We are preparing for the church’s dedication later this month. We printed some billboards for the events and we wanted to place them in some parts of the city. We were informed that we needed the approval of the city council and of the ‘area boys’. The leader of the ‘Uvie youths’ asked for 350,000 Naira (about $1500). He said that this is ‘approval fees’ for the community. He said that we can use the spots for ‘one year’. We gave him the money last week. He gave us the receipt stating that the money will expire on the 31st of December 2015. He said that what he meant by ‘one year fees’ ends on the last day of the year, even if we pay in December. He succeeded to deceive us. He threatened us by saying that if we do not pay the same amount on the 1st of January 2016, the youths will bring them down that same day. This was high manipulation. Pastor Leigh pleaded with him but he was very stubborn and rude. Then Pastor Leigh told him: “I see that you do not fear God. This money was gathered by the church people for a church event. You deceived us and took the money. Now you have changed your word. I will not beg you anymore. Take the money and go. Do what you want with God’s money. May God have mercy on you!” Still talking proudly, the young man left. This happened yesterday afternoon. My husband was sad the whole day. This is a lot of money to be lost. Then we prayed that God should take control and glorify His name in Father’s House.
This morning at 4 am the same young man phoned Bro. John, the chairman of the organizing committee. He said that he could not sleep the whole night. He said that he wants to return the money. But Bro. John said that he cannot take such money back because of what Pastor Leigh said. At 7am the same young man phoned Pastor Leigh saying that he could not sleep the whole night and that he talked to the other leaders of Uvie youths and they all decided to grant us our wish. We can use the spots we decided for billboards until the end of next year (December 2016). After that, we only need to pay 50,000 Naira, renewal fees. This morning he came with the original receipts, knelt down and asked for prayer. He was a different man from the way he was yesterday. He said that indeed God is in Father’s House. To God be all the glory!
This is the promise of God:
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord” (Is 54:17)
May God show Himself strong on your behalf! In Jesus name, amen!