And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:15
Our team members arrived safely in Lagos on Thursday after an 11.5-hour flight. The Lord’s sovereignty and grace allowed Jim, Bernie and Tim to all arrive at the airport in Lagos at the same time, and they found each other easily at the baggage claim. The first of many smooth logistical transitions for the team, glory to God! Travel can be difficult in Africa. Hazardous road conditions, unscrupulous drivers, thieves, criminals, difficult communications and lack of technology can all make even the easiest of tasks more challenging. But our God, in His mercy, has removed those factors from the trip so far! The men were greeted in a timely manner at the airport by Pastor Louis and Felix, who were picking them up to drive them to the Baptist Mission House, where they are staying overnight. Unfortunately, upon arrival, the electricity was out at the Baptist House – not an uncommon scenario.
Early Friday morning the men woke and headed to Benin City by car. This was the first time in many years that they drove from Lagos to Benin City as opposed to flying. As previously mentioned, travel is rather risky in Africa, and this particular trip has been laced with difficulties in the past. So much so that driving wasn’t a safe option for years. However, by hitting the road early enough in the morning, many of the obstacles were avoided, and of 5 check stop points, they only had to stop once. Once in Benin City Jim set off with Vasco to preach at his church, and Bernie and Tim joined Pastor James at his church.
There is no other joy to compare to the joy of being used by the Lord. May God’s purposes for all involved in this trip be fulfilled to the fullest measure and may all the glory be God’s!