“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
The impressive Aso Rock rises majestically over Abuja’s central government district. This granite monolith, 1300 ft high, forms the backdrop to the skyline of Nigeria’s capital city alongside other notable sites like the National Mosque, with its famous golden dome, and the National Christian Center with its tall neogothic spire. The diverse architecture of the city reflects the ethnic and religious diversity of this West African country that Sam* calls home.
Sam is an architect in Abuja and uses his vocational skills as of design, construction, and “building something out of nothing” in his ministry, too. As pastor of a church/ministry he initially joined as a student member, he has pioneered an outreach ministry on campus, partnered in several mission trips, and even planted a new church in the city center. His passion is for student and workplace ministry and his goal is to equip young people to share the Gospel.
Sam’s Haggai Leader Experience helped him develop his leadership skills and sparked even more creative ideas for building God’s Kingdom: “I envision a world-class writing ministry as a platform for greater influence — both in government circles and among young people. I want to be a young people’s pastor and influencer; teaching, training, rehabilitating, and positioning them to be change agents wherever they are.”
As an architect, Sam knows that buildings are only as strong as their foundations. This is why he reminds his students of the parable that Jesus tells in Matthew of the wise man who built his house on the rock. Life is a series of storms and if we want to remain resilient and stand firm in our faith, we need to listen to the Word of God and obey His commands.
What Sam also knows is that in the native language of the Asokoro people among whom he functions that “Aso” means “victorious.” And this is his prayer for his city nestled at the foot of Aso rock: that God would be victorious amongst the people of Nigeria.
Written by Carolyn Grant