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Setback: My Personal Travail as a Missionary, the Triumph of Faith

"I am destined to proclaim the message, unmindful of personal consequences to myself." – Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf Her: "Daddy, Victor is not breathing." Me: "What? How? For how long?" Her: "since 7:00" I will never forget that infamous conversation between my wife and I on the 18th of December 2014. Within a minute, I was both sweating and shaking. In an hours time, she told me how my pastors and church members have gathered and were praying for Victor to come back to life. I tried praying, I couldn't find the right words. I spoke in tongues for a while. Then I called my pastor in Lagos. I told him what was going on. He started praying. He has been involved from the start when Victor was diagnosed with an abnormal heart. I was in the Ivory Coast barely six months. Starting a new mission post as an independent missionary is a wild life. You are on your own. No money, no salary and no promise of any monthly remit


Years ago I had an interesting chat with an aged man who expressed his excitement when he saw how some of us young people yielded to God and were serving God with so much energy. It was something he would love to do, it was something his heart would love to but his body could not carry. Jesus, after his resurrection, talking to Peter, said in John 21:18 "Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” There are two phases to life that Jesus was bringing forth to Peter to shed light on a very important truth. There is the daylight of life when Peter is in control of his life. Then, he can do what he wants and go where he wishes to. He can chose what he wants and have the freedom to be who he wants. But there comes a time when he has no control of the most basic things like dressing up and taking