Mission To Bamigbola
Bamigbola village had
been waiting for the Immanuel College Mission team since the second Sunday in
March but the Nigerian National and State Elections had interrupted our mission
plan. The tension which follow followed the declaration of results did not help
matters as there was threat to life and limb here and there.
Ultimately the Mission Team
made the trip to the village on Sunday May 13. The venue was the expansive
compound of the ultra modern Saint Andrews Anglican Church, Igboelerin, Off the
Old Ibadan-Oyo Road.
The welcome party was
led by the Vicar, the Rev. E.D. Olayioye and his family. The villagers, all 74 of them, burst into
rapturous praise worship thanking God for our safe arrival, and the Holy Spirit
who led us in. Other choruses followed in quick succession, recalling the
sacrificial death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus who did so much to save
and reconcile man to God.
The Message was
delivered by the leader of the Mission Team, the Very Revd Ebenezer Idowu
Ariyo, Chaplain Immanuel College Chapel. The text was Paul’s often-quoted desire for full knowledge
of Christ His power of resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings,
To have knowledge is to
have a deeper understanding of Jesus the Saviour because He is the Way The
Truth and the Life, John 14:6.
The villagers listened
with rapt attention as the preacher spoke about Paul’s total commitment to the
Gospel. He wanted the power of resurrection so that he too could perform
miracles as Jesus the Master did. He did not ask for power so that he could
fight his enemies and defeat them. That was not his aim. Jesus asks us to pray
for our enemies, not to curse them as many of us do. He even says we should
forgive them as He Himself did on the Cross. He could have cursed them and the
curse would have taken effect as in the case of the fig tree, which pretended
to be carrying fruit, when it had none.
Knowing that some of
the villagers might be non-christian the Preacher said all they need is Christ
in their lives. If they have Christ then they have everything. That does not
mean that they would not have challenges but Jesus is the only source of
deliverance and healing. He is the great provider. He is the source of life.
After the message
refreshments and clothing which we brought along from Ibadan were shared among
We prayed for the sick
and the oppressed following which the Mission Team departed for Ibadan.