A Warm Welcome from the Saints in Nigeria

From the Superintendent's DESK

I am in Africa to visit our churches in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and Ghana. Upon arriving Tuesday evening, February 4, a welcoming committee greeted me, including Bayo Adeniran, the Western and Central Africa (WECA) District Superintendent, the WECA Board of Directors, and several others.

The next evening, I went to the WECA headquarters church in Anthony Village, Lagos, for Bible study, and was met with a short welcome service. The Anthony Village Secondary School students were waiting outside one of two identical halls, which have been constructed since my last visit, to present a children’s program.

First, one of the young ladies presented a beautiful bouquet of calla lilies while reciting a welcome speech. Then, inside the hall, the children sang, “We’re so happy and delighted to have you here this day, and for the love that you have for us.” They sang several other songs as well, including “Our Gift for You” with the words, “Peace never ending, joy overflowing, and love everlasting.” They also presented a skit to demonstrate how God reveals himself to us through His Word.

Following the children’s program, the adult choir and orchestra provided several specials beginning with “Trumpet Tune” by the orchestra, and “Raise Up an Army, O Lord” by the choir, accompanied by the brass.

For the Bible study, everyone separated into groups by age. I had opportunity to visit each group and greet them. This was the congregation’s first time to use the Daybreak and Discovery curriculum. It is sure to be a blessing by strengthening their knowledge of the Gospel and increasing their faith.

I expect to visit several churches in Nigeria over the next few days.

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