Thursday, April 11, 2013

Building A Church In Africa

I posted late last night about the first night of tent revival in Millry, Alabama and HERE are a bunch of pictures of the tent going up Tuesday evening.

The weather report is still looking dicey today and tonight. A few hours ago this storm was extending from Corpus Christi, Texas to Toronto, Canada and parts of it look pretty wicked. We have had a few burst of heavy rain but it is sunny and windy right now. We are hoping and praying for great weather at church time under the tent.

In December of 2012 Kelly Jo and I were blessed to take part in an outdoor Gospel Crusade at the site of a new church where the city of Abeokuta, Ogun State meets the bush. God met us in the crusade in a powerful way with many souls brought to Christ. It will stand as a highlight in our lives and ministry. 

We are so thankful that God allowed us to be a part of those services. Pastor Shobanke was amazed at how it all turned out and so were we. You can see great pictures and read some of our reports of those meetings HERE, HERE and HERE. In those posts I also update everybody on the trip and lack of sleep but the inconveniences were so small compared to the reward God granted us in that revival.

This is Bro. Shobanke's report from the cursade that I posted in January.
We conducted a 3-day gospel crusade at the frontage of our new church at Osara Road, Gbonogun, Abeokuta, Nigeria from Sunday 2nd through Tuesday 4th December 2012. Brother Boggs preached the gospel of power in the 3-day crusade. People came forward to the altar and prayed through. Many souls were saved and some received healing. One policeman testified to Brother Boggs of his salvation.
   Before we started the crusade, we were not prepared to start service at the new church. But the last day of the crusade I announced the starting of church service the following Sunday. I did that by faith in God. Why? The church building was not yet completed, no doors, no windows, no ceiling, no electricity and there were no chairs for people to sit. 
   Praise the Lord, on Thursday 6th December, 2012, God used Bro. Davy Boggs and his ministry to buy sixty(60) chairs for the new church. The second miracle was that God used Bro. Boggs and Bro. Lockwood to give us $800.00 to complete the office of the church to keep the chairs and other equipment secure after each service.
   The first service in the new church branch was made possible by God on Sunday 9th December, 2012. Praise the Lord. Twenty-seven (27) newly converted souls from the 3-day crusade attended the first service. There were Forty-six (46) total in attendance. The first Bible study on Tuesday had Thirty-five (35) there.

Bro. Shobanke tells me they have been in a constant state of revival ever since. God is saving, blessing and raising up a new church branch on Osaro Road for His glory and honor. Praise God for it!

On January 23rd I posted the projected expenses to finish that building. Some of the funds have been raised and some of the work has been completed but most of it still needs to be finished. A few people contacted me then and told me they would like to help complete this church. I would like to have an offering ready for the construction project when Bro. Shobanke arrives in the states to preach around the first of May.

I know that it is tough in this economy to give much above our tithe and regular offerings but I also know that Christians live by giving. We do not give to get, but when we give sacrificially God blesses what we have left over. I have watched Him do it time and again in our family.

God stretches dimes into dollars and puts another cup of meal in the barrel for the Boggs family on a regular basis. It is amazing to watch God work. Often, I can not wait to see what He is going to do.

We have an expensive year ahead of us. We are planning to record in a few weeks. Plus right now we have at least four of the ten-twelve tent revivals scheduled that will be complete mission efforts if they all come together. We will need to supply most if not all of the expenses for those four meetings and will expect nothing in return. We will spend thousands of dollars just traveling to those meetings, on top of all of our regular expenses and other things we had hoped to accomplish this year.

How are we going to do all of that? We are going to be as careful as we can, use as much sense in our spending as we can and we are going to give all we can and then maybe give a little more. Everything beyond that is in God's hands. I am convinced that when all is said and done we will end this year in the black because of the grace and help of God.

Therefore, we hope to have a good sized offering from our family to help complete the Osara Road church and some more to help Bro. Kuye finish his church. We plan to have our part ready by May 1. If those of you that wanted to help can send your offering by then, that would be great. You can send it to the address below and mark it "Osara Road" in the memo. Or mark it "Bro. Kuye" in the memo if you would like to help on his church. I assure you that every dime will go to those needs and not one dollar to us.

God bless you every one.


Make checkes payable to: Boggs Family Ministries

Send to:
Boggs Family Ministries
P.O. Box 28
Waynesville, OH 45068

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