So I was away to work for almost two weeks on two different occasions in a certain village on the eastern part of Kogi state,somewhere in the middle belt part of Nigeria. For the first time in more than three decades, I am spending quality time with my folks from my country home- the experience was thrilling.
More thrilling was the little village which was a close to the road from the express road, a hub for farmers and hunters, surrounded by three rivers,beautiful flora, sweet melodies of surrounding music from the beautiful birds I am yet to behold, fruit trees of all kinds everywhere to behold and to Munch- free of charge! Hmmm! Tasty moments to thrill the tongue!
Talking of the tongue, we were thrilled to different local cuisines and drinks(non alcoholic please).
I was amazed by the availability of so much to eat- food items we sweat to buy in the city- some laying wasted here.
Non among the villagers looked feable-i guess because they fed well. They drank waters from their rivers,yet they don’t fall sick- what a faithful God!
The little children trekking long distance of more than 1km every day to go to school, with smiles on their faces, songs on their lips, sweat on their faces, I was surprised by their neatness even on their dusty road and how well they greeted us each time they pass by our site- so lovely!
O! Their beautiful covenant names- Great, Divine,Victor,victory, Peter, Samuel etc- you will wonder if this is a village…95% are Christians with an Orthodox church and a Pentecostal church in the small village.
Noticed everyone in the village is related and they can’t marry them selves. So the men go to neighboring villages to look for wives and bring them home( no romance for the youths -you need to go far to find love).
Yes the youths! Most are friendly, relate with their elders pretty well, most are hardworking but I noticed a few who will just wake up each day,baff up and go socializing in neighboring villages- even when we had jobs for them to do for daily pay, they turned it down saying d pay was too small- oh generation of get rich quick- who has bewitched you!

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We noticed a young unmarried lady in her early 30’s- an unusual sight in a village where girls get pregnant and get marry as early as 16 or 18. She seems like a busy body,going from house to house, will dress up to the neighboring villages- I guess to increase her chances- unfortunately for her we were all married in my team. We Wondered daily why she lingered this long as a single lady- she is already getting out of shape- are a guy and interested in marrying her type- please, let’s help her ministry.

There was a mentally retarded young boy who daily walks past our site more than two to three times a day singing praises to God- o! How I miss his songs,songs of old in different dialect in his own tongue… and when I listen to him sing, I picture the chains mentally holding him back falling someday!

Talking about chains?! I met a young whom was called pastor by all,I got interested in him and discussed with him the need to work on the youths on sex education and mind development, he was ready to support that move…this guy later introduced a girl to us as his fiance,we were all happy for him about his proposed marriage and his love for God but our happiness didn’t last long as….



Jonas is no longer a teenager,he is a youth now.
His dexterity to remain a lover of God and to stay pure from sexual immorality is more resolute…Gaining admission into the tertiary institution was a dream coming true. He was resolute to graduate with good grades, had goals of getting a befitting job at 27years,get married to his beautiful friend at 28 and live the American dream by travelling round the world beginning with Bahama to see one of His mentors,Myles.
He was focused and committed to God and his goals. No girlfriends, no sex before marriage and any other distractions. This was a resolution that will have to withstand the test of time and tempestuous temptations on campus ground…
Once again the dice is cast again.

Unity and Strength

Many people join hands to represent a family unity.

He got himself attached to a Christian fellowship and was committed to living the Christian life,so far so good. He selected and chose the best of friends that will help him achieve his goals…the team was a great team and they were playing the game well to score the goal by God’s grace. Interestingly, they have similar goals.
His fair looks and kind heartedness will not let the girls off his back. He also had a few crush he had to crush to stay in line with purpose. So he made them as friends and sisters… He enjoyed their company as they taught him how to take care of a woman, respect her and treat her. He was deeply grateful for this lifelong lessons.
A particular friend called Sandy, particularly taught him how to walk a girl,she instructed- Jon’s (as she calls him), when you walk with a lady,keep her on a save side by your left arm to protect her.
Another particular friend of his called Jess, frequently cautions him when his over nice ness with any lady is crossing the line,she was his saviour.
Then he had lovely younger friend who will take a walk with him some evenings to gist,laugh and go sight seeing. He can’t forget this evening they went out on a rainy evening, close to a market,he slipped into a mud while laughing, they tried all they could to locate his slip-on in the mud but no avail, so she got clean water for him to wash off and offered her own little shoes for him to wear but refused,they continue back to the hostel laughing about the whole scenario. Her name is Ndidi.
Ndidi also came to his rescue on a particular evening when he was seriously sick of fever. He needed help so badly, his room mate wasn’t in and he was in a bad shape. Suddenly, Ndidi came knocking, when she didn’t get a response, she pushed her way in just to find her cute friend shivering. Immediately she saw the look on his face and his temperature, she quickly dashed out to call Jess while she went ahead to get some drug for first aid treatment. She was so lovely. By the time she got back,with Jess already there,they both nursed him like a baby.
The next morning Jess and his clique of male friends bundled him to the school clinic. What a family.At noon,Ndidi was already in his hostel room with goat meat pepper soup. The treatment was overwhelming. He got well in no time. By now you will be thinking Ndidi was his babe. Well, Ndidi was a good catch but he had made it clear they are just friends event though she obviously wanted more than just friends but he couldn’t give up on his beautiful friend waiting at home.
Did I forget that Jonas had a more elderly female friend who was his course mate and he sees her as a big sister. He thought she will as well see him as one. Their relationship was cordial, he follows her to her place, they Cook, eat and he usually sleeps up in her place,then wakes up to start heading to his hostel. This kept going on until one fateful morning in the lecture hall, when she called him a gay in front of the whole class…what?!
A gay?!….His friends where all shocked as they know Jonas too well to be a gay…a gay?!



Jonas’ inquisitive mind began to yarn for answers and he struggled hard to stay on track in his christian race. So he began to look for answers every where, even in the wrong places…

He read everything in print; mills n booms,silhouette, hint magazine, James Hadley chase, a few Christian literature to mention a few and he also watched all manner of movies all in search for answers.
Over time, the wrong stuff began to gain weight over the good stuff.
It was a time-bomb!
…there lived a beautiful damsel in his neighbourhood, they became friends! Friends with no benefits! He played the big brother to her, advised her, helped with her assignment, cautioned her and ensured the lines were not crossed! Virtue and integrity was his watchword!.She had no choice but to follow suit!
….But the time bomb in him was already counting down to explode but somehow the values he has learnt of somehow detonates the bomb, but….
Somehow their friendship became strong, young teenage Jonas new he must not cross the lines by touching, caressing or kissing…Its a hard hurdle to jump!…Sex is not an option to even think of- he vowed to remain a virgin till marriage!
Young Jonas had several advances from other girls who were crushing on him and those he was crushing on but his beautiful friend and neighbour was all he dreamt of-infatuation!
Jonas found a way of detonating the already fast counting down time bomb by writing out poems of hid burning feelings he had for his beautiful friend – this helped him to cool off when his flesh is set on fire in the presence of his damsel!
…But something keeps the fire in his veins aflame…
…The dice is cast again!



Growing up in a “ghetto” was a quiet challenging battle ground for Jonas, a young christian teenage who truly wants to love God as a christian.
While in Primary school, living in a public compound of 22 apartment with families having an average of 5-7 kids each, Jonas grew to have a first hand knowledge of a lot of life crisis a teenager shouldn’t have been exposed to at that age.
At age 11, he had seen a young man and a girl caught having sex. He had listen to older neighbours arrange on how to toast a girl and have sex with her. Having a boy friend or girl friend seems to be a norm as a youth.
Reports of young ladies getting pregnant out of wedlock and aborting it sounds normal in his neighbourhood.
Young boys smoking ganja/ stone/weed or “wi -wi” as it is commonly called in the hood, was alarming! Drinking alcohol and taking drugs seems to make you the happening guy. Staying out late, boys and girls pairing up in dark corners shamelessly caressing, kissing, fondling and …!hanging out late into the night was the in-thing.
This were the pictures young Jonas had playing on his young mind battling with the sound christian teachings of values and morals he must strictly adhere to! His parents have done a good job bringing him up in a godly way but now as he grows into maturity, his hormones yarns for satisfaction and to put to practice all that his environment as engraved upon his young mind!
The unending battle begins!
Jonas gave his life to Christ when he was in Jss 1 and made a conscious decision to stay clear of all negative social vices in his neighbourhood and every where else. His aim was to be an example to others. So he decided – NO GIRLFRIEND TILL HE IS MATURED ENOUGH TAKE RESPONSIBILITY, NO SEX TILL MARRIAGE, NO SMOKING OR DRINKING ALCOHOL even if its 1%, amongst other decisions reached.
The dice was cast!
In Jss 2, most of his mates were undergoing puberty and so many changes in body physique already visible. Hormones boiling and yarning for expression. A lot of boys and girls who couldn’t help it, were already pairing up and calling themselves lovers! Secret parties were organised and attended with a lot of foul stories that seems to be interesting to the carnal mind. In Js 3, it got more pronounced as rumours of sexual escapades by classmates started filtering round and pressure started mounting on young handsome Jonas to get a girlfriend,attend one of those secret parties, have a taste of what alcohol is like or even arrange a sex outing for him but Jonas was resolute not to fail his God for he has learnt so much from scriptures what sin can do to a man. More so, he just wanted to be like Joseph in the story he read in my book of bible story! And he was bent on making good grades in school so he can become a pilot and buy houses and cars for his poor parents! This is the dream and he must not lose focus!
But the war within Jonas, of those negative pictures, seems to be gaining more ground in his mind lately…
…Watch out for part 2!



I am not a coward…
Who will bow to a dictator, follow n carry out their wishes to the detriment of others!
I will stand for the truth, stand for the righteous course, stand for the helpless and stand for the right values and ethics!

I am not a coward!
I will not be a party to sycophancy nor play the eye service game to gain favours! Neither will I lower my standard in order to maintain relevance!

I am not a coward!
I say no to churchianity!
I say no to worshipping the spirit of a commission than the God of the commission.
I say no to being activity driven- having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof!

I am not a coward!
I Will not stick to ideals and doctrines that holds me bound to continue to being friends with low minded, sarcastic, betraying, negatively infectious people!
Call it malice?!…you are on your own!
I will walk away from anything or anyone that tempers with my joy!…Cowards!

I am not a coward!
Like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther king jnr, i have found a worthy course, which i am ready to fight for and which i am ready to go to prison for and die for if need be!


I am not a coward!
I will pursue my call!
Run with my vision!
Dare any devil (be it in human form) on the way! …without the use of any form of satanic wisdom!….Like some cowards will advice; use wisdom- which wisdom?!
Wisdom that bows to satanic precedents to stay relevant?

I know who i am!
I Know the son of who i am!
I am a kingdom citizen!
I am not a bastard!
I am not a coward!



I know you are going through some hard time trying to understand why life is cruel, why people are so wicked and why would God of all just watch the wicked flourish and the righteous suffer?!
I know you are beginning to doubt the efficacy of prayers; ‘cos you really did pray!
I know you are beginnng to struggle with resentment and bitterness, strife is gradually setting in; you dont want all this but to hell with principles, virtues and doctrines for now…so your thought is beginning to be twisted; the battle over your mind is gradually wearing you down.
I know you are beginning to see God as too slow to avenge your cause; so you skimishly begin to plan a deadly vengeance that will put an end to all this non sence!
Fi le!
Oh! wretched soul you are!
Knowest thou not that vengeance is mine says the Lord?
Knowest thou not that by strenght shall no man prevail?!
Knowest thou not that surely they will gather?!
Have you forgotten Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Will you also want to be reminded that you are not the first nor last to be persecuted; So fara ba le!
Knowest thou not the heart of a man is desperately wicked? and that 2 Timothy 3:1 says…This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded…
Knowest thou not that all this persecution and trials are all part of your making; your making into that which God has destined for you. That is why 2 Corinthians 4:17 says…For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;…So whatever you are going through is but for a moment.
Need i remind you that there’s no star without a scar?! No gold comes out pure until it goes through the refinner’s fire?! No gain without pain?! that there’s light at the end of every tunnel?! and the fact that its darkest when its about dawn?!
And yet you want to allow strife and bitterness to ruin all this?! Have yoh forgotten already what James 3:16 says?!… For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work….So get off it and get back on track with God.
O! about your adverasries?!
Have you forgotten so soon that they shall be confounded and put to shame? that their ways shall be dark and slippery and they shall be as chaff before the wind?!
See what Isaiah 49:25 says… But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
So, be at peace for the Lord will fight all your battles and he will restore all that the enemies have stolen!
You are more than a conqueror!
That’s who you are!
Victory at last!
Begin to share the testimony…For they overcame by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimonies!
Rejoice! Again i say rejoice!



Pain, agony, discomfort, emergencies,the rush and sometimes wailing for losing a loved one, that particular stench that romances the air, sight of blood, sorry looking faces and yet cries of joy for the new born babies, smiles that lit the faces of those who escaped death by the care, love and antidotes they received in there…the hospital versus the church!!!
Jesus speaking in Mark 2:17 said… they that are whole have no need for physician,but they that are sick…
So just as the sick runs to the hospital to seek the help of the physician so also many sick folks run to church to seek for divine healing and health from the greatest physician – Jesus!
Have you not wondered why the church that’s suppose to be a holy ground and a mount where there’s deliverance; still harbours many who are sick spiritually,sick in their attitude/character, sick in their relationships,sick in their finances, sick in their family life and marriages, sick in their careers,some mentally sick and much!!!
I have seen and heard of fornication among the youths,adultery among the married(more shocking,among ordained workers), back biting, slander, betrayal of trust,malice keeping, many as such happening in the church and you wonder, is this the church?!
If you have come to ask yourself this question, and you are struggling with your faith in God, thinking of wether to stay in church or leave,then you need to know that the church is much more like an hospital and that we have a lot of patients the great physician is attending to.

Matthew 11:28 says come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…this is why you see all manner in church.
Obadiah 1:17 says but upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. and Matthew 9:35 says… And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
All this patients are provided with and have direct access to divine healing and divine health but yet a lot of them lay sick in the church just like the man at the pool of Bathsaida.
This sick folks in church have consciously or unconsciously refused to access healing for their ailling soul!
They have refused to take their daily dosage(the word) that is able to heal and keep healthy! Psalms 107:20 says… He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
They have refused to exercise their spirit man (1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things…) by praying,fasting and practicing covenant demands for health such as righteous living, loving others and letting go of strife and so on.
You see, until the sick ones are shown love by others in the church,they may remain sick forever and until they personally and consciously access health packages in scriptures and fully walk in the knowledge of it, their sickness will be recurrent!
The church is sick!
The church needs healing!
There are so many prescriptions for total health in the bible. The church must pick its bible,open it and eat it(study and meditate on it) and beginning to live like Jesus who was healthy spirit,soul and body and who went about doing good,healing all that was oppressed of the devil instead of the ones infecting the world with sickness!
Let the church be mount Zion, let it be a place where the balm in Gilead is fully operational.
The church is you.
Are you whole or sick?!
Jesus is the healer!
Jesus is Lord!