Visiting Benin City
Trip Start Jan 09, 2014
17Trip End Jan 26, 2014
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The total drive time for the trip was 5 hours. Conditions on the road were favorable with only a few traffic jams to hold us up. One of our most memorable sights along the way was seen while stopped in traffic. The driver of the semi - truck next to us exited his vehicle and proceeded to open the hood. Our expectation was that he was checking on an engine issue while stopped. To our surprise, he reached into the hot engine compartment and pulled out a chicken wrapped in newspaper that he had been preparing for his lunch. I guess necessity really is the mother of invention.
We met with the local congregation Sunday evening at their rented church hall
Of the sixteen members that were in attendance, most were young adults under the age of 40, with the exception of one individual. In part, the younger age dynamic is related to the fact that their minister, Mr. Akinbo, is himself a young man by the social standard. His ordained position in the Church can be a difficult thing for some to accept in a culture that looks to an older man for such a level of authority.
We very much enjoyed fellowshipping with the energetic group from Benin City. They were vibrant, eager to learn and a pleasure to be with. Monday and Tuesday will be spent conducting our personal visits with them.