World Report

June 9, 2018

Dedication in Benin City Marks New Opportunity

From the Superintendent's DESK

John Musgrave and Bayo Adeniran attended a fourth church dedication in Nigeria yesterday, and Brother John sent this report of the event:

We flew from Lagos to Benin City for the dedication of our I.C.E. church, pastored by Bamidele Oduwole. Located in the Edo district of the Lagos region, it opens an opportunity to expand the work into a new geographic area.

When we arrived, the church was already surrounded by a large crowd. Sunday school children, who were lining the stairs, began singing “Happy Welcome,” and then a darling little girl came forward with a bouquet of flowers to present, and recited a greeting.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the brass played “We Are Marching to Zion” as they led everyone into the building singing along. As people continued to file in, it soon became clear that the sanctuary, which seats about 200, was not nearly big enough to contain the crowd. The overflow were directed toward canopies set up outside, and a later count revealed 733 had been in attendance. Those present included a king who had received salvation, sanctification, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost in a prior camp meeting.

To open the service, the young people and Sunday school children presented a program featuring a re-enactment of the I.C.E. church history. It included Scripture recitations from Psalm 100 and songs such as “Let’s Just Praise the Lord” and “The Wise Man Built His House upon the Rock.” The orchestra then played “Praise Ye the Lord” and the choir performed a number of specials. Two of these were “Gospel Hooked On” and one in their native tongue, “Wagimah’ Osa.”

A history of the I.C.E. work was given by the Edo District Overseer, Emmanuel Nnaji, and the service concluded with the dedicatory prayer being offered by Brother Bayo and then the choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” The altars as well as the chairs filled quickly with the invitation to pray.

Brother John and Brother Bayo are scheduled to spend the next several days in Ghana.

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Nigeria - June 2018