“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them; I the God of Israel will not forsake them” (Is 41:17)
To belong to a living church is a wonderful thing. To be part of the Body of Christ is a great blessing. This is the testimony of Bro. Samson. He is in his early thirties. He is one of the ‘men of valor’ who helped during the building of this sanctuary. After we moved in he offered to continue to work for the church. We needed a gardener. He agreed. We did not know that he has that gift but the plants grow well and are very happy under his care.
Last December we had an event in the church. The men invited their wives to a banquet. Many of the couples in the church came, all dressed beautifully. Then I saw Bro. Samson seated in the garden, in his jeans, looking very sad. I asked him why he is not dressed with his wife ready to go to the dinner. He said that he is not properly married to her. He has not done the traditional marriage. He has not paid the bride price and he has not married in the court or in the church. They have been living together and have five children. One baby died last year for they did not have money to carry him to the hospital. I was touched. This is the first time I heard his story. We prayed that next December they will be able to attend the couples’ banquet for they shall be properly married by then.
For the past one year we have prayed almost once a week for God’s favor on Samson and his wife. It has not been easy. He had deep inferiority complex that he is a failure. He told me “Malia, I be poor man… I no get money… I be a nobody…” I rebuked him telling him that a child of God does not talk like that. At the beginning his faith was very little. Later he told me that the reason why he is afraid to dream that proper marriage is possible is because of his family. His three elder brothers are also not married properly. They mocked him for trying to do what they could not do. They told him that they shall not support or help him in any way at all. In Nigeria, this is a very serious matter. To become a light in your unbelieving family attracts a lot of persecution. But I assured him that with God all things are possible. I also told him that God will use him as a light for the rest of the family. The wife also had issues. She was ‘ashamed’ to attend our church because she was not properly married. I encouraged her to come to Father’s House and even attend the women’s fellowship. She did. Eventually, the light of God started shining on their way. When the news came that they want to marry, the brethren helped and encouraged them.
Today is their traditional marriage day. The wife is already in her village waiting for him to come like a prince. I saw him last night and he was very excited. This morning he came to the door dressed in his traditional outfit. He knew that I cannot go to the village. He said that he could not go there without coming to show appreciation. He said that he is very happy. He is generally shy but this morning he was shaking with joy. He could not hide it. We prayed one more prayer before he went. I took him a picture in front of our Christmas tree. I hope you see how happy and proud he looks in his princely dress, hat and all. On Sunday they shall do a blessed marriage ceremony in our church. More pictures shall follow.
This testimony is given to the glory of God, to the shame of the devil and for the encouragement of all who are afraid to dream because they think they are poor. This is a reminder that faith in God is more than money and that God answers prayers! This is also a reminder that a child of God should belong to a Living and Loving Church that is a true spiritual family, where he can grow in faith, in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Today the plants in the garden shall ‘pray’ for their gardener, wishing him God’s blessings! Please pray for Samson and Mercy! God bless you! To God be all the glory! In Jesus name, amen!
(The last two pictures are taken at the Blessed Marriage Ceremony in our church)