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THE MASTER’S LOVE NOTE TO YOU

I know you have heard the words, The gift that keeps giving. In my opinion, the reality and practicality of that is a beautiful thing. But I have realized that there is an in-depth version of this when it has a ripple effect.

If a receiver of a gift, gifts someone and that person gifts another, then a cycle is formed – Think about it too, how better will the world be.

This is the perfect illustration of what the life Jesus gives us does. He gave us the gift of salvation so that we can give it to others. This is not an assumption. He clearly stated this in His final words to us.

The final words – His Love Note to us.

The Love Note in the Great Commission
Matthew 28:16-20 (GNV)
“Go then to all people everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the HolySpirit”. Said the Man nailed on the cross for debts (sin) he did not owe, to his disciples (who represent every Christian in the world today), even though some doubted.

The Great Commission according to this scripture is the sharing of the gospel Jesus came to give every man on earth. After His disciples have experienced what it means to know Jesus and walk with Him, Jesus asked that they give everyone in the world the opportunity to experience the Love they have come to know.

Jesus said to people everywhere i.e. no limit was given as to the kind of people to hear the word. It was not limited to tribe or race or even action because Jesus died for the debts(sin) we all owed.

In simple words, the Love He has given them should not end with them. They need to pass it on to as many people as possible.

What is Needed?
Luke 10: 1 – 12 (TPT)
“Now, off you go! I am sending you out even though you fall as vulnerable as lambs going into a pack of wolves. You won’t need to take anything with you. Trust in God alone. And don’t get distracted from my purpose by anyone you might meet along the way”

This statement was made by Jesus when He sent out the nervous Seventy-two. Jesus knew how hostile life can be, especially when one is trying to give His impeccable Love to another but He assured the Seventy-two that the trust in God is all they need.

This scripture is not for Missionaries on the field alone, it is also for you. As you make effort to be a part of the Great Commission, life will want to try you but all you need is to trust in God. He is the ALL that you need.

The Master’s Love Note to you is what we need to make the world a better place. He has even equipped you with all the Love you need to live out His Love to others.

He has given you a guide – tell ALL the people, baptize them and disciple them.

What are you doing with the Master’s Love Note to you?
Who are you passing this Love Note to?

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THE FATHER’S BRIDE

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I have always wanted a grand wedding.

Flowers and light.

An event that was pure bliss, nothing more and nothing less.

I have always wanted grand gestures and public affection. A love that was not shy and ashamed.

I have always been a giver; you can be sure I wanted a giver too.

I wanted all of these things, and a list of another million – I got them and lost them.

The greatest of all that I have lost is time.

The time I wasted sinking in undeserving thoughts and rejecting all of the love that was being offered to me. For the years I stayed looking for things that I would not even accept if they were given to me, it was like a treasure hunt. Looking for what you would not use because of the thoughts that you were not good enough.

I stayed longing for things I wasn’t ready for. It was tragic.

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I have always known God too. The type of knowing where you walk across the street from someone that is really a stranger but you shout a ‘Hi’ with excitement that has no root. That is how I knew God. That is what it was, surface-level knowledge. I popped in when I was drenched in needs and disappeared when satisfaction was my stench. I don’t know why and I don’t know how but this relationship might have as well been called complacency.

This was me. Screaming from the rooftops that God was good and not really knowing God’s goodness. Testifying of his love, and not accepting his love. Talking of his mercies and not understanding his mercy. I was the opposite of everything I said. No vulnerability.

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I don’t know whether to say I found God, or he found me. I like to think he wooed me.

He gave me sixty and six love letters, each one explaining why I am deserving of his love.  A bundle of reasons why guilt should be non-existent. He used Paul to show me how significant I was to him no matter what I had done, and David to explain that nothing I had ever done was too much for him to forgive.

He showed me Esther, the kind of confidence that comes with his love, and Hosea the selflessness of his love. Lot to show his goodness and Joseph to show that he was all I needed.

I was convinced that with this love, there was no betrayal. He was honest and he wouldn’t let me down.

AND NOW

Standing here, owning that I am fearfully and wonderfully made- regal in a way that drapes and satin cannot make me. Confident and sure of eternity with my lover. He starts his vows;

Whispering to me, his voice dressed with strength. Each word clear- without confusion;

“You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I have proved my passionate love for you, by dying in your place. I am a safe place of shelter. I’ll never stop believing in the best for you”.

“When you fail to love me back, I will not be defeated. I’ll never give up on you. There is nothing that will separate you from my love, this love will triumph”.

“Our love is perfect and drives away all guilt. Yesterday does not matter, I still love you I want my love to continually nourish your heart.”

“These are my promises”.

With tears in my eyes- not tears of unbelief but of gratitude, that I am known fully and loved just as much, we share a warm embrace.

This wedding beat my wildest imaginations, best believe.

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EDUCATION IN AFRICA: ARE WE STILL LIVING IN HISTORY?

Exactly 45 years ago, on the same day and date as today, Wednesday, June 16, the black children in Soweto, South Africa got tired of the very poor quality education they receive because of their skin colour.

They had dreams; dreams they knew were valid and can soar. They were also aware that their present reality will do nothing but take them very far away from these dreams, so they decided to march the streets to protest the poor quality education they daily received.

Their March was to communicate their disapproval. They wanted to be seen. They desired to be invested in. They knew their dreams would cause a great impact on society and they just wanted a chance for it to breathe. They earnestly craved a better quality of education.

However, their March protest recorded the death of hundreds of innocent students shot by security forces. With many badly injured. Their protest did not end well but it birthed changes in South Africa many years later.

Hence, in 1991, the Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 to honor those killed during the Soweto Uprising in South Africa, and to recognize the courage of the students who marched for their right to an education.

Though this happened in South Africa, the day became a day for the African child because the march reflects the state of education in Africa at the time. Looking around though, it’s safe to say it still reflects the state of education in Africa now. Even the absence of skin col

Education that ought to be a right is now a luxury. For the children who are underserved education is never a necessity because they cannot afford it.

The statistics show that over 50% of African children do not have access to quality education. To bring it home, 1 in every 5 of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria.

The question is then is, would history have to repeat itself before a collective effort is put into education? Does the death of the courageous children of African count for anything in the long run? What are the ripple effects of having more uneducated children than educated ones?

Today is a day to raise awareness about the need to improve the education of children living across Africa. It is also a day to remind you that your quota can go a long way.

What will you do about the African child’s education from today?

Please, choose to invest in it. You can invest via our parent organization, Mission Enablers Africa. Kindly put CEF in a bracket against your name as you donate.

Let’s help the African child see education as a right.