Dear Friends in Christ,
I greet you out there in Jesus Lovely name. I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me John 14:6. Jesus Christ is our salvation! I was searching for a study material when I came across your email and convinced you are a Christian.
Please do not be angry at this letter and undermine me because I am reaching you through the internet. God led me to your email and I know I’m blessed having to know you. I am a member of Living Faith Church. By His grace I’m a believer born again and blood bought( blood of Jesus). I am married with six children. I have a great passion doing the work of the master especially now I work on my own having not to be disturbed like when I was working 10 hours in the clerk office work.. I am not rich in this wordly riches but rich spiritually in Christ. I came to know Christ in 1984 and since then serve Him with commitment. I live in an area where there is much hunger and crisis but the Lord keeps us from them all. Our church is a small church with about thirty people. I am the church secretary as well as Adult Sunday school teacher. As you can see I can speak and understand English well as we are British colonised country.
I am writing you because I need your help for bibles. Bibles are costly here and many Christians do not have bibles. Most get theirs from people in other countries when they can reach to other Christians there. My friend told me to go internet where I can get some to help and I know God has directed me to you. My wife and I needs the super giant print bibles which has very large print and we need this due to reading difficulty. Please kindly send us two copies. Also I’m using this medium to request for additional 6 super giant print bibles for the aged ones in the Sunday school class. king James Version would be preferable as we mostly use this during service. If other version is what you have we would appreciate them. The bibles could also be used bibles as long as the pages are correct we would use them. All bibles are needed in English and please you can send them through registered or insured air-mail through post office. Post office EMS post is also very fast and safe. Please kindly help us and sow this seed to our lives here. Where a seed is sown, harvest will surely come and it will come to you. I would prayerfully wait to hear from you.
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
In His service
My address is
No. 456 Uwelu Street, NIPST-IPOB 3023,
BENIN CITY, EDO STATE,
Now I had to scratch my head because I couldn't at first figure out the scam; the guy just wants Bibles right? He doesn't ask for any information, and instead provides plenty of details which could probably be verified or otherwise.
I could only guess that unless it was a hook, a foot in the door so to speak, the most likely explanation was that in an age of increasing email-incredulity he simply wanted anything he could hock off on the black market. Sure enough, a quick Google reveals that those enterprising Nigerians are not only scamming Bible Societies worldwide, they're even using stolen credit card numbers to make bulk orders of Bibles disappear into the alleys of Edo before the cardholder can say diaspora.
Now it probably doesn't reflect too well on my character, but I'll admit that after I figured out the scam it was almost even more appealing than if it was a genuine plea from the impoverished Nigerian Church.
Why? Well I'll get to that, but in the meantime, this scam demonstrates a few interesting things: firstly, demand for Bibles is outstripping supply in the mean streets of Nigeria. Secondly, when a Nigerian wants a Bible he goes to the black market, not the bookstore. And thirdly, in West Africa, super-giant print KJV's are now denarius communis.
While it must be acknowledged that sponsoring the black market in Bibles must hurt the bona fide retailers, it could be countered that the black market is actually putting Bibles into the hands of those who want them cheaper than anyone else can, and to be frank, my sympathies lie with those who're hungry for the Word, not those who peddle it.
But on a more sinister note, who knows what those rascally black-marketeers are doing with the profits from the illicit Bible trade? Not running orphanages I'd warrant (funding the ghastly debauchery of "Adult sunday schools" perhaps?). Now for those with an irony deficiency, I don't seriously think that selling Bibles to fund the expansion of the kingdom of darkness could in any way be exonerated, yet there is something delightfully subversive about the thought of co-opting the criminal underworld into smuggling Jesus. After all, didn't Paul say;
"What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice."I guess it must be the anarchist in me. Does anybody else fancy the idea of sponsoring Christian anarchy in Nigeria? Just drop brother Izekor a line.
- Phil 1:18