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Mama Awero’s living room suddenly turned to a burial ground. Silence became king, and the faces present were like those gathered in mourning. Everyone seated was busy nursing his thoughts and trying to make a decision except me. My decision had been made although majorly dependent on what the choice of others turned out to be.
When Israel’s father arrived in the country on Monday, my best friend and I couldn’t wait to see him and get our goodies. We were so glad when we arrived at Mama Awero’s house that weekend and met Mr Clark waiting for us at the door. We spent the best part of our weekend with him as my friend couldn’t get enough of his father.
Here we are now and no one could have guessed that we were a happy family a few hours ago. Mama Awero’s health had taken a down toll for months and Mr. Clark came home majorly to check up on her and see how her health can be managed. He went to see the doctor after church and he did not come back with good news.
“Mama Awero, I’ll understand if you don’t want to come along but I cannot abandon my mission work to stay permanently here, there is a lot of work for me to do on the mission field. So, you have to make a choice before I come back next time. In the meantime, Joyce and a Nurse from the hospital will help look after you and since Israel has finished his final school leaving certificate examinations, he can choose to continue to stay with Michael’s family if they agree or he would come with me to the mission field”
“I understand all you have said, son. And I know we all have to make a choice which you have done but how do we make choices without knowing the will of God concerning the situation”
“Yes mama, and that’s why you have the next few weeks to prayerfully make a choice”
“But Dad, can’t you and Mum move back here? Why do you want us to leave everything we have and know and follow you to the mission field?”
“It’s alright son, we shall continue this discussion after our prayer time. Israel, please read Luke chapter fourteen from verse twenty-five to thirty-three to our hearing”
“One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters–yes, even one’s own self!–can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple.
“Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’
“Or can you imagine a king going into battle against another king without first deciding whether it is possible with his ten thousand troops to face the twenty thousand troops of the other? And if he decides he can’t, won’t he send an emissary and work out a truce?
“Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.”
“That’s the Message version of the Bible, right?”
“Do you see how your father made his choice? It is right for us to put it also before the Lord that we will make a choice as true disciples? Let us pray!”
It’s been an awesome journey so far😀. Thanks so much for following the series. The last episode drops next week. Stay tuned. You are loved🥰