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Prayers in Time and Kenneth Ononeze's schools in Jos

In 2002 the Rev Kenneth Ononeze started to build two schools – one primary and one secondary – to provide affordable education to families in Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria. Jos is a Christian city close to the Muslim states in the north, and has suffered numerous riots and atrocities at the hands of the Islamist terrorists Boko Haram (which means “western education is forbidden”, which includes preventing girls going to school). Kenneth is pastor of a church which has to have armed guards against the risk of terrorist bombs.

He is a brave and honest man in a country notorious for corruption. Kenneth, his wife Helen and his church have built the schools with whatever money they have been able to raise. He takes no money from it. They charge very low fees for people to go, and although they are Christian schools, they offer many free scholarships to Muslim children, especially girls, who cannot afford or get education otherwise. They now get some of the best results in the state and are sending many children on to universities. One Muslim boy they took from the streets of Jos has recently gone to Tehran to study medicine there.

Yet 16 years on they still haven’t been able to complete the basic building work to provide enough classrooms: as of May 2018 they needed about 14,000 more to do so. We hope we can raise that through Godfrey’s album Prayers in Time. 100% of income from it goes to Kenneth, via the charity which was set up to look after this. The recording and production costs are the gift of our family and the contributors. We have supported Kenneth’s work with all income from Godfrey’s music and poetry for more than 20 years, along with our friends Geoff Shattock and Maria Silva, both of whom have spent time with Kenneth in Jos.

Please support us by buying an album on CD or download for 10 (or more if you wish) from www.godfreyrust.bandcamp.com. All of your payment will go to finishing the school building.

If you would like to make a larger gift and perhaps include Gift Aid, please go to the charity page .

Thank you from us and Kenneth and Helen, enjoy the album and share it with your friends!

Godfrey & Tessa Rust

Older and (below) younger children from the Messiah Christian Academy in Jos. The paper posters say “Please buy Prayers in Time to help finish the building our school.” Above is the final group of unfinished classrooms awaiting a third floor and plastering and painting.