“My Father’s Farmland” part 16-17 by Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

PART 16
“MY FATHER’S FARMLAND”
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

Ola decided to step out for some fresh air. Her new Landlady was a distributor of eggs. As she got outside, she realized the Landlady was short of staff as she had quite a number of buyers queuing up to buy eggs from her.

Some were impatient and had started leaving the queue, while some were showing signs of exiting the queue any moment. Ola took her time to quickly study the landlady’s way of attending to the buyers…

Ola noticed she would ask…

“ What is your order?” and the buyer will say his/her order and her sales girl will bring the order, then the landlady will act as the cashier at the same time. Ola noticed the Landlady was tired as she kept shifting her weight from one leg to the other. She was on the big side.

Ola saw some empty cartons at a corner, she picked two of it and returned to her room and wrote very boldly “ GOOR DAY, WHAT IS YOUR ORDER?”.. As she was about stepping out, the Spirit of God ministered to her that some of them may not be able to read English, so Ola wrote in Pidgin, in Yoruba, in Igbo and in Hausa. She had used a translating App online to translate into those languages….

Ola stepped out and walked towards the Landlady, she had written a small note as well.

“Ma’am you look tired, Let me help you stand to take orders, while you sit to collect your money. I have made placards to ask them what they want”

Ola showed her the placards, and the Landlady was happy. She gave Ola an appreciative smile. She hugged her and limped towards a chair.

The landlady spoke loudly…

“ Please customers, my legs are no more as strong as they use to be, please my daughter will be taking your orders. Though she can not speak, she can hear you perfectly. Her name is Kikiolaoluwa.

Ola did a great job as she had a great smile plastered on her face. In no time, there was no more queuing up as the selling became fast.

Sukki had been walking around aimlessly that day after he left Pastor Ayo and his wife. He was contemplating going back home, but he did not want to lose the new life he had in Christ. As he stood at a T-junction not knowing which way to go, he saw a group of young Christians walking from the left direction towards him. They were carrying different banners, which read…

“ ONCE SAVED, FOREVER SAVED”

“ GRACE COVERS ALL”

“ THERE IS A HIGHER LEVEL OF GRACE”

“ NO CONDEMNATION ONCE YOU ARE SAVED”

“ ONCE YOU ARE SAVED, YOU CAN NEVER LOSE YOUR SALVATION”

A young lady walked up to Sukki trying to evangelize…

“ I am saved already” Sukki quickly said as he didn’t like the Lady’s dressing. He was still trying to put his sexual issues under subjection, he didn’t want this lady tempting him…

“ Great!, then you should join us to evangelize, we all are meant to go into the world and evangelize” Grace pulls Sukki along before he had the opportunity to refuse.

Sukki liked the opportunity to evangelize, and since he had nothing doing and no where to go, he followed the troop. He looked at the members of this church, they were quite different from Pastor Ayo’s church. They were not modestly dressed, they dressed like the average unbelievers.

“Where exactly are you headed?” Grace asked

“ Nowhere in particular…Just left my former church… “

“ Why?”

“ Personal issues…”

“Like?”

“I was been judged by my past”

“ Welcome home!”Grace

“ Home?”

“Yes… Our Church is the place of Acceptance, Grace…” Grace said.

Sukki felt relieved but he saw something that made him raise his eyebrow. As they were evangelizing, Sukki saw one of the evangelist, stopping by a cigar shop. He bought a cigarette which he lit immediately.

“ Is a believer meant to smoke and drink?” Sukki silently questioned in his heart, but Grace answered like she was reading his mind…

“ I know what you are thinking about, but don’t sweat it, because that’s why our church is different, Grace covers it all…”

Sukki didn’t understand this but it felt good…..

Mrs Banke refused showing the note to her husband, but kept praying through out the day. She asked God to restore this soul to her…

What made it worse was when she heard in her heart…

“ So if God gives you children, and one offends the other, is this how you will chase one away to make the other happy…?

Mrs Banke cried her eyes out through out the drive home, her husband had not checked for Sukki after service. He didn’t know he had disappeared, he thought his wife was still sulking and that was why she was crying, so he didn’t bother asking why she was crying…

If only he knew, Sukki was gone…

To be continued

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PART 17
“MY FATHER’S FARMLAND”
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

Eight months had passed and Ola was drawing close to her Expected Day Of Delivery. She had successfully hidden the pregnancy from her siblings. For those eight months, she did not give them the address of her new place. She tried to do video calls with them occasionally where all she did was smile back.

Ope had complimented her on several occasions that she was becoming fat and fresh.

Sukki on the other hand had been indoctrinated into the new lifestyle of the Church he joined after leaving Pastor Ayo. He had been taught that “All his sins in the past, the present one he was committing and the ones he was going to commit in the future had been taken care of”. Sukki therefore was able to continue in the sin of fornication once in a while.

However, the church made dissecting the Word very important. In 8 months, Sukki had read the New Testament 2 times. He was told the Old Testament wasn’t important.

The Senior Pastor of the Church particularly liked Sukki and in no time, he had made Sukki the youth leader. He had given Sukki a three bedroom flat and a car. The Senior pastor encouraged Sukki to go back to school, and with his connections, Sukki gained admission to do a part time course in one of the State Universities. Sukki was so happy he had found a place where he could serve God and his sin; past and present was not a big deal.

His pastor advised him to go home to see his father.

Sukki travelled back to his father’s place but met a bad news. His father had been hospitalized for about two weeks…

Ola had been having serious contractions for days. She had been in and out of labor for two days. At that point she had sent a message to her siblings as she noticed she was losing strength. Oba and Ope were shocked to see Ola pregnant. Ope kept proclaiming curses on Sukki. She wished she knew his identity.

Ola gave birth after 26 hours of painful labor. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, but suddenly she started bleeding uncontrollably…She passed out.

Meanwhile, Sukki was in the same hospital visiting his father. His father was happy to see him after 8 months…

“ Father, I am sorry for my absence. I met Jesus and I was scared you would disown me …”

“ Hmmm… Jesus… Destiny can not be averted!” Sukki’s father had said

“ What do you mean Father? Sukki asked

“ Hmmm Ifasunkanmi, Even as a herbalist, your mother and I had delay in childbearing for 15 years. Your mother got tired of the concoctions I was giving her and without my permission started attending a Pentecostal church far away from us. In 1 year of attending the church, she got Pregnant and by prophecy the pastor had told her the baby in her womb would become a pastor and own a big church. So if you have started following Jesus, I am not surprised…” Sukki’s father had said…

“ Me, a pastor?” Sukki reasoned quietly.

He spent a short time with his father and paid the necessary bills.

As he stepped out and saw Ope. He froze on the spot, he thought Ope was Ola. He didn’t realize Ola was a twin. He was surprised she didn’t recognize him, but he thought it was possible she was rushing out to get something… She looked worried…

Sukki stepped back to the reception to find out what her problem was..

“Her twin sister was bleeding after giving birth and she just passed out. The bleeding has stopped but she is yet to gain consciousness.” A nurse said

“ Can I see her please, I am a Christian.. I would love to pray for her.”

The nurse initially refused but on a second thought, she took him there. Sukki saw Ola lying unconsciously with oxygen plugged into her nose. Sukki sat beside her and knew this was strawberry.

“ How come she gave birth? Was she pregnant after my intercourse with her?” Sukki reasoned silently

Sukki knelt beside her praying for her. He prayed with tears flowing from his eyes. He begged God to please restore the life of the innocent girl…

After about 15 minutes of groaning in prayers, Ope and Oba came in. They didn’t know who the stranger was, but they joined him in the prayer.

Sukki decided to end the prayer. As he stood up, he introduced himself as Pastor Sunkanmi. He said he had heard about her from the nurses at the reception and out of compassion he had come to pray for her.

Oba and Ope expressed their appreciation. Sukki asked for Oba’s phone number as a way of checking up on Strawberry later. They both exchanged numbers.

Sukki stepped out and when he got into the car, he wept sore.

“ If only his parents had trained him up in the way of the Lord, if only someone had taught him about God, maybe His life would have turned out better…”

At that point, he felt he knew what he had to do…

He was going to start up his own church to train and teach people the right way. He had learnt enough from his pastor in eight months…

To be continued

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