was the location of the November outreach of the Immanuel college Chapel
Mission Outreach Team. The village is about 15kilometers north of Ibadan. It is
a farming community.
It is not
quite clear why the village is so named, for, Koitilo literally means
"they are yet to depart"
Depart for where?
for the Immanuel College Chapel Mission Team, the focus was on the villagers
and we were delighted to find them, 35 men, women and children.
still very much there although like practically all other villages, where we
minister the gospel, poverty is universal and unrelenting in 6 of the 100
communities our chapel, with the active support of the Redeemed Christian
church of God, Baltimore, United States, has constructed deep wells and these provided clean water for
also do more? Yes, as soon as more resources are available. God is the great
provider, giving manna to the Israelites in the wilderness Ex 16:14-18, while
His Son, Jesus the Saviour, fed more than 4000 people when they were hungry and
had nothing to eat, Matt 15:32-39.
Koitilo, on Sunday November 11, we fed the people with the word of God. The
team leader for the day was the Very Rev'd Ebenezer Idowu Ariyo, Chaplain of
the Immanuel College Chapel, while the Rev. Ogungbe gave the message. He told
the people that Jesus once lived among us, sharing our pains and sorrows,
visiting the sick and healing them. So compassionate was He that He even raised
the dead, John 11:39-44.
At the end
of His ministry on earth, He offered His life, a very painful sacrifice, which
He voluntarily agreed to make, so that those who accepted Him as Lord and Saviour
will not die in vain. Rather, they will rise from the dead and live with him
and the Father forever.
outreach was in progress, the sun was high in the sky and although the tree
under which we all sat offered some shade, the heat, all of its 320 centigrade,
was scorching yet, the villagers listened with rapt attention even as the
preacher called for repentance, saying no one knows his departure date.
the gifts brought along from Ibadan among the men, women and children.