
We see “Standing Beside” as the principle of caring for others. Early in the scriptures we see this principle taking many forms. God said; It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a help meet for him. From that time on Adam and Eve were to support each other throughout life.
In the new testament as the Christian Missionary movement began we see how important it is for Barnabas to have the companionship and support from Paul. Barnabas knew that he alone didn’t possess all the skills or gifts required to pull together a ministry as large and diversified as Antioch. Together, by God’s grace, the two of them could team up and accomplish incredible things.
As we have been presented with the challenge to consider “Standing Beside” the people of Nigeria we ask that you in turn “Stand Beside” us. It is our desire to be in the place that God calls us to be and all of the pieces are falling into place to soon be in Nigeria.