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March 2021

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

(Matthew 21 v21)

Praise for:                       

  • God’s faithfulness in keeping us all safe especially our staff who travel to many remote and often flash-point areas to carry out projects.
  • Your support for the purchase of our new drilling rig! We have now raised £93,865 (£65,265 – Gifts & £28,600 – Loans). We have paid £55,000 and hope to ship the rig on 13th March – Praise the Lord!and Thank you
  • God’s blessing through Good Taste Fair Trade Shop Sheffield. It has donated all its profit – £12,000 from its 2020 trading towards our new rig. The cheque was handed over (observing socially distancing protocol of course) to our Patron Dan Walker.
  • Libby, TASTE’s 11 years old supporter has just started a business enterprise making birthday cards and will give 10% of the money she makes to TASTE. Why not buy your next birthday card from her; http://www.cardsofhope.bigcartel.com/
  • Jacob Pollock another young TASTE supporter is raising money for us during Lent by walking 10,000 steps (8km approx.) a day. Why not sponsor him, visit: http://www.justgiving.com/JacobPollock
The new drilling rig

Dan receiving cheque from Jenny
Cards of hope sample

Pray that:                             

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria.
  • We would use every opportunity we get during our projects to share the Gospel with communities.
  • God would protect the vulnerable communities that we support against Islamist Militants attacks, the current spate of kidnappings and the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The new drilling rig would get to Nigeria quickly and safely and that it would not be held up by Customs at the port. The last vehicle we shipped took a month to get to Nigeria, but then 6 months to clear customs!


February 2021

There are many who say, who will show us any good? LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased. (Psalm 4 v 6-7)

 Praise for:                       

  • God’s faithfulness in keeping us all safe especially our staff who travel to many remote and often flash-point areas to carry out projects.
  • The Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Project in 4 communities in Vom (a predominantly Christian area in Plateau State). The project is due to be completed by the end of this month.
  • Our new drilling rig! Meehan Drilling Ltd has agreed to release the rig to us for an initial payment of 70% of the purchase price. We have now raised £72,000 which means that we can make the initial payment and ship the rig to Nigeria – Praise the Lord!
  • Zhwerina (Good Seed) Nuhu Yakubu our TASTE Nigeria Country Director Nuhu Chayi and wife Sophia’s lovely new baby girl born on Tuesday 2 February. Mother and baby are doing well.

Pray that:                             

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria.
  • We would use every opportunity we get during our projects to share the Gospel with communities.
  • God would protect the vulnerable communities that we support against Islamist Militants attacks, kidnappings and the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • We would be able to raise the remaining £18,000 to fully pay off the rig.
  • The new drilling rig would be shipped to Nigeria quickly and safely in time for the start of the partnership with Tearfund Nigeria in April.
  • Nuhu Chayi and Sophia will adjust well to being new parents and that Zhwerina Nuhu Yakubu would be kept healthy especially in these early days of her life.


January 2021

The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.(Psalm 46 v 7)

We wish all of you our dear friends a Blessed and Peaceful 2021. May the Lord be your refuge and an ever present help in times of trouble.

Praise for:                       

  • God’s faithfulness in bringing us all safely to another year full of His exciting plans for us especially for our staff gearing up to travel to many remote and often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • The £45,000 which has been raised to carry out Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Project in 4 communities in Vom (a predominantly Christian area in Plateau State). The project which started just before Christmas is due to be completed by the end of this month.
  • The amazing response to our appeal letter to help raise funds for the purchase of this £90,000. Needing to now raise £60,000 before March 2021, we already have £32,350 pledged one week after the appeal was launched.

    Pray that:                        

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria.
  • We would use every opportunity we get during our projects to share the Gospel with communities.
  • God would protect the vulnerable communities that we support against Islamist Militants attacks and the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would be successful as he seeks to motivate Nigerians resident in the UK to get involved with TASTE and support vulnerable communities across Nigeria.
  • Nuhu Chayi and TASTE Nigeria staff as they make preparations for the start of the 3 year partnership with Tearfund Nigeria. Tearfund will be at TASTE Nigeria office next week from Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 .
  • We would be able to raise the initial £60,000 needed for the down payment and to ship the drilling rig to Nigeria. We need the rig in Nigeria by the end of March in readiness for the start of the partnership with Tearfund. We also need to raise the remaining £30,000 to fully pay off the rig.


December 2020

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2v14)

Arthur C Ainger uses this great verse as the refrain to his well known hymn with the following first verse:

God is working his purpose out,
as year succeeds to year:
God is working his purpose out,
and the time is drawing near:
nearer and nearer draws the time,
the time that shall surely be …

This Christmas may our heart be filled with the knowledge of the LORD even as we celebrate his saving purpose through Emmanuel – God With us

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas and Peaceful New Year

Praise for:   

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote and often flash-point areas to carry out projects and bringing us to through another year – even pandemic notwithstanding
  • The very generous donation of £14,253 from the Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christians (OFNC)for a WASH project in Chigwu Community, Vom, Plateau State
  • The ongoing negotiations for the purchase of rig for £90,000 on hire purchase terms (we need to raise £30,000 in the first quarter of 2021 (please look out for our appeal for help letter).

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria 
  • We would use every opportunity we get during our projects to share the Gospel with communities 
  • Nuhu Chayi’s effort to raise within Nigeria part of the outstanding £30,000 for the £60,000 proposed borehole project in Vom (a predominantly Christian area in Plateau State) would be successful. 
  • We would be able to raise the initial £30,000 needed for the initial payments for above rig and that we would keep up with the anticipated £1,500 monthly repayments (over 53 months)  and also be able to pay back all loans in the time agreed with our supporters.


November 2020

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16v33)

Praise for:                       

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote and often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • TASTE Nigeria partnership with Tearfund Nigeria has been approved the Tearfund committee comprising the National and International members. The partnership will begin in April 2021 and will reviewed in 2024
  • The recent grant awards from Harry Inman Charitable Trust – £2,000 and Scott Bader – £5,000
  • The successful completion of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project at ECWA College of Health, Kagoro, Kaduna State, funded by the States of Guernsey

Pray that:                             

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • We would use every opportunity we get during our projects to share the Gospel with communities
  • Our brothers and sisters who continue to face hardship because of Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, Covid-19, and increasing food shortages and subsequent price rises would know the Lord to be their ever present help
  • Nuhu Chayi’s effort to raise within Nigeria part of the outstanding £30,000 for the £60,000 proposed borehole project in Vom (a predominantly Christian area in Plateau State) would be successful.
  • Nuhu Chayi (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would know God’s will as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig for boreholes in rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000



October 2020

… we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” (2 Thessalonians 1v11)

Praise for:                       

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote and often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • The recent grant awards from Harry Inman Charitable Trust – £2,000 and Scott Bader – £5,000
  • Byencit Dala returning to work following a serious accident 10 months ago, when she was hit by a motorcycle on her way home from work

Pray that:                             

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • We would use every opportunity we get during our projects to share the Gospel with communities
  • Our recent application to become one of Tearfund partners would be successful – announcement due anytime now.
  • Nuhu Chayi’s effort to raise within Nigeria part of the outstanding £30,000 for the £60,000 proposed borehole project in Vom (a predominantly Christian area in Plateau State) would be successful.
  • The water project at our proposed headquarters to help our host community in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and other diseases would be completed soon and for wisdom on how to install the solar panels for the pump to make them “theft proof”.
  • Nuhu Chayi (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would know God’s will as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig for boreholes in rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000.



September 2020

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion Therefore, I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3v22-24)

Praise for:                       

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote and often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • God’s faithfulness to us, we celebrate our 21st Anniversary this month.
  • The Darley family for successfully completing the challenge they set themselves to walk/run/cycle or scooter 100 miles over the summer to raise money for us. They raised £540, exceeding their £500 target. Thanks guys!

Pray that:                             

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • We would use every opportunity we get during our projects to share the Gospel with communities
  • Nigeria, particularly Plateau State where the Covid-19 infections are on the increase, would be protected from the pandemic so that the health service would be able to cope
  • Nuhu Chayi’s effort to raise within Nigeria part of the outstanding £30,000 for the £60,000 proposed borehole project in Vom (a predominantly Christian area in Plateau State) would be successful.
  • Th harvest would be plentiful to ease the additional hardship on families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The Lord would frustrate the plans of the Islamist Terrorists to carry out attacks in Nigeria; Boko Haram in Abuja, the Federal capital; The Islamic State West Africa Provence (ISWAP) in the south; Fulani in Plateau State.
  • Nuhu Chayi (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would know God’s will as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig for boreholes in rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000



August 2O20

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5v8)

Praise for: 

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects.
  • TASTE Nigeria being formally invited (process is only by invitation) to apply to become one of Tearfund Nigeria Partners.
  • The States of Guernsey releasing £25,000 the last tranche of a £50,000 grant thus approving our request for work to be moved to two different communities. The work could not go ahead in two of the original 5 communities due to ongoing attacks in one and no suitable location for a borehole found at the other.
  • The successful and encouraging meeting TASTE Country Director held with the Fulani Leadership this week Nuhu writes “We resolved to respond in love to the Fulani gun attacks in our Kramer district in the last two weeks some lasting up to 20 minutes. One such attack was at a farm set up to feed the internally displaced persons (IDPs) especially in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We lost 2 motorcycles, but one was recovered having been handed over to us during the meeting. The other could not be found and we will support the owner to get a another one without charging the Fulanis for. This is our act of love to them.

Pray that: 

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • We would use every opportunity we get to share the Gospel with communities during our projects
  • Nigeria would continue to be spared the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic so that its health service can cope
  • We would eventually be able to carry out WASH projects at Jirim Gari and Dutse Bako. Although funding was available from the States of Guernsey for these two communities, no ground water was found in Jirim Gari and it was too dangerous to work in Dutse Bako due to ongoing attacks by Fulani militants.
  • The proposed TASTE boreholes in Partnership with the Rotary Club in Vom, Plateau State would soon be carried out. Although £30,000 of the £60,000 project cost has been raised, the project is on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic making fundraising for the other half very difficult
  • The Fulani leaders would be able to control the aggression of their youths and that the youths from Nuhu’s community would refocus their attention back on God (specific request from Nuhu)
  • Nuhu’s community would be able to get more fertilizers for the (IDP) farms (specific request from Nuhu)
  • Nuhu Chayi (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) know God’s will as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig for boreholes in rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000.



July 2020

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”  (Philippians 2:9-11)  

Praise for:  

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • Sisters, Karen and Grace, who have challenged themselves to run/walk/rollerskate/cycle, 15 miles a week over the summer come rain, come shine. to raise £200 for us. The have already raised £255.You can read their story and donate through their just giving page by clicking here

  • The Darleys who having challenged themselves to ALL walk/run/cycle or scooter 100 miles over the summer have completed   over 39 miles of the 100 miles target distance raising £480 of their target of £500. They would love your encouragement to keep them going. Please support them by donating via their Justgiving page which you can access by clicking here 

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • We would use every opportunity we get to share the Gospel with communities during our projects
  • Nigeria would continue to be spared the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic so that its health service can cope
  • Nuhu Chayi  (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) know God’s will as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig for boreholes in rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000.



June 2020

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”  (Psalm 113v3)  

Praise for : 

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects.
  • Year 1 at Immanuel Christian School, Bristol, that will be partnering with us this Summer term; pray for a blessed partnership.
  • Our licence from the Plateau State Government which allows us to continue our vital work in rural communities even during lockdown. The construction of boreholes and toilets and the delivery of WASH workshop funded by The states of Guernsey is progressing well in the 3 communities we are currently working in. Work in the fourth community will start soon.

  • Our young supporters Chloe & her sister Evelyn who, undaunted by the Covid-19 pandemic took on another equally daunting challenge – the Southcourt Bake Sale and raised £203.20.

Pray that: 

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria.
  • We would use every opportunity we get to share the Gospel with communities during our projects.
  • The Darleys who are doing The Darley Family Summer Challenge to raising money for us would reach their target of £500. They are challenging themselves to ALL walk/run/cycle or scooter 100 miles over the summer (before September!) They would love your encouragement to keep them motivated when the going gets tough. Please support them by donating via their Justgiving page here 
  • Nigeria would continue to be spared the worst of the pandemic so that its health service is not overwhelmed.
  • The current lockdown in many states of Nigeria which is causing severe hardship to many vulnerable communities would soon be lifted.


May 2020

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7 v14)  

Praise For: 

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • The marriage of our Country Director Nuhu Chayi to his beautiful bride Sophia on Saturday 18 April 2020. Mr and Mrs Chayi, may “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
  • The successful completion of the project at Langkaku Community in Qua’n Pan Local Government Area, Plateau State, funded by the States of States of Guernsey was one of our most challenging. The Community is very remote and was very difficult to reach due to the poor access roads. A section of the journey although a mere 25km, took about 3 hours to travel through.

Pray that: 

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria.
  • We would use every opportunity we get to share the Gospel with communities during our projects.
  • We would be able to resume our projects of providing life changing water to very needy communities across Nigeria. We have had to suspend our work as the result of the lockdown in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Nigeria would be spared the worst of the pandemic so that its health service is not overwhelmed.
  • The current lockdown in many states of Nigeria which is causing severe hardship to many vulnerable communities would soon be lifted.


APRIL 2020

For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; Ascribe greatness to our God. The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32 v 3-4)

Praise For:

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • The Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project at The EMS Children’s School in Jos funded with £5,500, the profit from the 5th  year of trading by Good TASTE Sheffield Fairtrade Shop and also £3,600 from the Harry Inman Charitable Trust has been completed successfully.
  • Rob Coleman being willing to join TASTE Board of Trustees. Please pray for him as he settles in and gets involved with the exciting things that God is doing in Nigeria through TASTE.

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • God will comfort and protect these 3 villages and others which came under attack from Fulani Herdsmen at the end of March and beginning of this month. Ancha where 4 were people killed, 10 houses burnt and 3 sustained gun shot wounds, Hukke where 7 people were killed and 23 houses burnt down, Nkiedowro, where 3 were killed and 15 houses burnt down.



MARCH 2020

I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no Saviour.” (Isaiah 43 v 11)

Praise for:

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • Good TASTE Sheffield Fairtrade Shop which celebrated its 5th Anniversary on March 3, during which TASTE Patron Dan Walker received a cheque for £5,500 – the profit from the fifth year of trading. The Shop has donated over £30,000 to TASTE in its 5 years of trading. The money will go towards Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project at The EMS Children’s School in Jos. The School has a pupil number of 400 (primary to secondary level).
  • The Trustees of Harry Inman Charitable Trust who donated £3,600, which will also go towards the WASH Project at EMS Children’s School
  • Byencit Dala, TASTE Nigeria staff who continues to make good. progress following a surgery in early January 2020 on her broken leg
  • Habila Dami, (husband of TASTE Nigeria Finance Officer, Dinah) who is now home recuperating after several weeks in hospital in the Intensive Care Unit.
Good TASTE shop- staff and volunteers
Dan Walker picking up the cheque!

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria.
  • Nuhu Chayi  (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) will be given wisdom as they hold talks with possible partners about a project in VOM Village. The village has a population of approximately 70,000 and is often one of the first targets of the Islamist Militants whenever Plateau State comes under attack.
  • Nuhu Chayi  (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would be given wisdom as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig to enable TASTE to provide boreholes in communities with rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000.



FEBRUARY 2020

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the LORD!(Psalm 150 v 6)

Praise for:   

  • God’s faithfulness in protecting all our staff especially those who travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects
  • The successful completion of the Scott Bader funded project at Kombun Njak and Konchaar communities in Plateau State. The communities with combined population of 5,000 have access to 48,000l of water daily and 8 new latrines. The 15 newly trained Health Promoters in each community will continue to deliver regular health education to each community.
New borehole replaces the original source of water – dry riverbed

  • An encouraging first meeting with The Primary Education Board, Plateau State which has expressed a keen interest in our poster campaign to end open defecation in Nigeria by 2025. The Board is considering how these posters might be used in schools across the State.

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • Nuhu Chayi  (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) will be given wisdom as they seek God’s direction about working in the Northeast Nigeria. TASTE has been approached by four local contacts who independently suggested that TASTE should extend its work to the area which is in dire need of help.
  • Nuhu Chayi  (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would be given wisdom as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig to enable TASTE to provide boreholes in communities with rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000.







JANUARY 2020

“…Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit …” (Psalm 147 v 5 )

We would like to wish all our dear friends a Blessed and Peaceful 2020!

Praise for:

  • God’s faithfulness in bringing us all into another year and for protecting all our staff especially those who have had to travel to many remote often flash-point areas to carry out projects during 2019
  • The engagement of our Country Director Nuhu Chayi to his fiancée Sophia Thomas; the wedding is due to take place in April 2020
Sophia and Nuhu!
  • The safe arrival on Wednesday 15 January by caesarean section of a baby boy born to our Programme Officer Jonathan Makan and his wife Phidelia
  • Byencit Dala our TASTE Nigeria staff having had a successful surgery on her leg and the £1,100 cost for the operation being met by our supporters; Byencit was knocked down by a motorcycle just before Christmas and suffered a broken leg
  • Our application for a £50,000 grant from The States of Guernsey which has been shortlisted subject to satisfactory Due Diligence checks they are currently carrying out – please pray

Pray that:

  • Our staff will continue to honour God in all that they do both in the UK and in Nigeria
  • Nuhu and Sophia will know God’s blessing as they prepare for their wedding in April
  • Nuhu and Sophia will be granted visas to visit the UK to meet our supporters in May/June and for Nuhu to give first hand account of how the Lord has been using TASTE to bless so many communities in Nigeria – if you would like to invite them to take your church or group meeting, please contact Ben on – 07737413772
  • Nuhu Chayi  (TASTE Nigeria Country Director) and Ben Udejiofo (CEO) would be given wisdom as they work towards getting a bigger drilling rig to enable TASTE to provide boreholes in communities with rock strata that the current smaller rig cannot drill through. The new rig is likely to cost in the region of £100,000.