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WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Women Must Not do This!

Women Must Not do This!

By Gideon in Blog, MARRIAGE on October 15, 2016

A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR HAS THIS FOR MARRIED WOMEN:
*Never raise your voice for any reason to your husband. It’s a sign of disrespect.
* Don’t expose your husband’s weaknesses to your family and friends. You are each other’s keeper.
*Never ill treat your husband’s friends because you don’t like them, the person who’s supposed to get rid of them is your husband.
*Never assign anyone to give attention to your husband, people may do everything else but your husband is your own responsibility.
*Never blame your husband if he comes back home empty handed. Rather encourage him.
*Never pretend to be sick for the purpose of denying your husband sex
*Never compare your husband to your one time sex mate in the bedroom.
*Never shout or challenge your husband in front of children
*Never allow your friends to be too close to your husband.
*Never be in a hurry in the bathroom and on the dressing table. Out there your husband is always surrounded by women who took their time on their looks.
*Your parents or family or friends do not have the final say in your marriage. Don’t waste your time looking up to them for a final word –
*Never base your love on monetary things. Will you still submit to him even if you earn more money than him? –
*Don’t forget that husbands want attention and good listeners, never be too busy for him.
*Never be too demanding to your husband, enjoy every moment, resource as it comes.
*Don’t associate with women who have a wrong mental attitude about marriage.
*A prayerful wife is a better equipped wife, pray always for your husband and family.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE ME, AN IDOL WORSHIPPER?

ME, AN IDOL WORSHIPPER?

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on October 15, 2016

I wondered why I was in the queue of accused at all. I am intelligent, aggressive, young, totally committed to my God. What am I doing here with this sheet of supposed sins in my hand I wondered?
I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t fornicate, I don’t steal, I am righteous. Others should be here not me.
It was finally my turn to face the Man.
I placed my sheet before Him, He glanced at it and sighed softly.
He looked at me and calmly said, ‘Guilty of idol worship.’
Imagine my anger, my fury, my indignation. I jumped out of the chair and said ‘Of course not! Check the sheet again, check the name, It can’t be mine.’
He sighed again and mentioned one of my names that no one knows.
I would not be stopped. It’s impossible’ I yelled. I worship only God, the Most High, Maker of heaven and earth, the King of kings and Lord of lords. I bow down to none, I have no talisman, no amulet, no pot underneath my bed.
‘You are guilty of idol worship’ He repeated calmly.
He looked at me, I looked at Him. It seemed like forever. The room was silent. I could hear the clock ticking.
Then slowly I understood.
I am never late for my British Airway flights but I am always late to church – I blinked.
My payments to unfaithful PHCN and water board are never late but I haven’t paid my tithes in three months – I looked down.
When meeting one of our local chiefs last week I would not even pick a call in the presence of earthly royalty, but I WhatsApp in church – I swallowed.
I wouldn’t interrupt my performance appraisal with my boss for anything but I missed church last week because of a movie on TV – I squirmed uncomfortably.
I wouldn’t let a day end without talking to my spouse but today I just said Hi God, Bye God. And I didn’t even pray last night – The room began to feel hot.
I would never miss going to the bank because of the weather but I missed fellowship of Tuesday nd Thursday because it looked really cloudy – It seems the AC in the room wasn’t working.
I would wear my party colors to party meetings and not care what anyone thought of me but I hate to talk to my work mates about God because of what they will think of me – Someone should fix this AC or put it on 0 because 10 was too hot for me.
I always have the latest tech toy you can think of but my bible is so worn out. I can’t even find book of Jude in my bible anymore.
I wished the Man would get a call and leave but He doesn’t allow anything to interrupt when He is with His children.
I felt so hot in the room, a nervous sweat on my forehead, I felt so ill and weak, all of my anger and self-righteousness was gone, leaving immense guilt in its wake.
I slowly got of the chair and knelt by His feet and said ‘I am sorry, I am guilty as charged, Guilty of idol worship, guilty of placing others; humans, toys; before You. I am guilty of idol worship.’
He smiled gently, looked at me with those passionate eyes of His full of love and He gave me a fresh sheet!
Deliver people from idolatry today.
Deliver souls, share with your friends and God bless you richly in Jesus name!

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther

Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on October 14, 2016

Samuel Crowther, of the Yoruba tribe, was enslaved in 1821 and put aboard a ship which was captured by the British navy. The freed slaves were sent to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where Crowther was baptized and, in 1827, became the first teacher to graduate from the Church Missionary Society’s Teacher Training College at Fourah Bay. He joined the 1841 Niger expedition, sent out by England to explore the Niger River, combat the slave trade, and open the country for legitimate trade. Climatic conditions prevented success, but Crowther distinguished himself. He was invited to England for further training and ordained in the Church of England in 1843.

Crowther worked as a priest in Sierra Leone but soon became a member of the Anglican Mission in Nigeria, first at Badgray and later at Abeokuta. There, by accident, he recognized his mother after 25 years of separation and baptized her in 1848.

Crowther preached in Yoruba, was a linguist. He translated the Bible into the Yoruba Language and was instrumental in the translation of the Bible into the Igbo Language, and the Book of Common Prayer and also published a Vocabulary of the Yoruba Language (1852). He believed that evangelization and trade should go together in order to bring peace and prosperity to the country.

In 1854 and 1857 Crowther was a member of two further Niger expeditions. The second suffered shipwreck, and Crowther did not return to Lagos until 1859. In 1855 he published Journal of an Expedition up the Niger and Tshadda Rivers, and in 1859, with J. C. Taylor, The Gospel on the Banks of the Niger, 1857-1859.

Crowther made frequent visits to England. In 1857 he was made head of the Niger Mission, and as the work prospered he was consecrated a bishop of the Church of England in West Africa in 1864 and also awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree by Oxford University.

As a bishop, Crowther faced many difficulties. There was local opposition, both African and European; his duties and rights were not easily defined, and he was short of African helpers. Many of his African staff came from Sierra Leone and found it difficult to live in Nigeria. But the work prospered, and soon there were more than 600 Christians, with 10 priests and 14 teachers and catechists. His task was hard, but the fact that he was an African bishop inspired many African Christians in the years that followed. He died on Dec. 31, 1891, and was buried in Lagos.

Are you a disciple!

By Gideon in Blog on October 14, 2016

A Pastor transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service. Only 3 people said hello to him, most looked the other way. He asked people for change to buy food because he was hungry. Not one gave him anything.

He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was told by the ushers that he would need to get up and go sit n the back of the church. He said hello to people as they walked in but was greeted with cold stares and dirty looks from people looking down on him and judging him.

He sat in the back of the church and listened to the church announcements for the week. He listened as new visitors were welcomed into the church that morning but no one acknowledged that he was new. He watched people around him continue to look his way with stares that said you are not welcome here.

Then the elders of the church went to the podium to make the announcement. They said they were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation. “We would like to introduce you to our new Pastor.” The congregation stood up and looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle.

That’s when all the clapping stopped and the church was silent. With all eyes on him….he walked up the altar and reached for the microphone. He stood there for a moment and then recited so elegantly, a verse from the bible…..

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he introduced himself as their new pastor and told the congregation what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and bow their heads in shame. “Today I see a gathering of people here but I do not see a church of Jesus. The world has enough people that look the other way. What the world needs is disciples of Jesus that can follow this teachings and live as he did. When will YOU decide to become disciples?

He then dismissed service until the following Sunday as his sermon had been given.-from web.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE 25 PRINCIPLES TO GROW YOUR MARRIAGE!

25 PRINCIPLES TO GROW YOUR MARRIAGE!

By Gideon in Blog, MARRIAGE on October 14, 2016

When you choose to settle down in marriage relationship, the next is to team together to build around the love that bounded you together and that’s the beginning of intimacy.

1. Choose to love each other even in those moments when you struggle to like each other. Love is a commitment, not a feeling.

2. Always answer the phone when your husband/wife is calling, and when possible, try to keep your phone off when you’re together with your spouse.

3. Make time together a priority. Budget for a consistent date night. Time is the “currency of relationships,” so consistently invest time into your marriage.

4. Surround yourself with friends who will strengthen your marriage, and remove yourself from people who may tempt you to compromise your character.

5. Make laughter the soundtrack of your marriage. Share moments of joy, and even in the hard times, find reasons to laugh.

6. In every argument, remember that there won’t be a “winner” and a “loser.” You are partners in everything so you’ll either win together or lose together. Work together to find a solution.

7. Remember that a strong marriage rarely has two strong people at the same time. It’s usually a husband and wife taking turns being strong for each other in the moments when the other feels weak.

8. Prioritize what happens in the bedroom. It takes more than sex to build a strong marriage, but it’s nearly impossible to build a strong marriage without it !

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE 25 PRINCIPLES TO GROW YOUR MARRIAGE!
9. Remember that marriage isn’t 50-50, divorce is 50-50.

Marriage has to be 100-100. It’s not splitting everything in half, but both partners giving everything they’ve got!

10. Give your best to each other, not your leftovers after you’ve given your best to everyone else.

11. Learn from other people, but don’t feel the need to compare your life or your marriage to anyone else’s. God’s plan for your life is masterfully unique!

12. Don’t put your marriage on hold while you’re raising your kids or else you’ll end up with an empty nest and an empty marriage.

13. Never keep secrets from each other. Secrecy is the enemy of intimacy.

14. Never lie to each other. Lies break trust, and trust is the foundation of a strong marriage.

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15. When you’ve made a mistake, admit it and humbly seek forgiveness. You should be quick to say, “I was wrong. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”

16. When your husband/wife breaks your trust, give them your forgiveness instantly, which will promote healing and create the opportunity for trust to be rebuilt.

You should be quick to say, “I love you. I forgive you. Let’s move forward.”

17. Be patient with each other. Your spouse is always more important than your schedule.

18. Model the kind of marriage that will make your sons want to grow up to be good husbands and your daughters want to grow up to be good wives.

19. Be your spouse’s biggest encourager, not his/her biggest critic. Be the one who wipes away their tears, not the one who causes them.

20. Never talk badly about your spouse to other people or vent about them online. Protect your spouse at all times and in all places.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE 25 PRINCIPLES TO GROW YOUR MARRIAGE!
21. Always wear your wedding ring. It will remind you that you’re always connected to your spouse and it will remind the rest of the world that you’re off limits!

22. Connect into a community of faith. A good church can make a world of difference in your marriage and family.

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23. Pray together. Every marriage is stronger with God in the middle of it.

24. When you have to choose between saying nothing or saying something mean to your spouse, say nothing every time!

25. Never consider divorce as an option. Remember that a “perfect marriage” is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other!- churchleader

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WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE How Apostle Ayo Babalola died

How Apostle Ayo Babalola died

By Gideon in Blog on October 11, 2016

HOW APOSTLE AYO BABALOLA DIED -PROPHET I.O. OGEDENGBE
Until his sudden departure to glory on Sunday 26th of July 1959, Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola showed no sign of illness. On Friday 24 July, he returned to Ibadan to attend the general council’s meeting slated for that day. On Saturday morning, July, Apostle Babalola conducted the Morning Prayer for ministers and members living in the residence of Christ Apostolic Church; Olugbode, Ibadan and prayed for everybody.
The same day, he sent two of his followers, Michael and another fellow to me at Ede that I should prepare a place for him to sleep. I never knew he was talking of his final sleep.

Apostle Ayo Babalola arrived Ede around 6:30 pm in the evening that Saturday and he was gladly received. Before his arrival, I had prepared my bedroom ready for him.
We ensured that nobody was allowed to rush into the bedroom with him; for it was Apostle Babalola’s habit that he never turned away anybody who came to him for prayer and counseling, no matter how weary he might be. After prayer, I informed him that his meal was ready. He declined to take any meal but requested to be allowed to have some sleep, because he had been holding series of meetings since the past nine days with little or no rest.

He woke up three hours later and took some tea and slept off again. At 4 a.m. on Sunday, he woke up, took his bath, took some tea and had his morning meditation without any disturbance. At 6 o’clock, I went to him in the bedroom and he began to talk about a great convention which will soon be held at his hometown, Odo-Owa.
He was speaking in parables, so I did not suspect that he was talking about his approaching death. He directed me to call in Prophet Babajide who was in the adjacent room. Both of us knelt down beside his bed and he began to narrate to us how he began his ministry. It was such a sublime experience. Both of us just listened; we did not utter a single word during the course of his narration. After this, we knelt down for prayer. The three of us prayed. I took the lead, Prophet Babajide followed.
When it was Apostle Babalola’s turn to pray, he prayed for a very long time, praying for the church, the leaders and for us too. After the special service, people came to Apostle Babalola in my bedroom and bid him farewell before leaving for their various destinations with joy and humor.

He bid everyone farewell and prayed for them. Nobody suspected through his speech or action that death was lurking in the corners. We left him alone to attend to those who were waiting to see him.
Meanwhile, Michael Osabi and Samuel Oluwatusin, the two young men who used to wait on him, remained with him as he took a nap. When he woke up, he called me and returned my covering-cloth to me. His action surprised me and I asked, “Baba, why are you doing this?”
He replied, “A man should sleep with his own clothes.” It did not occur to me that he was speaking of his imminent death. He advised me to go and have some sleep myself. By then, everybody else had gone to church for the evening service.

Around 5 p.m. as he lay on the bed, Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola breathed heavily three times, saying after, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” His breathing was like the rumbling of a rain-storm and there was a great vibration in the bedroom. As this was happening, his personal attendants (Michael and Samuel) ran to call me to his bedside before he gave up the ghost. We began to pray and quickly sent for the church leaders who had gone to church for the evening service.
We all prayed for his restoration. But while this prayer was on, the Lord opened my spiritual eyes to see what was happening in the heavenlies. The heavenly hosts had come to meet this great prophet and joyfully admitted him into the glory above. He had laid down his sword at Jesus’ feet. So he could not return to earth again. The church leaders and the elders who were present arranged for Apostle Babalola’s corpse to be taken to Efon-Alaaye that same night.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Apostle Ayo Babalola-C.A.C

Apostle Ayo Babalola-C.A.C

By Gideon in Blog on October 11, 2016

Joseph Ayodele Babalola was born on 25 April 1904 of Yoruba parents (Pa David Lawani Rotimi and Madam Martha Talabi Rotimi ) at Odo-Owa, Kwara State, Nigeria.
He was brought up as an Anglican. He was registered at an elementary school at Oto-Awori on Badagry Road, Lagos State, in 1914. He got to standard four, before he became a blacksmith’s apprentice and he learned it for two years, before he became a steamroller operator under the PWD (Public Works Department), then under the control of Great Britain, learning to become a steamroller driver. After 15 days of learning to drive the caterpillar, he was able to drive it without any assistance. After nine months; he became a master in his class. A steamroller was first given to him on 1st of April 1928 to work on the Osogbo – Ilesha road. On June 14, 1928 he was transferred to Akure–Ilesha road. On 9th of October 1928 at about 12 o’clock he was by his steamroller by the river Ariran, it was here he heard a loud voice from above like the roar of thunder which called his name thrice saying “Joseph! Joseph!! Joseph!!! Leave this job you are doing; if not, this year you are going to be cut off from the earth.” Again On 11 October 1928, while trying to repair his machine, he heard an audible voice from the Lord to abandon the job and start preaching. That is how he received the call and he went into fasting and prayer. Ayo Babalola was sent out of the Anglican Church of his village by his Bishop because most members of the Church see visions; speak in tongues and pray vigorously. Babalola was baptized in Lagos lagoon in December 1929

Ministry and healing.
In 1930 Faith Tabernacle affiliated with the The Apostolic Church with General Headquarters in the United Kingdom (and not British Apostolic Church, as erroneously called by some authors)
(1). Then following a schism in The Apostolic Church about 1940, Babalola went with a group led by Pastors J.B. Akinyele and D.O. Odubanjo to form a new independent church.
(2). Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), where he continued his healing and revivalistic activities until his death. The CAC regards Babalola as an apostle owing to his evident apostolic gifts that characterized his revival ministry as the beginning of the church, while in actual sense by real church ordination he was not at any time historically ordained into that office.
A CAC retreat center was built at Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State where Babalola was first called in 1928. However, it is pertinent to note that Babalola was not the sole founder of CAC as many claim today but one of the trio of CAC Founding Fathers.
(3). To corroborate this, on registration of CAC with Corporate Affairs Commission in 1943, Pastors Akinyele and Odubanjo occupied the offices of first President and Vice-President/General Superintendent respectively, while Babalola (who was junior to the duo in both Faith Tabernacle and The Apostolic Church), occupied the Office of General Evangelist. This error of founder-ship here pointed out needs to be corrected in history.
Although He died on 26th of July 1959, The Christ Apostolic Church has not died along with Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola. In fact it has grown rapidly over the years, with many churches under the Christ Apostolic Church name but each church with a specific branch name. The Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) a private Nigerian university located in Ikeji-Arakeji in Osun State, established by the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide is named after him, located at the place where he says he was called by God in 1928.

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE 20 Charles Spurgeon Prayer Quotes

20 Charles Spurgeon Prayer Quotes

By Gideon in Blog on October 11, 2016

This prayer quotes will ignite the passion of prayer in you and the church, for great revival and prevailing life.

1.“Frequently the richest answer are not the speediest. A prayer may be all the longer on its voyage because it is bringing us a heavier freight of blessing. Delayed answers are not only trials of faith, but they give us an opportunity of honoring God by our steadfast confidence in Him under apparent repulses.”

2.“If you want that splendid power in prayer, you must remain in loving, living, lasting, conscious, practical, abiding union with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

3.“No man can do me a truer kindness in this world than to pray for me.”

4.“Until the gate of hell is shut upon a man we must not cease to pray for him. And if we see him hugging the very door posts of damnation, we must go to the mercy seat and beseech the arm of grace to pluck him from his dangerous position. While there is life there is hope, and although the soul is almost smothered with despair, we must not despair for it, but rather arouse ourselves to awaken the Almighty arm.”

5.A prayerful church is a powerful church…”

6.“The fact is, the secret of all ministerial success lies in prevalence at the mercy-seat.”

7.“I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer.”

8.“Earnest intercession will be sure to bring love with it. I do not believe you can hate a man for whom you habitually pray. If you dislike any brother Christian, pray for him doubly, not only for his sake, but for your own, that you may be cured of prejudice and saved from all unkind feeling.”

9.“All our libraries and studies are mere emptiness compared with our closets. We grow, we wax mighty, we prevail in private prayer.”

10.“We shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.”

11.“Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is.”

12.“If a church is to be what it ought to be for the purposes of God, we must train it in the holy art of prayer. Churches without prayer-meetings are grievously common. Even if there were only one such, it would be one to weep over. In many churches the prayer-meeting is only the skeleton of a gathering: the form is kept up, but the people do not come. There is no interest, no power, in connection with the meeting. Oh, my brothers, let it not be so with you! Do train the people to continually meet together for prayer. Rouse them to incessant supplication. There is a holy art in it. Study to show yourselves approved by the prayerfulness of your people. If you pray yourself, you will want them to pray with you; and when they begin to pray with you, and for you, and for the work of the Lord, they will want more prayer themselves, and the appetite will grow. Believe me, if a church does not pray, it is dead. Instead of putting united prayer last, put it first. Everything will hinge upon the power of prayer in the church.”

13.“Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church.”

14.“I have not preached this morning half as much as I have prayed. For every word that I have spoken, I have prayed two words silently to God.”

15.”I always give all the glory to God, but I do not forget that He gave me the privilege of ministering from the first to a praying people. We had prayer meetings that moved our very souls, each one appeared determined to storm the Celestial City by the might of intercession.”

16.“The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of the first tokens of His absence will be slothfulness in prayer.”

17.“Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church.”

18.“I have not preached this morning half as much as I have prayed. For every word that I have spoken, I have prayed two words silenty to God.”

19.“I always give all the glory to God, but I do not forget that He gave me the privilege of ministering from the first to a praying people. We had prayer meetings that moved our very souls, each one appeared determined to storm the Celestial City by the might of intercession.”

20.“The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of the first tokens of His absence will be slothfulness in prayer.”

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE David Livingstone

David Livingstone

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on September 10, 2016

AN EXPLORER AND EVANGELIST
David Livingstone (1813-1872) was an explorer, missionary, and anti-slavery campaigner. He became a great hero of the Victorian era for his epic discoveries in the heart of unexplored Africa. He spent the last six years of his life almost cut off from the outside world, refusing to leave his beloved Africa.

David Livingstone was born on March 21, 1813 in the mill town of Blantyre, Lanarkshire, Scotland. His father was a committed Protestant Sunday school teacher, who took a literal interpretation of the Bible. His father’s religious influence played a key role in influencing the young David and he grew up with an aspiration to become a missionary himself.

From an early age, David was fascinated with geology, science and the natural world. Due to his father’s influence, he worried that science may conflict with religion. However, after reading Thomas Dick’s ‘Philosophy of a Future State’, David was able to reconcile religion with science.

Due to his family’s poverty, David had to work long hours in a local cotton mill from the age of 10 to 26. Despite the long hours, he found time to study after work. His work in the mills imbued him with a classic Protestant work ethic; this experience left him with respect and empathy for workers and worker-slaves.

In 1836, he entered Anderson’s College in Glasgow to train as a medical missionary. Due to the outbreak of war in China, it was suggested Livingstone travel to Africa to work as a missionary there.

Livingstone enthusiastically traveled to Africa where he strengthened his ideals of Christian missionary, greater scientific discovery, more commerce and the abolition of slavery.
However, in Africa he realised the difficulty of making converts to Christianity. During the 1840s he gained only one real convert to Christianity. He also narrowly survived death after being mauled by a lion. In 1845 he married Dr Robert Moffat’s eldest daughter, Mary. Although Mary had lived in Africa since she was four, she did not share her husbands interest in exploration. Although they had six children, David spent little time with his family, especially towards the end of his life. His wife Mary, came to suffer from alcoholism and David admitted one regret he had was that he didn’t spend more time with his family.

After this initial period, David Livingstone, increasingly turned his attention to exploration of the African continent which was largely unexplored by Westerners. Of particular note was his discovery (by a Westerner) of the great waterfall Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) waterfall. Livingstone renamed it Victoria falls in honour of Queen Victoria. In 1854-56 he made the first successful transcontinental journey across Africa from Luanda on the Atlantic to Quelimane on the Indian ocean.

Livingstone had great success as an explorer partly because of his ability to get on with local tribal chiefs. He travelled lightly without soldiers and this non-confrontational approach made it easier for him to be welcomed. He also had an ability to empathise with African locals and Livingstone was generally warmly remembered by native Africans – helping to improve relations between Britain and native Africans. On these expeditions he also toned down his Christian evangelism. He preached a Christian message but did not force tribal chiefs to accept it, like some of his contemporaries. However, although he had good qualities in endearing himself to locals, he was less praised by fellow members of his own expeditions. He was often criticised for his poor leadership and judgement being subject to different moods and intolerant of criticism. His fellow physician John Kirk said of Livingstone:

“I can come to no other conclusion than that Dr. Livingstone is out of his mind and a most unsafe leader”
– David Livingstone

However, other of Livingstone’s servants later expressed admiration for the steely determination of Livingstone in the face of difficulty and illness.

At the end of the 1850s, he resigned from the London Missionary Society to devote more time to exploration. He received a commission from the Royal Geographic Society and this helped fund an exploration up the River Zambezi. This exploration encountered many difficulties and was perceived to be a failure by many.

In 1866, Livingstone returned to Africa for a mission to discover the source of the Nile. He never quite attained this goal, but helped to fill in details about the great Lakes of Lake Tanganyika and Lake Mweru. Livingstone also helped identify Lake Malawi and Lake Ngami. Unfortunately on this expedition he again lost helpers due to illness or desertion. He also had supplies stolen. This ironically required him to depend on the help of slave traders, which annoyed him.

After suffering a variety of tropical illness’ throughout his life, Livingstone died of dysentery in 1872, aged 59. He passed away knelt in prayer.

His body was taken to England and buried in Westminster Abbey. However, the local African attendants were somewhat reluctant to give up Livingstone.
In the end they cut out his heart and gave back his body saying:
“You can have his body, but his heart belongs in Africa!”

BEFORE HIS DEATH
One year before his death, Livingstone was met by a correspondent from the New York Herald, Henry Morton Stanley. Livingstone had been lost in the heart of Africa for six years – his letters rarely getting through. It is said that Stanley famously found Livingstone in the town Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on 27th October 1871. He greeted Livingstone with the famous refrain. “Dr Livingstone I presume?”

Livingstone is said to have replied with.

“Yes, and I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you.”
One of Livingstone’s greatest achievements was to stir up public support against slavery with his writings, books (such as best-selling ‘Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa’ (1857)

“And if my disclosures regarding the terrible Ujijian slavery should lead to the suppression of the East Coast slave trade, I shall regard that as a greater matter by far than the discovery of all the Nile sources together.”

PART OF HIS QUOTES
1. “Dr. Livingstone, I presume? “Cannot the love of Christ carry the missionary where the slave-trade carries the trader? I shall open up a path to the interior or perish.”

2.“If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”

3. “Fear God and work hard.”

4. “I am immortal till my work is accomplished,” he wrote. “And although I see few results, future missionaries will see conversions following every sermon. May they not forget the pioneers who worked in the thick gloom with few rays to cheer, except such as flow from faith in the precious promises of God’s Word.”

5. “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of that kingdom, it shall be given away or kept only as by giving or keeping of it I shall most promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity.”

6. “People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?”

WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Evang Dr. Bola Are

Evang Dr. Bola Are

By Gideon in Blog, Life Sharing on September 1, 2016

Evangelist Dr. Bola Are was born on the 1st of October 1954 into the family of Elder & Mrs. T. A. Babayomi hailed from Erio in Ekiti State Nigeria. She attended C.A.C Primary School in Erio Ekiti and her Secondary School at C.A.C Grammar School Efon Alaaye (Caposto). She also studied Accounting at Ibadan Polytechnic. She obtained her Doctorate degree in Music in July 1985 at St. John’s University, Missouri U.S.A. Bola was gifted and brilliant. She started singing from the age of two and the power of God was greatly upon her even from the incipient stage of her life. She was brought up by four major prophets in Christ Apostolic Church – Apostle Ayodele Babalola, Prophet Babajide, Prophet Akande and Prophet T.O. Obadare. She spent most of her youthful time on the mountain and got her inspiration directly from the Holy Spirit. She founded Bola & Her Spiritual Singers in 1973 and produced her 1st musical album in August 1977 titled “Baba Kuse.” She had seventy albums to her credit till date. She got married in 1977 to Pastor J.O. Are, a banker by profession and a native of Owo in Ondo State who was later called into glory.
She is blessed with Children. Glory be to God in the highest, Bola Are had taken gospel across the world through her singing ministry. Like the wise servant who was given five talents and utilized them, she had expanded her music ministry in different fields.
WORD-AFLAME LEADERSHIP COLLEGE Evang Dr. Bola Are
Evangelist Dr. Bola Are founded her Spiritual Covenant Gospel Singers in July 1973 in C.A.C. Olugbode Odo-Ona, Ibadan. This group was the foundation of all Bola Are Gospel Music Ministries International today, which is called Bola Are Evangelical World Outreach Ministry International. Not until nowadays, it is unusual for an artiste to have personal Record Label Company. Okiki Jesu Record Label company was founded and registered in 1979 by Bola Are.
Except for the first & second album titled ‘Baba Kuse’ and ‘Jesu Jinde’ which were released under ‘Iroyin Ayo’ Records in Ibadan, up till today, all Bola Are albums were released under Okiki Jesu Record Label International. To the glory of God, 70 OJLP albums had been produced in the company till date. Bola Are School of Gospel Music International was founded on July 7th, 1990 to lead gospel musicians in the way of the Lord. The school is currently located at C.A.C Agbala Oluwa, Bola Are Street, Ogbere Idi-Obi, Beside Airport Quarters, Ibadan, Evangelist Dr. Bola Are founded a charity organization called Bola Are Gospel Foundation International to cater for the needs of less privileged in Nigeria in the year 1995. Evangelist Dr. Bola Are clocks 40 years on stage in October 5th 2013
– Bola Are & her Spiritual Covenant Gospel Singers Int’l
– Bola Are Evangelical World Outreach Ministry
– Bola Are Gospel Foundation Int’l.
– Bola Are Recording Studio Int’l.
– Bola Are Super Mart Int’l.
– Bola Are School of Gospel Music Int’l.
– Bola Are Okiki Jesu Records Int’l.——God bless her! Ask yourself as a woman what has been your contribution to the Gospel.