By SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA
DESPITE its strategic location near the famed Yaba Bus Stop, very little is known of the Lagos Presbyterian Church beyond its imposing unique and attractive structure which cannot be ignored. The stated mission of the church is to lead people to Christ, guide members to matured Christian life so that they are able to stand firm in the ministry within the church and in the world, while empowering them to contribute to the spiritual development and economic transformation process of Nigeria, Africa and the world.
If, however, the success of a churh is determined by visitation to orphans and widows in their troubles, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world in addition to aggressive evangeli-cal work, then the Lagos Pres-byterian Church is a monumental success even if it’s too modest to blow its trumpet.
The Lagos Presbyterian Church (LPC), was born on May 5, 1963 under very unique circumstances and since then God’s hand had been overwhelmingly mighty upon the church as her her growth has been considerably phenomenal. From a parish in 1963, it is now credited with the establishment of over 35 parishes, 42 congregations and outstations spanning the entire South West, Edo, Delta and parts of Benue State as well as Benin Republic, Togo, Burkina Faso and Mali.
The church has also had a tremendous impact on the Nigerian polity.
One of the cardinal points of the church’s vision is to be a socially relevant church. Accordingly, the church engages in various types of social work to establish its value to the society.
Different arms and organisations of the regularly pay visits to old people’s homes and orphanages during which donations are made in cash and in kind to uplift the lives of the inmates of the homes.
It also responds to the needs of those affected by some disasters. For example, the church made donations to the Ikeja Cantonment Bomb blast victims in Lagos in 2002, just as it embarks on medical evangelism outreach where medical professionals includ-ing doctors who attend to the various health challeges of members of the society.