THE PROGRAM WAS SUCCESSFUL (DAY 1)
In any way you look at it, the outreach was a great success. The stage was very beautiful. The sound was strong and clear. The Nativity drama went without any mistake. People from the neighborhood came and looked happy. The praise went up to heaven. The Holy Spirit was with us from the beginning to the end. What else do we want? Nothing! To God be all the glory! Tomorrow will be the second day! Please come!
THE SECOND DAY WAS EVEN BETTER (Day 2)
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Ac 1:8)
We are still in Lagos doing God’s work. Yesterday it was good day. Today it was even better. We praised God with songs (in English and other Nigerian languages) and dances. We prayed for the people living in this neighborhood called Jakande area, Lekki. The truth is that most people living here are much below any level of poverty. We knew that there are many needy people who live here. But we did not how needy they are… We raised the stage for the outreach in a area they call ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’. I do not want to sound too dramatic but I have never seen so many brothels with so many women selling their bodies as here. Earlier, they send an older man to Pastor Leigh warning him that this is a dangerous area. The man came with a message for us: “You people, go away from here. We do not want you here”. Pastor told the man that the Holy Spirit brought us here and not any man. He told the old man to go back and invite them to come and praise God with us. We did not know how today will be. We started with prayers for the people of the land and praise and worship. We then did The Nativity and the Throne Room Dramas.
After that, Pastor Richmond Leigh preached an evangelistic message. I could feel his pain as he was preaching. His voice was strong and confident but there were tears in his eyes. I know that he carries the burden for souls. I looked back and I saw a large number of people standing around. They did not have the courage to seat. But they all stood and they all listened, mesmerized by the voice of the preacher. He told the people of Jakande, Lekki: ‘We know that you think nobody loves you. I want to assure you that God loves you! I know that God loves you! God sent His only begotten Son to die for you! Give your life to Christ! Respond to the call of the Shepperd! This is the best decision you will ever make in your life! We did not come to ask you for money. We did not come to take anything from you. We are not trouble makers. We are children of God. We came to give and not to take. Fear not! Come and take this free offer of salvation in Christ Jesus! You will never be then same again!” Immediately Pastor Richmond Leigh made this altar call, many people came from the (literal and spiritual) darkness to the front of the stage, into the (literal and marvelous) light! Pastor Richmond Leigh led them into the ‘sinner’s prayer’. They all prayed. Then they all rejoiced. Heaven also rejoiced this evening! Our work was done for today. Please give God all the glory for this mighty unusual harvest found ‘at the end of the world’. Glory! Jesus is Lord!
(In the pictures, Pastor Richmond Leigh preaching and people from Jakande area responded to the altar call)