We received an email from Bro. Shobanke a few days ago with disturbing news. One of his branch churches in Abeokuta had to be torn down recently because it was about to fall down. The church that had to be demolished is the church where the GoodNews Christian School is located.
Our first visit to this branch church was in 2009 and we have been back many times.
We visited the church and school last November and I noticed the walls were leaning out. There had been a church collapse a few days before in Nigeria with dozens of people killed so I was paying special attention to the buildings. I made a mental note and mentioned the building would need to be repaired or replaced soon.
I was concerned about the church folks, the school children and even the school buildings a few feet away. A sudden collapse would have had tragic results. Bro. Shobanke told me on the phone yesterday that the church was in such bad condition that it had to be taken down by machine quickly. Thank God it did not come down with people in it!
I believe the building was about 40' x 80'. They are hoping to rebuild it about 30' x 50'. That will give them a little bit more room on their property to build more classroom space and 30' X 50' would be big enough for the current congregation in the church. This is a huge unexpected expense and they will need a miracle to do it.
We know that God works miracles and we fully expect it to be rebuilt soon. They are currently having services in one of the classrooms of the school. Please pray for my friends in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.