Christianity and the vicious cycle of political hopelessness

For a long time in Christendom, there has been an unfounded nursed notion that, active political engagement is inherently defiled and corrupt, hence Christians who are serious and passionate about the gospel should not be involved. Most Christians are of the view that anything besides pulpit preaching of the gospel is a distraction from the Great Commission. while this sounds religiously true, it is urgently necessary to understand that we believe in a God who cares passionately about His world and the whole of His creation (Jn. 3:16) and is therefore concerned about its affairs such as, how it is governed and who governs it.

The Lord in Matthew 28:18-20, commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey God in every area of life. In making disciples of all nations and in all areas, we must also disciple people to make godly decisions about politics and governance. Nevertheless, this is not the stance of many Christians. Some prefer to be indifferent towards governance and the whole process of electioneering. In Nigeria, majority of the active and most influential politicians belong to the ‘other side’ and are at the helms of government, advancing the purpose of their beliefs. That is largely the reason why today, the afflictions of Christians are multiplying all over the country; the incessant harassment of Christian farmers all over the country by Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram insurgencies, the displacement of Christians from their original villages in Kaduna, Benue, Taraba etc. and many more terrorist actions are few examples.

While some of these persecutions may have their place in awakening the Nigerian church and increasing her thirst for revival, could this have been the original will of our God; that His people have no safe place of worship? These killings and terror attacks might go on and many more may arise simply not because God wants it but because Christianity lacks influence in Nigerian politics. It is not just okay anymore to fold hands and watch helplessly as evil men decide the fate of God’s true children. In this write up, I introduce the term “political hopelessness” to help explain the default condition of an ordinary Christian in Nigeria towards politics. I also try to charge the heart of Nigerian Christians to get involved in politics, lead and establish God’s purpose on earth.

The lack of Christian influence in the Nigerian government has led to a vicious cycle illustrated below:

Most Christians have recoiled from affairs of the government due to past experiences and therefore have developed a default mindset that sees politics and every politician as evil and corrupt. This has consequently engendered borderless political apathy. However, not getting involved does not solve the problem, it only makes Christians to be outnumbered and consequently loose in the elections. So when the elections are over and most of the seats are occupied by non-Christians, we have nobody to represent our interests. No one to stand up and pass bills that protect Christian interests and affairs as evidently displayed in various systematised anarchy unleashed against innocent Christian farmers, villagers, schools or gatherings.

As time went on, we lost our voices and because our voices were lost, our interest were buried! We consequently returned to the beginning of the cycle. And on and on goes the vicious cycle. This cycle has been on for decades in Nigeria and we have consequently settled with a sense of hopelessness having ignorantly concluded that nothing could be done anymore.

Furthermore, many so-called Christian politicians have worsened matters. They come to the churches and kneel on the altars only to get elected and enrich themselves. Such people have lost the trust of the Christian masses for they have helped make them hopeless. Reserved for them in hell is everlasting torment, except they repent and occupy for God.

In order to remedy the situation however, the cycle has to be broken. Christians must begin to deliberately strategize and put trusted people in the right positions. These efforts may not yield immediate results but at least will set the pace for generations to come. The Bible also challenges us in Luke 14: 28 & 31 to first sit and count the cost, and plan. With determination and proper strategy, Christ will rule and God’s counsel will be established. It is necessary that stable government policies that promote the preaching and practice of God’s word at all levels of civil service be implemented. It will be glorious if the government of the day sees and believes in the end time revival of the land and hands over power to the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of citizens. How can this be achieved? To what extent is this achievable? It takes having a sincerely consecrated disciple of Christ to be in power. How else can he/she be in power if not encouraged to accept God’s leading and training, and then get involved in governance?

It is worthy of note that the involvement of Christians in government through the ages is the most vibrant reason why today, we have hospitals, abolition of slavery and the practice of killing twins, modern science, the true understanding of the worth of women, regard for human life, great works of art and literature, a workable system of justice, education for the common human being, the free-enterprise system, etc. A writer tells a story of a Christian minister named John Witherspoon who became president of the College of New Jersey in 1768. While there, Witherspoon taught Biblical principles of government to his students. Of the 478 young men who were graduated during his tenure, 114 became ministers; 13 were state governors; 3 were U. S. Supreme Court judges; 20 were U.S. Senators; 33 were U.S. Congressmen; Aaron Burr, Jr., became Vice-President; and James Madison became President. As a Christian, Witherspoon exerted an enormous influence on the direction of American government. So did Joseph and Daniel during their times in the Bible. These are eloquent testimonies of men whom God used in politics during their time. What makes it different now?

As Christians, we must come to the understanding that God is interested in having His Children take over every sphere of influence even on earth. And we must deliberately determine to make His counsel stand if we truly love Him. The true proof of our love for God and one another lies partly in our participation in politics albeit, with a kingdom mindset. How do we claim to love God if we don’t engage in things that enhance and promote His kingdom? How do we claim to love one another if we don’t participate in the area that most profoundly shapes basic rights and the freedom of others? We must arise, take the bull by the horns and put an end to this vicious cycle of hopelessness. You have the opportunity to influence the world for God if you will only take it.

However, taking the bull by the horns comes with a price. We must realize that this is a mandate worth living for and if need be, worth dying for. We must be ready to loose our lives in pursuit of this mission, bearing in mind that to live is Christ and to die is gain. And also that as long as we remain in the will of God the Father, there shall no evil befall us neither shall any plague come nigh our dwelling, except it be His will. We therefore, must come to a point where our lives mean little in the face of God’s great promises. He has said, “he that loveth his life shall lose it, and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal”. Eternity is the bigger picture. We must be able to give up our lives to pursue Heaven’s mandate. If we do not come to that point, then it is better not to have started. Are we ready to die if need be? Are we ready to say like Daniel and his friends, “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” We will not compromise. And the Father will fight for us. We have the opportunity to influence the world for God if we will only take it. May God grant us the courage, Amen.

(C) 2018

Steven Kator IORFA

SHOW ME PROOFS NOT SKILLS!!!!

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Great news!

“You are the light of the world; a city that is set on the hill cannot be hidden. –Mathew 5 v 14

Alright; I can feel hands clenching into fists and faces set into determination to spark off a revolution but before we embark on this unending journey in which we struggle for positions; to put forward a question needless an answer “do you have lights”?

The era of the manifestations of the sons of God is here! Hallelluyah! Then wait a second, what is our understanding concerning these lights the bible so emphasizes as our nature? The very light is Jesus! You beg to differ?

John 1 v 4 says: In him was life and this life was the light of men.

Pardon me brethren if I drive this point in a hard way. Light just does not connote the showcase of your multi- abilities. Simply put, it is revealing the personality of Jesus.

Mathew 5 vs 16 ” Let your light so shine before men that they may see your GOOD WORKS and glorify your father in heaven.

Your good works is a proof that you are light. Please show me proofs NOT SKILLS! Now I am not condemning gifts. The problem is not the service you render with them but the attitude with which it is rendered. It is the reaction of the heart. If your entire motive is to attract the praise of man, sorry that is a great adventure in darkness.

Shinning forth as lights is being embedded in the word of God and manifesting in the power of the Holy Ghost.

It was well said by Paul in 1st Corinthians 2 vs 4 ” and my speech and my preaching were not with the persuasive words of human wisdom but in demonstration of spirit and of power.

Jesus said: The flesh profits nothing but the Spirit giveth life; the words I speak to you are spirit and they are life. The word of God is a transmittable Spirit. It is the Spirit of life and light. For the entrance of the word giveth life.

You see, the Holy Spirit activates the word and acts on it. The word shows possibilities but the power of the Holy Ghost makes it a reality. The more we labour in the word ; the more light we receive and show forth. Hear this; our redemption as lights is being redeemed in Jesus being personified in us. Jesus was so engrossed in his Father’s work. When heavenly vision is ran with selfish ambitions, it becomes an earthly fiction! Then we miss out as lights.

Conclusively we are the light of the world! so Halt! let there be no more struggle for positions and meager praises from men.

Let love and passion to run God’s work rule our heart; it is the foundation of limitless destinies.

Peace

SEVEN BILLION BUBBLES

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So we’re all caught up in our individual spaces, in our personal places, thoughts, dreams, aims, strategies, and views of life. Personal opinions about how to be, to do, and to live, what it means to strive, to overcome, and indeed, our individual answers to what the ‘good life’ means. And if we’re inspired enough, we go for it. For most of us humans, this defines the essence of the cycle of our existence. Otherwise, we’re all simply about living to ‘try to live’, that is, just keeping alive for the sake of it. This alternative is absurd, and downright depressing if we look at things this way.

You, my friend, are also in your own little space, your little BUBBLE. A world, maybe real, maybe make-believe, in which you live…as the center of your own existence. Your perception is the prevailing view, and you see the whole world through your own eyes. Normal, isn’t it?

And yes, its the most convenient way to live as a human being on planet earth.

Lets say something or someone comes in to burst your BUBBLE. Your little hallowed chamber, your way of looking at things, at people, at life. You are no longer the one who draws the lines, dictates the pace, defines objects, understands phenomena, evaluates people, or worst of all lives life as a whole. Everything you see and say and do is ordered and supervised by some external agent. Surely, you won’t take it! You would fight to maintain your space, your world, your BUBBLE. Its your life! No one has the right to tell you how to live it, what the bubble should look like, or whether it should even exist.

Even if its a bubble of fantasies, of fakes and self-gratifying but silly and even dangerously toxic matter.

Even if your bubble is a mass of mess, of hidden struggles and pain and despair. Even if the ‘intrusion’ is a loving surgeon’s incision, a friend’s concerned inquiry, or a glass of liquor spilling and splashing on your floor or God stretching out His merciful hands to help you, to heal your wounds. Even if.

If your bubble stifles and suffocates you, strangulates and snuffs the life out of your lungs and sags your spirit, maybe its time to let it be burst. And no one does the job better than the boss with the divine pin. You may loose all that ‘privacy’ but you’ll gain something priceless. You’ll gain an endless life, joyful and unfettered.

Think about all the bubbles in the world, and how easier things could be if we all were huddled and safely bouncing about in one massive bubble. God’s bubble. Which isn’t really a bubble anyway. Its boundless…love.

WWF: Thoughtfulness in the Holy Ghost

-Thoughtfulness is an ability that every follower of Jesus Christ must possess to keep abreast of time with God.

-If you are not thoughtful, you can’t be grateful, plain, nor transparent. Without thoughtfulness there can be no integrity.

-Thoughtfulness entails, requires thorough examination of oneself in line with God’s Word, asking of relevant questions and as well as watchfulness. Note, when you see the words remember, look, see, consider and so on in the Bible, they are referring to thoughtfulness.
Deuteronomy 8:2, 5:10-17, 32:29, 2 Corinthians 13:5, 1 Samuel 27:1-2, Jeremiah 6:16, 1 Peter 4:7, Revelation 2:1-5, Nehemiah 4:14, 5:7 and Hebrews 12:15-17.

-Thoughtfulness births diligence.

-Thoughtfulness brings you into the understanding of your past, paints the clearer picture of the present in a way to suggest what the future would look like and if there is any way to make it better.

-After God gives you His plan, you need directions from Him as to how to carry it out. He’ll run through test and test so at the point of fulfillment and abundance of blessing you will understand that its not of your own strength.

-Learn to plead the blood of Jesus when you are thinking like this, so that the devil doesn’t get through to manipulate your thought. Also let the heart of God be at the centre of your thinking.
Isaiah 26:3, 1 Kings 12:26-30, 11:29-31, 37-38, Proverbs 16:3 and Judas Iscariot’s case.

– Yoruba adage: When a child falls, he just goes on ahead but when an elderly man falls down, he looks behind to see the cause of his fall.

-Lack of thoughtfulness leads to fornication and profanity just like Esau

Works of thoughtfulness:

1. Thoughtfulness brings you into the understanding of the past and paints the clearer picture of the present, in such a way to suggest what the future will look and if there is any way to make the future better.

2. Thoughtfulness launches you into a realm of revelations of God for the future. Daniel 2:27-29. (Nebuchadnezzar was actually thinking about what would later happen, when God opened him to see the vision that reaches to our time.)

3. Thoughtfulness brings innovations.

4. It is a problem-solver, a solution-provider, if handled in a right way and constructively.
(The devil thought destructively and that landed him in eternal separation from God. Isaiah 24:12-15.)

Note: Thinking like this is not the same ad getting worried over issues. This is called thinking-through into safety.
God Himself is deeply thoughtful. He is always thinking for us. Psalm 139:17-18. Jeremiah 29:11.

-You don’t stumble into treasures you have to go deep.

1 John 1:6-9
Grace
Adebayo Funmi
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i GOT skillz! … (so WHAT!) part 2

Ok I know it’s been a while since I pasted the first article on this topic and I’m absolutely sorry. Today we are going to start handling concepts I merely brushed over in the last episode and I will love for you to follow intently as we delve deep into these waters to find truth and better understanding towards greater expression of our God-given talents.

PURPOSE

If you read the last article on this piece you would agree that I did talk about this but in the general sense. Hence I said

…whatever talent(s) you are gifted with has two
ultimate purposes which include to further
better our world and to bring glory to God
(Revelations 4:11;Romans 8:19).

This is true in all cases but the angle I want to hit this would be from a more specific standpoint. They say if the purpose of a thing is not known abuse is inevitable. This I have come to find out is very true if not an absolute. This makes me to understand that lack of defined purpose or ignorance of defined purpose is proportional to little or no productivity. This is the plague that our 21st century world is burdened with. We complain of how so much is going wrong and no one seems to be doing anything about it, so we are ignorantly conned into thinking the problem is one of roles (people not doing what they are supposed to do) instead of the faulty foundation of purposelessness we chose to build our lives on. This problem may not be one that is generally accepted but it has eaten deep into the cores of our very social structures that it can no more be ignored.

So then what is Purpose:

reason for existence: the reason for which something exists or for which it has been done or made
Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

For as much as I know this is true. However, it is quite disturbing that this topic receives as much neglect in our present generation. You see we are able to master technology and we know what to use for what but we seem totally unaware of the purpose of our own existence and we don’t seem a bit perturbed or bothered.

Let me try and put it this way, every part of your body has a purpose and by that I mean a specific use or contribution to the sustenance of your body. Now, does it make sense that all these parts would be put together ever so perfectly for no just cause or as I would like to say no defined purpose? I doubt that.

The same goes for your unique set of natural endowments or talents. You may not know this or you may not agree totally with my thesis but you can do what you can do for a certain, very specific purpose. You see, the world is a system much like your human body. It has many parts of which you’re one and though not all parts can be seen on the outside, every part plays very important roles that make the system whole and effective. You are not like everyone else. You have your unique set of abilities and your unique goal to reach using those abilities. This in essence means that not every Tom, Dick and Harry that can sing well should end up on a stage as a rock star. This is not a function of fate alone but of desired purpose. Get this straight God created you to achieve a goal and your talents they are only tools you’re going to require in fulfilling that all important goal for which you were created in the first place.

This is very important for you to understand ‘cos no matter how good your intentions are if you are operating outside the grid lines God set for you in the blue prints of His master plan for your life you’d be doing a whole lot of wrong to this world and not even know it.

I know you’ve got the talent but with that comes a responsibility to not only discover this uniqueness about you but to also know why and what goal you are meant to achieve with them. A friend mine said

“the difference between the employee and the employer is that the employee knows how but the employer knows why

God bless y’all. Have a great day

-Ezeonyeka Godswill

i GOT skillz! … (so WHAT!)

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Hey there bloggers, writers and all who follow and support this blog. I do hope you’ve been having a swell time on the blog cos if you haven’t we’ll so much appreciate it if you could drop a little comment question or suggestion on our FAQ’s page. Anyways lets drive this nail in!
First thing, I hardly ever write like this but this topic has really changed my point view on so much and I hope I’ll be able to communicate this passion to you then just maybe you’ll get exactly what you need to move up the ever-manipulative ladder of success.

Now I know its no more news to say every single person on this planet is in one way or the other blessed with a natural talent. It is possible that these talents may have not found expression but it does not mean they are not there and while we are still on this , I would like to say that talents are not only expressed in the arts or sports. It is possible to have a very special gift in making things and this in more fancier words is referred to as invention of which we all know that the inventors of the past generations laid foundations on which our so much globalized world is structured. So, get over high-profiling one talent over the other, even if its not known anywhere in the world, consider yourself a trail blazer. Lets proceed!
A talent in my own definition is anything (absolutely anything) that you can do innately even without getting any prior training (this only applies in some cases). The only thing that distinguishes a talent from a curse is CHOICE. There is no such thing as a “bad” talent. We only choose to use our talents in bad ways.
Having stated that out, I’ll like to emphasize that whatever talent(s) you are gifted with has two ultimate purposes which include to further better our world and to bring glory to God(Revelations 4:11;Romans 8:19). Now this does not make your gift any better than the man next door doing otherwise, it only means you are at a better place to express the fullness of your gift, get better satisfaction and further transform this world we live in. Remember also that this is not a restriction but a stage!(this means instead of just gratifying your selfish desires which will never be satisfied you are given an opportunity to join in a project that transforms the world! So these purposes I mentioned are not meant to restrict your freedom of expression but to direct it).
Many people have however made this decision to fully pursue in this direction but they seem to lack the satisfaction and fulfillment my words seem to promise and that’s why you’ve got to read on.

The decision to glorify God and better our world through your talent is only a start in a long journey which would most definitely lead to total satisfaction, fulfillment and all that comes with that. Its just like the decision to get an education, if you don’t do all that is necessary you won’t be awarded a degree on graduation day! So here’s the problem, SO MANY PEOPLE (both Christians and otherwise) HAVE MADE A DECISION HAVE CHOSEN TO USE THEIR TALENTS FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS BUT HAVE FAILED TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH WHAT THAT DECISION ENTAILS.
So what!!! You got skills. That makes no difference in this world we are in. the very important question is “What have you done with it?” Lemme put this straight, No one likes gold in its raw form! SHOCKER!! (just kidding but you know its true). For those that don’t understand, permit me to give some details. Your talent has no value at all if you do not develop it. This is true and certain on every level and it is the ignorance of this truth that actually distinguishes men of similar talents. Now, you can always have the “once-in-a-while” inspiration burst but you’ll always remain mediocre if you don’t learn the tricks of the trade and practice hard at it. Lemme put it this way, a friend once said “In the battle of altars only the stronger altar wins, no matter if its good or evil, old or new” (paraphrased). This is very true in the topic of altars as well as that of talents and its high-time you started paying attention.

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The good thing is, you discovered your talent and I do hope you have decided to set it on the right stage. With that in place, you have got to know what things you can do to make yourself the best at what you do and start working. (Note: I don’t mean copy other people because they are successful and then lose your originality). You can be the best at what you do when you give it the attention it deserves just like a little plant and when you do the fundamental things required in your field of gifting you could exceed being good to be great and you could even extend to becoming phenomenal. I may not have beat that enough but I will have to proceed to the next step to actualizing the full manifestation of your talent in the next episode. Take care and God bless!

-Ezeonyeka Godswill

#I DARE YOU TO FINISH THIS# “A TRUE LOVE STORY”

More than any other girl I have ever laid my eyes on, there was something so different about this particular one.
The attraction was so much but I assure you it was not the beauty. This one felt like it reflected from my inside, a split image of what my missing rib would feel like, so all defenses were gone; I got close and we started spending time, with time I got so used to her and then gave all my heart-in, perhaps my first mistake because that was where my hurting began and it was more than I could take.
I came to visit her on one occasion and discovered she had something I clearly recognized belonged to a one time friend of mine, in her bedroom. The fact that she not only denied but also blamed me for no good reasons when I tried to confront her seemed less disheartening to the choice she made when she told me she just chose him against me.
See that is just the beginning of my story, but I loved this girl so much at the time that all she did really hurt, but I could neither get close nor let go, so I just watched from a distance hoping the dude would slip up and then I could show her just how much a mistake she had been making. Years passed and I still tried baking cakes to remember our anniversaries and on one of those days, I cried so much I almost drowned in my own tears so I promised myself never to hurt that much again.
Being the smartest guy alive, I started on a perfect plan to win her back.
The more apart we were though, the stronger her bond with the other guy who was so shameless and annoying, he treated her like filth and not like the queen she was but always had a way to lure her on with lies, well I was always sincere, poor me. See I am not taking this personal but I know him well enough; he is just doing this to get to me and it is working. He was my friend and he knows how much I love and cherish her.
Hold on, if at this point you have not realized that she is to blame or you are insisting that I have not suffered enough, you should go back and read between the lines, I have had to narrate this story of heart break and this girl still complains that I do not understand her decisions, well I guess I am that dumb.
Do not judge me, but I got close to a friend of hers who I told to help in a way, return her friend’s heart back to me. Do not guess, she also went dark side and her own story even seemed worse than that my friend who snatched the only person I would ever love from me. This girl actually went ahead to connive with my friend to keep the love of my life bound in that stupid relationship.
I soon realized that it seemed somewhat of a thousand years in my eyes as I watched the days go by so I made a decision to go all in, if I would fight, cheat or even die in the process I was going to get her back.
You want to know if it went right. #coughs# okay I would explain and then leave you to decide if it worked or not.
We actually got engaged, stay with me, got married and I thought that was it, I won in the end. Then something came up, I had to leave her to go abroad, build a house and then I can come and get her so she would come join me. Before you say I left too soon and judge me, I actually left her with all she would ever need, and thank God for communication, we found a way to always stay in contact. I just wanted to take her to a place where I would have her all to myself.
Now the heart break, so great it grates my whole being when I think about it. Call me obsessed but I also left cameras in all places to know how she is doing, so no hurt can come to her…. But the things I see, the things I see flows from diverse ill habits and adultery from one day to another, do you want to guess who she was sleeping around with?
Well she is not always the worst kind of girl anyways from my own observations, I have seen her get really determined to keep herself in our relationship, but then it is either her friend comes in again or she just slides back to her former lover forgetting she was married.
I desire all of her, please do not judge her because you do not have the right, I am the one she has been hurting, my father even got to know about all I have been going through, I am done with my preparations but I do not know how I can bring her to my father now that he is not pleased with her ways, I know He would ask me how we were doing and I never lie.
I would go soon and I hope she would even be faithful when I arrive, this story would not be well told even if it was sang by two people in a duet, so I write to you from outside earth, I know my girl is not wicked, I love her, I just wish she would stop feeling insecure and remain with me, realize I am coming back, that is all I want, to have her all to myself. My own missing rib, my own image, but now I see her through broken mirrors, it hurts, and it hurts badly, with tears in my eyes, blood on my palms, forgiveness in my heart…. Since you have so much neglected my voice, now I have decided to write to you instead….. I am just an oracle and the narrator is my master, so this is most likely what His relationship story with you would be, if Christ was a poet.
By Njoku Uchechi

WHaT is LOVE?

Most of us would say that you love someone when their happiness is very important to you, so that you behave in a kind and caring way towards them Or you feel romantically or sexually attracted to them, and they are very important to you.
But what really is love?
God is love. And love is God’s unconditional positive regard towards us. According to John 3:16. God had great love for the inhabitants of the world (humans) that he gave his only son for all our sins to be washed away, that we might not perish but have everlasting life. And this can only happen if we believe in him.
The love of God brings everlasting life and this everlasting life is abundant for every single person that exist on earth. You were created to worship God. He loves you.
When you go within, you know that your core (your very being) is made fully of love. This is God’s love. So pure and genuine. And all we can do is share that love with ourselves and others.
The bible says in the book of John 15:9-14 that the same way God the Father loves us, is the same way that Jesus loves us and he wants us to continue in this love by keeping his commandments and abiding in his love. In doing this, the joy of the Lord would remain in you and your joy would be full.
This is the commandment Jesus gave before leaving earth, that we should love one another as he loved us. There’s no greater love that a man can have than to lay down he’s own life for his friends. And he ends it by saying that we are only his friends if we do whatsoever he commands us to.
What kind of love do you have for your friends? Do you know Jesus and have you told your friends about him? Do so today and you will see a great transformation in you life.
By GRACE ENO-OBONG EGBO-EGBO