About being a witness…always

About being a witness…always

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
7:12 PM

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?

Peace
Angela Azumah Alu
26/07/2017

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About mobile money scams

About mobile money scams

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
6:41 PM

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
26/7/2017

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On anticipation and planning

On anticipation and planning

I’m a serial planner…..that’s me. I love to tick things off my list. It makes me feel in control of my circumstances…no matter how small. I feel productive and feel like I’m making a difference. I think, it’s a carry over from the melancholic side of me trying to control the sanguine. I’m sure there may be lots of reasons assigned for why that may happen anyway.

Well, the point of this article is actually the opposite of the title. It’s not about planning. So though, my rational melancholic side will vouch for planning….from planning my days to weeks to months to years….and do my best to achieve them, I have found out and continue to find out that “best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley”. To wit, the best laid plans of Angie do not often happen.

I have found out that for the things that do not happen as I wish, especially where God is concerned, I get much better than I ever expected although it doesn’t even seem like that in the beginning. And yet sometimes, because I have already made up my mind, I get very disappointed when I do not get what I planned for and do not see what God has given me. I have spent many a time crying over things which I realized only made me stronger in the end and were much better than what I asked.

So what brought on this article? A rather interesting discussion is going on with myself and a friend about life choices. I don’t quite get why it started but I seem to have taken the view that planning is the all and he’s coming from the perspective of not being bogged down by your choices.

This evening, one of my girl friends put up a update on our whatsapp page. Our outreach to St. Catherine’s SHS (which I have already prepared my talk for and cancelled a funeral for) will not come off. Well, two ways of looking at it: either get disappointed that it won’t come off or appreciate the free Saturday and make the best of it.

There are many more examples of things that do not go exactly as we planned and of situations in which what we end up with is even better than what we planned for. So what’s my point in all of this?

That by all means plan and prepare….in fact commit your ways to God but by all means remember that by His sovereign will He knows what is best for you and thus will lead you there if only you give Him first place in your life. And because He knows the end from the beginning, He’s the best person to trust your life with.

Is there anything that is too hard for Him? No there is nothing. Do you think your sins impossible to forgive? They are not. Remember He forgave David for coveting, adultery, bearing false witness and murder. Will He not forgive you if you turn to Him? Do you think your sickness  is impossible to heal? No, it is not. He is the divine healer. Are your children wayward and you feel God cannot bring them back? Guess who the father of prodigal you and I is? He is more than able. Do you feel abandoned by Him? He promises never to forsake us. Only turn to Him. There are many more examples I could give but remember there is nothing that is too hard for Him. Only turn to Him and see how lavish His mercy is.

Peace.

Angela Azumah Alu
9/9/16, Legon

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