To Oyo Ile
the 9th of May was a day to remember by the inhabitants of Oyo Ile
and the surrounding villages.
The Immanuel College Chapel Mission Team, led by the Dean of the College, the
Venerable Dr. Isaac Oyeneye, the Chaplain, the Venerable E.B.B. Omowaye and the
Assistant Chaplain the Venerable Lanre Babalola, was on an evangelical visit.
five months the Mission Team had not been able to make the monthly trip to any
of the 100 villages where it relates to the people, preaching Christ the
Saviour, due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. Our last visit was to Adeyipo
Village on December 9, 2020 where we hosted representatives of all the villagers,
about 500 of them, to our annual Love Feast. Since then the villagers had been
starved, as it were, of the spiritual meal which we serve to them.
the people of Oyo Ile and the nearby villagers, 170 of them, were more than
happy to receive us in our two buses singing Christian songs as we approached
the venue, typically under a big tree to provide some shade from the afternoon
another 15 minutes of choruses the Dean gave the opening prayer following which
the Chaplain delivered the message titled “God’s Love”, with John 3:16 as the
text. He told the village audience that God created man out of love. He put him
Adam, in a special Garden, the Garden of Eden, which He specially established
for him for his, enjoyment and protection knowing in advance that satan would
attempt to corrupt him, Gen. 2:8-9.
is why He warned him not to eat a particular fruit out of the many in the
Garden but he and his wife, Eve, allowed themselves to be tricked by satan.
Gen. 3:1-6. They ate it and this brought separation between God, the loving and
caring Father, and Adam and Eve. They had committed sin and God was angry with
them. He cursed them and drove them away from the Garden Gen. 3: 23-24. From
then on they had to fend for themselves. God hates sin, Ps. 7:11. And he punishes the offender. For hundreds of
years man ran away from God until Jesus came to die for our sins on the cross
and to reconcile us to God.
even in our time some of us still worship gods which are the creation of man.
That upsets God. Nothing should take His place in our heart. Not our property.
Not even our children however highly placed they may be, in the community or
leads to bondage. Confess your sin and repent. God the ever-loving Father will
forgive you. But you too must forgive those who offend you. That is what God
expects from you. Don’t nurse a grudge against your neighbor or friend.
the end of message, the Assistant Chaplain, Ven. Dr. Babalola, and other
members of the Mission Team prayed for the villagers, especially those who came
forward on account of one challenge or the other. We also prayed separately for
the youth and the children. Thereafter we distributed food items among the
villagers. The Dean, the Ven. Dr. Oyeneye, brought the event to a close with a
prayer at 5.00pm.