“Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) is committed to seeing the accomplishment of the Lord’s commission to His Church. We believe that the Church has not finished its task until the Gospel penetrates the different people groups of the earth. By this, we mean that the gospel of Jesus Christ must be preached and taught among the nations until indigenous bodies of believers who are self-governing emerge, stand and disciple others.” – Statement of Faith
Introducing Calvary Ministries
The missions began on the 25th of April, 1975 in Zaria as a follow – up to what happened on December the 24th the previous year.
A few Christian Corpers posted to Zaria in the North of Nigeria made an attempt to hold a crusade in front of the Emir’s palace. It was a “suicide mission” though that was where the battle for the soul of the Muslims of Northern Nigeria began.
And this has become one of Nigeria’s indigenous pioneer efforts in cross-cultural missions and one of Africa’s contributions to world evangelisation.
What is today known as Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) came into being in 1975 (precisely April 25th). It started in Zaria, in northern Nigeria after some young Christians burdened to evangelize non-christians attempted a crusade in that ancient city. They were attacked, but instead of being discouraged, the experience stirred them to prayers and more action.
The vision was thus born to make such cities and tribes, as well as other unreached people groups of Northern Nigeria and West Africa an object of concerted missionary effort. Calvary Productions (CAPRO), as it was first called was thus born. The pioneer leadership team was lead by Bayo Famonure. This team led various youths from all across Nigeria into intensive evangelism of non-christians both in northern Nigeria and neighboring Niger Republic. By 1979 CAPRO name was changed from Calvary Production to Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) to reflect her diversity of ministry operations and a new emphasis on targeting ethno linguistic clusters of peoples. And by the early 1980s this lead to the recruiting full-time cross-cultural missionaries to live and plant churches among verified unreached peoples.
Some of the first ethnic groups to be entered were the Maguzawa people and the Gbagyi people of Kaduna State in Nigeria. Soon after this several other unreached peoples were engaged in Nigeria. Also by the early 1980s, foreign fields were also pioneered in Niger Republic, Senegal and Guinea (all in West Africa ) to engage ethnic groups with no known christian. Today, CAPRO now works in 34 countries among over 60 unreached ethnic groups with many churches planted. Starting from northern Nigeria CAPRO now works all over Africa, in Europe and the Middle East. In recent years CAPRO has especially emphasized outreach to North Africa and the Middle East and some underground churches have been planted.
The doctrinal basis of this Ministry is the fundamental truth of the Christian faith as revealed in the whole of the Holy Scriptures, including:
The one eternal God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
The Lordship of Jesus Christ in the life of the believer
The Divine inspiration of the Bible and its final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
The universal sinfulness of man which brings God’s condemnation on all men.
The redemption from the penalty and power of sin solely through the sacrificial death and bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ alone.
The present day ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
The empowering of believers by the Holy Spirit for more effective service.
The fellowship of all believers in the Universal Church which is the body of Christ.
The expectation of the personal physical return of our Lord Jesus Christ, in power and glory.
The eternal dwelling of the saints with God and the eternal separation of the unbelievers from Him.
These six pillars are the motivating factor for all our enterprise
Holiness: Our ministry is the outflow of our life. We cannot give what we do not have. So our first priority is to be like Christ.
Love: Love for God, for our fellow labourers, and for the people we seek to reach
Sacrifice: A willingness to spend and be spent for the cause of enthroning Christ among those who are yet to hear
Faith: We do not go by what we have but by the sufficiency of our God to meet every need.
Evangelism: Our passion is souls
Militancy/Determination: We are rugged soldiers of the cross and must not entangle ourselves with civilian matters. Time is short. We will find a way where others see no way. We are proactive and pragmatic. We shall use all means possible to reach the unreached.