Encouragement in Lagos
Despite trouble in northern Nigeria, the Lord is saving souls and growing his church, according to reports from Pastor Tony Okoroh in Lagos.
In his latest newsletter Mr Okoroh said, ‘The Lord has allowed us to continue to hold meetings openly. The well publicised threat against Christian gatherings by the Boko Haram terrorist group has been kept 700 kms away from us.
‘Our meetings on Sundays continue to be full and we have visitors regularly every Sunday. Many come responding to invitations from social networks and we have six people signing up to be new members’.
He reported that the church held a very well attended Sunday school outreach programme over Easter, which focused on mission. Using a book about Jack and Vera Nicholson, SIM missionaries to northern Nigeria in the late 1920s, the children heard about how the gospel is spread through missionary effort.
He said, ‘The children were amazed to hear of the adjustments that faithful missionaries had to make to leave their homes to bring the gospel to Nigeria in the 1920s. It is hoped that many children would be led to see that Christianity is not band music and bazaar activities, as presented to their senses in Lagos at this time.
‘Also, it is hoped some of the children might be led to consider missionary work in the future, somewhere in the world’.
He added that 15 students are regular attendees at the Christ’s Pastors’ Seminary and the seminary has had enquiries from pastors’ wives about attending lectures in systematic theology, church history and Old and New Testament surveys.