The woman of God had so much to say that morning, she was the pastor of a thriving parish of a pentecostal church
Her husband was a big shot, an Army General
They were as rich as the sea
The church she was heading was in the middle of a crisis
The usual church member's unrest
People are difficult to lead
Sometimes they act as if they know what they want even when they had no clue
The church had been under the leadership of another pastor before she was transferred to the church
The church members were used to the way the previous pastor handled the
She understood that but she was not going to handle the church the same way
The church members wanted to pray! Pray about everything, even the things that needed the application of common sense
She felt that was a bit unwise
Why pray when you can do?
She spoke with some
friends who owned their own companies
She tried to get jobs for church members
It was a pragmatic approach in her opinion
The church members that got the jobs stopped coming to church
She felt she had been taken advantage of and stopped the recruitment drive
Church members were
still restless
Some left
Those who didn't leave kept spreading rumors
"Mama is not spirit-filled"
"Mama does not speak in tongues"
"Mama does not fast"
"Mama listens to secular songs"
"Mama still drinks wine with her husband"
The accusations went from foolish to ridiculous
Eventually, she got tired and decided to resign as the church pastor
She had tried everything she was taught and more
She cooked rice for the members every Sunday before she felt many of them were poor and they would be grateful
They ate her rice and still complained
Some would
come to her secretly begging for financial support to pay rent. school fees and all
She always did her best to help them
She singlehandedly bought about 200 plastic chairs for the church
Nothing she did changed their opinion of her
It was depressing
She called the previous pastor
of the church and explained her predicament
He counseled her
He told her to find vibrant young ministers who can do the things the church members wanted
He told her the church members really didn't care who led them as long as they were being led properly
She felt it was a good
She drove to the ministry's Bible college and recruited four ministers
She chose prayerful and vibrant young men and women and brought them to church on a thanksgiving Sunday
When she made the announcement, the people cheered
Their cheering got to her
Nobody was bothered
about her feelings
Their cheer felt to her like a total rejection
The new pastors took over the leadership of the church
Weekly services, vigils, and counseling sessions resumed in earnest
Church members were happy
She felt she had been relegated to the position of the church
Overseeing the payment of salaries and remittance, as if the oil on her head was a joke
She was not comfortable with it
Whenever they made a ministration roster, she ensured she was given the altar to preach on just one Sunday a month
That Sunday always recorded the
least attendance
Even when she reintroduced the sharing of cooked food to members on that Sunday she was designated to minister, the attendance remained under one hundred
It was very frustrating
She had somehow for the first time achieved a form of stability as a leader of the
That in itself was a miracle but a sense of personal inadequacy plagued her
She wanted to be their pastor, to be treated the same way other church members treated their pastors, not like some bimbo in a collar
The thought plagued her for several nights
It was like having
children who want nothing to do with you and yet expect you to pay their school fees, feed them and provide for all their needs
She was the one paying the salaries of the four ministers from her pocket, she was the one practically paying the church rent from her pocket and despit
-e everything she was doing, she was uncelebrated!
After a year, he told the four ministers to leave
He announced to the church that she could no longer afford to pay the church rent and the salary of their beloved ministers
As she made the announcement, she saw the gloomy shadow
descending upon the faces of the church members
She felt deeply satisfied
They had finally come to see that the pleasures they had been enjoying for free were paid for by one who could take it away at will
That night, she wrote her letter of resignation and decided she would drop
it at their headquarters the next day
She was right where she wanted to be emotionally
It was for her a form of victory
Nobody in the church will be able to despise her any longer
They will always remember that she sponsored the ride until she could no longer afford to do so
That night, as she slept
The Holy Spirit walked into her room
She saw herself lying down on her bed, sleeping peacefully
The Holy Spirit came in and woke her up, he held her hand and led her into an office
He told her he wanted to mark her script and pointed to a safe in the
Excitedly, she opened the safe and started searching for her script
She searched and searched to no avail
She started to cry
She felt the gulf deep in the core of her heart
She had failed at something important
After a while the Holy Spirit lifted her up from her knees and
told her to sit down
He said "Do you remember that I called you to lead the welfare committee, and you said yes.
"For how long were you the head of the welfare committee?" Asked the Holy Spirit
She said "Six years sir"
"Did I promote and celebrate you?" Asked the Holy Spirit
She nodded
She was made the Director of global missions of the ministry at the age of 41
She was the inaugural head and she had to deal with missionaries of the ministry from all over the world.
"Why did you leave that position?" Asked the Holy Spirit
She kept quiet
The position
she held attracted a lot of envy and side talks from members of the church
Some said she was sleeping with the general overseer, others said the money they were using to sponsor the missionaries was stolen by her husband from the government purse and she was the one overseeing
the money laundering process
Some said she was the financial backer of the General Overseer and gets to demand where she wanted to be placed in the ministry willy nilly.
None of the accusations were true but the spiteful words kept getting to her
One day she got tired of it all
decided to leave the limelight so that the rumors can rest
She went to the office of the General Overseer to inform him of her decision and he felt very disturbed by her decision
He told her to disregard the noise and face her assignment
She had handled the work excellently well
and used her influence when necessary to get things done
He had no substitute for her at that time but she was adamant that she wanted to leave the position
The General overseer asked her what she wanted to do after leaving
She told him she wanted to be a pastor at a small parish
A church where she can serve in anonymity and have her peace
The General Overseer said okay and anointed her as a pastor
He then posted her to a parish to serve as the assistant pastor
That was how she found herself at the church
The same church she was about to resign from
because of her feelings
The Holy Spirit said "You were led until you started leading yourself. Like Moses, you allowed the voice of the untaught and the unbridled to determine the course of your life. You lived to satisfy the negative whims of men!
How then should I grade your
That was when she came out of the vision
She was crying from her sleep
She was 55 when she saw the vision
She knew she must do better
She started fasting and praying
"Correct my course o Lord, order my footsteps, lead me aright!!"
Two weeks later, she met the Brother in
Jeans and T-shirt
They met at an open-air crusade
The Brother in Jeans and T-shirt ministered and his ministration resonated with her
They got talking
She invited him to her church
The church was filled to the brim, he taught the church members the topic "Perils of followership"
The Holy Spirit took over
Her heart and that of the church members melted
Another pastor was posted to her church a week later
She was transferred back to the headquarters to serve as the Assistant Director of Africa missions
The Lord restored her to her ministry
PS: People can be malicious with words
Most times without cause
When you hear some things that are being said about you as a minister of God, you will feel like crawling under a rock and not seeing the sun again
It is tough leading God's people
You must do it as unto the Lord

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