The Work of the Holy Spirit
To be sincere, I woke up tired. It had been a long week. I slept with a full stomach and woke up hungry. The food had disappeared overnight without any activity other than sleeping. Please, can someone explain what happened. Well, I had a good reason to reload!.
In the rush, I left half of my toiletries at home. I found my tooth brush and tooth paste, the rest I had to share with my wife. Ibadan here we come. From Apapa to Ijora, there was a long queue of traffic. Not cars but trailers. Our last year’s journey to Ilorin flashed back. Over 20 miles of standstill trailer traffic from Oyo to the outskirts of Ogbomoso.
I observed some children, youths and a mixture of uneducated men and women respond to the gospel. I pondered on how could they have understood the message preached by an English man? What have they responded to? The words of John 16:8 dropped in my heart “And when the Holy Spirit has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to convict men of sin. Literally, they might not understand what the preacher was saying; but their ears of the heart heard the voice of the Spirit. They responded to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Over the week, we will be seeing the Holy Spirit in a new dimension.
Liberty was celebrating its 20 years anniversary at Ibadan. My sister and I set off hoping to get there on time. 20 minutes into our journey our luggage truck broke down. The fuel pump had packed up. We were told it would be 30-minute job. Well, it took 2.5 hours. We took refuge in KFC and literally froze there. The air conditioning was too cold. We had to decide whether to “roast or freeze”. We chose the outdoors instead.
The views outside were not that scenic. But there were many things to admire. We saw a motorbike with a phone charger point welded to the handlebar for his customers to charge their phone on the go. Men offloading bikes, microwaves, clothes, car tyres and other white household goods for sale from a lorry with German number plates. Women along the road selling fruits and phone cards. You cannot but admire their entrepreneurial skills.
On Friday, there was a youth programme including a youth football competition, talent hunt and business empowerment.
A reunion lunch to celebrate our supporters since 1999 took place on Saturday. At the lunch, Mummy Kate passed the baton over to the Gbenga Badejo as the Lead Director with Uvie Onakpoya as the Director in charge of Nigeria and Sister Toyin Marinho as Liberty Ambassador.
We arrived at Ibadan toll gate at 5pm. Unfortunately, I missed my speaking slot. But caught Sharon preaching about sexual purity.
Bruce made an altar call afterwards. 43 people responded to the gospel including sex workers and 5 men who lived underground in a sinister dungeon where terrible dark and demonic things took place including murder and torture. It was awesome.
Left Goshen for Ile tuntun [new house] yes, new house indeed. One of our members hosted some Liberty volunteers in their new house. It was a beautiful home. We left Goshen at 6.30pm with the pre-warning that it must not get dark or else. The “or else” permutations were just too many to write about– we will get lost, we will need to stay in a hotel, we will follow you home; you get the gist.
We got home at 8.35pm. My wife’s niece, Dara, greeted us with a warm and lovely smile and down she went on her knees. All I could do was bless her from the bottom of my heart. Rice, moin moin, efo riro and fresh fish was served. Igbin and goat meat closed the activities for the day.