On 26 May, Elele Gospel Reformed Baptist fellowship, Nigeria, celebrated their first anniversary with their first communion service. There were 20 members present, ten of whom were newly baptised. The church has been supported by donations from Port Harcourt.
During the service, Pastor Chigozie Chinwo spoke about how the fellowship began and Deacon Adindu gave the history of the Reformed Baptist Church in Nigeria, from 1998 onwards.
Dr Aniekan Ekpo preached from Mark 16:15-16, exhorting the pastor, members and visitors. The small hut where the fellowship meets protected the congregation from heavy rain that day. Prayers are requested from Idy Jacob and Chigozie Chinwo as they plant new fellowships to make a difference in their communities.
The Township Fellowship has been able to rent a large place of worship for the church, led by Pastor Idy Jacob. The church experienced great kindness from Mr Abubarkar, a Muslim agent who liaised with them as a middle man to the landlord.
Meetings in its new building began at the end of April and, since then, many new people have joined the fellowship. Four people are now being prepared for baptism, three from the Roman Catholic tradition. The Sunday school has now increased to 50 children.
A student from the Port Harcourt Seminary was sent to the church during an evangelistic outreach and worked successfully amongst the fellowship. Many blessings were recorded during that time. The church is thankful to God for his provision.