MY FATHER’S FARMLAND (Part 15&16) – OPEYEMI AKINTUNDE

PART 15
“MY FATHER’S FARMLAND”
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

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“ We should be mindful of our actions, because when we become born again or claim to be born again as a way of escaping the consequences of our past actions, we should know that some of our victims who we have hurt in time past still nurse their pains…This is just a gentle reminder…” Mrs Banke was saying at the Wednesday mid week service during her short exaltation.

Sukki knew the message was directed at him. The pastor’s wife was no longer warming up to him like before. She literally would give a malicious look that told Sukki, he was not wanted in the church.

Pastor Ayo was not happy with the way his wife was handling the matter, but there was little to nothing he could do about it.

This was a week after the incident of Ola seeing Sukki in the church, his wife had not been the same. She was highly irritable over little things in the house. She kept insinuating Sukki’s repentance was not genuine.

“ I better leave this church so I don’t cause marital problems between the pastor and his wife.” Sukki thought as he saw the exchange of looks between the pastor and his wife.

When Pastor Ayo stepped on the podium, his first Bible verse of the day was…

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.. Romans 8:1. I totally agree with my wife that we should be careful of our actions like the case of Brother Sunkanmi as most times in our ignorance we hurt a lot of people, but the good news for people like Brother Sunkanmi who have found their way to Calvary… there is no more condemnation for them, because they are now in Christ Jesus.. Old things have passed away….”

“ And all things have become new” the members chorused , but Mrs Banke stood up instead and walked to the pastor’s office.

Meanwhile, Kikiolaoluwa had done a lot of soul searching. She stayed indoors for a week after moving into the apartment. She cried several times after she had read a text Pastor Ayo had sent to her…

“ We Sometimes can’t determine our background but we can determine our future. Brother Sunkanmi is a son of a herbalist, he was raised up in that way, so he never knew a better life than that, should we blame him for his parental upbringing??? He is just a victim like you… You on the other hand had the privilege of being raised by Godly parents, which is a red carpet placed on the ground for you. Bro Sunkanmi has decided to join the Christian Folk, I know he has hurt you, but we do worse things to God, and He forgives us over and again… Please Sister Ola. We want you back in the church as we believe God has great plans for you…Think about it”

Ola did not like the fact that Sukki had repented but she knew God was happy on the contrary. She remembered the verse of the scripture where the Sherpherd went in search of one lost sheep and left the 99 others.

“ One soul really means a lot to God, and Sukki could be this one soul that God went all out for and I, Ola am one of the 99 that are already saved…” Ola had concluded.

She had searched her heart to see if she could return to Mrs Banke but she felt she couldn’t.

She decided to send a text to her…

“ Good Day Ma, I am sorry for not replying your text all the while, I needed to do a lot of soul searching. Ma’am, I know you have good plans for me, and possibly in the future I may return to you, but I don’t think I can deal with the psychological trauma of seeing my rapist in church every sunday experiencing God’s Joy when my hurt isn’t completely healed… Please tell your husband, I have forgiven Sukki wholeheartedly since God has forgiven him, but I need time away from him.. Please nurture him into full maturity in Christ Jesus, so he doesn’t go back to his vomit. God bless you ma’am “

Mrs Banke had received the message while nursing her hurt in her husband’s office. She read the message in a rush and replied…

“ What about his baby? will you still keep it?”

“ I don’t see the baby as his baby, I see the Baby as a different being, so I intend keeping the baby”

“ How will you cope financially?”

“ Before we met, I had a plan to start a business, I am going back to my plan.” Ola had texted back

“ Ok… God be with you, Don’t hesitate to ask for my help anytime you need it and have me in your prayers as well”

Mrs Banke sat back after she dropped her phone…

“ If God Could forgive Sukki, who am I to still have grievances against him and more importantly, If the victim Ola, can forgive him, who am I then?” Mrs Banke reasoned and immediately realized her wrong. She stood up and walked out of the office with the intention of going to Sukki and giving him a hug…

She looked around for him in the service, but he was no where in sight. She went to the store where he had been sleeping, the room was empty. His few clothes they had purchased for him was no where in sight, likewise every other thing that church members had given him had disappeared, instead there was a small note…

“ I had to leave so as not to cause problems between pastor and his wife. I will always cherish the gift of the few weeks I spent with you. I believe I am spiritually mature enough to walk on my own now. Thanks for the care…” Brother Sunkanmi

Mrs Banke’s hands started shaking on it’s own volition. What had she done?

“ God I am in soup?”….

PART 16
“MY FATHER’S FARMLAND”
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

Ola decided to step out for some fresh air. Her new Landlady was a distributor of eggs. As she got outside, she realized the Landlady was short of staff as she had quite a number of buyers queuing up to buy eggs from her.

Some were impatient and had started leaving the queue, while some were showing signs of exiting the queue any moment. Ola took her time to quickly study the landlady’s way of attending to the buyers…

Ola noticed she would ask…

“ What is your order?” and the buyer will say his/her order and her sales girl will bring the order, then the landlady will act as the cashier at the same time. Ola noticed the Landlady was tired as she kept shifting her weight from one leg to the other. She was on the big side.

Ola saw some empty cartons at a corner, she picked two of it and returned to her room and wrote very boldly “ GOOR DAY, WHAT IS YOUR ORDER?”.. As she was about stepping out, the Spirit of God ministered to her that some of them may not be able to read English, so Ola wrote in Pidgin, in Yoruba, in Igbo and in Hausa. She had used a translating App online to translate into those languages….

Ola stepped out and walked towards the Landlady, she had written a small note as well.

“Ma’am you look tired, Let me help you stand to take orders, while you sit to collect your money. I have made placards to ask them what they want”

Ola showed her the placards, and the Landlady was happy. She gave Ola an appreciative smile. She hugged her and limped towards a chair.

The landlady spoke loudly…

“ Please customers, my legs are no more as strong as they use to be, please my daughter will be taking your orders. Though she can not speak, she can hear you perfectly. Her name is Kikiolaoluwa.

Ola did a great job as she had a great smile plastered on her face. In no time, there was no more queuing up as the selling became fast.

Sukki had been walking around aimlessly that day after he left Pastor Ayo and his wife. He was contemplating going back home, but he did not want to lose the new life he had in Christ. As he stood at a T-junction not knowing which way to go, he saw a group of young Christians walking from the left direction towards him. They were carrying different banners, which read…

“ ONCE SAVED, FOREVER SAVED”

“ GRACE COVERS ALL”

“ THERE IS A HIGHER LEVEL OF GRACE”

“ NO CONDEMNATION ONCE YOU ARE SAVED”

“ ONCE YOU ARE SAVED, YOU CAN NEVER LOSE YOUR SALVATION”

A young lady walked up to Sukki trying to evangelize…

“ I am saved already” Sukki quickly said as he didn’t like the Lady’s dressing. He was still trying to put his sexual issues under subjection, he didn’t want this lady tempting him…

“ Great!, then you should join us to evangelize, we all are meant to go into the world and evangelize” Grace pulls Sukki along before he had the opportunity to refuse.

Sukki liked the opportunity to evangelize, and since he had nothing doing and no where to go, he followed the troop. He looked at the members of this church, they were quite different from Pastor Ayo’s church. They were not modestly dressed, they dressed like the average unbelievers.

“Where exactly are you headed?” Grace asked

“ Nowhere in particular…Just left my former church… “

“ Why?”

“ Personal issues…”

“Like?”

“I was been judged by my past”

“ Welcome home!”Grace

“ Home?”

“Yes… Our Church is the place of Acceptance, Grace…” Grace said.

Sukki felt relieved but he saw something that made him raise his eyebrow. As they were evangelizing, Sukki saw one of the evangelist, stopping by a cigar shop. He bought a cigarette which he lit immediately.

“ Is a believer meant to smoke and drink?” Sukki silently questioned in his heart, but Grace answered like she was reading his mind…

“ I know what you are thinking about, but don’t sweat it, because that’s why our church is different, Grace covers it all…”

Sukki didn’t understand this but it felt good…..

Mrs Banke refused showing the note to her husband, but kept praying through out the day. She asked God to restore this soul to her…

What made it worse was when she heard in her heart…

“ So if God gives you children, and one offends the other, is this how you will chase one away to make the other happy…?

Mrs Banke cried her eyes out through out the drive home, her husband had not checked for Sukki after service. He didn’t know he had disappeared, he thought his wife was still sulking and that was why she was crying, so he didn’t bother asking why she was crying…

If only he knew, Sukki was gone…

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