October 9, 2017
Shouts of Victory at Australia Camp Meeting
From the Superintendent's DESK
The saints in Australia concluded their camp meeting last Sunday, October 1, and Sam Ajayi, Director of Australia Work, sent this report of second half of the week.
We held our annual evening of music on Wednesday. The choir and instrumentalists presented many group arrangements and ensembles. As usual, they did an amazing job and it was a beautiful concert.
The teaching on Thursday morning was titled “Walk Worthy.” It was based on Ephesians 5:1-10 and focused on our spiritual responsibility in “proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (verse 10) in our daily walk with Him. The congregation was admonished to be wary of fads and of things that might encroach upon their spiritual lives.
In the evening, Frank Igweonu of Melbourne brought the message on the “Formula of God.” He said the formula for obtaining the exceeding grace of God is the Word of God, plus the Spirit of God, plus us.
Two additional families from Melbourne joined us Friday. The morning teaching was on “Loyalty to Christ.” A definition for loyalty was given as “a feeling of strong support for someone or something.” However, we were exhorted to a superior loyalty of loving the Lord and serving Him with all our hearts and souls.
Children’s church took place in the afternoon. It was a very joyous time for the children as they sang and testified in a service devoted just to them. Lekan Olagookun preached, encouraging the children to give their hearts to the Lord while they are young.
On Friday evening, the message was on God’s instruction to Joshua and the Israelites to shout while compassing the city of Jericho to bring down the walls (see Joshua 6:5). Before the sermon could conclude, the congregation was moved by the Spirit of God to pray, and that evening there were shouts of victory around the altar as many broke through in prayer.
We had a water baptismal service on Saturday, and three candidates were baptized. Then, in the evening, we held our annual business meeting and observed the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and Foot Washing. Clement Ogugua of Melbourne preached on the Lord’s Supper, and Ernest Akerejola, the Sydney pastor, delivered the message for the Foot Washing.
On Sunday, after an engaging Sunday school session, the morning devotional service came with great anticipation. The sermon was on Noah and the ark, emphasizing how God shut the door after Noah, his family, and the animals were inside. It was brought out that during camp meeting, we are shut away to worship God and prepare our hearts for deliverance from another judgement to come. After the service, many prayed fervently again.
On Sunday evening, the last special before the message was “In the Old Time Way,” sung by Tianosi Akerejola. The song asks the Lord to send down His power in the old time way. Brother Tianosi invited the congregation to join in singing the chorus, and as we did, our hearts were tuned to hear and apply the message. The sermon was taken from Judges 4:4-14 and focused on Deborah’s words to Barak, “This is the day.” We were encouraged that this was the day for salvation and deliverance. Again, we witnessed the Spirit take over, and a good altar service followed.
We were encouraged throughout the camp meeting by inspiring testimonies. Many testified to receiving a blessing or re-anointing during the camp meeting. In one meeting, three ladies told how the Lord had blessed them through the husbands He has provided. One sister testified to God’s amazing protection when a band of robbers broke into her house. At the time, she and three of her adult daughters were home alone while her husband was away. The robbers had already killed people in another house, but the Lord protected her and her children.
We are so thankful that the Lord has given us a glorious camp meeting. We praise His holy Name as we thank you for your prayers.
Should the Lord tarry, next year’s Australia camp meeting is scheduled for September 30 to October 7 in Sydney. Also, a weekend of revival in Melbourne is scheduled for October 12-14.