It might not be a national news headliner in Britian, but it surely will be a major news in Nigeria, that Sewlyn Hughes is dead. To many Nigerians, he is in the class of Roberts, Spurgeon, Wesley and Wigglesworth.
Sewlyn is the most popular British preacher of the gospel in Nigeria with his daily devotional ‘Everyday with Jesus’. Nearly one in five Christians in the country uses the spiritually uplifting material daily in their walk with God. His death last Monday will really come as a shock to most of this people. I doubt if there won’t be memorial services for him in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. He has really been instrumental to some people’s spiritual growth.
I was in Lagos the last time he came visiting, though I couldn’t make the meetings but I know the venue would have run out of space for people. Such is the power of touching the lives of people you may not even meet in life.
Sewlyn’s thoughtful writings are spiritually inspiring to me. There are moments I have picked up his devotionals to get encouragements and answers to life threatening issues. His poetic way of writing is an additional plus for the English language. His story is genuine and spiritually motivating.
It might be a loss to us that he is gone, but it is another grand welcome in the heavens for another faithful servant.