As a teenager, I found myself in Church everyday. We had the: Sunday service, Monday fresh anointing service, Tuesday choir practice, Wednesday Bible study, Thursday prayer meeting, Friday breakthrough service, Saturday’s Ushers meeting… I imagine you are laughing by now. Perhaps you too can relate. But I got a lot of out this, especially a song. This song sounded pop like, with a 5 clap sequence intricately woven in. Sung beautifully in broken English, it goes like this: “Na the thing wey you give us papa, na im we dey bring am so”. Which translates: “It’s what You have given to us […]
Do you remember epic moments in your childhood? I do. One of those moments was when I went with a friend to sell stolen books. We ended up not having the gumption to sell the books and decided to play video games instead. I laugh now as I remember this phase of life. We were children seeking to pay off a levy imposed by a senior bully. The queer thing is that my friend and accomplice came out of this unscathed. I on the other hand bore an excessive brunt of the repercussion. I was asked to leave the boarding […]
When I first came to the United States as a student of the University of Indianapolis, many years ago, I met a gentleman by the name of Ken Mosongo. Ken is from Kenya. Yeah, I know. That’s what I thought too, Ken from Kenya? What a rhyme. Ken and I worked long hours in the school kitchen. We studied together in its labs on weekends and late into the night. We taught ourselves how to make cheap international calls. We fretted about how we could pay our large tuition bills and what we would do if we became dropouts. Those […]
As a 15 year old in high school, I had read about paying particular attention to that thing you do which people applaud every time. (By the way, this advice still rings true for you today). For me, it was inspirational speaking and writing. And so I honed this skill, improving as much as I could but then I met a brick wall. After graduation, there just wasn’t an audience. There was no doubt God had called me and equipped me, but He was yet to establish me. This is a key point, hold this thought as we proceed.
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This is the first time I am revealing this, but I was once put into a poor, low-achieving, seminary high school. And that in an unknown part of the world. This was done to restrict me but through a miracle, it lasted only for 3 months. In retrospect those that put me in there did not know I would travel the world preaching the gospel some day. So unbeknownst to them, they did give me the only seminary experience I can claim today (smiles). What they meant for evil, God meant for good. God was with me through it all, and […]
As an undergraduate student, I had no previous experience or preparation for the menial jobs I undertook. I needed the money. I figured I would either swim or sink in it. As others worked, I watched closely and did what they did. This helped me hold jobs long enough till I could pay school fees. I learned on the job. I had to
Moses was being called upon to rescue the Israelites? Wouldn’t that need months or even years of training? To the carnal mind, it does, but the needed training had already occurred. While Moses was herding sheep, and supporting […]
One of the best parts of my job is hearing testimonies. Just like the one you are about to read. I get these daily, but I don’t take them for granted. I lay down, close my eyes and all suddenly become well because I am reminded that God is alive, and moving. This is a high no feeling on earth can touch. If you’ve ever been called to ministry, I encourage you to take the plunge and obey. Next week, I will write about “Learning on the Job”, but for now, sit back and enjoy this beautiful testimony by Carolyn.