Peter Joshua Abutu is married to Joy Abutu. They have four children: Blessing (9); John (7); Uyo and Uya (twins-3).
"I grew up in a Christian home to a Christian parent who served for fifty one years as missionary/Pastor. Although I was part of a Christian family, my father made it clear to all of us that being a Pastor’s child does not confer salvation on anyone. So, at any given opportunity he will insist on personal trust in Christ’s work for salvation. This became so evident in my life as I began to exhibit all manner of sinful actions even though I was already conforming outwardly to religious duties. One day, during one of the Sunday School session, a sense of guilt and horror overwhelmed me. I felt within impending judgment in hell so, I went and spoke to my teacher about it. It was then that I confessed my sins, and put my trust in the Lord Jesus alone for salvation. The teacher subsequently prayed with me. Later, I was baptised by immersion at the age of thirteen.
I have enjoyed a very stable Christian life and have been walking with Christ since then.
I grew up in a Plymouth Brethren Church and thus an Arminian by default. This Church did move especially from the early 90’s from its original evangelical, conservative theological convictions and became heavily Charismatic and to a large extent liberal.
I sensed the call to ministry in the year 2008 in my former denomination and was cleared for pastoral duties and was given a Church. About a year into it I began to have doubt especially as it relates to many unfulfilled specific words of Prophecies, and began questioning some of our unbiblical practices.
By God’s design my path came across some British preachers from the Grace Baptist Mission (GBM) and through them a sound theological training was given me both at European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) and the London Seminary. After my training I went to Zambia in the year 2017 for ministerial internship at Kabwata Baptist Church. After much prayer, I had inward convictions, I was sent back as a missionary to my home country, Nigeria to plant a Biblical Church that stands in the Reformed convictions, and was ordained for it in March 2018. The name of the Church I am planting is Trinity Baptist Church."
Update from Pastor Joshua Abutu (May 2021):
Greeting to you, my brothers and sisters in the Lord. Your labor of love for the kingdom of God, especially your support towards my humble endeavor to plant a Biblical Church here in this city, and consequently Nigeria as a whole, is praiseworthy. Your support is not only helping us, but teaching us how believers can give themselves wholly to the work of Jesus, both locally and distant lands, even to people they have never met and may never have the opportunity to meet in this life.
Joy and myself want to say a big thank you for making sure our basid needs are met through your support. It creates great enablement in the discharge of our parental duties to our four children and three other dependents, and others who pass through our house. We are doing well in physical health (we have no record of any sickness these past two months) and spiritually too. Our children are responding well to biblical instructions; we can only pray for corresponding fruits that may lead to their conversion.
Our son John-Guessens turned eight in April, and this reminded me of my time at the European Missionary Fellowship (EMF), UK. It was eight years ago, while I was studying at EMF, that he was born. That trip to EMF really brought great awakening to my soul. It was there I began to understand Reformed theology proper, and began learning to think biblically. Pray for John that he may encounter Christ early; I am praying and diligently leading him with the hope that Christ may find him out.
Joy continues to support my work very well. She's at the moment leading the Ladies' Group, and assisting the Children Sunday School teacher, as well as leading in providing refreshments during our various meetings.
In the month of April, I lost three of my cousins back home - all male and under the age of forty. I travelled for condolences, but the sad thing is the fact that they were all non-Christians. I still have a lot of close relatives in Islam and animistic religions. It hurts to see them in an unsaved state.
There were no massive evangelistic outdoor activities during these months. Members and myself continue to engage people on one‐on‐one basis. We shared tracts and invitation cards during Easter, and also organized an indoor Easter evangelistic meeting.
Brother Eleazar, Pastoral Intern, leads our team to one private university, and continued there for about four weeks teaching and preaching from the book of Romans. Christian literatures were distributed during that period. In Brother Eleazar's own words:
"During my four weeks with them, I taught from Romans 3. I also led topical studies on justification by faith, the nature of saving faith, and the tests for true faith. I received good feedback from some of the studentss and can only pray that the Holy Spirit will bless his Word in their hearts. I intend to return when the school resumes from its sessional break, hoping that an open door will be available to start something long-term with the students."
We are trusting God to launch out at the university in the month of June.
B. Internal Ministries
The Men's Monthly Breakfast Meeting successfully kicked off in the month of March. It was a joy to see about eighteen men in our last recent edition. We read through a book, share hearts together, and then ate breakfast. We hope to be more missional, in terms of, maybe, inviting non-Christians to it.
The Ladies Meeting also was launched during this period. During our last visit to Kabwata Baptist Church, my wife was encouraged and given tutelage on how to conduct one. The first edition was very encouraging. The meeting will continue to hold every month.
The Media Department also became very active and is doing well. Our social media pages testify to that.
The Adult and Children's Sunday School ministries have become a delight in our local assembly here. Brother Eleazar (Adult) and Sister Phoebe (Children) are both leading and teaching. The feedbacks from the Sunday Schools are quite encouraging.
Over and above what we do regularly, we are receiving help from an American travelling missionary, Mr. Rick C., who coaches our team on discipleship and follow-up. We are trusting that the exposures will help us as we begin to see some growth.
We praise God for what he continues to do among us. We are witnessing some measure of steady growth in general church attendance, and may be calling some into membership in the month of June. Before January this year we were averaging twenty adults every Lord’s day, but now we are steadily around forty.
At the moment we have one brother in the Internship Program, and he is doing well. Brother Eleazar is following the schedule and scheme of work very diligently; it is our hope that he receives more help from our sending Church in coming months during summer by sending him to Zambia. At the moment he’s shown great commitment and fruits. This is his testimony:
“I continued studying Foundations for the Flock, and I covered the chapter on The Lord’s Supper. Dr. Conrad Mbewe, with his characteristic pastoral style of writing, treated the topic with much simplicity. He was especially helpful in addressing some of the common misconceptions that many have about the Lord’s Supper in the African context. I have submitted my review of this section. I continued my classes on New Testament Greek. Mr. Benedict Bird continues to be so gracious with his time and I had four classes with him. The Elements of New Testament Greek by Jeremy Duff remains the primary text for my learning, and I have covered two more chapters (on prepositions and adjectives). I was also engaged in some personal study. I dedicated some time to study Theology Proper,
focusing on the Immanent/Economic Trinity and how Christians have fellowship with each Person of the Trinity. This led me to read the writings of John Owen on the subject. I also studied the works of some contemporary theologians (e.g. Matthew Barrett, Michael Reeves, etc.)”.
It is our hope that, at least each year, we may have one person in the program. The intent is to prepare potential co‐elders, and healthy missionary/church planters in coming years.
For personal development, I am giving myself to more study of God’s word and reading healthy and relevant books. I am reading A.W. Pink on Man’s Total Depravity at the moment.
On the average I preach three times a week and lead prayer meeting every Friday. Since our congregation is young, I do meet up with folks on one‐on‐one basis to strengthen and steady them in Biblical Churchmanship (at the moment am averaging three to four persons weekly), among other things.
- Pray that I may up my game in personal devotion, like prayer and the discipline of quiet time and meditation.
- Pray for the salvation of Moses who has been coming to Church regularly now. He’s seriously seeking.
- Pray for Miss Joy who is seriously seeking God.
- Pray for one Pastor Chucks (a Charismatic/Pentecostal pastor) who has asked me to be teaching him the Bible.
- In about a month time (June 12th) we shall be having a city‐wide conference on ‘New Birth’. Pray for good attendance, resources (we hope to distribute Christian literatures…we need donations of books), and speakers.
- Pray for fruits over our Easter Meetings and University visitations.
- Pray for our Pastoral Intern, Eleazar, to be strengthened, and that we may be very useful in helping him up.
- Pray for some of our young men desiring marriage.
- Pray for numerical growth, and that we may be up and doing in evangelism, follow‐up, and discipleship.
- Pray for the very heightened insecurity in Nigeria. The dreaded Boko Haram have hoisted their flag in the month of April, and have taken over a military facility, two hours drive from the Federal Capital. We live daily with the reality of Covid‐19 and various security threats.