A Close Encounter With Nigerian Rebels In The Jungles of Nembe

It was in the year  2000….

Big and tall trees could be seen along the swamp while the rays of the sun break through the leaves. The place was so peaceful and quiet except for the sound of the wild birds. They were music to the ear! Air was so fresh! The deep forest was almost like a Paradise!

The speedboat which carried us from the Port Harcourt Base was zigzagging along the river. The trips were usually enjoyable and interesting. Life indeed had so much to offer! Our destination was to the Houseboats stationed along the swamp nearby the oil pipeline project in Nembe.

One evening we were unexpectedly visited by some rebels. Armed with long bladed weapons and guns they had demanded for some things they badly needed. It was a frightening “face-to-face” with them .What a life changing moment! There was nothing left to do but pray, deeply, and hoping to reach the Heavens instantly!

And God listened! The fear was soon gone. Lessons were learned. Life depended on its Maker!

Pray! Talk with Him heart-to-heart!

He has been waiting for you.

He loves.

He will always do.

We all are His children. Trust and strive to be happy!

Isaiah 45:12

It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.”

Penniless First Trip to America

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The sky was bright and the clouds were floating like white cotton balls in the air. The sun was up in the horizon as the chopper we were on was on its way to the oil pipeline project offshore of New Orleans. It was morning of February 1998.

“I am in America!” , I said to myself.  Thank God, it was a very beautiful sunny day!

It was the best time to converse with the Lord on my mind during the trip. I was grateful but gently  asked Him why He had allowed my pocket money to be lost in Amsterdam Schipols airport during transit. It was all the money I’ve got.

In my heart He said, “ It’s okay! You have nothing  in your pocket yet  you have entered America !”

It has become possible then to travel without money after all!

Isaiah 55. “Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water!
Are you penniless? Come anyway—buy and eat!……”

“…..I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you,
the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love.”

File photo: On board Castoro 12 during the Kashagan Project in 2011. The actual shot during 1998 helicopter flight in New Orleans is not available.

At Dawn in Papua New Guinea

The sun was shining bright across the sea early this  morning!

It was so good  watching  it  slowly  rising from the horizon.

The  orange background began becoming golden !

The scene brought  back home memories of  younger days.

At  dawn one could hear cocks crowing , announcing the start of a new day!

Squeaking sounds of water pump seemed to have said, “Here is water , it’s free! Take as much as you want! Unlimited!.

The pets and the plants were joyful! They knew someone would look after them too.

And this is life!

This is a day, not just any other day!

A precious time greatly offered from the loving heart of God.

For you.

May we be grateful to Him ? Thank God!

My Wife Reached The Summit of Mount Sinai And She Felt Blessed

God called Moses up Mount Sinai and gave him the Ten Commandments.

Most probably today, the tablet would be a “touch screen” and any one of the commandments may be easily searched by Google!!!(ha ha ha)

Anyway, God by His grace had blessed my wife Melba to see by  herself , reached the summit of Mt Sinai and came down obviously  happy and fulfilled…The trip to the Holy land was indeed a gift!

Today, perhaps, she may  want to say- ” It’s okay if one could not get there! There is a burning bush too right in one’s  backyard!

And the Ten Commandments? They are all written in everyone’s heart. We carry them everyday . So we sum up the Commands -Walk with  Lord at all times and relate  with the people around us.Life is for loving isn’t it?

Luke 10:27

“He answering, said: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

Childhood memories….

God is so good to have made our childhood a happy one! We were fit to climb trees, jumped over the walls, carried each other, ran the race, swam in the pond, bathe under the rain, flew against the strong winds, built paper boats & paper airplanes, made tin can cellphones, played with dogs,  chased butterflies….

We crawled on the ground, slept on the grass, watched the clouds during the day and the stars and the moon at night, greeted the sunrise in the early morning….

Those happy moments….They were enjoyed because G-d cared enough and gave   us friends too…and all throughout He has been  with us. How could we easily forget?

Isaiah 55:12

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.