What are some challenges you have come across in ministry?What has the Lord taught you in these challenges?
Ay, lots of them. But the Lord has been faithful and has been good. One of the challenges is, you’re looking at somebody because… I’m 37 now, but the time I was coming to the Lord, I was a teenager, 19 or somewhere.
And to seriously be a follower of Christ at that time, and you’re breaking link with your peers, that was a difficult thing to do. But because my heart was set for Christ, I said, “I am going.” And we’ve been encountering so many things. We’ll go to some place to preach the gospel and there people will not receive the gospel, and they’ll be telling all sorts of things… so many things! So many things.
And at the same time you’ll be tempted, you see, meeting the old peers, the old friends that you used to hang around with. And you meet them and they mock at you, they laugh at you, they think you have made a wrong decision, they think you have gone crazy simply because you have given your life to Christ—all those things!
And the most difficult one was now breaking the links with Catholicism, because my whole family was Catholic. And I was the only one who had come to the Lord, and I was attending a different fellowship, a different church. That didn’t go well with most of my family members—my mother, my brothers and my sisters, they were all against my decision to move out of Catholic. So I said, “Please. It’s my life. It’s my life, and I have decided to follow Christ. So whatever you do, whatever you say, that won’t change my mind.” So I’ve gone through some persecutions, because they wanted to force me back to Catholic. And I said, “No. I can’t go back.”
So, those are some of the things that I have come across. And if I talk about some other issues, well, it’s just part of pastoring the ministry, yes.
One thing I can boldly say, the Lord has taught me is to put my trust in Him, and in Him alone. Because several times, when you put your focus on the wrong things, when you focus on people—people, they change. People, they can disappoint you; people have let me down. So, I’ve learned in all the things I have gone through, I have learned, put my focus on Christ and Christ alone. And He has never disappointed me—He never fails.