Sunday March 11 was a day to remember for the people of Idigba, situated in the Akinyele Local Government Area, Ibadan, Nigeria, as the Immanuel College Chapel Mission Team came visiting to preach the gospel of salvation.
As it was the case at Agbede village, about three kilometers further north, people from four other villages around trooped in to hear our message.
As the head of the Immanuel College Chapel team was the Dean, Very Revd Dr W.A.O. Egbetakin, assisted by the Chaplain Very Revd Ebenezer Idowu Ariyo, who delivered the sermon.
The enthusiastic crowd of 107 villagers listened with rapt attention as Revd Ariyo told them that Christ came to the world to save sinners and to reconcile them to God. Jesus wants His followers to live holy, to assist the poor and the needy and to pray for the salvation of others. To fulfill these roles however the villagers must work hard. All around them were vast portions of arable land, waiting to be cultivated for their own profit. He prayed that God would bless the work of their hand.
The team prayed for the sick and even the able-bodied too - men, women, the youth and children.
Thereafter the villagers explored and picked items of clothing, sent through the Immanuel College Mission team by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus House Baltimore, USA.
It was a time to rush but the Mission team imposed order – the children first, then, the youth, women and men. The villagers were grateful for the donation especially as the clothes were of very good quality. They are certainly much better than the material the villagers can afford.