Summer 2023 Update

Beth Guckenberger recently visited Jos, Nigeria and provided an update.

Thanks to your incredible generosity, we've made significant strides towards achieving our goals of enhancing the educational and recreational facilities in Jos, Nigeria.

If you haven't had the opportunity to fulfill your pledge yet, you can give to the Nigeria fund here. Your contribution holds the key to transformative additions below.


June 2023 Update

Impact made by the VCC Community so far:

  • Over 1,000 people have given to the initiative!
  • Total pledges have exceeded $1 million dollars
  • Our goal is $775,000 and over $500,000 has been received so far.
  • Vineyard Kids raised over $3,000 through the Hope Jars project!
  • The OneLife Business Ministry helped raise $40,000+ to help furnish labs in the vocational school.

With the additional funds, your generosity will go to providing:

  • Teacher salaries for the first year of BOTH schools
  • Completely furnish and purchase books for the library
  • Provide internet services and equipment in the classrooms and administrative offices
  • Resource all 12 classrooms

However, our work is far from over! We invite you to continue making a difference alongside us by getting involved. If you pledged, please continue to fulfill your commitment so together we can continue this Legacy of Hope.

What is the Legacy of Hope?

Thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children in Nigeria lack access to education.

The Legacy of Hope is a campaign to build a high school and vocational school in Nigeria that will change the course of history for these children over the next decade and generations to come.

We are a church that lives & loves like Jesus

Generosity is at the very heart of God. It’s everything that He is and does. If we understand God’s heart, we’ll be people of generosity.

As we’ve been listening to God recently and asking him for greater direction, he’s challenged us to take a great step of faith to continue the story that he called us to join 15 years ago in Nigeria—we’ve been invited to step into more.

Join with me as we give away to the world what God has given us, and continue the Legacy of Hope in Nigeria.

Matt Massey
Lead Pastor

Primary Goal: 100% Church Engagement

Our goal is for each person reading this to make a gift of whatever size to the Legacy of Hope initiative.


God's Story Continues

Fifteen years ago Vineyard Cincinnati Church demonstrated God’s love by raising funds to drill 100 clean water wells in Nigeria.

Now, we've been invited to partner with Back2Back Ministries to build two trauma-informed schools and a multi-purpose center at the very same location as the first well in Nigeria.

These schools will better the future of thousands of Nigerian children and change the trajectory of generations yet to come.

God’s love story continues to reveal itself in this area of Nigeria, and he invites us to be a part of his work there.

Our Past Points To Our Future ➔

2006: Dave Workman, former Senior Pastor, visits Nigeria.
2006: VCC Launched Luke 4 Challenge campaign
2007: VCC financed the drilling of more than 100 wells in Nigeria
2009: The well at the school location was drilled
2009: VCC Students raise $9,000 for the Ed Center with “Simplify Christmas.”
2010: VCC Students went on a mission trip to Nigeria.
2012: More than 200 students utilized the Ed-Center
2023: Secondary school site plan

About this Project

Even though primary education is officially free and compulsory in Nigeria, about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school.

Education deprivation in northern Nigeria is driven by various factors, including economic barriers, cultural norms, and practices that discourage attendance in formal education, especially for girls.

This project builds on a legacy that VCC started 15 years ago during the Luke 4 Challenge campaign, when we learned that people in rural Nigeria were dying for no reason other than lacking clean water.

Today we have the opportunity to partner with God again in this area of Nigeria, to change the course of history, and to end generational poverty for hundreds—if not thousands—of children.

  • More than 120 children will be served in both the high school and vocational school in the first year, with a capacity to expand to 300 students the following year.

  • The schools will employ 65 members—teachers, assistants, psychologists, administration staff, cooks, cleaners, and security—that will be local from Nigeria.

  • A vocational school will offer catering, digital marketing and coding training, carpentry, metalwork, cosmetics, and mechanic classes.

  • Graduates will know what it means to have an authentic relationship with Jesus.

  • The children attending this school are less likely to be targets of human trafficking.

  • As a result of the trauma-informed education, students will know how to give care, receive care, negotiate, work as a team and use their voice to advocate for their own needs and those of others.

  • Families will be transformed, experiencing restoration and healing as a result of the teachers’ work with the children and their families.

  • These schools will change the course of history for hundreds of orphaned and vulnerable children in Nigeria every year.

Site Plan

This photo shows the original Ed Center built by our Student Union in 2010. The original dirt road has been paved, and a new Primary School was just built. 

Primary School

This is the primary school just developed on the Back2Back property. The school we are building is nearby and will have a similar look.

Secondary & Trade School

This is the site of the school you're helping to build. 

Who it's for

These are some of the future students of the school. More than 120 children will be served in both the high school and vocational school in the first year, with a capacity to expand to 300 students the following year.

Secondary Goal: $775,000

The heart behind this initiative is to fund the Legacy of Hope: Nigeria 2023 from giving that is prayerfully “above and beyond” regular tithing and giving to Vineyard Cincinnati Church.

"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
-2 Corinthians 9:7

My Hope Has A Name

The Vineyard Worship Team wrote a song for this series. Listen to "My Hope Has A Name" here: