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« on: December 19, 2012, 10:14:53 AM »

 I was born into an Anglican Family in my home country Nigeria. I was baptised and confirmed in the Church.
About three year ago I started having divine Encounters and God revealed alot to me. God showed me my purpose in Life, thought me about the Holy Trinity( A part of Christianity I never really understood), thought me about Theosis about the nature of the true Church and the importance of confession. (note that I had no knowledge of the nature of the Eastern Orthodox Church then.). I thought of converting to Roman Catholic because that was the only Church I saw that was close to what God revealed to me, but something held me back.
 After having more divine encounters I thought to myself that i couldn't handle it, so I went into partial practice of  paganism. After realising that. I couldn't run from what God wanted me to do for him, so I found my way back to Christianity.
 July this year God pushed me to read about the Eastern Orthodox Church. To my surprise and puzzlement all God revealed to me about the true Church was what I was reading about the Eastern Orthodox Church more surprising was when I read about theosis and saw that God had revealed that to me too. I then started calling myself an Eastern Orthodox Christian.
 Problems: The are no Orthodox Church in the State I preside in. There are only three Orthodox Churches in Nigeria and they are in the southern region of the country while I leave in the northern region. And now More than ever the Devil has taken a great interest in me, and has made my body feel dead. I often pray to be stronger than I'm. I fight everyday to remove what the Devil has put before my eyes, it a daily battle I often lose. I lose control of myself so much that I don't trust myself anymore. I wish I had a priest to talk to about it but I don't have. I long for the day I'll Step into an Orthodox Church for the first time. But now I'm in serious need of guidance and prayers.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012, 11:12:47 AM »

Well, you could try and contact the nearest bishop. I know that the Patriarchate of Alexandria is very active in missionary work. maybe you can help starting something.

I hope everything will turn out fine and I will include you in my prayers.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012, 02:18:54 PM »

Thank You very much, will do
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 01:02:42 PM »

God be with you, brother  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 01:25:37 PM »

http://www.orthodoxnigeria.org

That website says there are 29 parishes in Nigeria.
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2012, 04:23:39 PM »

This is the email address of Archbishop Alexander of Nigeria: archbishop@orthodoxnigeria.org

I recommend that you email him to discuss the situation. Be sure to tell him about these experiences that you've been having for the past three years, as he will surely want to investigate them further.
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2012, 12:37:20 PM »

I know of only 3 Parishs
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2012, 02:37:52 PM »

I have no advice other than what these people have already given. I will be praying for you and your situation.
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2012, 02:51:45 AM »

Praying for you, pls keep us update Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2012, 12:40:57 PM »

may God guide you.
have you read any helpful books about orthodox Christianity?
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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2012, 08:09:29 AM »

I sent an Email to the Archbishop.
I'm yet to get a reply, but I know I'll get it soon.
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2013, 11:58:36 AM »

The Bishop replied my mail, and we exchanged email for a while. he then gave me the contact of a Priest in his Parish. We have been talking and he is a good spiritual guardian to me, I'll soon be taking a trip to visit the Parish.
 I thank you all for your support, and may God bless you.
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2013, 12:15:33 PM »

Glory to God 

I wish the best for you.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2013, 12:53:59 PM »

AMEN
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2013, 03:42:48 PM »

It makes me very happy to hear about that. Please keep us updated.
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« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2013, 10:09:54 PM »

Glory to God!
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« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2013, 10:10:56 PM »

Glory to God Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2013, 10:32:24 PM »

Yes, please keep us updated. Smiley

And glory to God!
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