One of the awkward experiences I consistently have for the past three years or so since I started hosting “Ohun Aanu” podcast is the state of mind of most Nigeria Christians both here at home or abroad. Most of these people have been injured in the Churches they served, sacrificed and gave all.
An average of three of four Christians I spoke with on a daily basis will confirm to me that they no longer go to Church either the weekly services or on Sundays and even those who are going are at the verge of staying away from Church because they have a story to tell. The burden of letting these people see the importance of corporate worship is overwhelming. Most times when I hear the pathetic stories the experiences of lovely men and women who once served the Lord with everything they have but don’t want anything to do with Church is depressing.
What will you tell a woman who served the Lord in a Church faithfully with her resources and did not even bother that her business was suffering, yet allowed her Church make use of her facilities to the glory of God only to be totally abandoned by the same Church when her young daughter was diagnosed of a terminal disease?
How can you console a man who entered a Church with a family of five (himself, wife and three kids) only for the pastor to successfully disorganized and separate a unified family through false visions that the wife is a witch. A new wife was introduced to the man by the same pastor only for the man to realize too late that the new woman is actually diabolical and was left with nothing as the diabolical woman successfully took his house away from him by seeking for divorce and taking a larger percentage of the man’s sweat. What can you tell such a man about Church that will make sense to him when he just realize that the pastor has been working with the diabolical woman all along?
How can you encourage a woman who helped a ministry got established in USA and planted many branches and grow a branch to a mega assembly within a short period of time, only to be brought down by fellow pastors within the same ministry through jealousy and bitter rivalry. How can you ask the woman to “hold the forth” when she later discovered that many senior pastors she relied upon to settle her home are actually the ones encouraging her husband to rebel against the wife at the branch she build and shepherd?
Due to huge number of once fervent brethren that has abandoned the Church of God, it has been a huge burden on me to pray that God should cause a revolution and re-kindle the fire of revival once again in the lives of this wonderful people who has once won hundreds of people for Christ. Honestly, I don’t know the meaning of this prayers and I have no clue how God can do it but I was blinded with my passion for God’s mercy because, if these people should die with this bitterness and gross abandonment of fellowship, the consequences may be bigger that anticipated because of the fact that the Scriptures has warned that we should not abandon our regular worship service “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching – Heb. 10:25 (KJV)
After about eight months of prayers I shifted to mentioning the names of individuals who have at a stage told me they are unchurched believing if I started mentioning their names that God should minister to them and rekindle the spirit of zeal they have lost, I got desperate and started telling these set of people whenever we have the opportunity of discuss that they should join foreign-established churches in their areas. I became happier because some of these people started getting back to churches but when you consider their number, it is just a fraction. When I almost gave up, I received a call from a sister in London who informed me that she will be coming to Nigeria to see me. It seems insignificant as I receive numerous calls from those who want to see me when they are in Nigeria but when this woman arrived, I was shocked to know that she really came to Nigeria to see me specifically.
According to her narration, she had a burden and God’s Spirit directed her to see me on the issue. Amazingly, she has been praying for God’s direction to the ministry she is going to serve. She got a sudden unction to start doing work for God again despite the ugly experiences she had in the body of Christ. She wanted to stop going to Church but she was told that there are work to do.
Her mission to Nigeria? To get the necessary training on how to start a fellowship on behalf of our ministry all across UK. She told us a burning desire to bring back unchurched Nigerians in UK and needed a platform and backing of our ministry to so.
We told her of our prayers since last year and we gathered together to pray about this and on the third day, we got an affirmative and her training was intense. We are so blessed by this visit. We praise God that He is answering us in a way we never expect and it amazes us how God can bring together people from different parts of the world for a common goal.
Three weeks on, I am pleased to announce to you that the first Mercygate Gospel Church Fellowship Center in UK will open on Thursday, the 1st of March 2018 at The Albany Centre, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG at 6.30pm where children of God can pray together, sing together, study together and bring to life the Acts of Apostle brand of Church.
We believe strongly in the Church-family and over here in Nigeria, MGC is not just a Church, it is a movement. This is not a slogan, it is who we are.