What’s your favorite book of the Bible and why?
Wow, my favorite book of the Bible is the book of Judges. Judges. And why?
There’s a story in the book of Judges that’s close to my story, and that’s the story of Jephthah.
Yeah, because my father impregnated the sister-in- law. Then, according to our culture, that is a
taboo. The sister of—that’s my auntie. Auntie’s sister—that’s my mother. Then, my mother was
staying with her sister, then the husband of auntie impregnated my mother. And that pregnancy
is me. And when people realize that—when my mother realize that, she decided to abort me.
So, she tried to abort me for three times. She went to the witch doctor. You know, here in Africa,
we use much more, we believe more in witch doctors. So, she went to witch doctor, tried to take
concoction to—she took concoction to abort me. But three times, God sustained me, God hold
me inside. So, when I was born, my mother hated me so much that my father rejected me. So, it’s
like I grew up with my grandparents in the village. So, it’s really in the village. And I suffered a
lot. And it was a difficult situation. But by God’s grace, God has kept me, God has been helping
me up to what I am today.
So, it’s like when I read the story of Jephthah that was rejected, I feel also that to me it was God
that kept me. And today I’m a pastor—I’m pastoring a lot of people, I’m helping a lot of people,
and I feel that God kept me for this purpose. So, when I read the book of Judges and many of the
stories of Jephthah, I see that God has a purpose for each and every person no matter how you
come to the earth—no matter how you are born, God has good plan for each and every person.
So that book encouraged me so much.
That is just part of, half of my story. But, I passed through a lot of difficult situation starting from
my mother wanting to kill me, my father rejected me. In fact, my father died when I was 17, but I
never saw him—I just hear about him. So, it was a difficult situation that we cannot even
imagine, but God has kept me. So that when I hear someone has been aborted, or when people
are talking about abortion, I start feeling that God has got something for me. Because it was very
possible for me to be aborted. But God kept me, and I know that he has got a purpose, and it’s
what I’m doing now that I’m a pastor now.