After repeated short term trips to Nigeria, Lynsey has made it her home. Now she works in special needs education and compassionate outreach.
Born in the historic Co Antrim town of Carrickfergus, Lynsey became a Christian at the age of eight, after hearing a missionary recount how God had transformed her life.
After finishing school, Lynsey made her first trip to Nigeria in 2005 on a Mission Africa Summer Team. She came home with a heart for Africa and a feeling that overseas mission was the path God was calling her to.
She went to university to study Language and Linguistics and returned on another team in 2007, but it just wasn’t long enough – she had enjoyed it so much. During her final year at university, Lynsey strongly felt God calling her to take a whole year out to serve him in Africa, and she joined Mission Africa’s short term programme in Nigeria.
After further studies at Belfast Bible College, which included another placement in Nigeria with Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lynsey was accepted to work full time with Mission Africa.
She has been living in the city of Jos, Nigeria since early 2011. Lynsey initially worked in Jos with children with special needs. Since 2014 Lynsey has moved to Abuja with her husband, Japheth. She is still working with SEN children and is also working with Advance running outreach programmes in the poorer areas of the city.
“When you are in Nigeria and out of your comfort zone you depend so much more on God,” admits Lynsey.
“I’m really challenged by the people here, and how they rely so much on God.”
“I feel a lot closer to God in Nigeria, probably because I am out of my comfort zone. There are so many things that you rely on God for. My faith has definitely been strengthened by being here,” she says.
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