Gbaarggg!, the content of the plate poured away and the soup shimmered on the soil. Audu just collided with a little, osteoporised boy who was happily carrying his plate of food. He hurriedly handed a fifty naira note to the boy as he took to his heels without hesitation. Ehhh!, the boy exclaimed as he began to pack the already soiled food into his plate.
Few minutes ago, Audu jumped out of the house through a window, carrying a bag in which he quickly packed a few belongings towards his unprecedented departure; completely outrunning his father who was chasing him with a machete.
Mallam Adamu, the treasurer of The Central Mosque, Kebbi is well known for his honesty and total conformity to the religious ethics. Audu, his son took after him in stature and physique and is believed to continue with the responsibility when he becomes well stricken in age.
The whole story changed as Audu became friends with one of the clerks in the city post office where he works as a gardener. Philemon who came from Delta state for his compulsory one year youth service got acquainted with Audu and preached the Good News to him. Audu who was reluctant eventually accepted the life after six months of persistent witnessing.
He became a member of the fellowship and became part of the body. His conversion and changed lifestyle was not noticed by his father as he was still consistent in the mosque and the regular activities as planned by himself and his friend, Philemon.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was the night when his father went to his room in search of his Qur’an, but he wasn’t aware he picked a bible.
Getting to the mosque, he opened it to read it but was completely startled at what he saw. Shock accompanied with bewilderment, he scurried out of the mosque in anger as he headed to his house.
“Audu, Audu!”, he shouted. Audu who was just coming from his place of work was informed by some neighbours and perceived danger looming. He didn’t hesitate as he took to his heels. He spent the night with Philemon who was encouraging him to be calm.
“Oga Lemon, I dey go Sokoto tomorrow. Kia! I no wan die”. Philemon is frequently called “Oga Lemon” by Audu who believes that is his name.
Audu quickly halted a bike who carried him to the bus stop as he leaves the state. In the bus, he already called Philemon and informed him about his ordeals. On the other hand, Mallam Adamu keeps threatening Philemon and the other members.
“Can we all mobilize prayers for Audu?”, Philemon and the brethren came together to continually intercede for Audu.
Many are out there like Audu risking their lives for the gospel, Can we also mobilize prayers for them?
Many also need to hear this Good News of salvation, can we witness to them?
I know one thing and I’m sure about it, Audu can’t die.
1 Peter 4:12-13.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Beyond words, we would be many!
We can’t be few!