FROM THE ASHES, WE RISE

Day two in Lekki, Lagos: God is in control. As a church, we opened our first ‘branch’ here in Lekki, Lagos. The ‘men of valor’, our brethren, (the strong men who assemble the stage) have arrived. The stage, light and loudspeakers have arrived. I took these two pictures this morning. In the first one you see a mountain of trash next to the place where we shall do the outreach. There are many people living in that area, in ‘houses’ made of carton, rusted zinc sheets and plastic covers. Just across the Express way, there are beautiful houses of rich people and also, nice churches. But here, life is sad and hard. But ‘this is the place’ the Holy Spirit said. We must obey. The next picture shows that the work has began. The stage is rising! All the troublesome ‘area boys’ of yesterday have now ‘surrendered’. Their eyes ‘have cleared’ (from the smoke of igbo, Warri slang meaning marihuana) and by the power of the Holy Spirit. They all are here to help with the work. God is already touching souls, setting the captives free! This zeal across the board, this unexplained excitement is surely supernatural. This is the most common testimony I hear: ‘Malia, I am so excited that I cannot sleep. And even so, I am not tired!’ Halleluiah!
The (poor) people living here say that they cannot believe we have come from Warri, to ‘entertain them free of charge’. They are like illegal immigrants. They hide from the authorities! Nobody remembers them for good. Only for bad, to evacuate them, to punish them! For me, this is an experience… This is the ‘ghetto’ life I saw in the movies! To walk here at night, is not safe! But Jesus has located them and prepared for them a feast fit for kings. Suddenly, my compassion is aroused. I don’t know any soul here, yet I feel so much love for them. I am excited for them. This is not natural love. This is supernatural! These humble people are yet to know how much God loves them. The love of God shall be poured out from heaven to Lekki! The poor shall hear the Gospel preached to them. Their lives shall never be the same again! Faith 100%! Doubt 0%! Fear 0%! Jesus is Lord!
Dear Intercessors, Please continue to pray for all we do here. Some clouds have gathered but we declare that there shall be no rain and no thunder until we finish God’s work. In Jesus’ name! Amen!
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” (Is 61:1-3)

Lekki 1

Lekki 2

Lekki 3

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