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My First Missionary Experience

My First Missionary Experience

BACKGROUND

When you check the word ‘missionary’ in any dictionary, you will come across something like: ‘a person who is sent on a mission’.

A missionary is a person who is sent on a mission but then, WHO sent him and for what PURPOSE was he sent?

In trying to answer the above question I will explain briefly from the perspective of Jesus of Nazareth as stated in the book of Luke chapter 10 verses 25 to 37. Because of space, I will only quote the verse 30: ”Then Jesus answered and said ”A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among theives, who stripped him of his clothing, WOUNDED him, and departed, leaving him half dead””

Many have been wounded as a result of family background, generational curses, wrong decisions. The certain man that Jesus mentioned was wounded as a result of a wrong decision. He ‘went down’ from Jerusalem (the land of peace) to Jericho (the land of curse) and as a result ‘fell’ among thieves.

The destiny of many have been destroyed or delayed because they or someone with authority over them made a wrong or evil decision on their behalf. The certain man is favored as some didn’t have such ‘luck’; he was wounded but left half dead. The reason why he was not killed was because GOD HAS A SPECIAL INTEREST IN HIM.

Many of those who are still living (without Christ) today have been attacked and wounded by spiritual robbers who have stolen their purpose, greatness, peace etc. and they urgently need a NEIGHBOR. This is the reason why Jesus ended that parable by saying ”Go and do likewise’.

All Christians are sent by JESUS to do what the Good Samaritan does. We are to go extra miles to save the dying souls in this dying world by EXPANDING Jesus KINGDOM to them.

We are debtors with the RESPONSIBILITY to DELIVER the PURPOSE, HEALING, and the GREATNESS POWER of God to the people under dark and satanic influence.

Whatever we do in church without ETERNAL significance is not worth doing at first.

MY FIELD EXPERIENCE

We left Lagos Nigeria on Thursday April 17th 2014 at 5:49pm and arrived at the headquarters office of Action Missionnaire Interafricaine/CAPRO office in Aidjedo, Cotonou at about 8:48pm. We were received by the National Cordinator Mr. Molumba who is already expecting us. Since it was late, we passed the night there, and the following morning we were given a brief orientation and then we proceeded to the mission field at Tori, a 140klm journey from Cotonou.

At about 11:20am on Friday 18th April we arrived the mission house (BP26 Tori Bossito atlantique) in Tori-Bossito and we were received by the Resident Field Missionary Brother Emmanuel Udoh and his lively wife Sis. Dorcas.

Our 7-member team was led by bro Niyi Olaleye, a faithful, experienced and passionate lover of soul-winning who has been into field missionary trip to dark places for about a decade.

Our host welcome us and gave us a detailed orientation of the expectations and challenges we will encounter at the various mission fields. Truly the first challenge we encountered was language barrier.

Mr Emmanuel Udoh (our host) has been living in Tori Bossito since 1998, and has so far established some of the first notable churches in Tori. Some of this churches called field (in missionary terms) are five, twelve and twenty kilometers away. At a time, I had to ride the bicycle of our host to one of the fields which is 7klm on a dusty clay road to safe cost.

Tori Bossito

Tori Bossito may not have tarred roads except the road that enter the village, but it has one health center, police station, two primary school and two secondary school etc.

Tori natives speaks Fon, though less than 5% understand Yoruba but cannot speak it well and about 20% speaks and undestand French which is the country’s official language. Tori people are hospitable but the land is under serious poverty and satanic influence as a result of idol worshipping, and there is high cost of goods. Tori has many small villages of about 10 huts scattered around it.

THE MISSION FIELDS

On our first day at Tori Bossito, we had a challenge of interpretation as the interpreters arranged for us were not available. However, that didn’t stop us, as we went to the streets to ‘demonstrate’ the LOVE of Christ, and many souls were saved. Also we visted all the mission fields/ churches for rugged evangelism, namely:

* Bossito
* Togoudo
* Abladoutin
* Acadjame
* Makiwvie
* Sumawve

CONCLUSION

For me, it was another PURPOSE DISCOVERY experience. Some of the villages and huts visited had never heard about Jesus before. Some of their children and women dresses half naked. As little as N1,000 can change lives in Tori fields.

Food, clothes, mosquito nets are URGENTLY needed.

To know more about the mission work in Tori, please call: 08136410423.

PRAYER POINTS

* Father put in me a burden for souls
* Father put your LOVE in me, to go extra miles for the sake of the gospel.

Victor Oyefeso
Mon. 21st April, 2014
23:34GMT

A Mentor or Hero?

I have heard many motivational speakers and pastors talk about the importance of having a mentor as an aspiring person. It was said that whether you are a carpenter, shoemaker, lawyer, banker, trader, career person or politician, you need a mentor.

If a mentor is truly necessary for every aspiring individual, the next question to ask is ‘WHO IS A MENTOR’ and ‘WHAT SHOULD BE HIS OR HER DUTIES OVER YOU?’

According to a definition; a mentor is a coach, guide, tutor, facilitator, councelor and trusted advisor. A mentor is someone willing to spend his or her time and expertise to guide the development of a Mentee.

ORIGIN OF THE WORD ‘MENTOR’

In Greek mythology, Mentor was the son of Heracles and Asopis. In his old age Mentor was a friend of a legendary king of Ithaca by name Odysseus or Ulysseus. When King Odysseus was going to the Trojan war, he placed Mentor and his foster-brother Eumaeus in charge of his son Telemachus. Mentor was to take care of Telemachus and nurture him in the kingly way until he returns.

When Athena visited Telemachus she took the disguise of Mentor to hide herself from the suitors of Telemachus’s mother Penelope. As Mentor, the goddess encouraged Telemachus to stand up against the suitors and go abroad to find out what happened to his father.

When King Odysseus returned to Ithaca, Athena appeared briefly in the form of Mentor again at Odysseus’ palace.

Mentor as a term

Because of Mentor’s relationship with Telemachus, and the disguised Athena’s encouragement and practical plans for dealing with personal dilemmas; the personal name Mentor has been adopted in English as a term meaning someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less experienced colleague.

The first recorded modern usage of the term can be traced to a 1699 book titled ‘Les Aventures de Télémaque’, by the French writer François Fénelon. In the book, Mentor was the lead character. This book was very popular during the 18th century and the modern application of the term can be traced to this publication.

Because of the significance of Mentor to Telemachus, the word ‘mentor’ was adopted to mean a guide or tutor among other relative meanings. Obviously, the need of a mentor cannot be overemphasized, most especially for those who have no ‘mentor’ in their parents.

The Holy-Bible also stated that ‘In the multitude of counsel (tutor or guide) there is safety’.

Sadly is the fact that, many who are bestowed with the responsibility of mentoring are not actually doing that. They are simply heros.

I have come accross a lot of aspiring youths who would say ”So so and so is my mentor” and by the time I wisely ask them ”When last did you speak with your mentor?”, some would lie, while some are truthful ”Last year” or ”Five months ago” they would confess.

A mentor is not someone you hardly speak with. A mentor is the person who instruct you regularly.

I was in a meeting recently, and Niyi Adesanya (a foremost leadership and motivational speaker in Nigeria) said and I rephrase ”If you have not spoken with your mentor in 3 months, then you need another mentor.” And really, going by the definition and the root meaning of the word mentor, I believe:

If you haven’t spoken with your mentor in 30 days, then you need another mentor.

Many that people call a mentor, are merely a hero.

Where Are You?

Where Are You?

This article is targeted at everyone who is opportune to read it, I mean you. Where are you?

The only person who could authoritatively ask ”Where are you?” is either your friend, siblings, parents, boss and God. But then you may want to ask ”Why would God ask where am I?”, afterall He is called Omniscience- the all knowing God.

There are only two reasons why someone may be seeking to know where you are. It is either the person is not with you OR the person did not find you where he expect you to be.

Whichever the case may be among the two reasons; absenteeism is the only basis for that statement. Unfortunately, many are lacking, unavailable, emotionally, financially, physically, spiritual and mentally. A lot of people are not where they should be, or where they claim to be.

Many husbands are unavailable in their family, unavailable in their relationship and in their responsibilities towards their family, leaving their wife continuously asking the same question ”Where are you?”

I have seen homes where the wife has assumed the leadership role; paying for rent, children school fees, utility bills and virtually everything because of absentee husband.

At the other end, some wives too are emotionally absent in their marriage, partly due to several failures of the head to lead accordingly. Some married women are also physically irregular at home and sometimes absent, leaving their husband and children at the mercy of house-helps or ‘Mama-put’.

Well, you will agree with me that all the aforementioned narratives are a bit better as long as one party is shouldering the responsibilities well. I have seen a worse case scenario where both husband and the wife who are suppose to be responsible parents to their kids are now lacking at home and to their children, who are the one that always suffer for it. The excuse is always ”We have to work.” A situation where a husband and the wife works Monday to Saturday from 6am to 8pm, and on Sunday they are out as early as 8am also, either to the Gym, Church, Viewing Center, Club or to the Spar. They hardly spend 2 hours with the kids. I believe this is one of the 21st century madness; whereby you give birth to children you don’t have time to physically care for, and as a result, exposing them to several abuses from the hired care-givers, ranging from sex abuse, psychological abuse, emotional abuse to neglect.

The last but not the least in the category of absentees are ‘absentee children’. Just like absentee parents; absentee children neglect and refuses to reciprocate the love and care shown them by their mother or father while they were growing up. They easily forget and refuse to consider what their parents went through when they were nurturing them.

This absentee children failed to realize that the primary reason why a parent would take a very good care of his or her children is for future security. So that when they are old and their strength is failing, they can have someone to rely on, but sadly, many children are no where to be found doing this. Many are in the city but have abandoned their parents in the village, probably with a frustrated house-help who is always looking for an opportunity to escape daily responsibilities.

Men, Where Are You?

In every state of chaos, God always call unto the man. There must be something unique about male leadership.

In the book of Genesis chapter 3 verse 9, the bible recorded that the Lord God called to the man, ”Where are you?”

Without sounding religious, it is important for men to know that in this state of global crisis; men must rise up from all backgrounds, and first of all, be the leader their wife and children needs. Then follow suit to defend their community from whatever challenges confronting it. If this can happen; if we have RESPONSIBLE MEN who are truly responsible at home, men who understand their place as being a problem-solver and not problem-creator, then more than half of the global crises is already solved.

The reason why the greatest mental and physical strength lies with men is not for egoistic ventures, rather it is to channel it to solving problems. Unfortunately, many men are lost today, comparing themselves with another and as a result battling with rivalry, vainglory, and competition. This has place an undue pressure on them, such that they always found themselves in a mess.

Let me end this by saying; your allocation can only get to you, if you stay where you are meant to be.

Are you in the US, when you should remain in Nigeria?

Have you toned your skin to white, when actually you are born black?

Have you started your own ministry, when you should be working with another ministry?

Are you running helter-skelter,when really you should stand-still?

Where are you?

Victor Oyefeso

Thursday March 13th, 2014. 00:20GMT

Producing or Consuming?

Producing or Consuming?

It gives me much joy to venture into such a challenging topic as this, as I am very sure it is a right step to solving financial problems that is or has been facing individuals, businesses and government organizations. Therefore, to venture into such an article as this, is to profer a solution to combating our ‘roaring economic enemy’.

One of the measurements of the performance of every economy is its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the primary driving force of economic growth in any country is the growth of productivity, which is the ratio of economic output to inputs (capital, labor, energy, materials and services (KLEMS)).

Gross Domestic Product GDP is the broadest measure of a country’s economy, and it represents the total market value of all goods and services produced in a country during a given year.

In a sense, Nigeria’s current economic output is underperforming its potential output with its large population of 170 million, which is 3 times the size of South Africa’s at 52 million. With its huge population disparity Nigeria’s rebased GDP of $432 billion compares with South Africa’s GDP of $370.3 billion at year end 2013 is still not justifiable.

For Nigeria to economically compete with South Africa which holds the largest economy in Africa till 2012, its GDP should be standing at $1 trillion so as to able to have a positive impact on per capital income, among other indices.

Some report stated that Nigeria now has the largest economy in Africa for YE2013(though this is NOT the same as the best), while another report gave the following as the true figure for year end 2013:

Richest African Countries (by 2013 GDP)
1. South Africa: $595.7 billion (up 17.8%)
2. Egypt: $551.4 billion (up 25.1%)
3. Nigeria: $478.5 billion (up 50.6%).

Whilst it’s a good news to believe that Nigeria has finally overtaken South Africa to assume it’s rightful place as the largest economy in Africa, we should however pause for reflection upon the following facts:

1. South Africa still has the most diversified/sophisticated economy in Africa.
2. South Africa has the best infrastructure (roads, rail, airports, seaports, telcommunications, hospitals, higher institutions etc)in Africa.
3. South Africa’s power output (over 40,000MW) dwarfs that of Nigeria (about 4,000MW).
4. South Africa is the only country on the African continent that has and operates nuclear power plants
5. The JSE (with a market capitalisation of over $900billion is the largest stock exchange on the African continent. The Nigerian Stock exchange is the second largest with a market capitalisation of about $114billion.
6. The busiest and largest Airport in Africa is the Oliver Tambo airport in Johannesburg, which had over 18 million passangers in the year 2012/13. It can also accommodate the Airbus 380 – the largest commercial passanger plane in operation at the moment. Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos handled just over 7 million passangers for the year 2012/13. None of our airports (MMA included) can handle the Airbus 380.
7. GDP per capita for South Africa is about $6,800 whilst that of Nigeria (with the rebasing) will be about $2,600.
8. The biggest banks and telecoms companies on the contient are South African.
9. South Africa’s economy has a rating of BBB which is investment grade. Nigeria has a rating of BB-, which is three notches below investment grade.
10. For ease of doing business, out of 182 countries, South Africa is rated No.52 in the World, whilst Nigeria is rated 147.

I could go on and on. In a nutshell, we still have a LONG WAY TO GO.

Though in the long run the GDP will have a positive IMPACT on Nigerians; our government must realize that we cannot eat GDP and so unless there is a tangible improvement in the lives of our citizens, the new GDP figures mean nothing to the average nigerian.

Maybe our leaders need to consider the following GDP figures for 2013:

* Nigeria population is 170million with $420billion
* South Africa population is 52million with $400billion
* Hong Kong population is 7million with $263billion
* Italy population is 60million with $2trillion
* Singapore population is 5.4million with $275billion
* Sweden population is 9million with $524billion
* United Arab Emirate population is 9million with $349b
* Canada population is 35million with $1.8trillion
* France population is 64million with $2.6trillion
* UK population is less than half of Nigeria population, yet its worth $2.4trillion
* US population is less than twice that of Nigeria, yet its worth $16trillion.

Do you know that 170million Nigerians are not producing what 9million Swedish are producing?
Now let’s leave Nigeria for now and come down to Nigerians; I mean you. Are you PRODUCING or CONSUMING??

Carefully name ALL the things you consume daily and tick the ones you or any of your relative produce.

Now that you know the SOURCE of the problem. The question is, how do you want to tackle yours?

Victor Oyefeso
Saturday 08.03.14 13:49

To Whose Fault?

Whose fault?

In the early morning of today, I heard a chaotic shouts outside my compound; as I tried to see what was going wrong, I realized it was a repeat of a ‘free-for-all’ fight that ones broke out four days ago between the youths in my street and those of the adjacent street.

On sunday evening when it started I thought we have seen it all, as the timely intervention of the put an end to the fifteen minutes of destructive violence that led to breaking of bottles, throwing of stones, and using of cutlasses and knives among youths between age 15 and 25 years who had scattered the whole street.

The fight broke out as a result of a disagreement that ensued during the final match of an inter-street footbal competition which the two streets were playing, and before anyone could say ‘Jack’, the ones friendly atmoshere had turned into a war front. From the government beautification-garden turned footbal field, they pursued themselves through the streets and ended in my street, which then became the battle field.

To the surprise of the residents of my street who thought they’ve seen the last episode of the film; at about 8am today (Thursday 6th March, 2014), the arguement ensued again at the house of one of the footballers who lives on the street, and was also involved in the last sunday fight, and before anyone could say ‘what?’, youths who should be today’s leaders- leading in technological researches, politics and socio-economic activities, had formed two groups, taking strategic position at the two estremes of the street, breaking and throwing bottles at each other, matcheting one another and perpetrating all sought of unimaginable attrocities.

During the 19 minutes of this ‘war’, the street typify a war front, and no one could stay in his or her compound to watch, as bottles, sticks, plastic crates, stones etc. were flying everywhere in tiny streets. Everyone had to lock their shops and doors abruptly. I had to hide beside a water drum so I could take a video footage of the mad drama. Doing that was a great risk for me, because if any of them catch me, I could be attacked. However, I thank God I did that, as the video shows the faces of some of them especially, the one who was largely instrumental to the destruction of a car packed in front of my house and belonging to my neighbor. In less than 20 minutes, two cars and one tricycle with many other valuables had been partially condemned in a street that is less than a 100metres.

The truth is, we all came into the world harmless. We were born without a preconcieved notion about anything. Ofcourse we came through a mother who introduces us to our father. Unfortunately, some were not shown their father. And then we began to grow, learning from the good and the bad together. Some were thought to choose the good while some didn’t have that luxury. Some children came through poor, bad and irresponsible parent, so they have no choice than to learn violence, evil and rescality from their parents and peers.

Now, to whose fault??

Poverty, irresponsibility on the part of the parents, bad peer presure, hostile economy and community are some of the causes of youth restiveness.

To round up my story; it was the police that helped to stopped the war, by firing into the air immediately they arrived, and before that, the fighters had took off on hearing the police siren.

When the police came around, they paraded the two streets involved but could not make any arrest as the two warring groups had disappeared.

As the police were reporting back to their base, without a single arrest from the over 30 boys involved in the fracas, then I said to myself ”Really, who should be arrested?”

Sincerely, I think, since the guys had fled, then their parents should be arrested. Afterall, if the children had won an award in absential; their parents would receive it on their behalf and be proud of them.

We must always be RESPONSIBLE for our actions.

Yorubas have an adage that says ”Eni ba bi’mo oran, oran ni pon.”, meaning; whoever give birth to a criminal, must be ready to bear the cross.

Since no arrest was made, considering the monstrousity of the unfortunate event, we can only prepare for another bad day. God forbid!

Thursday 6th March, 2014. 21:09GMT

Is there a Nigerian Dream?

THE NIGERIAN DREAM

October 26, 2013 at 1:32am

THE NIGERIAN DREAM

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Every American knows there is an American dream. Party affiliations are made along this dream. Every so often, the American presidents remind the people of the American dream. The dream is people centered and people oriented. This, over the years, has fired every American to hope for the best and be assured that the government is there to cater for his best interest.

The last presidential election in the US brought to mind again the American dream. The re-elected Barrack Obama spoke gloriously of this dream. He said “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

“Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship, pettiness and immaturity that have poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress.”
The American dream caused men, who believe in America to form political parties based on shared values of self-reliance, individual liberty and national unity. This is one thing that makes America great.
What about our own country? What values do our political parties enunciate other than revenue sharing, crave for power, stealing and embezzlement? That is why in our politics, we kill, maim and destroy opponents as if we are in a game of winner takes all.
As Nigerians prepare to dialogue, will Nigerian politicians and leaders learn of basing party manifestos on values? Can Nigeria begin to re-emphasis societal values instead of hero worship and money? Yes, Nigeria is a multi ethnic society, but does that make us enemies and forget our past?
Reflecting on America’s past, Obama said, “As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it, must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices. I need your help, and I will be your president too.
To ask, what is the strength of Nigeria? What makes Nigeria the giant of Africa? Its land mass, certainly not. Natural resources, no! What make Nigeria great are her people. But over the years, Nigerian leaders have not realised this. They feel oil and gas resources, mineral and land is what makes the country what it is. How else can we explain the neglect of the human resources in Nigeria? Neglect of the education sector?
Obama said, “The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals, democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope. For that is the true genius of America – that America can change?
In Nigeria, ideas have no place; it is all about money; by whatever means it is achieved is nobody’s business. That is why we are the way we are, noise and motion but no movement, no progress. Let us all ask our past and present political, social and economic leaders if our children should live to see the next century. What change will they see? What progress will we have made especially in this period of mass unemployment where those without godfathers stay five years without hope of securing any form of gainful employment?
President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly must know now that this is his chance to make a difference. This is his moment to bring hope to Nigerian youths; to put the teeming army of young graduates roaming the streets endlessly in search of jobs back to work and open doors of opportunity for those that are now in schools.

The forthcoming National Conference offers yet another opportunity for Nigeria to bounce back to reckoning. The conference must come up with principles that will give hope to all Nigerians. It must come up with a Nigerian dream. What will make every Nigerian want to die serving his country, a Nigeria that cares for all, a Nigeria that provides hope for all, a land of equal opportunity for every Nigerian citizen, a country where no citizen will be treated as a stranger in any part; a country where any of its citizens can aspire to become the president through hard work; a country that celebrates excellence not mediocrity. The National Conference must come up with logical ideals that will create an egalitarian society. That will be a dream every Nigerian will be proud of.
Written by Gabriel Omoh. Edited by Victor Oyefeso

Be Involved! Join a Political Party in Nigeria

How to join a Political Party in Nigeria

October 27, 2013 at 11:13am

How to join a political party in Nigeria.

The generally accepted and verbally communicated process of joining a political party in Nigeria is as follows: Interested individuals are advised to visit the respective party headquarters at their Wards and seek the attention of the Ward Secretary (Each Local Government Area is subdivided into Wards for political purposes). The individual will fill a party registration form and provide supporting documents and payment as may be required by the party. Once registration is judged to be complete, a membership card will be processed and issued to the individual as confirmation. Then, the individual is referred to as a ‘card-carrying member’. Political parties typically hold weekly Ward meetings which members are expected to attend. A simple process, yet, requiring increased awareness and widespread documentation.

The least expectation is that each political party manages a functional website, publishing therein its national structure – a breakdown of Zones, States, Local Government Areas and Wards with contact details for party officials at each level. An individual who seeks to join a political party should be able to pick an internet enabled mobile phone, browse the website for the party of interest, navigate the national structure down to the Ward closest to him/her, copy details of the responsible party official, make an inquiry call and/or physical visit. Information should be at the public’s beck and call. So, while the PDP site provides initial information on ‘how to join’, it needs to incorporate information and contact details down to the Ward level. It currently lists PDP State Chairmen with few of their contact numbers but excludes details on LGA and Ward officials.
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The Lagos State Government has been kind enough to publish via its website, the list of all Lagos State LGA’s, respective Wards and contact details of the Chairman and Vice Chairman – a ready-made template for each political party to adopt. The Oyo State Government websitehas a similar list of LGA’S within the State. Unfortunately, there is no breakdown of the Ward structure for each LGA, neither are contact details included.

Moreover, each political party should fully explore and execute the option of online registration for prospective party members. The Action Congress of Nigeria seems to be the trailblazer with this concept and may be testing it already via its Join ACN Todaylink.
In enhancing our growing democracy, information on political processes and requirements for partial or total involvement must become readily available to the average citizen.

The ease and speed of accessing reliable information are key success factors to increasing and improving political involvement especially for Nigerian youth.