the venue of the 2018 Immanuel College Chapel Mission Love Feast, is one
village unlike many. Situated some 25
kilometres north of Ibadan, Nigeria, it is the home of the African Heritage
Library And Cultural Centre.
and established by a son of the village and an academic Dr. Bayo Adebowale the
centre attracts scholars and students from far and wide. It is this village, in
particular the flat terrain in front of the centre, lined with tall leafy trees
that determined our choice, this particular time.
Because the trees would provide some protection against the harsh
sunshine. Besides, Dr Adebowale is a
committed host when he has advance notice of our evangelical visit to the
village. So also are his relations as they help to mobilize their neighbours.
Love Feast is a yearly event, scheduled for the second Sunday in December. It
all started in 2007 when it occurred to the Mission Team that, apart from the
monthly outreach in different villages we ought to bring representatives of all
the villages together in a central location, for a Christ-centred festival, a
village christmas before the actual event.
may be expected the 2007 feast was held at Oyo Ile, the village which hosted
our first Mission outreach on November 4, 2000.
Eleru, Paala, Ladojo, all of which are central to the 100 villages which
currently constitute our mission field, hosted the feast.
to the 2018 Love Feast, held on December 9. Before our arrival at Adeyipo the
village had been agog with crowds of gaily dressed men, women and children.
arrival was to have been disrupted by a tragic event - a five year old boy was
run over by a careless motorcyclist. Suddenly the conviviality was replaced by
anxiety and fear although the boy was quite conscious but understandably
unsettled. A member of our team examined the victim and declared that the
injuries were superficial. He was taken
to a health centre about 1 kilometre away where he was attended to and
discharged. Calm was restored. The devil had failed. The festive atmosphere returned with
christian music and dancing.
Christmas, who had been carefully hidden away in one of our two mission buses,
soon disembarked, to the delight of the children. The atmosphere changed dramatically as the
children, all 300 of them, surged forward to embrace him, the annual visitor
from Rome!! He proceeded gradually to our makeshift grotto with his bag of
gifts hanging on his shoulder. The children were thereafter organised in long
queues, and the youth too. They
proceeded to the grotto to received their gifts comprising branded exercise
books and biros, soft drinks, cheese balls and the like.
the 286 men and women, who were required to stay sitted, each of them received
portions of our seven, fifty kilogram bags of rice, which they took home,
enough for them and family members who were unable to attend the feast.
followed was a rain of prayers from our Ministers, the Very Revd Dr. William
Egbetakin, Dean, Immanuel College of Theology, The Chapel Chaplain, The Very Revd
Idowu Ariyo and The Assistant Chapel Chaplain, The Very Revd Joseph Ayodele.
the entire Mission Team December 9 was a day of fulfillment despite the 35
degrees heat and the bumpy road to Adeyipo. From what we saw the villagers were
happy, all 586 of them. Even the parents of the little boy, run over by a
passing motorcyclist, were more than relieved, because the secret mission of
satan had been aborted by Christ, the Saviour himself.