Lagos, Nigeria – Part 2
Late Summer 2013
by Mark Jantzi
On Thursday, August 22, we did indeed fly to Lagos, nine of us in the party, all from Chijioke’s house (four of which are members of his family). We traveled in three cars through many twists and turns. And we did arrive an hour before departure, back again to the temporary tent structure facility. This temporary facility is too small for the volume of business passing through, so it is extremely crowded. After what seems like a long time, we finally pass through the security examination point. Then, we quickly move out on to the tarmac and towards the waiting planes. Chijioke’s family is the last to board our plane, five minutes before the door closes. I would like to give thanks to our merciful God and express our gratitude toward the local brethren who freely gave of their assistance to get us physically through this challenging airport. And my hope is that their new airport will soon be finished. Our actual 45 minute flight to Lagos was uneventful and to my pleasant surprise, a landing at a new airport where things flowed freely. Brother Uwak was there at the airport with three cars to meet us and transport most of us and our belongings to an 800 home gated community and lodging in his house.
Uwak’s house is actually on an island, just off the Lagos Atlantic coast. He said the island is made of land reclaimed from the ocean (lagoon or bay), and the entire island is made up of higher class homes (all in security guarded and gated communities), modern buildings, open freeways and the central offices of the major oil companies and banks. One could easily believe we have actually left Nigeria. Bro. Uwak is a chemical engineer, working for one such major oil company. In fact, it seems that almost all of these brethren have some such position with a major oil company.
The Friday evening meeting is held in the home of another elder, Akinyemi Akinyoade (Akin and Moyo his wife for the short version) in another high security compound on the island. The remainder of the meetings of the Lekki Fellowship are held at this home, a full day of meetings on Saturday and again on Sunday. But on Sunday, things are done a little differently. I am appointed to bring the word at Lekki, in which I continue with the subject of overcoming deception. The rest of the team, including Jokes (who is now a member of our team) and Bro. Akin, all drive into the City of Lagos and hold a meeting there, one of the original places that the duCilles first preached the kingdom message. In the late afternoon, we all gather again in Lekki for the final meeting, in which we give a report on our mission activity. I believe that we had opportunity to bring a very good word to a fellowship that gladly received. This group is only about a year old and is growing rapidly in the Spirit of Truth.
On Monday morning, we arise early and are again taken in two cars back to the Lagos airport where we go through the ticketing process. We will be flying Asky Airlines and the first leg of the journey will be on an Ethiopian Airlines plane which takes us to Lome, Togo. Then we board a nearly new Asky Bombadier twin engine propeller driven plane which next lands at Accra, Ghana and then we finish the journey to our destination, Monrovia, Liberia. More news to come . . .