Visiting Benin City

Trip Start Jan 09, 2014
Trip End Jan 26, 2014

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Monday, January 13, 2014

On Sunday we made the road trip from Lagos to Benin City in order to meet with the local congregation and to arrange for personal visits with as many brethren as were available for such.

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.  Mr. Mickelson presented a Bible study which focused on the testing of our faith.  He explained that although we don't always understand why some trials occur, we must understand that God is good and His will is perfect.

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.
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Walt & Arleen on

This is so exciting to vicariously take this trip to Benin City and "meet" our brethren there! Great pics.

Janet on

I am loving this blog. Thanks so much for sharing the trip with us. Praying all goes well.

Peter Corrigan on

Hey Paul glad you made it enjoying your blog and pictures now is that an original shirt of the area you are wearing or from back home!! Look forward to you next blog.

Lisa Nelson on

So great to read your blog posts!!

Fred Kellers on

Once again I find myself a bit envious of you being able to visit with the precious members in Nigeria. There are three young men in your pictures that I don't recognize. It's good that there are some new members. I especially enjoyed the picture of you, Paul, with Nosa, Blessing and their little boy. It's the first time I've seen their son and seeing how old he is reminds me of how long it's been since I've been in Benin City. Cute little boy.

Kay Barnett on

Thanks for taking us along with you Paul. Reading your blogs and seeing the pictures and maps makes me feel like I'm there too. It's wonderful to see brethren in Africa.

Oludare Akinbo on

@Fred Kellers Sir, the two unknown faces are Elvis Ukpavie and Bryan Uti. Elvis was baptized two years ago at the feast of Tabernacles and his Mum last year. Bryan came in to our fellowship about mid last year, infrequently though, until a few months ago as a regular member.

Karin Halvorson on

the bit about the truck driver cooking a chicken made me laugh. I hope you are enjoying your trip.

Brian Krueger on

Dare My brother. It is so good to see that the church is not just out little area. I would love to come and visit the breatheren there. some time. The pictures are great and it is good to see an other part of the church with the vitality there. You all are doing a great service . It is great to see.

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