The Senior Pastor of Household of David Church, Lagos, Olusola Osunmakinde, expressed deep sorrow following a devastating fire that razed the entire church auditorium.
Speaking via a video shared on the church’s Instagram account shortly after the incident, Osunmakinde recounted a poignant moment when an observer, confronting the tragedy, questioned, “Where was Jesus when this happened?”
The inferno, which engulfed the Household of David Church situated on Surulere Road in the Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State, left property worth millions of naira in ruins.
According to Amodu Shakiri, spokesperson for the Lagos State Fire Service, the fire erupted due to overheating in the church’s auditorium ceiling, resulting in its collapse and subsequent ignition.
The unfortunate incident occurred just hours before the scheduled commencement of the church’s program, ‘Mercy Conference’, slated for January 31, 2024.
Osunmakinde lamented the loss of the church’s air conditioners, chairs, and other essential equipment, emphasizing the painful blow the fire dealt to the congregation and the community at large.
He said, “As we know, ‘Mercy Conference’ starts today, but something happened that I just want to put a message out there to people.
“I came here this morning, everybody was setting up, everything was going fine. All of a sudden, we started hearing that there was fire and something up there on the roof of the church.
“I know there would be reactions, and people will say that and that, but that is none of my concern now. The most important thing is this, we thank God no life was lost and we thank God for everything.
“We are not too discouraged but we believe in God that we will still go on with the conference.
“To everyone out there, we are not sad, we are happy for all things work together, the Bible didn’t say all good things, all things both bad and ugly.
“It is a painful experience no doubt, even someone walked into the compound mocking, saying ‘where is Jesus when this happened?’ We don’t owe people an answer, all we believe is that all things work together.
“We will know what to do about the building and every prayer, every contribution, every word is necessary now. Today’s meeting goes on this evening if we have to lift our hands and worship outside we will do it.
“We will not back out because of this but by the grace of God, all things work together for good.”