EDWARD BAPAYOR REPORTS FROM SOMERSET:
The newly-formed Covenant Child World Evangelistic Ministry headed by the wife /husband team of Rev.Tigidankay Kabs-Kanu and Rev. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, which was outdoored with its first maiden Sunday Service on Sunday January 15, 2012 held its second service at the Caribbean Palace Hall at Hamilton Street, Somerset, Franklin Township in New Jersey yesterday.
Thankfully, God brought many more people to the service from different walks of life–Africans, African-Americans, hispanics, philippinos etc-and for a church that was conducting only its second ever service, the attendance was very encouraging , according to the Rev. Leeroy Kabs-Kanu.
SISTER TIGI PREACHING YESTERDAY
Taking her sermon from Judges 6: 6-16, the Rev. Tigidankay Kabs-Kanu , preached on the topic: ‘What Christians should do when faced with crises in their lives. ‘ According to the passage, the Midianites were oppressing the Israelites . They were seizing their oxen and cattle . When Israel had sown, the Midianites would come with the Amalekites and the Children of the East; all came against them , encamped against and destroyed the increase of the earth and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox nor ass. And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites. Thay had to hide from the Midianites in caves and dens. This was crisis time in the lives of the Israelites.
According to her, we too can face crises in our lives . Some people’s crisis , she preached , could be economic. They are broke and cannot pay their bills and sustain themselves. To others, it is sickness . They are afflicted by sickness that they cannot get out of their lives . To yet another set of people, it could be marital problems. Despite all they have done to make their marriages work, nothing seems to be succeeding. To others, it could be problems at their work places. Though they are working hard, they are being oppressed by their bosses and other highly-placed officials.
SISTER AUGUSTINA TAYLOR LEADING THE PRAISES YESTERDAY
But whenever there is a crisis, it calls for intervention, she preached. A decision has to be made. Israel intervened by returning to God. They had not honoured the Lord ‘s covenant. They had turned away from God. But in their crisis they returned to God. Rev. Tigidankay Kabs-Kanu urged christians that whenever they face a crisis in their lives they must make a decision as was done by the children of God . The Israelites decided to return to God. And when they did he sent them a prophet , through whom God refreshed their minds about who he was and what he had delivered them from. “We must never forget who God is and what he has done for us . God had to remind them that it was he who delivered them from bondage in Egypt and he had delivered them with a strong and mighty hand from all those that oppressed them”, she went on . The female preacher said that the congregation too was being reminded about the things that God had done for them and who he is–A loving, merciful, good and faithful God.
YESTERDAY’S CONGREGATION LISTENING CAREFULLY TO THE SERMON
Mrs. Kabs-Kanu reminded members of the congregation that when they were sick, it was God who delivered them. “When you had that motor accident and you survived it, it was God who saved you from it. When you had that financial crisis in your life and you thought that you were going to declare bankruptcy and become homeless, it was God who reversed the situation and gave you victory. When you lost your job and you were roaming all over the places looking for solutions you could not find, it was God who saved you and gave you a new job.”
Rev. Tigidankay Kabs-Kanu said that God can be anything you want him to be in your life . “For instance, he can be Jehovah Rapha to you, the God who healeth thee. He can be to you Jehovah Nissi, the God of Victory ; he can be to you Jehovah Shalom, the God who gives you peace. God can rescue you from any problem. God’s ability to save us knows no bounds. With God on your side, nobody can conquer you. When the enemy comes against you like a flood, God shall lift a banner against him. ” The congregation erupted with ‘Alleluias’ and ’Amens.’
She went on to preach that God told Gideon that he would use him to deliver Israel from the Midianites and the angel of the Lord who delivered the message called him the Mighty Man of Valour. God saw in him the power to succeed and he has put that same power in us through Jesus Christ. She said that God has made us overcomers and through him, we have the capacity to overcome any problem.
A CHRISTIAN SISTER TESTIFIES BEFORE THE CONGREGATION ABOUT THE GOODNESS OF GOD
However because of the things his people were undergoing, Gideon expressed doubts. He was too discouraged and thought that God has forsaken them. “We too have the tendency to think that God has forsaken us. We look at all our problems and tribulations and we feel that God has forsaken us. But I am here to tell you today that God does not forsaken anybody.Rather we are the ones who forsake him .However, God is ready to take us back when we return to him. God is always there for us . God told Gideon to go in his might and he will be with him. Though Gideon was doubting , God told him that surely he will conquer the Midianites. Through Gideon, the Lord God delivered the children of Israel from the hands of the Midianites “, she continued.
She said that whatever problems anybody in the congregation is having in life, whether financial, career, business , sickness or marital , he/she should surrender them to God through Jesus Christ and as surely as God delivered Israel from the Midianites he will do the same for them if they surrender everything to God and believe .
Earlier, the Rev. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu gave an exhortation on Faith.He said that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”, according to Hebrews 11:1. He said that God wants christians to have faith in him and that according to Hebrews 11: 6, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” He also told them what the Bible says in Romans 10: 17 that Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God “. Rev. Kabs-Kanu said that many people think that salvation is by works but the Bible tells us in Ephesians 2: 8 that it is by grace that we are saved , through faith and not of ourselves. It is a gift of God.
He admonished the congregation to have faith in God. He said that if one constantly reads the newspapers, watches the TV or listens to the radio or people, he/she is bound to fret because all that is got from them are negativity and bad and discouraging news. “They saturate your mind with discouraging news that destroy your faith in God. The tendency when you get discouraged is to fear for your future because all they predict is that dooms day is coming . But I want you to know today that if you have faith in God, that doomsday will never come near your dwelling ; if you have faith in God, nothing will discourage you because you know that God is your provider and he does not provide for you according to the state of the economy or the world’s system of things but according to his grace and goodness. Even though the media is predicting that the world economic system is falling, God is still blessing those who put their trust in him. All the gold, all the diamonds and all the riches of this world belong to God and he can bless you in the midst of the global economic crisis .God ‘s blessings do not depend on the state of the economy. They depend on his grace and goodness. You just trust in God and set out your sail and he will bless the works of your hands. ”
Members were once again blessed by the soul-touching and anointed worship and praise led by Sister Augustina Taylor.
The church conducts Bible class every Tuesday at 6 : 30pm and Sunday School at 2: 30 pm , before the sunday service. Every third Friday of the month, the church has all-night prayer from 12 midnight to 6 am. The church has a nursing home ministry two thursdays a month at 6: 15 pm.
The church’s contact address is :
P.O. Box 1115,
Somerset, NJ 08875-1115