True Light's concept of discipleship is to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, teach them how to live their lives consistant with the Word of God, and prompt them to action inthe commnity to form a continutious cucle of minstry. Thus, believers pratice their discipleship by rehabbing homes for the needy, participanting in food and clothing drives for the homless and less forunate, and by providing tutoring programs, employment services, as well as various types of counseling to the community-at-large.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to prech deliverance to the captives,and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty all them that are brusised..." Luke 4:18
We seek to cross all cultural, traditional, language, socioeconomic, and geographical boundaries to take the gospel of salvation and deliverance to the lost, the suffering, and the dying, that they may come into the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Savior.
MISSIONARY TRIP TO NIGERIA
On August 15, 2008, seven members of True Light Fellowship Church (Pastor Mark Humphries, Sherri Humphries, Deacon Michael Ladele, Deaconess Louvenia Ladele, Deacon Jerome Upchurch, Winette Scott and I) all set out on a missionary trip to Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa to visit the True Light Fellowship Academy. TLF Academy is a missionary school founded by Colonel Henry Ladele to teach community children to read, write, and participate in society with a Christ-centric worldview. The objectives of the missionary trip were to inspect the TLF Academy, teach a Vacation Bible School (VBS) curriculum to the children and assist in the building of the school.
Although the beginning phase of the trip met with resistance from the Nigerian Embassy because of the Christ-centric purpose of the trip, the will of God prevailed and the group made its way to Lagos, Nigeria unhindered. The group ministered to over one-hundred students at the VBS (picture above). Pastor Humphries and I taught the teenage children a basic foundational curriculum of the identity of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Savior, Forgiver of Sins, Only Way, Redeemer, and Victor over Death. The children were taught to apply scripture and share the gospel with others. Many of the children were already born again; however, approximately twenty children received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Deacons Ladele and Upchurch taught the teenage children practical lessons of life, concerning issues such as career choices, work ethics, and perseverance. Deaconness Ladele, Sherri Humphries and Winette Scott taught the pre-teenage children the gospel in a child-friendly way. Each day of class, the children were fed a wholesome lunch and any child with health issues were ministered to by our team nurse.
The team also observed the progress made at the TLF Academy, such as: installed doors, windows, desks and chairs in one classroom. A new water source and water tank (Well of Deliverance) was installed. Upon discovering that a second water tank was needed, the team donated funds to help provide a second water tank, which was purchased and installed. Although the TLF Academy has undergone much progress, there are still many areas of need for desks and chairs in more classrooms. Although team members participated in the painting of a classroom, several other rooms needed to be painted. Also bathroom facilities have yet to be properly installed.
Other highlights of the trip include meeting several kings of villages, and presenting ourselves and the gospel message to them. When the Muslim and pagan kings asked for prayer, Pastor Humphries raised his hands to God, praying in Jesus’ name and Christ was exalted over all of the idols and heathen worldviews. I had explained to the King in Badagry that although our forefathers left there in physical chains of slavery, we have returned to testify of both physical and spiritual freedom in Christ. Other highlights of the trip were Pastor Humphries presenting the Word of God at a wedding and I had the privilege to preach at a Sunday Morning Service and an individual accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior.
The Bible informs us that as we go to bring in the harvest that God will be with us in a mighty way! The team members experienced the mighty hand of God first hand on our trip to Lagos, Nigeria that we will never forget or be the same. We thank God for those who supported our missionary trip through prayers and financial gifts.