MY FATHER’S FARMLAND (Part 13&14) – OPEYEMI AKINTUNDE

PART 13
MY FATHER’S FARMLAND
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

“ Can you come with me to my house” Banke said as she kept wiping her tears. Ola had written out a summary of all that happened to her and her siblings…

Banke could not believe something like that could happen to a human being and that person could still have her faith strong in God. This thing about her not talking was terrible, she wanted to take her to her husband who was a pastor. She believed with prayers, the poor girl could recover her voice…

However, she was a bit skeptical about the validity of her story. There were a lot of fraudulent people in the country with different stories.

“ Your house? Why?” Ola wrote

“ Yes, with everything you have written, I am led in my Spirit to be of help to you, provided your story is true. I live in a duplex by the Grace of God with 5 rooms, my husband and I only use one room. Actually, we have been looking for a maid, so I could tell my husband you are the new maid… but I promise not to treat you as one… I don’t want you aborting this pregnancy… but before I can take you home, I will like you to take me to your siblings at the university you claim they are attending….

Ola rested her head on the head rest in Mrs Banke’s car.

“ Is this meant to be the next phase in my life or should I go back to my original plan and move in with the Landlady’s friend?” Ola kept asking herself…

She closed her eyes and asked the Lord in her heart…

“ I am with you…” Ola heard quietly in her heart

“ Ok, let me take you to my siblings, but please don’t tell them about the pregnancy. It will break their hearts..” Ola wrote.

Mrs Banke drove down to the university and she was able to verify Ola’s claims. Mrs Banke told them she wanted to help Ola as she was led to do so.

Oba and Ope agreed to the new move feeling comfortable with the arrangement as Ola won’t be alone in a house.

Ola was silent over her pregnancy.

Mrs Banke went aside to call her husband…

“ Honey, I have seen an orphan who we can help and also serve as the help we need. I have met her family … I will give you more details when I get home.”

“ So what happens to the business plan you have?” Oba asked Ola

“ Right now, I need to heal from the rape, so this is not the time to start a business. That is why I am accepting her offer to be a maid” Ola wrote before she realized she had written too much

“ Maid?” Ope said in surprise…

“ What I mean is, she is looking for a maid, so while she is still on the search, I can always help around, since she has offered me a place..” Ola wrote

“ Ok..” Oba and Ope said…

“ I pray God be with you…All these will be over soon, by the time we are through with school, we will pay you back for this huge sacrifice.. We love you sis” Oba said…

Oba, Ope and Ola went with Mrs Banke to her house. Mrs Banke was living in one of the posh estates in the environment. Her house was more beautiful than Miss Johnson’s House. It was obvious they were Christians as the house had a lot of wall hangings proclaiming God’s names and scriptures.

Mrs Banke’s Husband was surprised when he saw three youths. After saying hi to the trio, he told his wife to see him privately.

After 25 minutes, Mrs Banke came out and took Ola to her room…

“ I feel the peace of God in this house and more importantly you will be safe from further sexual abuse” Oba said…

Oba ,Ope and Ola ate a delicious meal prepared by Mrs Banke. After 2 hours Oba and Ope went back to school, while Mrs Banke got familiar with Ola. She promised to take Ola back to her apartment the next day to pick up her belongings and money.

Towards Evening, Mrs Banke informed Ola they would be going for evening Revival service. It was then Ola realized Mrs Banke’s Husband was a pastor.

They travelled for about 50 minutes before getting to his church. The service was beautiful. Mrs Banke’s Husband was the pastor in charge.

When it was time for the prayer session, Pastor Ayo ( Mrs Banke’s Husband) climbed the podium and said…

“ Light shines and darkness can not comprehend it, We have someone in our midst, a new sister in our midst who was hit by a charm recently and that took her voice away…, As I sat down during the Word, it was impressed in my heart to ask the congregation to intercede on her behalf and I believe our Father will restore her voice”

“ Halleluya! “ Chorused the Church…

Ola was shocked at the love and hoped silently God was going to answer…

Ola was called out to be prayed for, but Ola was shocked to see someone in the front row that looked like Sukki..,

No! It couldn’t be Sukki, but she looked closely and saw that he was the one…Ola walked close to be sure he was the one… And Yes he was the one…

Sukki felt the ground should swallow him up… Strawberry was standing right in front of him…

“ Had she become dumb because of what had happened?” Sukki reasoned silently as he bent his head in shame…

Ola looked at Mrs Banke and her Husband as she felt she was in the middle of a plan… The only thing that came to her mind was to run..run as fast as her legs could take her….

Ola ran out of the church and stopped a bike. Since she was dumb, she couldn’t say a word… She just pointed ahead and the bike man said…

“ Junction?”The bike man asked

Ola nodded in the affirmative. She jumped on the bike and hit the bike man to leave….

Mrs Banke and Pastor Ayo had rushed out to catch up with Ola but she was long gone…

Sukki fell to the floor crying…

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PART 14
“MY FATHER’S FARMLAND”
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

Ola found her way back to her apartment with the money she intended to use as her offering in the church…

She felt afraid, her mind kept telling her, Sukki was following her.

She wrote her experience in summary and gave it to her Landlady.

She wrote to the Landlady to take her to her friend’s place immediately. She also begged the Landlady not to disclose her new apartment to anyone including her siblings…

The Landlady obliged her and immediately took Ola to her friend’s place.

When Ola got to the new room, all she did was cry. She didn’t understand why she was this unfortunate.

“ Was it possible Sukki had suddenly become a Christian? No… Never, God Could never forgive him?” Ola cried

Her phone rang…It was Ope…

“ Where are you?”

Ola was just crying, she wished she could pour out her mind but she couldn’t speak. If only she had not seen Sukki, maybe she would have recovered her voice that night.

She sent a text message to Ope…explaining all that happened….

Ope replied her…

“ Mrs Banke has explained all that happened, it’s best you ran… Where are you now? I am at your place and your former Landlady said she doesn’t know your whereabouts. We should go make a report at the police station so they can make an arrest…” Ope had texted

“.i am not interested in arresting him, I just want to be far from him. About where I am staying, I am closer to you than you know, but right now I just want to be alone…I will be fine. Give me time alone to be with God. You can still check up on me via chats and video calls…I love you and Oba.” Ola had texted back.

Ope knew Ola too well not to try to argue with her. She knew Ola’s tone of finality even through text.

“ Ok, fine.. I understand how you feel, I will always text and chat you up everyday… You will overcome.” Ope texted though she did in tears. This Sukki guy was going to pay for what he had done…

“ Born again my foot!” Ope hissed

Mrs Banke was heartbroken when Sukki had explained to them he was the one who raped Ola and hit her with a charm.

“ We may need him to leave the church…” Banke had said with sentimentality in her voice

“ No, we can’t lose him, he is a new babe in Christ..!”Pastor Ayo said to his wife

“ Then do we lose the poor orphan who is the victim here..”Mrs Banke had retorted

“ We can accommodate both of them in the church, Our God is the God of Peter and the God of Paul, Ola is of the Peter generation, the ones who have always known Christ, while Sukki is of the Paul generation, those who despite their terrible past, God is willing to accommodate in the body of Christ!” Pastor Ayo had said to his wife in a heated conversation while returning back home.

Mrs Banke had been calling Ola’s number , Which Ola had given her on their way to church earlier that evening but she had refused picking up. She and her husband had traced her to her house but met her absence. She had called her sister, Ope to inform her of the situation.

“ I can’t afford to lose this lady..” she muttered silently as her Husband was not getting her point.

She felt they could send Sukki to another branch where he could be mentored by another pastor, while they accommodate Ola…

“ God, am I wrong?” Mrs Banke said to God in her heart….

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