Being Nigerian, when I arrived in India, I thought that it would be a lonely life. But after some days I was invited to the church by God’s divine arrangement. From that day onwards, the church received me whole heartedly. The people were caring and helped me with food and transport. Their love for me was evident. They took me into their lives and I became part of them.
The other Nigerians that came here experienced a “cultural shock” and as a result they were under high stress. Some of them took solace in smoking and drinking to reduce their stress. But for me, I really had no stress. I had genuine and trustworthy brothers and sisters that I could relate with. If I had any difficulty I always had somewhere to run to. With all these people, I was never lonely.
On the spiritual aspect, I could say that the church had been an answer to the cry of my heart for a simple and genuine, undiluted word-of-God-ruled Church. Because of the sincerity, humility and love of God in the heart of the pastor, I felt so attracted to the message of love for one another which was the underlying message of the church. I felt so challenged in my heart to the extent that I had decided to rededicate my Christian life. During this time, God also revealed to me that this is a church with an apostolic vision. I received a prophecy that God is going to use this church mightily as a major point of contact in Kochi outward. This was when I started desiring that if it is possible for me to resettle in Kochi, then I would join up with this mission to fulfill God’s promises.
I cannot thank the pastor and all the members of this church enough in words for their fervent love for God and for their brothers especially foreigners. It was a home away from home, a family away from family!