“They are going to give me the strength to go out and serve the Lord,” he said.
“I can see now that they are doing it, that they’re trying to be good and that I am part of that.”
The church has also become a beacon of hope to those struggling to find their voice.
On the day of the coronavirus outbreak, the church posted a video of an African church service, where congregants were told that “there is a cure” for the virus and urged to stay positive.
“The church is a community that is very different from most churches because it’s not just about preaching, it’s about life,” said Rene Barros, a Nigerian journalist based in the US.
“You have to have faith in your own ability to cope with this.”
The coronaviruses have also sparked a debate about the role of religion in a globalised world.
In a statement on its website, the US Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) said that it had no plans to alter its position on coronaviolosis, which it said was not a disease.
“We have not heard from the CDC, and our thoughts are with the affected communities,” the statement read.
“However, as a Lutheran denomination, we believe that the church should be a place where all people can be treated with respect and compassion, regardless of their religious beliefs.”
In Nigeria, the Ebola outbreak has brought with it a surge in public protests, with a recent one taking place in the capital city of Lagos against the coronas outbreak.
On Monday, more than 150,000 people marched in the city centre, demanding that the government act swiftly to address the epidemic.
In recent weeks, a similar protest march took place in Dakar, Senegal.
In Senegal, the protests have turned into a civil war, with the government saying that about 70 people have been killed.
The crisis has led to a crackdown on demonstrations in the west African nation, where President Macky Sall of the National Resistance Movement (MRI) is seeking a constitutional amendment to allow the use of deadly force against demonstrators.
The government has deployed troops to quell the demonstrations, which have become increasingly violent.
On Tuesday, thousands of people took to the streets in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, for a national day of mourning, with some protesters holding a “March of Hope” to commemorate the lives lost during the Ebola crisis.
The march, which drew thousands of participants, was the largest in the country’s history.
The event was called by the Nigerian National Association of People’s Committees (NAACP), which was founded by a group of academics to support and promote the rights of Nigerians to self-determination.