By God’s grace, I had the amazing opportunity to grow up in a godly Christian home. Very early on, I was taught the value of hard work, how to be respectful, and much more. I was raised in a pastor’s home and was shown, by example, that living for Jesus Christ is truly the most amazing way to live life. I believe that the two people who have had the greatest impact on my life are my parents. On February 3, 2006, at a revival meeting, as the preacher preached on the terrors of Hell, I realized that this pastor’s kid was on his way to Hell. I met my Junior Church teacher at the altar and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and take me to Heaven when I died. The next year at a Youth Conference, I was called to preach. A little while after that at a Missions Conference, I felt God calling me to go to the mission field.
After I graduated from high school, I went to Hyles-Anderson College, where I met my wife Erin. We both graduated in May of 2017. We were married on August 26, 2017. Between our graduation and starting deputation (about 18 months), we served at Temple Baptist Church in Muncie, Indiana. We taught a teen Sunday school class, lead our Junior Church, drove our church bus, and were involved in our church’s music ministry. My wife helped in each of these and also played the piano for the congregational singing. I have always felt that God wanted us to serve somewhere on the continent of Africa. I have visited missionaries in Ghana and Rwanda. We believe that God has opened the door for us to serve in Nigeria, West Africa, with Missionary Mark Holmes. We are very excited about seeking to please our Savior in Nigeria.
I had the privilege to grow up in an amazing Christian home. Our family served faithfully in the church and its ministries. Even though I was raised in a godly environment, I was not saved until I was a teenager; the Lord graciously allowed me to hear message after message. Then in 2011 at a Youth Conference, I finally received the assurance of my salvation. While attending Bible college, the Lord allowed me to meet and marry my husband Daniel. Daniel shared his burden for missions with me, which has become our focus. The Lord has allowed both my husband and me to visit missionaries in Africa, and we feel that He is leading us to this needy field. I am truly excited to see what the Lord has in store for us as we endeavor to reach the lost souls of Nigeria.
My name is Daniel Lang. My wife, Erin, my children, Ezekiel and Gianna, and I are working with missionary, Mark Holmes, and his family in Nigeria. We started deputation in January of 2019, and arrived on the field on October 22, 2021. During our first few years, we will be learning the culture and possibly a language. We will be actively involved in many facets of Bro. Holmes ministry. Along with working in the local church, we will be helping at the Bible college, preaching the Gospel in the public schools, and working with Nationals from the Bible college in church plants. We believe that God wants us to plant churches. Working with Bro. Holmes, we will be learning from someone who is an established church planter. We look forward to being used of God in Nigeria.
I hope that this letter finds you happy in the service of our King! We are doing very well here and enjoying a little bit cooler weather during this rainy season. Zeke and Gianna have adapted well. Anytime the temperature drops below 80 degrees, they let us know that they are cold! They are going to have a rude awakening when I take them to the Midwest part of the U.S. in the winter.
In the months of June and August, we hosted two different big days at the church. In June, we had a “Family Day” for our Deaf Ministry. There were around 100 family members and friends of our deaf people who came as visitors. In total, we had 420 people in attendance! In August, we hosted a “Friend Day.” We had a record attendance of about 520 people, with around 150 visitors! God is blessing Truth Baptist Church, as many of our people are seeking to follow Him!
In July, I had the opportunity to travel to Akure, Ondo State. I was able to preach a Youth Conference for Pastor Abraham. He has sent some of the young men in his church to be trained at our Bible seminary. One of our graduates is working with him, and about a year ago, he started a church in a nearby town. The new church is meeting in a small room at a school. They are holding regular services, going out soul winning, and helping new Christians to grow in their faith. God has provided the church with land. Please pray, as I would like to raise the money to help this church with a building.
In September, we will be returning to the States for a furlough. We will be there from September 2023 to January 2024. We are thanking God that our schedule is almost filled! I reached out to our supporting churches at the end of last year, but if you are interested in having us come to give an update, we still have a few dates available. We ask that you pray as we seek to update our supporting churches, present to new ones, and raise money for some specific ministry projects. The main project for which we are raising money is that of helping three of our graduates who are pastoring to be able to build church buildings. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for this need. We will be presenting this need as we visit churches. If you would like to give towards this need or would like more information, please reach out to me. You can give through FBMI at https://www.fbmi.org/missionary/lang.
Thank you for your continued faithful support! We know that it takes folks like you to send folks like us!