We arrived in Lagos yesterday morning, and after a delayed start set off on the journey in a police convoy to Ogbomoosho. We were fortunate to have some incredible drivers as we wound our way through the traffic, a very memorable journey! As we got closer to Ogbomosho, there were hundreds of people for miles lining the road in the dark cheering and waving as our convoy snaked past. There is a lot of excitement here for the crusade there are posters evrywhere we look! Due to the delay we arrived in Ogbomosho at about 9pm, just time for a quick meal, and find our beds, spiders but our resident spider is missing a leg so we should be fine!
Haven’t slept much. We’re staying in the best hotel in Ogbomosho but the rooms are small. There’s no wardrobe, the air conditioning isn’t working, the ceiling fan wobbles and only runs at top speed, and the toilet has no seat or lid.
In the room it was hot and stuffy and I sweated a lot. Difficult for a German who likes to sleep with the window open. I did not dare to take a shower; it was too revolting. Perhaps I’ll be able to cope better tomorrow.
For breakfast we travelled to a lodge owned by a church, where Reinhard Bonnke and Daniel Kolenda are staying and where the team chef cooks for the CfaN team and around 35 international guests. There was everything you could want and it made up for the bad night. We then drove 20 minutes back to the hotel and I wrote about what I had experienced the day before. It took me 1½ hours. I had a lot to think about and digest and writing about it helped.
Ikem and his wife arrive at the Sheraton Hotel in Nigeria that they will be staying at.
We are here…praise the Lord! Mostly everyone who was coming with us from the western side of the earth has arrived safely in Nigeria. Mr. Russell has been doing a great job keeping everyone together and getting us where we need to be. My wife and I had the chance to meet Ms. Carrie and Amanda the winners of the contest from Canada and they are awesome. It is very hot here but CFAN has taken very good care of us and things are moving along smoothly. I can feel the excitement in the air, even though most of us have just flown into the city we are excited to see what our Father is going to do this week in Ogbomosho.
2.45 pm – the police escort arrived. We were off – incredible! Full of anticipation, we got into the cars. At 3.30 pm we drove out of the hotel grounds. This was the first time that I had seen an African city. Yesterday evening it was dark and you could see next to nothing.
I was really shocked by what I saw: a chaotic tangle of electric cables, a lot of rubbish, corrugated iron huts, merchants selling used goods in home-made wooden lean-tos. I had seen pictures like that in books and on the television but thought that it was only part of the truth. Here, it is like that everywhere. A sea of corrugated iron huts, dense traffic and a vast swarm of people. Many of them looked happy, despite the conditions in which they live. Another thing that struck me was the presence everywhere of Jesus. Bumper stickers, signs on motorcycles.