Titus: Trip to Benue and Enugu-Ezekeh

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  To one, we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leader to life.  And who is sufficient for these things?  For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ  [2Cor 2:14-17].

 

Here is the report of my last trip to Benue and Enugu-Ezekeh [These are neighboring states in central Nigeria, about 700 km from brother Titus’ home near Ibadan in the southwest].  I got to Benue very late that day.  Therefore I stayed with Bro Emma at Eke and traveled to Igah-Okpaya [brother Solomon’s village] the following day and then back to Otukpo where we visited brother Amos [the brother that Yinnkah wrote of in his “2nd Missionary Journey” report] and encouraged him to stay with God in the midst of opposition. 

 

I came back to Eke after 10pm that day [Most all travel in Nigeria is by public transportation that has no fixed schedule, departing only when a vehicle designed to seat four passengers has a minimum of six].  It was the following day that I went to Enugu Ezekeh and spent a week of Bible study with the brethren there everyday. 

 

I was able to teach on the book of Joshua, chapters 4–9.  They were so happy that God was so good to them in revealing His mystery, and there was great joy.  Two old women gave their lives for Christ and two men also were restored back to the church.  Since then, they have been calling me on the phone to tell me of their experiences with God and their fellowship with one another. 

 

Therefore, by the grace of God, I will like to be with them by July if God provides.  My brother, do you know that I visited some families at their homes in their village and I want to tell you that they were encouraged with the coming of Titus.  Brother Oliver [who had been taught by brother Steve] is back to the village and God is helping him as he works among the brethren.  The two groups are now joining together in one fellowship, serving God in unity and faith and with a single mind breaking bread together [There had been serious contention among them in years past which was on the mend during Steve and Patti’s last visit there in April of 2008].

 

I came back after a week long visit to bro Emma at Eke.  The Lord helped me to bring peace to his family after many months of misunderstanding between the man and his wife.  Then I had fellowship together with them and gave him a photocopy of the Discipleship Experience [one of Steve’s books].  There is a brother at Edumoga community, Abel by name, who needed a bicycle in order to come to fellowship at Eke and I gave him money to repair the old damaged one since we cannot buy him new one.

 

At Ugbokolo [in Benue State], we want to start a new fellowship centre at a new place, and that is one of the reasons why I want to go back come this July because many of the brethren whom you worked with in the past are not willing to do anything presently.  Some of them meet at different places every Sunday for less than an hour’s discussion on politics and other carnal things, read a passage from Bible, pray and go back; not studying the Word of God and not discipling anybody.  I wish you will address all these problems in Benue for nothing to speak of is on ground for now. 

 

We need your prayers as we travel up and down, that God may give us an open door and open our mouths to speak forth the mystery of Christ always.  I hope you will visit us very soon.  Greet all who love Christ in His second coming.  Love you, Daddy and Iya [a Yoruba name meaning “Mother of the house”].

 

With all our love, Titus and Dorcas, Disciples.