Part 31 - My Father's Farmland
When he returned to Las Vegas, he felt like a stranger in his own church. Austin had done a good job of keeping some of the members in church but some of them had disappeared because Pastor Sunkanmi was not around for 6 months.
He couldn’t stand the atmosphere of Godlessness he felt in the Church. As he stepped on the altar to preach, he started crying instead. Members were surprised and perplexed, not sure of what was wrong with their pastor...
Austin got up to the altar and silently asked Sukki to return to his office, but Sukki stood his ground. He controlled his emotions and spoke...
“ A man can not give what he doesn’t have, and most times a man’s ministry can be defined by his level of exposure and Spiritual depth. I say this with regrets in my hearts that for over 18 years of pastoring you, I have not fed you with the full portion of the gospel. I have only taught you a part of the gospel that I knew. Also, there are lies I have told you, which I didn’t know they were lies until recently. The past six months gave birth to the new and more informed me. The new me that realizes, that God is a righteous God and for those who want to be referred to as “His children” must make deliberate and conscious effort to flee from sin every time.”
The Church was extremely quiet. Sukki preached for one hour on the importance of consecration and sanctification.
The reactions were mixed, some appreciated him, while others insulted him, saying the 6 months he had spent in Africa must have affected his senses.
After two months of trying to change the Church doctrines and teachings without getting the positive result he expected, he felt he still needed more time with God.
He returned back to Nigeria and sat with God under the pastoral Mentorship of Pastor Ayo for two and a half years. Within those two and half years, he grew spiritually in fasting and prayer.
Austin however, could not handle the Church well, so the church in Las Vegas closed down on its own.
After two and a half years of intense spiritual purging, deliverance, Spiritual growth and mentoring, Pastor Ayo ordained him a pastor.
“ So what next?, What do you perceive the Lord is asking you to do, because I know by revelation that you are called to head a church ?” Pastor Ayo had asked Sukki one sunny Friday afternoon.
“Daddy, I saw a revelation before relocating to Las Vegas 18 years ago. I saw a man giving me a map, and he circled a location that started with LA..., I woke up not remembering the other letters. I automatically guessed it was LAS VEGAS, that was why I relocated there..”
“ Ok, then we need to query the revelation and find out what God has in mind for you...” Pastor Ayo had said
After months of prayers, Sunkanmi had the same revelation and the map was given to him again, this time he saw it well spelt out ... LAGOS.
Sukki woke up weeping, he woke up regretting how he had wasted 18 years in LAS VEGAS, because of his lack of Spiritual insight and growth. His Spiritual vision was not very clear back then because of his sinful life. He had mistaken LAGOS for LAS VEGAS.
That was the point, he decided to relocate finally to Nigeria. Austin and his family returned to Nigeria to join Sukki... Sukki was not married, so he didn’t have a problem relocating.
“Now do you see the reconciliation journey Sunkanmi took, which was unknown to you, Ola, yet you judged him based on his mistake with you 25 years ago?” FATHER had taken Ola through Sukki’s reconciliation journey...
“And Guess Where He is more righteous than you, He is wailing and weeping for your return.”
Ola saw Sukki praying with Austin in his room...
“Father, please let your Mercy that triumphs over judgement speak over Mrs Ola and Senator Oba’s life in Jesus name...”
Ola couldn’t stop her tears... Sukki was more righteous than she was..,
FATHER looked towards where Oba was and some valiant men brought Oba before HIM. Oba and Ola stood before him shivering...
“Now my judgement to you both....” FATHER was saying to Oba and Ola when a voice kept crying from a distance and running towards them...
To be continued
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