Our mission this time
was to Alagbede village on Sunday, 27th June. It was a pleasant sunny day but
the road, which has been under construction for more than two years, was bumpy,
more than usual, because the rains have created more potholes than ever.
Anyway we arrived at the village at last after we
have missed our way more than once.
During our last mission
trip more than three years ago Alagbede was still a typical village. One of the
families in our mission team, Professor and Mrs Okubanjo, had donated a deep
well to the community, through the mission team. But this time many of the
hallmarks of the village had disappeared. There are more modern houses and one
or two more wells and poultry farm. Certainly Alagbede is becoming part of the
sprawling Ibadan city.
When we had identified
the original location of the village centre we settled down to our assignment –
to preach Christ the Savior. Only a few more members of the community came to join
the original inhabitants and they were welcomed. The leader of the Mission Team
for this trip was the subdean of the Immanuel College of Theology, the Very
Revd Joseph Ayodele, while the preacher of the day was the Assistant Chaplain
of the Chapel, the Venerable Lanre Babalola. His theme was “Nothing is
Impossible for God”, Luke 18:27.
In that verse of the
bible Jesus makes it clear that things which are impossible with men are
possible with God. Why did Jesus say that? Because He had earlier said that those
who have riches can hardly enter the kingdom of God. The point He was making is
that those who have riches tend to occupy themselves with things of the world
and therefore would miss heaven. But the few who serve God conscientiously with
their wealth would be saved.
He told them the
situation of Zacharias, a priest, who had no children even in old age. When the
angel of the Lord prophesied that he would have a child, and even call his name
John, Zacharias doubted, as most men would, but God fulfilled his promise
anyway, Luke 1:11-25.
So also was the case of
Abraham and Sarah his wife. The angels of the Lord said they would have a son
even in advanced age. The wife laughed fearing that, at the age of 90 that was
impossible. But our God is faithful, nothing for Him is impossible. Gen.
18:13-14. Sarah indeed became pregnant and had a son, Isaac, Gen. 21:1-3.
Ven. Babalola told the
villagers that some of them might have challenges for which have been praying
earnestly for months or even years. God has not abandoned them. He would answer
their prayers even if they think all hope is lost. The Woman With An Issue of
Blood for twelve years did the not give up. she touched the helm of the garment
of Jesus and she received her healing, instantly, Luke 8:43-48.
Those present at the
outreach would not regret being a part of the assembly today. God would hear
them in the day of trouble and send help, Psalm 20:1-2
Is your doctor saying
your situation is hopeless he asked. God is saying no, your healing is
possible, you are not barren anymore because you will conceive and have
children, that your business will prosper. Why? Because He will turn things
around for you for the better.
At the end of the
message members of the Mission team prayed for the elders and the children.
They also distributed food items, and clothing, for the villagers. The
programme which attracted 36 people ended at 5pm with a closing prayer by the Subdean,
Very Revd Joseph Ayodele.