CST has now taken root in Nigeria!
In 2007 Yinka Adesanya, Head of The Rock School, Lagos, attended our Appointed & Anointed Teacher Training Course. She spent much of the week in tears and told us this was something she had searched for and that we must bring A&A to Nigeria. So it was that in July 2008 a team visited the Redeemed Churches in Nigeria.
We were in for some surprises, especially those of us used to a less wealthy Africa. We were hosted wonderfully by Yinka in her lovely house and then transported to the Redeemed Churches to the camp, where the conference was to be based. This camp is a ‘town’ built by the Redeemed Churches with a covered auditorium which regularly gathers up to 3 million people worshipping and praying in it from all over Nigeria. It was awesomely huge – apparently there is regularly a choir of seven thousand (yes thousand!) and apparently it can take half an hour for people from the back to reach the front when they are responding to an altar call! Redeemed Churches number approximately 4,000 in Nigeria. There were 18 head teachers of large schools and a total of 60 attending – all were committed and ‘hungry’.
I have never before received a standing ovation for the first lecture on ‘Aims in Education’, which is vision! Nor have we experienced teachers refusing lunch in order to work on curriculum! For Joseph and Rally from Chrysolyte School, who are Nigerian, this week and the great response was fulfilment of their prayers for Nigeria to experience the teaching to equip their schools.
Many Christians in Nigeria express grief over the corruption of their nation. The Heads and teachers were expressing a determination that this is going to be a new start for their nation. The Redeemed Churches have a commitment to Christian education and see it as key for the restoration of their nation – which of course it is. The delegates were particularly thrilled with the Christian curriculum model we taught them and wanted us to inspect their progress in the next year and to hold a larger conference. Yinka wants to develop a CST-type network among the schools represented. We need to pray for her and the Redeemed Church schools throughout Nigeria, that God will honour their desire to bring Christian moral values into their nation.