𝗤: 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗕𝗼𝗸𝗼 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵?
A: The issue of persecution in serving the Lord and challenges in ministry in the North is very real. But you know one thing, just as I have said, you need to listen to the Master.
He said: “𝘚𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘺𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘏𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶.”
Again, He said: “𝘎𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩, 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘦.”
I don’t know how others may interpret it, but I love taking the Lord by His words literally and it has helped me in my ministry. 𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗚𝗼𝗱’𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆, 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗶𝘁. Indeed, God likes to be challenged. For example, when you say Lord, this one, I am not going anywhere until you do something for me, and you stay put, you wait on Him, I have never seen Him fail. It may not be easy; it is one of the most difficult and trying things.
On the issue of Boko Haram and attacks, 𝗻𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗮𝘆, 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗟𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲. Let me just share this one experience in February 2014. In 2013, the Lord asked me to organise a prayer that would embrace all the pastors within Gombe metropolis. We were to use ECWA Church and not Anglican Church. So, we threw it open and invited all the pastors- Pentecostals, Anglican, Roman Catholics, ECWA, Baptist and all the other churches, and we started the prayer.
We met every Monday by 7 am to pray, and we did that for almost three months consistently. Sometimes, we were few and sometimes we were many. After some time, we stopped, but some people agitated that we should keep on praying, because by then, everywhere was burning around us— Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and sometimes, they would come into Gombe to attack.
On February 14, 2014, they landed, and even the soldiers ran away with their uniforms and guns. They attacked the army depot, attacked where they stored their ammunitions and looted the place before the Air Force intervened. Everywhere was thrown into confusion, but we asked the pastors to be in the place of prayer. What we did was to evacuate the women and children. We arranged and moved those who ran from the town into the Bishops court to the southern part of the state-building.
While all this was happening, the Lord spoke to me and said: “𝘏𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘺, 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘺, 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶”
He said He would not give His heritage to the wicked. When that word came to me, I held on to it. In fact, I wrote it down on a small card. As the word was coming to me, I was writing it down like a covenant word I held on to. I remembered that the Lord had prompted us to pray for three months, which we had just finished and were waiting for the next direction. When this was happening, that word came.
𝗦𝗼, 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲, 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗸, 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗽𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗼𝗳 𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝗚𝗼𝗱 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻. His plans for us are of good and not of evil, to give us hope and to bring us to an expected end, and we need to hold on to Him. I came to the realisation that oftentimes when we are pushed to the wall and we depend on Him, we see Him opening doors and ways.
𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗻𝗲 𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝘂𝘀. Just be faithful. Oftentimes, I tell people that I may not be as faithful as He wants me to be, but He knows my heart. My desire is to always please Him. I know the flesh will always be there and I may fail, but He will never fail.