Even though the EYN Church has been severely injured and deeply wounded, new life is happening and we give God all the praise and glory for the grace that is making all things possible.
OPENING OF A NEW EYN CHURCH IN JALINGO by Jim Mitchell
On Sunday, September 6, 2015, the EYN LCC No. 5 Jalingo, was officially made a self-supporting EYN Church. There were over 250 people in attendance; 200 representing the other four EYN LCC Churches in Jalingo plus the 50 members of the new No. 5 Jalingo. The Service for Opening of a New Church was led by the Jalingo DCC Secretary, the Rev. Andrawus Godzama and assisted by the Rev. Yohanna Apagu, pastor of No. 1 Jalingo, and the Rev. Moses Thilza (who heads up a local NGO). There were five groups that provided inspiring and uplifting music throughout the service(the Sisters, the Men, the Youth, a Gospel Band, and the Choir).
The Scripture Lessons were from Matthew 16:13-20 and Colossians 1:9-18. The Rev. Dr.
James Mitchell became the General Secretary for the day and preached on the message of “The Church’s True Foundation is Jesus Christ.” The Rev. Dr. Samual Dali, President of EYN, introduced and
shared about his ministry in Nigeria. Since the service was in Hausa, the Rev. Moses Thilza translated the message.
Then President Samual Dali officiated The Service for Opening of a New Church with special acknowledgements of the pastor, the LCC, and then all of the members of EYN LCC no. 5 Jalingo who all came up to receive his official greeting. The Rev. Dr. James Mitchell then offered a prayer of blessing upon the pastor, the LCC, and members. The official Certificate and other papers were then presented to Pastor Joshua Tada and the LCC. There was an upsurge of “Hallelujahs” when all was said and done. Zakariya Amos, the Assistant Secretary of EYN, then welcomed the new church, the LCC, and the pastor officially to the family of EYN and expressed gratitude as to Rev. Godzama as to how well the service was organized and flowed and how God was continually glorified in his words and prayers. There was a special offering for EYN LCC No. 5 Jalingo and President Dali closed the service with an encouraging and triumphant benediction. The service was three and half hours long.
Following the service, there was a fellowship meal that was enjoyed by all. God blessed us with a beautiful weather, a wonderful location, and a joyous and glorious day of celebration in the life and coming of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Even though the EYN Church has been severely injured and deeply wounded, new life is happening and we give God all the praise and glory for the grace that is making all things possible.