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Hard Talk: Which of these women pleases the Lord?
by Bode Ayodele
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A woman visits an orphanage situated in a city, frequently. On one occasion, she notices that the wards have no food. She observes that some of them are at the point of starvation. £500 is needed to feed all of the children till the next set of pledges start rolling in. Apparently, as the sister is to learn, a staffer (the Church Administrator) emptied and ran away with the petty cash and Bank Account savings of the home. The sister has little money herself but quickly rushes to the nearby, local churches.

The first Man of God she meets tells her the Lord is yet to speak to Him about giving to the orphanage and until then, there is nothing he can do. As she leaves, she notices a banner heralding the fund raising activity for a mega church building worth 50 million pounds. A blackboard besides it states: “45 million raised, 5 million to go. God loves a cheerful giver.”

She moves to the next church. Here she meets the Pastor-in-Charge and narrates her story. He has just finished physically inspecting the offering bags and taking stock of the collection for a just concluded programme before the money is sent to the bank. When he hears what she has to say he tells one of the ushers to open and hand over to her the entire contents of the welfare box. The woman heaves a sigh of relief. As she waits she notices the expensive set of musical instruments to the left of the large Marble pulpit in the church rented hall. “I wonder how much these could have cost” she thinks. As she stands there lost in her thoughts the voice of the returning usher interrupts: “There is only twenty three pounds and forty pence in it sir,” he states. “Okay, that’s enough, give it to her.” The Pastor replies. The woman looks at them both and walks away in tears. As she leaves another woman, who observed what happens states: “Sorry love, there would have been much more in the welfare box but whenever there is a project that requires funds in the church people are advised to give their all to the project and, sometimes, the contents of the box is emptied for that purpose.” The sister has heard enough. She leaves the building sobbing.

The story that emanates from the last Church visited (after visiting many without any success) is not much different. “We would love to help but we have this target that we have to meet as stipulated by headquarters,” the young pastor tells her. “Till then we cannot spend money on anything else without first of all getting the overall head’s approval. It is a nationwide directive. I would have put a call across to him but presently he is out of the country and without his permission no one else can decide otherwise.” The Sister thanked the Pastor for his concern and leaves the church briskly.

As she steps out she spots a man across the road seated in front of a house, behind a parked car. He sees her wipe a tear as she sobs gently. He calls out to her. She crosses over and on request, explains the situation.

“Well, I am not a Christian” the man explains. “I have worked hard for my money and I don’t believe in giving something for nothing. However, I spend a lot on women when the time comes to enjoy myself. You know what, I can give you the amount you have requested and even more if you agree to have sex with me,” he states as he brings out wads of money.

The sister looks at him in bewilderment. She quickly explains to him her Christian beliefs would not permit it and hurriedly leaves his presence.

“Not…not even for the children,” he stammers as she walks away.
She ignores him!

On getting home she spends all night praying that the Lord will raise up someone or use someone else to help the children.

Shortly after the sister left the orphanage another sister visits the place. Like the first sister, she does not have anything to offer, but is moved to tears on sighting the plight of the children. She lets out a loud exclaim as she listens to the horrid story of the home and the runaway, dubious Manager.
Like the other sister she moves into action. The first place that comes to mind likewise, is the local churches. In her own case however she starts from the last church the first sister visited.

This time around the young Pastor expresses amazement that two women had come to narrate the same story of need within hours. He gave the same explanation given to the other woman. But this time around he offers to visit the Orphanage with the sister to pray for the children. “Maybe, the Lord will do a miracle and cause the children’s hunger to cease or send someone to provide the money,” he said. The sister quickly wipes her tears and leaves in a hurry. “I do not think that kind of pray is necessary at this moment” she mumbles as she walks out of the massive building. “Lord, I’ll do anything to save those children. Anything!” she mutters to herself, bringing out her already wet handkerchief.

Just like the other sister she observes the man across the street. He also calls her when he notices her crying. She walks across and explains what happened. “Oh, so you mean that you are like that other woman that came here a while ago? Ok, I’ll give you an offer similar to what I gave her.” He says. As the sister listens her face brightens up. “You mean if I agree to do that you will provide the money” she said in amazement. “Yes of course, I spend money like this regularly on women and wine so why won’t I give it to you to help the children, if you give me a nice time in exchange” he said, bringing out the wad of notes in the process.

“Okay, said the sister but listen to me mister. You and I will go to those children right away. You will provide part of the money which will be given to their carers to buy food for them immediately. Then, we can come back to your house and spend the entire night together for all I care. In the morning we will go back together, or, you’ll give me the balance and I’ll take it over to them.

The man wanted to protest but the sister gave him a playful jab below the belt “fifty percent now, fifty later” she whispered. He protests, trying to put the money back into his pocket but she carefully strokes and holds his hands: “You are the person that the Lord will use to help these children, I’ll see to that” she says playfully.

“O gosh, you are so funny and exciting, I can’t resist you,” he states in his Italian ascent, as he opens and beckons the sister to get into his car.

They drive over to the orphanage, where she further coaxes him into giving. On seeing the physical condition of the children, he decides to give the £500 and pledges to give even more later. After spending the night, the two return only for the man to give the wardens of the orphanage his direct telephone number and an instruction to call him whenever a need arises for the children.

“Well Lord, it is true that I did it again, but this time around, is there not a cause?” the sister says to herself faintly recalling a passage in the bible, as they depart “…and besides I am willing to pay the price- any price- to give those children hope again “ she added.

I have never been so proud of a woman so much before, NEVER,” she hears a male voice say as she leaves the Church.

Who showed true love out of the two women and whom would the Lord Jesus be most proud of?

Over to you!


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