Some of the most profound lessons I had learnt in life came from my interactions with children and the probing questions they asked. That was the case on this Sunday. I was approached after Mass by a little girl. What i recall about her was that she was smart, bold, confident and precocious. She said to me, ‘Please Fr. I need you to do me a favour. I need you to pray for my parents to become as rich as our neighbour, so that my daddy too can be happy. I love daddy but he is not always happy’. Need I say I was shocked? Just as I was about to engage her in a

more elaborate discussion, a couple approached and excused her. They said they needed to say hello to Fr. What began as simple greeting snowballed into a conversation. Before I turned, my little girl was gone. I felt bad. Let me digress a bit.

My reason for feeling bad wasn’t far fetched. A study was carried out on some children, the results showed that children up until the age of 4 are operating at the genius level. The same group of children were studied in their early 20’s and only 10% were still operating at the genius and brilliance level. Finally, in their late 20’s and early 30’s only 2% were still operating at the genius and brilliance level. The fundamental question now is, where did the brilliance and genius go?
It got buried in the society that snobs children. The society that constantly tells children that you can’t do this, you can’t do that. Consequently, by the time the child is 17 years of age they would have heard ‘NO’ 150,000 times and ‘YES’ only 5,000 times.

Now, this is the biggest issue. Psychologically, the more the child continues to hear what they can’t do, who they can’t become, there is a neurological path that is created in the brain of such a child that causes the child or the individual to shut down.

Now you see what happens to the genius and brilliance in the later lives of many a child? Jesus was indeed a child psychologist, that was why he cautioned his disciples who chased children away from him. ‘Suffer not the little ones to come to me’ (Mtt 19:14).

Now back to the issue the little girl brought. Would becoming rich make her dad happy? Well, let’s see how it goes. Look at it this way.

Haven’t you wondered why your classmate who finished top of the class isn’t necessarily the happiest today? Haven’t you wondered why your colleague with the choicest and juiciest position isn’t the happiest in the ministry? Haven’t you also wondered why your girlfriend who married the most eligible and charming bachelor isn’t the happiest wife today? The question then is, how do people derive happiness?

Some years ago Fela Kuti sang a song thus; ‘Human rights na my property, so you can’t dash me my property’. In the same vein, happiness is an intrinsic part of our human nature. It came fitted from the creator’s factory. Thus, no created one or thing can give you happiness. Everyone was born and wired with the capacity to be happy. Our default setting by our creator is to be happy people, but how we emerge happy or not from life’s experiences is a function of mindset. Little wonder scripture says, ‘for those who believe, everything works for good’ (Rm 8:28).

Finally, researcher and psychologist Carol Dweck found that there are generally two types of mindset that impact the way a person responds to challenges: Fixed mindset and growth mindset. A person with fixed mindset believes that when they don’t succeed at something such as missed job opportunity, they assume there is nothing they can do and the road stops there. They become unhappy.

On the other hand, a person with growth mindset sees the set back as learning experience, providing them with the feedback they need to evolve. Thus, they perform better and are happier. What type of mindset do you have right now? The important thing is that anyone can develop growth mindset with practice.

It is not too late to press the reset button and go back to your default setting because happiness is factory fitted. The choice is yours to make.


By Isaac Shemang

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The Prince and the Dark Horse

There was once a young prince who, having reached the age of majority, left home to live on a grand estate given to him by his father. He was told that if he ever needed help he was to put a light in the uppermost tower window, and his father would send a special horse and carriage to carry him to safety.

However, his father also warned him that an evil wizard, an enemy of the kingdom, lived not too far from his new home. The prince was told to be wary when setting his signal, for this wizard would also see this light and might himself send his own horse and carriage to carry the prince off to who knows what kind of danger.

Of course, this frightened the young ruler-to-be. After all, how would he be able to tell the difference? His father assured him there was a foolproof measure. Each time, before entering the rescue carriage, he was to closely examine the horse pulling it. A light-colored horse would always take him to safety, but a dark horse would always take him to danger.

As one might imagine, many of the ordeals that come with the ruling life befell the prince, each one causing him to put a light in the window. And for many months, because he was in such a rush to escape his castle when he felt in danger, he failed to heed his father’s warning; time and time again he neglected to examine the horse that came to get him. As a result he often found himself on one painful wild ride after another where, too late, he realized his inattentiveness was causing him as much distress as the condition he was trying to escape.

Eventually, he found the presence of mind-before he would get into the carriage that had come for him-to see if the horse pulling it had been sent by the evil wizard or by his father.

by Guy Finley

Reflection Questions

When you feel scared or distressed, who or what is your ‘dark horse’?

What usually happens to you (internally or externally) when you go with that ‘dark horse’?

Imagine that every time you instead choose to go with the ‘white horse.’ How might your life look and feel differently?

Every Drop Matters

Recently, when I was going to bed after using my bathroom, I started hearing sound of drops of water from the tap in slow successions, but since it was dropping into an empty bucket, I decided to let it be.

But, alas! When I woke up the next morning, around 5am, the bucket was almost full! I was surprised that just drops even in such slow successions could produce that much. I couldn’t help it, ‘Just drops?!’ I questioned rhetorically.

But the following night, I made sure that the tap in my bathroom was locked completely and I checked the bucket and saw that it was empty, though wet. Then I went to sleep.

I guess you already know what I saw the next morning. The bucket was not wet as I had left it, but it was now dry!

Then I realized the importance of a drop and how much difference it can make in all ramifications of one’s life compared to a dry tap.

Imagine letting the drops be for a year, I would be scooping with drums at the end of the year!

So, how about that drop of savings?

How about that drop of kindness and love everyday?

How about a drop of reading useful books today and every day?

How about that drop of a verse of the scripture today and every day?

How about that drop of prayer today and every day?

How about a drop of worship today and every day?

How about a drop of step towards your God-given dream today and every day?

How about a drop of giving into your heavenly account?

What virtue and discipline will you start today in little drops?

Never neglect the importance of a drop, for when the harvest time comes, you would have made a big difference.

*……Ponder on these thoughts*

Why We Shout In Anger

A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled ‘n asked. ‘Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?’

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because
we lose our calm, we shout.’ ‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.’ asked the saint.

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.

Finally the saint explained, . ‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other.

The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…’ The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper ‘n they get even closer to each other in their love.

Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other ‘n that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

He looked at his disciples and said. ‘So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.’

If You Want More Love in the World, Create More Love in Your Heart!

A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!! To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating somewhere in the mountain: AAAhhhhhhhhhhh. Curious, he yells, “who are you?” He receives the answer, “who are you?” and then he screams to the mountain, ” I admire you!” and the voice answers, “I admires you! “

Angered at the response, he screams! “Coward!” he receives the answer, “coward!” he looked at his father and asked, “what is going on?” The father smiled and said, “my son, pay attention!”

Again the man screams, You are a champion! The voice answers, “You are a champion.” The boy was surprised, but didn’t understand. Then his father explained, “people call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.”

it gives you back everything you say or do. Our lives are simply a reflection of our reactions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This applies to all everything in all aspect of life.


• Life will give you back everything you give to it.

• Your life is not a coincidence. It is a reflection of our behaviour, attitude and imput.

• ‎If you spend your life doing good to people, goodness will come back to you.

Lord help us to sow goodness today, in order to reap a future flowing with your abundant goodness, kindness and love.

Things aren’t Always What They Seem: The Story of Two Traveling Angels

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.

After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel, “How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him.” – she accused. “The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.”

“Things aren’t always what they seem.” – the older angel replied.

“When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren’t always what they seem.”


Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later…

Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight,
remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.

Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair,
there are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard-of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work,
think of the man who has been out of work for many months struggling to feed his family.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror,
think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking, “What is my purpose?”, be thankful,
there are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

Leaders! If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody will:The story of the busy cobbler.

There was a cobbler who lived in a village. Since he was the only cobbler in the town, everyone went to meet him to get their footwears repaired. He was so busy that he didn’t even have time to repair his own boots. This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to wear off and fall apart.
While he worked feverishly on everyone else’s shoes, his feet got blister and he started to limp. His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything is alright.

However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet, were so injured that he can no longer work, and nobody’s footwear got repaired. As a result, the entire town started to limp in pain; all because the cobbler never took time to repair his own boots.


If you are in a responsible position, and you are one of the important links, in the groups’ survival chain, and if you did not look after yourself, after a while, you’ ll be of no good to anyone else either.

Your best intentions will mean nothing and you will be unable to do what you are meant to do. This goes for leaders, social workers, teachers and parents, breadwinners and homemakers. If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody will.

Looking on the bright side

A world famous shoe manufacturer took a decision to expand his business, by setting up a new branch in a remote, little – known country. He called up one of his marketing managers and sent him to the country to explore the possibility of setting up a new factory there.

The young executive flew out the next day. But within 24 hours of reaching there he called his boss. “This place is not good for our business,” he said gloomily. “people do not wear shoes out here. We had better forget any notion setting up a factory here. It simply won’t work. I am catching the next flight.”

The boss was highly dissatisfied with the report. He had to set his heart on doing what he wanted. He called another young manager and sent him out with the same order. Within few hours of getting there, this young manager called his boss with great excitement. “This place is unbelievable,” he exclaimed. “our business is going to bloom here. These people don’t even know what shoes are like. When we introduce shoes here, we shall have a whole, new, untapped market. Please send in our planners and designers as soon as you can. We must set up a factory here, and win all the way.

(Extracted from “it’s All a Matter of Attitude.” by Dr. Prabha Sampath and Krishna Kumari)


What a difference a positive attitude can make? Where a pessimist looks and see despair, an optimist looks and sees hope. In the moments of sorrow, pains and difficulties, our mindset will determine how things will result. A transformed mind leads to transformed attitudes and behaviours.

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An engineer in a car manufacturing company designs a world class car. The owner is impressed with the outcome and praised him a lot.

While trying to bring out the car from the manufacturing area to the showroom, they realised that the car is 2 inches taller than the entrance.

The engineer felt bad that he didn’t notice this one before creating the car.

The owner was amazed on how to take it outside of the manufacturing area.

The painter said that they can bring out the car and there will be a few scratches on top of the car which could be touched up later on.

The engineer said that they can break the entrance, take the car out, and later re-do it.

The owner was not convinced with any ideas and felt like it is a bad sign to break or scratch

A Watchman was observing all the drama & slowly approached the owner. He wanted to give an idea if they had no problem.

They wondered what this guy would tell them that the experts could not give.

The watchman said “The car is only a few inches taller than the entrance so, Simply release the air in the tyre, the height of the car will sink and can be easily taken out”…

Everyone clapped!!!

Don’t analyse the problems only from an expert point of view alone.

There is always a layman’s outlook that gives an alternate solution at a given point of time…

Life issues are also the same….

Think Simple…

Do Simple and Live Simple

Because Originally we are Happy Souls..

Release Some Air … It could be our anger …. our disappointments… Our egos . Our confusions ..

In the end it’s all about Adjust The Height (Attitude) to make things easier in life and uncomplicate the things in life.

” Life is beautiful ” … “Enjoy every moment” … ” Seasons change” . ” Situations Change”
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When a third-grader Explains the existence of God

When given a third-grade homework assignment to “EXPLAIN GOD,” this is what 8-year-old, Danny Dutton, of Chula Vista, CA, had to say.

One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grown-ups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way He doesn’t have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.

God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times besides bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this.
God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere, which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting His time by going over your Mom and Dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.
Atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren’t any who come to our church.
Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and people finally got tired of Him preaching to them and they crucified Him. But He was good and kind, like His Father, and He told His Father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said “O.K.” His Dad (God) appreciated everything that He had done and all His hard work on earth so, He told Him He didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So He did. And now He helps His Dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones He can take care of Himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important. You can pray anytime you want and, they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.

You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God. Don’t skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.

If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.
But… you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases.
And… that’s why I believe in God.
By Danny Dutton

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A Reading From The Book of Mugabe: Chapter One

(This Biblical Parody was written mainly for the fun. While you enjoy it, pay attention to verse 17, maybe there could be a lesson to ponder upon.)
1 And it came to pass that in the two thousand and seventeenth year, the ruler of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe was frail due to old age.
2 He leaned more and more on the counsel of his wife, Queen Grace.
3 Now, the Queen’s face is as comely as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon,

4 but her heart is as cunning as a fox.

5 She thought to herself, ‘What stops me from ascending to the throne? I will do all in my power to succeed my husband.’
6 The people feared the Queen exceedingly, and whispered of her dark heart.
7 They said she told her maidservants, “Whereas my husband chastises you with whips, I will chastise you with scorpions.”
8 In the eleventh month, the King harkened unto the counsel of Queen Grace and deposed his second-in-command, Emmerson, son of Mnangagwa.
9 The princes of the Kingdom were struck with amazement.
10 The King’s cabinet murmured and murmured. The spirit of the Lord has departed from the King, they said, and his grace is no longer amazing.
11 But the King was unmoved and listened not to them anymore.
12 Queen Grace’s heart was lifted up in joy.
13 In the second week of the eleventh month, the words of Emmerson came to Constantino son of Chiwenga, the general of the king’s army saying, “hast thou not seen what that woman who calleth herself Queen of our Kingdom, caused the King to do unto me? Hast thou not seen how he forced me to flee to a strange land? Have I wronged him by my loyalty these one score and seventeen years? Behold, he is drunk deep from Grace’s bosom. I pray thee, brother, take action now lest the Queen moves against you and your household also.”
14 When Constantino the son of Chiwenga heard the cries of his friend, Emmerson, his heart grieved sorely, and he made haste to answer him,
15 “As God liveth, I promise thee my brother, the King’s action shall not stand. Far be it from me that this woman will rule over us!”
16 In great haste, Constantino sent emissaries to King Mugabe, saying:
17 “Oh, King, why hast thou dealt harshly with thy brother who fought by thy side against the British oppressors? Hast thou forsaken our brotherhood, which we formed in the bush when your wife was still in the womb? I beseech thee, oh King, do not let a woman come between you and your brothers.”
18 When the King heard the tidings of the General, he again sought counsel with the Queen.
19 Now, Queen Grace hated Emerson son of Mnangagwa with all her heart, for he stood in her way to the throne.
20 She tore her robes in anger, saying,
21 “Oh King, Constantino, son of Chiwenga has no respect for thee! Let the gods do unto me and more also, if you make not his life as the life of Emmerson this time next week.”
22 And with many such words, Queen Grace provoked the King and hardened his heart against his General.
23 The King then made plans to do to the General as he had done unto Emmerson.
24 Now, when Constantino son of Chiwenga heard of the evil that was to come upon him, he rallied his troops to rebel against the King.
25 On the 15th day of the eleventh month, the armies of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe encamped all around the city of Harare.
26 They seized the strongholds of the Kingdom, and seized also the Palace of King Mugabe.
27 Then they confined the King to his bedchamber until he had no other choice than to resign.
28 And the people celebrated, making merry and giving praise to the God who answereth them and delivereth them from Mugabe.


A Brief Background of Hausa Christians in Nigeria
Hausa is a tribe and not a religion. Hausa people are predominantly found in the Northern part of Nigeria and other parts of African countries like Niger, Benin, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Sudan, Togo, Gabon, Algeria, Congo, and Burkina Faso. But originally, the Hausa people are from Nigeria.
Hausa as a tribe and its people predate the advent of Christianity and Islam. Just like any other tribe in Africa, some people among the Hausas accepted Islam as their religion of choice, while others accepted Christianity as their religion while others still adhere to the practice of the Hausa traditional religion (Maguzanci, which the Hausa Muslims refer to as the Maguzawas to mean infidels). In other words, the Hausa people existed even before the coming of Islam or Christianity. Hausa language is the most predominantly spoken language in northern Nigeria. The language is spoken by both the Hausa people and other people living in northern Nigeria. Predominantly, the Hausa Christians are farmers. They believe in using their hands to feed themselves and even give to others and never be over dependent on the government or anybody. Throughout the north, you will never find a Hausa Christian begging on the streets or going from one public office to another begging for money or food.

It is unfortunate that most of those that preferred to practice Islam see themselves as superior to any other person in the Hausa community. They through force manipulated their ways into the hemp of every affair of the Hausa people. They rise to the position of power and block every way for other Hausa people, either Christians or Traditional worshippers to come in. They instituted Islamic leaders as traditional rulers to govern the entire Hausa people. They make both Christians and Traditional Worshipers to be answerable to these so-called traditional rulers who govern the people according to Islamic laws. Most publications that were done on and for the Hausa people were done in favor of Islam. The Hausa Muslims authors tried to associate the origin of the Hausa people with Islam although it is not true. The Hausa language on its own has lost its originality, as in the Hausa Language has been adulterated with too much Arabic words. It is a thing of pride to the Muslims to interchange Arabic words with Hausa words and make them to look like Hausa words. About more than 40-60% of the words used in the Hausa Language are Arabic Words.

Just like the Hausa Muslims, the Hausa Christians are also living in their good numbers in Northern Nigeria. They practice their religion and contribute immensely to the socioeconomic development of Nigeria.

For a very long time, in fact, right from the emergence of the Islamic religion in Northern Nigeria, the Hausa Christians have suffered several attacks, persecutions, marginalization and all forms of oppression from most of the Hausa and Fulani Muslim people. They use the media as their great tool for propaganda and keep deceiving the world that all Hausas are Muslims except a very few that practice paganism which they usually refer to as the Maguzawas. And so they gain the favor of other Islamic countries to keep dominating the Hausa Christians even till today.

They tried as much as possible to deny the Children of the Hausa Christians admission into all the levels of education in the Country. They delight in infringing on our rights. They use riots to burn our houses and churches, loot all our valuables, rape our women and kill our men and women. It has come to the point that our people don’t benefit from the government of the country. Whenever any Hausa person applies for Job with a Christian name, they disqualify him or her on the basis that there is no anybody with a Christian name that is an indigene of the North. They have forced our people into changing their names just to secure admissions and job opportunities in the country that supposed to be for both the Christians and the Muslims. Life is becoming unbearable for our people across the Northern Nigeria, our farms are forcefully taken away from us by many of the Emirs and Hakeemis, Our young girls are kidnapped, raped and forcefully converted to Islam, and the young men suffer all forms of discrimination in the society.

Our homes are incapacitated by bad roads; there are no healthcare facilities in our settlements, no roads, no electricity, no portable drinking water and any form of social amenities as dividends of democracy from our governments.

We have been turn down to worse than second class citizens in our country because we are Christians. We have endured all forms of slavery even in the 21st Century. These Traditional rulers and the Islamic religious leaders have vowed never to allow any Hausa Christian to hold any political office in the Northern states of Nigeria.

We have highly educated people, but caged down by the unjust treatments of most of the Hausa Muslims in Nigeria.

Life for us is getting out of control, all hopes seem to be lost, a plan to extinct us is underway except we accept Islam. The Nigerian government seems to be silent about everything our people are passing through. The Christian Communities seem to be afraid to call the people and the government to order. The Muslims communities are forcefully advancing their ungodly acts against our people and life is losing its meaning as days go by.

The most tragic condition the Hausa Christians found themselves in is such that they don’t know where to run to for help. Whenever the name Hausa is mentioned, all that first comes to the minds of the other Christians from the southern and eastern part of the country and even some other parts of the world is: Islamic militants, jihadists, rioters, injustice, murderers, and the persecutors of the Christians in Nigeria. The Christians from the east or the south hardly trusts the Hausa Christians. We suffer all forms of discriminations from both the Muslims and the Christians side because of the evil the Hausa Muslims do. They use the harm some of the Muslims cause the Country to judge everybody from the north even we that are Christians. To the Muslims we are infidels, good for slavery and slaughtering, to the Christians from the east, west and south, we are not genuine Christians. They treat us with suspect, that we might one day harm them like the Hausa Muslims do.

On this note, came the birth of the Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO). We will stand for, in, and with the truth to say the truth about what we face, and encourage our people to shine the Light of the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ even at the expense of our lives.

We are simply asking for justice to be done. We need help from the Christian Communities from around the world. We need help form the United Nations to come to our aids and intervene in our situation.

We are willing to partner with any well-meaning individuals or organizations to restore hope and smile back in the lives of the Hausa Christians Communities in Nigeria.

God bless Nigeria,

God Bless the Nigerian Christians

God Bless the Northern Nigerian Christians

God bless the Hausa Christians

God bless the Hausa Christians Foundation (HACFO)

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The 99 Club: A Club where all Humankind Belong

Once upon a time, there lived a king who, despite luxurious
lifestyle was neither happy nor content. One day, the king came upon a servant
who singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the king; why was he, the
supreme ruler of the land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so
much happiness. On seeing this, the king asked the servant, “Why are you so

The man replied, “Your majesty, I am nothing but a servant,
and my family and I don’t need much – just a roof over our heads and warm food
to fill our tummies,”
The king was not satisfy with the reply. Later in the day, he
sought the advice of his most trusted advisor. After hearing the king, the
advisor said, “Your Majesty, your servant is not yet a member  of THE 99 CLUB
“The 99 club? And what exactly is that?” the king inquired.

The advisor replied, “Your majesty, to truly know what the 99 club is, place 99
Gold coin in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep.”
When the servant saw the bag, he took it to his house, and
let out a great shout of joy. “So many Gold coin!” he exclaimed.
He began to count them. After several counts he was very
convinced that there were 99 coins. He wandered. What could have happened to
the last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave only 99 coins. He looked
everywhere he could, but the last coin was nowhere to be found. Finally,
exhausted, he decided that he was going to work harder than ever to earn the
missing gold coin and complete his collection.
From that day, the servant’s life was changed. He overworked,
unhappy, and castigated his family for not making him make that 100th
gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked. Seeing this drastic
transformation, the king was puzzled. When he sought his advisor’s help, the
advisor said, “Your Majesty, your servant has joined The 99 Club”
He continued, “The 99 Club is a name given to those who have
enough to be happy, but are never contended. They are always yearning and
striving for that extra missing
thing. Let me get this last and final one, and I will be happy for life.”

Source: 205 Inspiring
Anecdotes with Short reflection, by Fr. Anil Rego


can be happy even with very little in our life, but the minute we’re given
something bigger and better, we want more!!! We lose our sleep, our happiness,
we hurt the people around us. We lose all this at a price of our growing greed
and desire

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Now, it’s difficult to piece together what is going to become of Zimbabwe after now, however history gives us a peek at the key actors in the drama currently playing out.

Now, this is the story you dont’t know.

Mugabe the deposed President of Zimbabwe, Constantine Chiwenga the Head of the Zimbabwean Military and Mnangagwa the sacked Vice President of Zimbabwe are all friends, very good friends, they are comrades.
The three men were in their 20’s when they entered the bushes and took part in the liberation struggle to free Zimbabwe from white rule. Mugabe who was initially the Sect General of ZANU PF, became the head of state, the other two men were equally given plum positions of power and have continued as the 3 musketeers presiding over the destiny of Zimbabwe for 37 years.

Sometime in the 90’s – Mugabe, the first musketeer fell in love with his personal secretary who happened to be another man’s wife at the time, the lady’s name was Grace and she became his mistress. While Mugabe was still married Grace had children for him. In 1996 they became man and wife after the death of Mugabe’s first spouse.

But Grace was no ordinary mistress turned wife, she was not ready to take a backseat, she turned herself into Mugabe’s political confidant, she used the bed and made her way to the very centre of Zimbabwean politics straining the relationship between Mugabe and his two comrades.

Mnangagwa the 2nd musketeer after many years of loyalty became Mugabe’s Vice President in 2014, paving the way for his eventual hold on power should Mugabe retire, resign or die. But Grace had other ideas she wangled her way into ZANU PF’s politburo and began her move to take out Mnangagwa and take power from her ailing husband.

In August 2017 Mnangagwa accused certain persons in the party of trying to poison him and made references to Grace. This didn’t go down well with Mugabe, how could anyone accuse his beautiful harmless Rose flower. What Mugabe forgot was that boys are allowed to fight but the brotherhood must stay strong and united. In a move that shocked everyone (but didn’t shock his beloved Grace) , he removed Mnangagwa from the position of Vice President, Mnangagwa not sure of what Grace will do to him fled to South Africa.

Now, in comes the 3rd musketeer Chiwenga Head of the Zimbabwaean military, a friend and brother of both Mugabe and Mnangagwa, “this is all the fault of one woman”, he is probably thinking in his mind, ” we were one until this woman came. I trust Mnangagwa to takeover, I don’t know this woman; by the way, where was she when we were sleeping in the bushes before the liberation”.

Chiwenga sends a warning to Mugabe advising him to put his house in order, the first time he has ever spoken this way to his senior comrade. Thinking Mugabe will take the signal, call him, negotiate and talk things over a cup of tea. NO! Mugabe does the exact opposite, he sends his Minister of Information to tell the Army General to stay out of State matters, Mugabe then finalises plans to sack Chiwenga. The military chief at this point knows his brother and comrade in arms has drunk deep from the strange woman’s bosom, it’s not him speaking anymore, so he rolls out his tanks early this morning. He’s therefore right when he says,”this is not a coup” ; when you really look at it, 3 friends have only fallen out over the ambitions of a woman.

Latest reportś say Mnangagwa the 2nd Musketeer is on his way back from South Africa, i’ve just seen a report he’s been installed interim President. The 1st Musketter Mugabe is under house arrest. The 3rd Musketter is in the saddle promising calm and quick elections. The 3 men have held Zimbabwe under lock and key for 37yrs, this is nothing but a change of baton. Zimbabwe needs a real revolution out of the hands of the veterans of the liberation struggle. In the 21st century Zimbabwe is the frozen out Animal Farm in George Orwells celebrated work.

Meanwhile the woman Grace, who started the whole katakata, I hear has fled the country leaving her beloved husband who sacrificed everything to face an uncertain fate.

16 million Zimbabweans could not remove Mugabe but a woman did.

Mama was always right when she always told me, “son – be careful who you fall in love with and eventually marry”.

A lesson to all men.

Draw Near to God, and He Will Draw Near to You

There was this young
boy called Jim. He always felt the need to pray. He decided that each day, he
would go to church three times for two minutes prayer. In the morning, he would
walked into the church, kneel down, and say, “Jesus, this is Jim”. 

Then he
would leave the church. In the afternoon and evening, he would come back again,
and say his favourite prayer “Jesus this is Jim.” He continued doing this for
months but he was interrupted for by illness. His illness made him to be
admitted into the hospital. His parent would only visit him once in a week because of their financial statues. Hence he was left in the hands of the hospital care giver whose
availability was minimal. 

However, each day
people come to the hospital ward in which he was admitted to visit other sick
patients, they always see Jim brim with happiness. Jim’s sick neighbor inquired
about the secret of his constant happiness. Jim replied, “When people come to
greet their love ones, someone always come to greet me and he always say, ‘Jim
this is Jesus’”

  • Draw near to God, and he will draw near
    to you. James 4:8. God is always close to those who love him, especially in
    times of trouble.
  • Any amount of time spent with in
    communion with Jesus is always enriching and rewarding.
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