A POLE IN THE DARK (Episode 21)
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As soon as they left the hospital, Bernie suggested they should relocate if it’s possible. Angela thanked him for his suggestion and support before he left. It was a happy reunion with her daughter after the harrowing experience. After two days, Evelyn told her the need to seek God genuinely with Thanksgiving. She led them into the presence of God with Thanksgiving after sharing the word of God with them. Annie revealed how Amos threatened to kill her mother for betraying his trust and his determination to sell her.
Angela wondered how Amos could subject her and her daughter to inhumane treatment but quickly added how she opened the door herself.
“My greediness pushed me into their hands. I wasn’t satisfied with whatever I have. Even Tony, despite the fact he impregnated me then, I still allowed him back into my life after some years. I could count on his support anytime and that made me to always fall for him. In summary, I don’t have a backbone.”
“No! You have a backbone and it’s Jesus Christ. He alone can support and never disappoint. I want you to fully surrender your life to him. Are you ready?” Evelyn asked her.
She stretched her hands towards Evelyn and they held their hands in one accord. She led her to Christ Jesus as she confessed and repented of her sins. She finally accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour. After expressing her joy of salvation, Annie asked her mother to pray for her too. Evelyn brought her closer and led her to Jesus Christ also.
“Are you a preacher?” Annie asked Evelyn.
“She is my friend…” Angela answered her.
“And Jesus’ friend too. You are now a friend of Jesus.” Evelyn told Annie who sat beside her with a broad smile.
After the breakfast, Angela told her the dream she had.
“A dark being approached me where I sat under a tree. He offered to help me clear the dead leaves around the place. I obliged and continued with the reading of the book in my hand. By the time I lifted up my head, the dead leaves had multiplied and the man had disappeared too.” Evelyn first prayed for her and then interpreted the dream.
“You need to be careful of crucial decisions you make and the people you allow into your life. You have taken wrong decisions before but you need the help of God to guide you aright.”
Angela promised to take precautions and draw closer to God. She reminded Evelyn of her diabolical contact with Pastor Abraham and Annie’s evil contact. Evelyn read some Bible verses that talked about God’s mighty power to save and restore. She prayed fervently for them and destroyed the works of the devil in their lives in the name of Jesus. Angela fell under the power of God and vomited.
Evelyn continued praying and commanded all the remnants of devil’s activities to be destroyed. God took control and gave them total deliverance. Evelyn went into marathon session of praises to God until they were soaked with God’s presence. Evelyn was amazed how God honoured their faith and worship. It was so evident that Annie had received the touch of God as she began to sing in an unknown tongue. Angela’s earnest desire was coming to fulfillment when she saw the hand of God on her daughter.
After two days, Evelyn left for her city with great joy and gifts. Angela showed her gratitude by the gifts and her readiness to serve God. True to Evelyn’s warning, some church members started criticizing her for exposing their Pastor and some even threatened to kill her.
After further interrogation, Amos and Matt were roped in. Tony was able to send a text message to Angela about their release. Tony and Leah were tortured by Matt to implicate Angela in a shady business deal but their luck ran out. However, Bernie was in contact with Angela for almost one month before she finally relocated to another part of the country. Within two days they reached there, Tony called her and they narrated their ugly experiences.
“How about Leah? Where’s she now?” Angela asked.
“We are relocating to Belgium.” Tony replied.
Angela was surprised and asked him why he used the joint term. Tony finally disclosed that she was his girlfriend and their relationship had taken a new good turn. Angela asked about his daughter and his response devastated her.
“I’m sorry. Leah doesn’t want an adopted daughter.”
“What? So, Annie is now your adopted daughter? Tony, are you serious?”
“I’m sorry. We can’t take her along.” Tony responded.
“Who’s asking you to take her along? Aren’t going to fulfil your responsibility in her life? Remember, you are her father.”
Tony paused and promised to call her later. Annie couldn’t understand why her mother was in tears after she ended the call.
“Mum, why are you crying?” Annie asked.
She couldn’t utter any words but hugged her tightly and began to pray for her. After settling down in the new city, she dreaded going to any church until she met…
A POLE IN THE DARK (Episode 22)
She couldn’t utter any words but hugged her tightly and began to pray for her. After settling down in the new city, she dreaded going to any church until she met Clement, a Nigerian at the bus stop. They exchanged pleasantries and he gave her a pamphlet. Clement politely invited her to their church but she declined. He didn’t bother to persuade her but only smiled and left.
Angela couldn’t think straight with all the disappointments coupled with job search. She contacted Evelyn who had already travelled back to her country for encouragement and prayers. She advised her to put sentiments aside and begin to fellowship with God’s children. Angela and her daughter later attended the church and were welcomed with open arms. It was a small church but the atmosphere was filled with joy. She was surprised to see Deacon Clement teaching the Sunday school with authority and the way they comported themselves challenged her to do more for God.
They began to fellowship with them until she got a job offer through one of the church members. God looked favourably upon her and things began to fall in place. Within two months, Angela had grown deeper in the Lord in the Young believer’s class and Deacon Clement helped them to know God personally. Her zealousness attracted bro Philip to her. He fell in love and promised her heaven and earth until she told him her ugly past. He began to give unreasonable excuses until he called it quits. It was a painful experience for her which made her lose interest in men. One aspect of her relationship with him that really inspired her was his love for God. She had desired a man who would continually point and guide her along the narrow path to heaven.
Mrs Debby, a neighbour and believer from another denomination took interest in her and her daughter. She introduced her to her younger brother, Richard who lived in another city. Richard promised to marry her and take care of her daughter provided she followed him to his church and renounced her conservative way of worship. After one month of courtship, she followed him to his church where their Pastor hugged and kissed her openly in his office. He prayed for them and asked them to continue to live happily. To clear her doubts, she asked Richard what he meant.
“Our Pastor loves everyone. He wants us to continue to express our love in public and in private.”
“But we aren’t married yet?” Angela challenged him.
“That’s the problem with your church. Our church celebrates and promotes love among brethren. Angela, this is a contemporary church. Wake up!”
In her confused state, God sent one of her church members to her. Mama Blessing, a grandmother sought Angela’s permission to visit her at home. It was after the Sunday church service she followed her home. Mama Blessing started by narrating her own story to her.
“I remembered when I was yearning for love and to be loved. I ignored all the red flags and admonitions from church leaders and my family. I then eloped with my fiance to Ghana to enjoy ourselves. Within one month, my fiance brought another lady home. When I challenged him, he told me we weren’t married yet and that he was free to do whatever he liked. His remarks cut my heart into pieces because I had put my hope in him instead of God. In fact, I abandoned my godly convictions because of him. Sister Angela, I don’t know why God led me to share my story with you but I know there’s something in the mind of God.”
Angela listened to her as she continued,
“I regretted my decision thinking I knew it all. I left him after he had used and abandoned me. The only thing that cannot fail you is God and your godly convictions. Don’t allow your love for a man overrides your love for God. Another thing is to surround yourself with godly and matured counsellors because the Bible says in Proverbs chapter 11 verse 14 that where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. My sister, there’s safety when you seek godly counsels. Oh, how I wished I had listened to them then! I thought my level of education would sustain and guide me but I was disappointed.”
Angela’s face was filled with tears as she listened with rapt attention,
“You know what? I made another mistake when a Christian brother approached me. I fell for him without praying and he impregnated me. When I couldn’t hide my shame, I went for an abortion.” She paused to wipe the tears on her face.
“It was a painful abortion. I had to wait for five years before my husband eventually came. Within those five years, it was from one strange sickness to another. I lost my weight and my breasts shrank in size. Sometimes, I was mistaken for a man. One doctor even told me it was a rare sickness until I besought the face of God. His mercy located me and I was restored to Him. Oh, it was a wonderful day when God called me his precious daughter. My sins were forgiven and God healed me.”
Before Angela could say anything, Mama Blessing brought out…
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