After meeting Davis Mac-Iyalla of Nigeria for the first time at the 2006 ILGA (International Lesbian and Gay Association) World Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, I had the privilege, as a party of one, of welcoming him at the New York City JFK airport upon his first visit to the United States, Wednesday, May 14, 2007.
He was here by invitation of the Episcopal Church for a speaking tour in the States on the topic of gay rights in Nigeria.
Mac-Iyalla's USA tour-host had asked that I keep the conversation light and not talk business: "Let him relax after his long flight." I agreed.
After Mac-Iyalla and I had gotten a bite to eat and were on the road cutting across Brooklyn towards Manhattan, to my delight he asked about getting the books to Africa, the topic I had introduced more than a year ago at Geneva.
Jesus MCC of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Other Sheep are in the process of getting copies of The Children Are Free to LGBT groups in Africa.
"Gay Nigerians know what we believe," he said. "We need to know how to defend it. Send us the books."
Go to http://www.othersheep.org/ and scroll down to "New Web Pages and Current Notes of Interest at Other Sheep" for a full coverage of Davis Mac-Iyalla's visit to The Church of the Holy Apostles and related articles of Nigeria and Changing Attitude, the Anglican ministry to LGBTs.
Photo caption: Davis Mac-Iyalla (left) and Bishop Gene Robinson. The Church of the Holy Apostles, June 19, 2007