Monday, December 24, 2012

Nigeria Update #12 Monday 12/10/12

Update #12
We were not able to post from Nigeria as we had planned. This is an update that I wrote while there. Please scroll down for additional updates or see a list of Recent Posts to the left.

1:45 AM
Today is our last day in Nigeria. By midnight tonight we should be in the air pointed west across the Atlantic.

We rested a couple of hours and then visited with Bro. Lockwood while we were packing for the return trip. Kelly Jo is still hard at work pulling everything together.

Bro. Shobanke should be here about 10:30 in the morning. We plan to go to their Christian school and then one last trip to Chicken Republic.

We should be on the road by 3:00 PM for the exciting drive to the airport in Lagos. Lagos is huge and always hectic. It is our least favorite part of the trip but necessary to get home.

At the airport we will part with our Nigerian friends. It will be especially sad to say goodbye to Bro. Shobanke. I have loved getting to see him everyday. He is a special man in our lives.

It has been good to be here.

2:55 PM
Bro. Shobanke told me his vision for the Christian School when we were here in 2009. They were able to start in the fall of 2010.

Having a school here provides a great educational opportunity to families in the community and is an awesome evangelistic tool. I immediately knew it was something we wanted to support as much as possible.

We left an offering for the school in 2009 and committed to send support once the school was operational in 2010 and 2011. By the grace of God and the kindness of God's people we were able to do that.

We were also able to send an offering in the spring of this year and we added to that today. I really believe in this outreach. I know God is touching the lives of these children and their families.

Bro Shobanke's daughters run the school. Sis. Rebecca and Sis. Ruth have graduated from college and are fully equipped for the task. They are gifted to work with these children and obviously have a burden to do it.

Sis. Ruth, Kelly Jo and Sis. Rebecca

We were very moved by the whole operation. We visited each classroom and had a short service with all the students inside the church. They sang to us and I talked to them for a few minutes and prayed over them.

After prayer we passed out LifeSavers and a piece of chocolate for each child. Odie had secretly packed a bag of Hershey's Kisses for me that I have been enjoying since we have been here.

I really enjoyed them today! We had enough for every child and teacher to have at least one. The small children were trying to eat them with the foil so I HAD to demonstrate how to open one and eat it!

What a fun visit! I may come back to Nigeria just so I can visit the school! I left the school today with a huge smile on my face, tears in my eyes and thankfulness in my heart.

Then we went for our last visit to Chicken Republic. We had a lot of fun.

Bro. Shobanke spilled his soda so Bro. Gary offered to feed him. It was hilarious. We were pretty slap happy by then.

The workers were excited about Christmas and by the time we were finished eating there were no customers inside so I sang an impromptu Christmas carol and preached a little Jesus to them. It was pretty fun.

It will not be long and we will be on the road to Lagos and then home.


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