Part 13 - My Father's Farmland


MY FATHER’S FARMLAND
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde
“ Can you come with me to my house” Banke said as she kept wiping her tears. Ola had written out a summary of all that happened to her and her siblings...
Banke could not believe something like that could happen to a human being and that person could still have her faith strong in God. This thing about her not talking was terrible, she wanted to take her to her husband who was a pastor. She believed with prayers, the poor girl could recover her voice...
However, she was a bit skeptical about the validity of her story. There were a lot of fraudulent people in the country with different stories.
“ Your house? Why?” Ola wrote
“ Yes, with everything you have written, I am led in my Spirit to be of help to you, provided your story is true. I live in a duplex by the Grace of God with 5 rooms, my husband and I only use one room. Actually, we have been looking for a maid, so I could tell my husband you are the new maid... but I promise not to treat you as one... I don’t want you aborting this pregnancy... but before I can take you home, I will like you to take me to your siblings at the university you claim they are attending....
Ola rested her head on the head rest in Mrs Banke’s car.
“ Is this meant to be the next phase in my life or should I go back to my original plan and move in with the Landlady’s friend?” Ola kept asking herself...
She closed her eyes and asked the Lord in her heart...
“ I am with you...” Ola heard quietly in her heart
“ Ok, let me take you to my siblings, but please don’t tell them about the pregnancy. It will break their hearts..” Ola wrote.
Mrs Banke drove down to the university and she was able to verify Ola’s claims. Mrs Banke told them she wanted to help Ola as she was led to do so.
Oba and Ope agreed to the new move feeling comfortable with the arrangement as Ola won’t be alone in a house.
Ola was silent over her pregnancy.
Mrs Banke went aside to call her husband...
“ Honey, I have seen an orphan who we can help and also serve as the help we need. I have met her family ... I will give you more details when I get home.”
“ So what happens to the business plan you have?” Oba asked Ola
“ Right now, I need to heal from the rape, so this is not the time to start a business. That is why I am accepting her offer to be a maid” Ola wrote before she realized she had written too much
“ Maid?” Ope said in surprise...
“ What I mean is, she is looking for a maid, so while she is still on the search, I can always help around, since she has offered me a place..” Ola wrote
“ Ok..” Oba and Ope said...
“ I pray God be with you...All these will be over soon, by the time we are through with school, we will pay you back for this huge sacrifice.. We love you sis” Oba said...
Oba, Ope and Ola went with Mrs Banke to her house. Mrs Banke was living in one of the posh estates in the environment. Her house was more beautiful than Miss Johnson’s House. It was obvious they were Christians as the house had a lot of wall hangings proclaiming God’s names and scriptures.
Mrs Banke’s Husband was surprised when he saw three youths. After saying hi to the trio, he told his wife to see him privately.
After 25 minutes, Mrs Banke came out and took Ola to her room...
“ I feel the peace of God in this house and more importantly you will be safe from further sexual abuse” Oba said...
Oba ,Ope and Ola ate a delicious meal prepared by Mrs Banke. After 2 hours Oba and Ope went back to school, while Mrs Banke got familiar with Ola. She promised to take Ola back to her apartment the next day to pick up her belongings and money.
Towards Evening, Mrs Banke informed Ola they would be going for evening Revival service. It was then Ola realized Mrs Banke’s Husband was a pastor.
They travelled for about 50 minutes before getting to his church. The service was beautiful. Mrs Banke’s Husband was the pastor in charge.
When it was time for the prayer session, Pastor Ayo ( Mrs Banke’s Husband) climbed the podium and said...
“ Light shines and darkness can not comprehend it, We have someone in our midst, a new sister in our midst who was hit by a charm recently and that took her voice away..., As I sat down during the Word, it was impressed in my heart to ask the congregation to intercede on her behalf and I believe our Father will restore her voice”
“ Halleluya! “ Chorused the Church...
Ola was shocked at the love and hoped silently God was going to answer...
Ola was called out to be prayed for, but Ola was shocked to see someone in the front row that looked like Sukki..,
No! It couldn’t be Sukki, but she looked closely and saw that he was the one...Ola walked close to be sure he was the one... And Yes he was the one...
Sukki felt the ground should swallow him up... Strawberry was standing right in front of him...
“ Had she become dumb because of what had happened?” Sukki reasoned silently as he bent his head in shame...
Ola looked at Mrs Banke and her Husband as she felt she was in the middle of a plan... The only thing that came to her mind was to run..run as fast as her legs could take her....
Ola ran out of the church and stopped a bike. Since she was dumb, she couldn’t say a word... She just pointed ahead and the bike man said...
“ Junction?”The bike man asked
Ola nodded in the affirmative. She jumped on the bike and hit the bike man to leave....
Mrs Banke and Pastor Ayo had rushed out to catch up with Ola but she was long gone...
Sukki fell to the floor crying...
To be continued
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