Sunday January 13, 2019 was the day
Eleshin Village lately received the Immanuel College Chapel Group. It was our
fourth visit in all the 18 years of our campaign for Christ in the Olorunda
area, in rural Ibadan, Nigeria.
Compared to our first outreach in
the village in 2003 Eleshin has certainly undergone physical changes. Gone are the mud huts which have since been
replaced by houses built with concrete blocks.
The tall, very tall grape, fruit- bearing trees heralded our entry to
this peaceful community compared to the bustle and hustle of city life.
More remarkable is the
not-so-physical dimension – the attendance of seventy villagers, more than half
of whom were children and youth, all of them enthusiastic, singing christian
songs as we arrived. They were led by
Certainly about half of the
congregation were people from four or five village communities nearby. So, who are we, the Immanuel College Chapel
Mission Team not to be encouraged by this relatively large turnout when, during
our previous visits, we were used to no more than 15-18 people.
The important thing, though, is our
message and whether souls are saved, not the size of the congregation. The preacher for the day, our Assistant
Chaplain, Very Revd Joseph Ayodele, tried to reach the hearts of the people.
Why do they attend church services?
As a routine or as a means of relating to God, the creator and sustainer of
life, through worship and service?
Why have they come to the outreach,
to hear the message of salvation or simply to partake in the food items,
clothing and refreshments which we have brought along from Ibadan. Are they their brothers keeper? Jesus is
coming back again and when He arrives He will take back with him only those who
are ready and fit for the kingdom of Heaven.
As for the non-christians among
them Jesus loves them. He does not want
anyone created by God to miss the eternal union with Him on the Last Day. So they are welcome into the christian fold
should they take the decision to come in.
After the message the materials we
brought were distributed to the villagers following which there were prayers
for the sick, the poor and the needy.