Wednesday, July 26, 2017
So I had an encounter with a young lady named Diane today.
Let me give a little background: members of international Youth Fellowship (IYF) are residing in Volta hall for their camp/conference. On Sunday morning, I met some of them who were registering participants. I asked to fully zip my dress up…when I was going for mass. They did so and Diane commented on my dress.
Then, on Wednesday morning, I met her again on my way to work. She remembered me and we chit chatted a bit. She told me all about IYF and invited me for their Christmas cantata which was scheduled to come off in the evening. She tried to convince me to attend and went as far as to take my phone number.. And this evening, she actually called back with the same request.
Now, I was just impressed by her tenacity and evangelistic spirit. Here is a Togolese young woman in Ghana going out of her way to invite me for a christian programme. Whether I attend or not, like in the parable of the sower, she has sowed her seeds and some are bound to bear fruit.
What about you and I? What are we doing with the word God has asked us to proclaim? Are we going out of our way to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and inviting people to surrender their lives to Him?
Angela Azumah Alu
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
So I’m in a tro tro going back to campus after work…thinking about myself….then I get a call on an MTN line. It’s a twi speaking guy claiming that he works with MTN and that apparently I won a promotion….ha…I don’t usually enter promotions but hey, stranger things have happened.
Well, I couldn’t really hear him so I asked him to call back since I was in a vehicle. That was when he got his opening, I am sure. He said they would send me a message. By then, I am certain it is a scam. And I was right!
The message that popped up was a request for me to approve a payment of GHS 550.00. Now, why anyone would think I would approve that mystifies me. I may be wrong but why would I part with GHS 550.00 for a supposed unknown price from a competition I don’t remember entering? Maybe I watched too many episodes of Hustle but seriously…why?
It was at this point that I start laughing at the scammers…for tracking my transactions without realising that the money is not mine. In fact, the money in the account is meant for a get together. And there was no way I was going to mess with that.
Well, thank God for small mercies. At least I got a blog entry! Yay!
And a free lesson…always crosscheck. And an analogy. Just as my mobile money is such a good conduit that it attracted scammers, you and I are called to be disciples of Christ proclaiming him so well that we bring people to Him.
How are we doing in that great commission?
May God help us all.
Angela Azumah Alu
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Genesis 45:5New International Version (NIV)
5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here,because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.
The above passage is from the story of Joseph and it recounts what Joseph said to his brothers who had sold him off as a slave 13 years earlier when he revealed himself to them.
Imagine the shock and dismay on Joseph’s brothers’ face when they heard the above words…. but the words were true.
Now, imagine Jesus telling you that your worst sin….and the worst evil you have ever done was all part of preparing you to be a good missionary to save souls for His kingdom.
Would you take Him at His word, forgive yourself and save the people He has sent you to save?
He is the LORD and there is nothing that is impossible for Him. Surrender to Him today and see how He uses you to save His people.
Angela Azumah Alu
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So I guess there are times when I feel quite forsaken by God…especially when things are extra bad. Like I’ve been quite teary over the past few days. And then He chooses to remind me of how much He cares.
So on Wednesday at work, I loaded the documents for our team meeting on my flash disk. After the meeting, and after getting my stuff ready I run out to get a car. As is typical of Angela, I was holding a lot of stuff that I hadn’t put in my bag. In the car, some of my stuff fell out and the mate helped me pick them up. Then I forgot about the stuff. Then on Thursday when I needed to copy some documents for the workshop we were having , I realised my the pen drive I had used for the team meeting was not in its usual place in my purse. Thankfully, I had my Grasag pen drive so I used that for the workshop.
I looked everywhere in my bag when I had the opportunity to but I still couldn’t find it. So then I wondered if it had fallen in the car with my other stuff but we couldn’t retrieve it. I got a little worried because it had a lot of my stuff on it.
So later I prayed. And prayed. I whispered prayers just to get my heart to calm down. I asked God to help the drive fall into safe hands and to protect the stuff on the drive. If possible, He should bring the drive back.
Well, today, Saturday, when I was washing…with no thought of the drive at all, I found the drive in the water. Apparently it was in the pocket of my yellow shirt…the one I wore on Wednesday. Honestly, finding the drive was a big reminder to me that He cares about everything that happens to me…especially after today’s tears which left me feeling sad and forlorn.
Glory to Jesus!
Angela Azumah Alu, 22:35. Legon
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I love the passage in Acts 16:22-40 which tells the story of Paul and Silas in prison. They were thrown into jail falsely and around midnight while they were singing praises to God, there was a big earthquake that opened up the jail and caused their chains to come off. There jailer came out ready to kill himself because he was afraid the prisoners had escaped. Paul called out to him not to do so because they were all present. That was so amazing that the jailer converted and he and his whole household were baptized.
The next day when Paul and Silas were released, they asked why they were being released in secret when they had been publicly humiliated and arrested even though they were Roman citizens. The authorities apologized to them and let them go.
I learnt a lot from this passage that I’d like to share.
1. When bad and unjust things happen to me how do I react? Do I see God’s hand in everything and choose to praise him or do I complain and gripe? Choose to praise always! It even breaks open prison doors.
2. And do I think of how my actions affect others? Imagine if Paul and Silas had taken the opening of the prison doors as an opportunity to escape. The poor jailer would have lost his job and been in disgrace. And if he had killed himself, his family would have lost their breadwinner. Instead by staying, they provided a witness that blew the jailer’s mind so much that he converted together with his family. How do I treat the witnessing opportunities I encounter?
3. Third lesson was about how Paul and Silas even bore the imprisonment. They only pointed out that they were Roman citizens after they had been released. Perhaps, you and I would have “fought” for our rights and taken the people to court. They let the people off with an apology….perhaps because they felt their work of evangelization was more important and urgent. They also left the people wondering…. who are these Romans who chose not to fight for their rights. Perhaps that wonder turned into a seed of the word of God that bore fruit.
My prayer is that we will choose to praise at all times, see every encounter as an opportunity to evangelize and be willing to bear wrong for the sake of Christ. Impossible with man but possible with God!
Angela Azumah Alu
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Happy 13th birthday. It’s the beginning of your teens. I don’t remember too well the details of my teens (lol), but I’m sure God will see you through like He did for me.
You know, even though I’m the first born I was always the youngest girl till you came….and you’ve been an absolute blessing. The “reading gene” seemed to have skipped the boys….so it’s been amazing reading with you…even though you throw my books all over the place.
And of course, you! Your sense of style is amazing; your intelligence is breathtaking and you are generally wonderfully talented. I really admire your music sense and your wit.
Baby, I pray that you grow up a confident and beautiful young woman….beautiful inside out. I pray that no matter the lies the devil tries to make you believe….you always stand on the word of God and let the devil know that you are a beloved child of the Great King.
Remember that the world is your oyster; you are in control. Don’t allow anyone to box you in. believe in yourself and trust God. Never be afraid to make mistakes; always try. No matter how difficult life gets, always remember that Christ is with you.
Know that I really love you and will always do my best to be there for you. You’re a miracle for me….coz I never thought that I too would have a little sister and get to do all those things sisters did as I read about in books.
I’m sorry for the times I’m not there for you. Always remember that my prayers are with you.
As you work out your life’s journey, remember to always trust God and know that God has a plan for you which He will reveal to you as you walk with Him. I commit you to His loving care and pray that He will always guide you.
Lots of love,
Psalm 102:18New International Version (NIV)
18 Let this be written for a future generation,
that a people not yet created may praise the Lord: (Biblegateway.com)
Lord, there are many times when I forget what you have done. Many times when I forget the battles you have won for me and end up repeating the same things.
Help me to celebrate every memory; every victory; every journey.
Teach me always that the journey is the reward not the destination alone and help me to enjoy every journey until I finally see you face to face.
As you have reminded me recently, I am very wealthy in memories. Help me to celebrate. And help me never to settle or try to do it by myself. May my trust in you only grow daily.
Thank you Lord Jesus.
I pray for the discipline to obey your word to me to write so that future generations may praise you.