After the transition of Pastor Nomthi, I was thinking of my father in the Lord Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, and I broke down at the thought of what he would have passed through all the months his wife fell ill. I was amazed at his commitment to his calling and the strength to minister while his better half was going through pains and agony. Pastor Taiwo was going through all these and yet blessing people, praying for people and rendering help where he could, but we had no idea what he was going through.
I know you’re probably thinking of the popular Yoruba saying “ore of sa ni igbekele mi,” which means my life is hinged on the grace of God, and so is my Pastor’s. But the truth is, we’re all human beings. The Bible even says that Elijah was a man of like passions like us. This goes to tell us that, minister of the gospel or not, we’re all human beings. Take, for example, Pastor Taiwo; since I’ve known him, the only request he has openly made is for PRAYERS.
I am writing this piece to join hands with you to pray for Pastor Taiwo and his family and also commit yourself to pray for your pastors. Rather than join hands with people to tear down pastors, we should begin to seek the face of the Lord on their behalf.
Are you angry with your pastors or even led to you leaving the church? Before you jump to that conclusion, do you know what he or she is going through? We treat our pastors like superhuman beings; we forget that they are married and some of them with children. Where they have children, this means they also pay school fees, maintain cars and do all the necessary things for a household. While fulfilling these duties, some members of the church also come in to collect from the little the pastors have. So before you begin to wallow in the anger that your Pastor couldn’t help you at a certain point, why not pray for him or her?