Outreach At Dada Village
days there are more individuals, organizations, business establishments and
others, which express concern about security of life and property.
radio and television you hear about cases of kidnapping and robbery as if you
may be the next victim. Newspapers also
highlight these issues.
is against this background that the Immanuel College Chapel Mission Team
decided to carry a message of peace, an assurance of divine protection, to Dada
Village, our July Outreach venue.
date was Sunday July14. The Team Leader was the Very Revd Dr. William Egbetakin,
Dean, Immanuel College of Theology, of which our Chapel is the worship centre.
the Preacher? The Very Revd Ebenezer Idowu Ariyo. He told the villagers that,
as believers, they are not to worry unduly about their security. As the
Psalmist says “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”,
Psalm 46:1. Which means God is always
there for them, their children and other loved ones. They should not fear about
their present or future situation, Isaiah 41:10-13.
this is not an excuse for elected or appointed officials not to perform their
duties. Indeed christians have a special responsibility to make a difference,
in and out of office, as God would hold them accountable whether they are local
vigilante functionaries or higher security officials.
Revd Ariyo however told the village audience that ultimately God is their
protective shield. He is the only one who can give them peace, peace at home,
peace on the farm, peace in the market, peace wherever they go. They would not
come to any harm if they sincerely believe in Him and serve Him.
is why Jesus says “Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let your heart not be troubled, neither let
it be afraid”, John 14:27
must have faith in God and His ability to deliver and save. Those who go to
church and still patronize the shrine cannot claim God’s protection in time of
trouble, Ps. 31:5, 16&17.
and poverty may be primarily responsible for the current security challenges.
Greed too is partly to blame. But these problems are not beyond divine
solution. God can empower our leaders in a way that they would devise effective
strategies to overcome them.
as christians, go on your knees and pray, again and again. Do not submit to
fear. After the sermon the Mission Team prayed for the sick, the poor and the
needy. What followed was refreshments
for which the villagers, all 30 of them, showed appreciation.