When the Lord’s invitation was extended during the first session of the conference, twenty-five young people responded. It was pitch black outside, but all twenty-five of them, plus adults, walked down the dark road to the village stream, and all twenty-five were baptized into Christ.
Eight more young people were baptized on the second night of the conference. As the group walked down the dark road in the middle of the night, they were stopped by a gang of hoodlums.
Aniefiok writes, “A gang of notorious armed criminals blocked us on our way to the stream on the second night. They carried Ak-47s and other dangerous weapons. We were so frightened, but they let us go when they discovered we were from the church.”
Aniefiok continued, “The devil has stolen the hearts of our youths. We have what it takes to embark on the rescue mission. The gospel can heal our land. Some of the youths who will be attracted to the conferences [via the football tournaments] could be members of secret cults or armed robbery gangs. Such persons have attended our gospel events before, and we have converted many of them.”