I have been in pains!
If you follow me on Instagram, you will notice, I put up my pastor and coach's picture last weekend because I was heart broken.
He is Pastor Goodheart Ekwueme, the outgone (as much as I hate to use that) resident pastor of my local assembly in Abuja. I and all those who knows him, are going to miss him soooooooo much, it hurts.
Because he is not just a Pastor, he is a real christian, one who defies any condition to please God, a fiery teacher of righteousness, a revivalist and great friend. These qualities are rare in our age where there are lots of deceptive religious gimmicks all over town.
I came as an almost naive 28 year old girl into a new city (Abuja) at the time, I found my way to this local christian assembly and got stuck. Coming from a Deeper Life background myself, switching to House on the Rock was for me a whole world of self discovery and getting my self worth. More so, God used this man of God to polish me to a finesse in a way that this blog space cannot contain. I owe my business, blog success, life decisions and many good things to God who used this man and his lieutenants to teach me righteousness.
So, you could see my trouble when on Thursday, October 13, 2016, he gave a 15 minutes account of his stewardship of serving as the under shepherd in House the Rock Abuja and announced that day as his final day as resident pastor having been released by his father in the lord, Pastor Paul Adeolu Adefarasin.
We cried...in fact we were mostly 'useless' that weekend as we did not understand ...
How could God ask our pastor to leave House on the Rock as Pastor and go on a new assignment which in fact he said he struggled with - this realisation, for 2 whole years? We cried and asked, searching each other's faces.
But we know that God is sovereign and since he is directing him and us all, it is for the best.
In fact this incident, made me more resolute to hear and Obey God no matter whose ox is gored.
Then came Sunday October 16, which for me is the best part!
Kai, you know I love men and women whose lives are examplary because they adopt a set of positive values and live by it. So it was such a 4 hour service where the Presiding Pastor of all House on the Rock churches world wide, Pastor Paul Adafarasin was present to receive first time guests, tell us his brokenness to yield to God who directed Pastor Goodheart to leave and also announced a befitting send forth event for Pastor Goodheart. He led a celebratory session and we all gave God glory for the gift for a man like Pastor Goodheart and his wife Abimbola Ekwueme, even though they were not in that service but had proceeded on a spiritual retreat.
Knowing my pastor of 8+ years, I feel he did not also want the over 4, 000 people almost mobbing him, and make him cry more with their own tears assuming he was in attendance because he couldn't have also 'escaped' people because of his good naturedness. So I feel, it was better he was not even around.
Pastor Paul Adefarasin took his time to speak to volunteers, staff and leaders of the parish through his deep pain (he was visibly fighting tears throughout) and encouraged them to be steadfast in service to God at all times. He said we must obey God in all things and strive to be planted in Him in order to prosper in His assignment over our lives. He also as a matter of fact, dispelled the rumours of rancour that has been trailing the resignation, saying that Pastor Goodheart has served well, gone through hand over processes, and did not resign for any quarrels or misunderstanding but said he purely wants to obey God. He gave instances of what so-called men of God have even counselled him to do in the situation- quite ungodly counsels and how we must be careful of taking devilish counsels from people we think or perceive as Christians because they are in church. He took time to also explain that God consoled him with 3 messages - he must trust him and not be anxious, he must be magnanimous and also he must go forward.
|The Citadel and Towers on Sunday as Parishioners hurriedly made their way to the first service without Pastor Goodheart but excited that Pastor Paul was in the house.|
The service healed most of us, like me, because I can only be more challenged to live a transparent, non deceitful, but in total yieldedness to God having been constantly reminded through the lives of these great kingdom men, Pastor Paul Adefarasin and Pastor Goodheart Ekwueme.
I love the coming revival and I celebrate God for men that follow Him sincerely, pointing our generation to righteousness.