Monday, April 9, 2012
Bomb free Holy Week and Easter in Jos, Nigeria
The Archbishop Jos, Ben Kwashi, is a great friend and supporter of our Diocese and the rector of St James Anglican Church in Penn Hills, Doug Sherman, is a Canon in the Diocese of Kaduna under Bishop Lamino
April 9th, 2012
Amazingly, the symbolic Easter miracle happened here on Good Friday when we had our first rain for about six months. The dust covered trees shone green again, and plants which were thinking about dying began to hope . . . If we were to have another rain now, there would soon be a carpet of green. The speed with which the transformation happens always takes my breath away. New Life just breaks in !
Praise God also for a bomb-free Holy Week and Easter in Jos. Security is high; no motorbikes allowed in town; many roads closed; barriers, and huge bollards around every church, and check points all over. But it is definitely worth it! I usually manage to escape the long lines at check points as I leave very early (around six) in order to play for the 7am service (would be 8am in UK!). Many people come late to church because it takes so long to get from one place to another, but the attendance this morning was quite encouraging – especially considering the effort that it will have taken many of them to come (lack of public transport etc.). The sustained praying that is going on here, together with the prayers of you and so many others around the world are making a big impact. Thank you for praying – please continue!
We are just hearing that there were 1 or 2 car bombs in Kaduna this morning (another State capital, about three hours drive away from Jos, and a city where there have previously been riots and troubles). It seems that the explosions happened close to, but not at, a church, which may mean that those killed were those who unfortunately simply happened to be passing by the wrong place at the wrong moment. I cannot get any first hand information and details yet.
May you know the peace, the joy and the hope of the Risen Christ.