World Report

November 11, 2016

Rumuomasi Church Dedicated with a Resounding “Amen!”

From the Superintendent's DESK

Thursday began with a tour of the Port Harcourt campground in Nigeria. Its facilities include a tabernacle that seats six thousand, housing units, hostels, administrative buildings, and an elementary school.

The school provides Kindergarten through sixth grade classes for about two hundred students, many of whom come from families outside our church. I enjoyed visiting the classrooms, offering the students greetings from America, and encouraging them to always live for Jesus.

In the early evening, a workers’ meeting was held, and though it was a weeknight, a high number attended. The topic was “Unity,” which seemed appropriate given the three distinct ethnic groups who attend the Port Harcourt church. The congregation is to be admired for the unity they demonstrate, and this was brought out in the meeting.

An evening evangelistic service followed. The music was wonderful, featuring the orchestra playing “Marching Beneath the Banner,” the choir singing “Jesus Opened Up the Way,” and an octet singing “God Is Calling the Prodigal.” Also, just before the message, a male quartet sang “He Took My Sins Away.” At the altar call, it was notable that many young people were among those who went forward and prayed.

The evening ended with a good meal and then a meeting of the Western and Central Africa Board of Trustees.

This morning Bayo Adeniran, James Olaleye, and I drove to Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, for the dedication of our church there. Though we arrived an hour early, a large group was already waiting, and we were immediately welcomed by smiling faces and then presented with flowers.

Before the dedication, we had the opportunity to tour the church and learn some of the history. The work began in the late 1980s with a few saints gathering for prayer meetings. By 1994, there were sufficient numbers to hold Sunday evening services. In 2001 land was purchased for a permanent meeting site, and a children’s hall was the first building constructed. Most recently, the sanctuary and prayer room were expanded.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony included the declaration, “We cut this ribbon and dedicate this church in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” At each phrase of this statement, a resounding “Amen” was heard from the congregation. Then the orchestra began to play a processional song and, along with the choir, led the way into the sanctuary.

The service began with a children’s program depicting the construction of the Temple under Solomon’s reign and his prayer at its dedication. It continued with a history of the work and several music specials. The culmination was a vocal solo of “Bless this House,” the dedication message, the dedicatory prayer given by Brother Bayo, and the choir singing Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” The service closed with the congregation singing “To God Be the Glory” and then going to prayer.

Tomorrow, we are scheduled to fly to Lagos for a workers’ and ministers’ meeting at the Anthony Village campground.