A 24-YEAR-OLD PASTOR IN CAMEROON IS HELPING HUNDREDS DISPLACED BY CONFLICT

A 24-YEAR-OLD PASTOR IN CAMEROON IS HELPING HUNDREDS DISPLACED BY CONFLICT

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Youth Minister Heline Babiene Eweni

CAMEROON:

Every day, promptly at 10 PM, Heline Babiene Ewene kneels or paces within the silence of the room and begins to pray. In her prayers, she implores God to supply her with increased courage, ability, and “grace”, “so that I would keep doing the things I do.”

And what she does is to provide support for vulnerable and needy Cameroonians who have been severely impacted by the ongoing conflict between separatists from Anglophone Cameroon and government troops.

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Eweni hands a bag of food items to a woman in Kumba

Through the Exceptional Youth Initiative, a youth-only group she founded for providing free community-cleaning services, Eweni continues to carry out her humanitarian activities. She recently registered it as a non-profit and is currently supporting people in need.

Just late last year, the group’s effort was further boosted with a $US35,000 grant from the Future African Leaders Foundation (an initiative of Nigeria’s popular Pastor Christ Oyakhilome), where Eweni was nominated as the winner of its Future African Leaders Award, recognizing her great contributions to human happiness. Since the start of the nation’s conflict, through the grant as well as public fundraising, Eweni has provided free natal support to nearly a dozen others in Kumba, her hometown, and has assisted hundreds of displaced pregnant women and girls in accessing free laundry and sanitary products.

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Conflict in Cameroon

The organization’s activities have expanded since the award to incorporate providing livelihood support – small non-refundable business funding – to women, as well as food items to households in Kumba, especially while being in the midst of the coronavirus-sparked lockdown in Cameroon between March and June of this year. To start or support their existing small businesses, at least 10 women in Kumba have been given 50,000 Franc each (about $US92). Packs of food items that include vegetable oil and bags of rice from the organization have been received by approximately 130 displaced women and families.

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Eweni delivers a relief package to an older man’s home

The young teen’s pastor has also delivered back-to-school materials to over 1,500 school kids who need them most.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Blessings, and my warmest greetings to you all, my dear brothers and sisters in the faith. Welcome back to my blog! It is such an honor to have you here, and I am excited for all that God is about to do through this site as we progressively charge forward into the year. I pray that this week’s analysis not only imparts fresh knowledge into you, but that it equally equips you with the ability to make the biggest impact you possibly can on this world for Christ!

Moreover, I must say that it is beyond easy for us to be focused on only the negative things that are happening around us. Just take the news and mass media, for example. These days, we hear so much about disease, natural disasters, crime, violence, misfortunes, and the like, yet it is incredibly rare for an uplifting story to even be talked about or willingly spread on a grand scale. This does not necessarily mean that there are only negative things that are happening in the world… it simply means that the world’s focus is more on calamity than hope, actual progress and achievement, which is the true and righteous outlook of the believer.

Towards the beginning of the book of Luke, the Bible talks of how an angel brought to the shepherds in the field “good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). This good news was the message that God had arrived on the earth in human flesh, and that the Kingdom of God was and is currently at hand. Children of God, I want you to understand that with God, there is always a plethora of good news, since God is light and within him there is no darkness (1 John 1:5). Since God carries no bad news in him, we should operate from such hope and never concentrate on the doom and gloom that is spread abroad in this fallen world.

The story of this week focuses on a powerful young minister who, even during these troubling times of the Covid-19 pandemic and global economic crisis, was able to help hundreds within her nation that were going through severe challenges. What an incredible feat this young minister has accomplished already in regards to making a mark on this world for Christ and operating in the Great Commission. Let me tell you that it does not matter what may be troubling the world, the Kingdom of God must and will always advance.

In order to see change for the better, we cannot allow the work that we do for God to be paused, hindered, or compromised by what is happening around us. The Bible says that we are the light of the world, a city that cannot be hidden (Matt 5:14). When the world gets darker, we shine even brighter. When things become clouded and confusing, we are to be the trailblazers that point multitudes back to Christ.

Bi-weekly Homework:

  • I challenge you not to be dismayed by the Covid-19 pandemic going on right now. Meditate on Psalms 91 and focus especially on what it says regarding pestilence/infirmity. Pray it and believe it!
  • Think of how you are going to impact the world for Christ right now. Now is the time to shine your light! You can lead a Zoom bible study, write an e-book, start a blog, create a YouTube channel, start writing songs/poetry and sharing on your social media, etc! There are countless ways to spread the gospel, even while social distancing and in quarantine. It’s time to fan into flames that light and fire that God placed inside of you!

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UBER LAUNCHES MEDICINES DELIVERY SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA

UBER LAUNCHES MEDICINES DELIVERY SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA

World Economy

SOUTH AFRICA:

Just recently, Uber Eats’ South African Unit expanded its delivery offerings, launching an app-based over-the-counter medicines service as it desires to increase market share in the rapidly-expanding shopping center in Africa’s most industrialized economy.

Uber Eats, a unit of U.S. ride-hailing service Uber Technologies, already has a gargantuan share of the country’s $600 million food dispatching market.

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Moreover, Uber Eats has leaned towards implementing the “marketplace” strategy — combining ride-hailing and grocery deliveries and other services on a single mobile phone app that already has over 2 million users in the country, the business conveyed in a statement.

Its latest onrush into the delivery sector is in partnership with local health group Medicare, which allows its app users to purchase over the counter medication, operating in more than 50 clinics and pharmacies across the nation.

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“The nationwide lockdown and restriction in movement created an immediate need to accelerate our business in increasing the accessibility to daily essentials,” general manager of Uber Eats South Africa Shane Austin told Reuters.

“Which is part of the reason our focus has been towards on-boarding various other merchants onto the app, aside from just restaurants.”

From a standing start in 2016, Uber Eats now has two-thirds of the Australian markets. Picture: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

According to the recent Digital Market Outlook, information portal Statista predicted South Africa’s market of e-commerce would experience an annual compound growth of 11% up to 2024, with the number of online shoppers growing from 25 million currently to nearly 37 million.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Shalom, brothers and sisters around the world… blessings and Happy New Year to you all! I welcome all of you on this page, and I thank you immensely for reading my posts and supporting this powerful ministry that is continuing to wildly spread and catch fire across the globe. You all are absolutely incredible.

As we delve into the topic for this week, I decided to write about the world-renowned delivery service, Uber Eats, a company that many of you are probably very familiar with. I did so in order for us to observe from them ways we can transform our own lives, that are expressed vividly in scripture. We all know what Uber eats is widely known for… its food delivery services. Yet who would have thought that such a company originally and solely associated with food would expand it’s array of services to intelligently adapt to the current pandemic climate.

Now, even though Uber Eats is just an ordinary worldly enterprise, I believe something powerful can be learned from them. The Bible says in Rom 8:28 (KJV), “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Just like Uber Eats is managing to adapt and thrive in the midst of a global economic crisis, we as Christians can do the same, in fact even more so, in seasons both lovely and troublesome. Since we as his children are born again in the spitting image of the Almighty God, failure and lack are very foreign to our nature. Because of Jesus Christ, success and abundance are in our DNA!

Ps 1:3 vividly describes a person who is rooted in God, saying “he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Even in troublesome “winter seasons”, the tree described in this scripture is healthy and productive, able to bear fruit every time in due season. Just like this tree, we can do the same. It does not matter what season we may find ourselves in. Even in the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic season, through the power of Jesus Christ that lives on the inside of us, we can most definitely bear plentiful fruit.

In accordance to your life, bearing fruit may look like an expansion of your ministry, an increase in income, obtaining a degree with high grades, tying the knot in marriage or even having a baby on the way… as Children of God, we are designed to thrive at every stage of our lives… no matter what is going on in the world around us. I challenge you today to allow God to completely shift your thinking in order to see divine tangible results in your life. Rom 12:2 (KJV) reads, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Allow God to renew and refresh you daily, and empower you to adapt and overcome in every area of your life, in order to live in ultimate fullness and maximum potential the supernaturally abundant life that God has for you.

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In 2021,Over 10 Million Children in Nigeria And 6 Other Countries May Face Acute Malnutrition

IN 2021, OVER 10 MILLION CHILDREN IN NIGERIA AND 6 OTHERS MAY FACE ACUTE MALNUTRITION

Ajaba Ombacha (17 months) is assessed to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition and is now doing an appetite test in the examination room in a flooded Verteth. He is sitting on his mother Tamuto Kokoli's lap.
17-month-old Ajaba Ombacha is assessed to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition and is now doing an appetite test in the examination room in a flooded Verteth

AFRICA:

Approximately 10.4 million children in seven countries, including Nigeria, are estimated to suffer from acute malnutrition within the year 2021, according to a statement from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said last Wednesday.

“As 2021 approaches, UNICEF is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of 10.4 million children projected to suffer from acute malnutrition next year in those countries,” the statement said, citing the affected countries as Burkina Faso, Sudan, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, South Sudan, Yemen, and Niger.

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF said that limited access to essential services, socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing insecurity in the DRC will result in an estimated 3.3 million children, under the age of five, will suffer next year from acute malnutrition.

Over 800,000 children in Northeast Nigeria are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition, including almost 300,000 who are gauged to be at imminent risk of death.

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Aissata Kanitao, 6 months, eats ready-to-use therapeutic food at her home in Mopti, central Mali. Aissata suffered from acute malnutrition so severe that she stopped moving.

According to UNICEF, 1.4 million children – the highest number of children since 2013 – will face acute malnutrition in South Sudan next year, due to insecurity and ongoing conflict, as well as limited water, health care and hygiene services.

Within the countries Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the number of malnourished children could increase by 21 per cent to a staggering 2.9 million amid conflict, displacement and climate shocks in these Central Sahel countries.

Displaced Yemini children pictured on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen

The number of malnourished children in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso could increase by 21 percent to an astonishing 2.9 million amid displacement, climate shocks and conflict in these Central Sahel countries.

UNICEF also warned that more than 2 million children presently suffer from acute malnutrition in Yemen, and the figure is expected to further rise in 2021.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Blessings, my brothers and sisters. Shalom, and Happy New Year in advance! I know that for many of us who are reading this post, we are currently enjoying valuable time in the presence of loved ones to the best of our ability in this Covid season. Likewise, for many of us, the fiendish effects of poverty and famine are very distant from us… which is truly something to give God praise for. Yet on the other hand, for multitudes around the world- young children in particular- it is painful to say that this is currently not the case.

Malnutrition is considered to be a major “silent pandemic” that has been ravaging nations around the world long before Covid-19 began to. In younger populations, the effects of it have already been quite detrimental. Yet before we question God in our hearts, wondering why such a terrible thing as this would cause such massive pain and suffering to his created people, let us first turn to scripture to see exactly what the Lord has to say about these times.

Matt 24:7 reads, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.” This scripture describes what will be witnessed on a global scale during the end times, signaling the near coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus mentioned that in the end times, there will be famines… and believe it or not, the end times are actually right now! We are in the “eschatos” as Apostle Peter describes, meaning the end of the end (of this age). Therefore, malnutrition should not surprise us, as Jesus quite clearly foretold of terrible things such as this.

Yet the Bible also says that no man knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ coming (Matt 24:36) and that we are to occupy the earth until he comes (Luke 19:13). Children of God, Jesus does not expect us to simply groan hopelessly about the wickedness of the world, idly waiting until he raptures us out of such sufferings. No! God wants us to dominate this earth, ruling over and destroying the powers of this world that are responsible for global malnutrition, famine, poverty, civil unrest and the like.

It’s great that this Covid-19 pandemic has managed to catch world attention and awareness, however, I don’t care how many people want to fight what I am about to say… it’s simply the honest truth. I am not debunking the seriousness of the Covid-19 virus, however, this pandemic is definitely not the only pandemic raging the world this very moment, and not even the most widespread one at that! I don’t even have the time today to talk about the mental illness pandemic amongst malnutrition and many others.

Therefore, do not allow yourself to be deceived or paralyzed in fear during these end-times, and do not feed solely on what the main media is deceptively spewing. There is more currently going on in this world than Covid, yet do not fret. The Word of God says that from the days of John the Baptist, the Kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force (Matt 11:12). This scripture highlights the fact that if we want change in this world, we have to work towards implementing it. Whatever happens is what you allow. Therefore, as children of the Almighty God who have the power of Jesus Christ living inside of us, let us not only strive to end the Covid-19 pandemic, but every other pandemic in this world that has been inflicting pain and suffering on peoples around the world to this very moment. It is time to not only be hearers of the word but DOERS of it! (Jas 1:22)

Bi-weekly Homework:

Gather more information from news articles that are not related to the topic of Covid-19. Just because the world has temporarily shut down economically, doesn’t mean that it has shut down spiritually or in any other area. Educate yourself on various things that are going on today that are not solely focused on what the mass-media is falsely hyping up. Stay well-rounded and informed!

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Ghana’s Capital BusinessWomen Support Northern Counterparts

GHANA’S CAPITAL BUSINESSWOMEN SUPPORT NORTHERN COUNTERPARTS

Violet Amoabeng from Skin Gourmet buys shea butter from women in the north. Dec 9, 2020 (Stacey Knott/VOA)

GHANA:

Many women have faced multiple challenges in the underdeveloped northern region of Accra Ghana, a region with few economic opportunities and high levels of poverty. In order to combat this and economically thrive, businesswoman in the capital are helping by working with northerners to create unique products to sell in both international and local markets.

Some women-owned businesses in Accra are working with other women and non-profits about 700 kilometers north, sourcing raw materials for their goods, such as shea butter.

Obtained by extraction from the nut of the African shea tree, the butter is a staple in Violet Amoabeng’s line of natural beauty products. 

She says that to help women keep the next generation out of poverty through economic empowerment is one of the primary goals of Skin Gourmet, her business.

Mobarika Awudu, from Northern Pride Smocks, has seen livelihood improvements in the women she buys fabrics from. Dec 6, 2020 (Stacey Knott/VOA)

“We ensure that they are able to use the profits or the money they get from our purchases to improve their livelihoods by doing things like building clinics, taking the children to school or ensuring that they have a job,” she said.  

Mobarika Awudu takes pride in purchasing handmade fabrics from local women to support women in the north and make bags for markets in Accra. She is very much aware of the hardships in the region, as her father came from a northern village.

She says women’s economic independence has become especially important this year as incomes were stretched from COVID-19.   

“Some of them are doing well, they have started with weaving alone, now they have apprentices that they are training as well, especially now that the schools are in lockdown lots of the girls are now learning how to make a livelihood from weaving,” she said. 

Awurama Mankatah from Threaded Tribes says she enjoys working with women weavers. Dec 5, 2020 (Stacey Knott/VOA)

Threaded Tribes puts a modern twist on traditional fashion, in turn encouraging young people to appreciate African fabrics. Awurama Mankatah sources her fabrics from across Africa, including from women weavers in Ghana’s north.

“The fact that they are women makes me happy,” she said. “There are barely any men weavers, to be honest, because they are on the farms, even the women being on the farms, too, but the weaving is the women’s’ business. Being a woman – and a black woman at that – it’s amazing, it’s so amazing to be able to do this with women, to be honest, it’s great.”   

Although the north is known for producing quality materials enjoyed all across the globe, there are limited and few economic opportunities there, forcing young people to move south, many to already crowded cities.

Much more needs to be done to help young women build their futures in the north, including investments and improved education, business and livelihood conditions, entrepreneurship expert Sheena Lovia Boateng says. 

Businesswomen in Accra are working with women in the north of Ghana to make unique products to sell locally and to international markets. Dec 6, 2020 (Stacey Knott/VOA)

“In terms of development, when you look at all the different regions in Ghana some of the most deprived can be found in the north, so it’s only fair that given that they’re giving us so much of value at least we give back a bit to ensure that the community also thrives,” she said.   

More investments and commitment to sustainable business practices would come with improved economic development in the north, leading to better outcomes for all, she said. https://videopress.com/embed/IJuMl7Kr?preloadContent=metadata&hd=1

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Shalom, and a merry merry Christmas in advance to all of you, my beloved siblings in the faith! No matter what each of us are doing this week, one thing is for certain that we can agree on… Jesus is not just the reason for the season, he’s the reason for life at its very core! Nevertheless, as we celebrate Jesus’s birth, let us continue to do the work of the Kingdom and spread the good news of the gospel.

For this week, I was excited and overjoyed as I stumbled upon this incredible news article that highlights, showcases and celebrates women entrepreneurs. I believe that many within this world fail to understand that women, just like men, are created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). This means that not only do women (as well as men) look like the exact replica of the Creator… they are created to function like him as well.

Child of God… I don’t know if you are fully understanding this revelation. Just as the Creator creates, so must both genders in this life! This means that women were not created to simply “exist…” to make babies, cook, clean and die. Absolutely not! God has divinely placed within the inside of a woman the power to create, incubate, multiply, expand, and the like. The mentality that women exist simply as objects without value is a demonic mentality and has nothing to do with God and his design.

I will continue to give voice to and strongly advocate the statement that women belong in industry, politics, and ministry, and they are absolutely instrumental and invaluable to the expansion of the Kingdom of God on earth. Moreover, on a separate note, please do keep in mind that money in itself is not evil. The Bible says that money answereth all things (Ecc 10:19) and the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10). Therefore entrepreneurship is most definetely a kingdom mandate that belongs to both genders, as money is a very needed medium for spreading the gospel. After all, even Jesus Christ had Judas Isariot as his treasurer (John 12:6)!

Nevertheless, let us continue to support women in order to become powerful end-time financial apostles for the kingdom. In these dire last days and perilous times as the Bible describes (2 Tim 3:1), women need strong support now more than ever. God has serious work to be done through both genders, and it is going to take a lot more than a few more likes on social media to accomplish what God wants to do through his countless daughters across the globe.

Women who are reading this blog, get encouraged, and get excited… because God has great plans for you that are incomparably bigger than you. Men who are reading this blog, the same is true for you. Believe it, receive it, walk in it from today!!

Canada Aims To Bring In More Than 1.2 Million Immigrants over 3 Years

CANADA AIMS TO BRING IN MORE THAN 1.2 MILLION IMMIGRANTS OVER 3 YEARS

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has made immigration a key pillar of its plan to boost the economy [File: Blair Gable/Reuters]
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has made immigration a key pillar of its plan to boost the economy

CANADA:

Canada strives to bring in over 1.2 million fresh immigrants over the course of the next three years as the nation attempts to fill gaps in its labor market and boost the economy, both of which have been hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic.

While speaking with reporters in Ottowa, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said the federal government aims to accept 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022 and then 421,000 in 2023.

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Welcome sign for Canadian new-comers

“Canada needs more workers,” he said, “and immigration is the way to get there”.

“Before the pandemic, our government’s goal to drive the economy forward through immigration was ambitious. Now it’s simply vital,” said Mendicino, who tabled the new immigration targets earlier in the day.

Several of Canada’s key industries, including food processing and farming, rely on migrant laborers

Robert Falconer, an immigration policy researcher at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy as well as a refugee, tweeted that if the government attains its goals, then the next three years will be “the highest years on record since 1911.”

Canada’s immigration system has long been held up as a model, as it has historically brought in skilled workers as well as refugees and individuals seeking to reunite with family members already in the country.

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Canada seeks to increase immigration levels in the near future

The immigration system of Canada has long been held as a model to other nations, as historically, it has brought in skilled refugees and workers, as well as individuals seeking to reunite with family members who are already within the country.

Due to the pandemic, the nation closed its borders to most immigrants in March. Throughout the month of August, it had settled 128,425 newcomers, Reuters news agency reported – less than half of the 341,000 – person target it had set for 2020.

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Crowd of Canadian immigrants

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

My warmest greetings to you all, my beloved brothers and sisters of the faith. Welcome back to my blog! Shalom, and God bless you dearly. Before I continue, I want to thank you first and foremost for reading my posts. It means the world to have you supporting this ministry that God has entrusted to me. As you read and share, the gospel continues to blaze forth into uncharted territories. Therefore, please do feel led to like, comment, subscribe and share! I’m eager to hear from you!

Delving into this week’s topic, I believe we can all agree that immigration is quite a controversial topic, especially within the Western World. Yet as Christians, we must be aware that Jesus Christ calls us to possess a different viewpoint and outlook on the things of this world, especially since the Bible describes us as being God’s very own ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). Keeping this in mind, I think it is absolutely essential to comprehend from GOD’S perspective what actually makes an individual a part of his people.

In studying the book of Esther, I believe we are able to see the topic of immigration from an entirely different view… In fact, it may just shock you. Est 8:17 (KJV) reads, “And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.” I want us to center in on that very last part of the scripture: And many of the people of the land became Jews. This is quite astounding… let’s dissect this.

Some people think that the nation of Israel was merely based on race or ethnicity, implying that God’s favor was based on racial superiority. But when we study scriptures such as Est 8:17, we find that this far from the truth. Those that feared the God of the Jews were grafted into the Jewish nation, therefore denoting that God sees the composition of a nation as being far more than skin deep. Allow me to shed some light on this truth: what binds a people together is more than skin or even blood… the heart and spirit are deeper and stronger.

Another scripture goes on to explain how Gentiles (unbelievers/outsiders of the faith) are “grafted in” to the Body of Christ, becoming united with Jesus Christ and gaining citizenship among the people of Israel (Eph 2:11-13). Obviously, it is quite clear that our God welcomes “immigrants of the faith” with open arms, not being concerned of new-believers “stealing the callings” of other seasoned believers (a clever analogy for the well-known complaints of a nation’s immigrants “stealing jobs” from other seasoned citizens).

Therefore, Children of God, let’s not despise influxes of immigrants into our nations, since we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) and think with a Heavenly perspective on all things, including politics. If God welcomes newcomers into the faith who revere him, then from a physical perspective, we should not shut our nation’s doors to people who need our assistance and our willing to respect what we believe. Christianity is deeper than “feel good encouragement.” It is a way of life that reflects the nature of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom in everything we do, including how we treat others who differ from us.

Bi-Weekly Homework:

Re-evaluate who is in your closest circle of influence (besides family… family is your most important ministry). Is your main circle of influence comprised mainly of people who look like you or people who will sharpen you as a person? Strive to always have the latter. If you don’t have these type of people around you, pray that God would remove negative influences in your life and send you positive people to change your perspective and take you to new levels in life.

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Cameroonian Girls Pursue Soccer Dreams,Defying Prejudice

CAMEROONIAN GIRLS PURSUE SOCCER DREAMS, DEFYING PREJUDICE

CAMEROON (SPORTS):

At the time that Gaelle Asheri initially began playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home in Cameroon’s capital, she was the only girl on the informal local neighborhood teams that kept score by chalking results on a wall and who used stones as goal posts.

Asheri, 17, and her teammate Ida Pouadjeu, 16, are now a part of the first set of girls to receive training from professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy in Yaounde. It was set up for the purposes of fostering female soccer talent in a nation where many still view the sport as a man’s game.

“I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl,” Asheri says.

The interest in women’s soccer is growing globally. Cameroon’s national side in the Women’s World Cup, known as the Indomitable Lionesses, was one of the three African teams to qualify.

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The star player of the team, Gaelle Enganamouit, was the brains behind RFA – the first female soccer academy in the West African nation.

Currently, the academy trains around 70 girls, most of whom coming from low-income backgrounds.

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“Here they have everything: coaches, jerseys, training equipment, a physiotherapist, and the guidance we give them all the time. Gaelle really wants these kids to be the next generation,” Asheri says.

Initially, both girls had faced considerable opposition from family members who were worried that the sport was unfeminine. Yet neither had been deterred by such prejudice.

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“I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back,” Asheri says.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Blessings to all of you, my dear brothers and sisters of the faith. Shalom, and welcome back to my blog! I am so excited to be communicating with you all this week. I pray that all of you are continuing to travel from glory to glory and grace to grace in life, and that everything that concerns you is going beautifully well. For this week, I chose such an inspiring topic because I am going to be talking about something that everyone needs to hear, so lean in to your electronic device, as we will be delving into the topic of …. (drum-roll please)

Having God-sized dreams!

That’s right! Notice how I did not simply say to have “big dreams.” Oh no no no. You are far too extraordinary to even settle for having “big” dreams. Child of God, I’m talking about having GOD-sized dreams! The kind that may get you laughed at or criticized at first, but will then evolve into revolutionizing the lives of multitudes of people and the world around you.

The Bible talks about how without a vision, God’s people perish (Prov 29:18). Jesus Christ is literally communicating to us through his word that if we are not driven by divine dreams on the inside of us, not only will we live unfulfilled, but this type of living will eventually kill us! Please, listen to what I am saying. We are not designed to simply go to work, pay bills and die. Absolutely not! Humans are spirit beings who have a soul and live in a body. We are made in the image of the Creator of the Universe (Gen 1:27), meaning that we do not only look like God, but we are manufactured to function exactly like him as well!

Do you know what this means? it means that we have an immeasurable amount of creative ability to invent, design, renovate, implement, become, trailblaze, etc. God has designed us not to fit comfortably into the cookie cutter niches of this empty, carnal world but to bring a fresh fire to the table that no one has ever seen before. God has called us OUT of the darkness of this world (1 Pet 1:9) in order to live the higher life of fulfilling the divine destinies that he has for us, that are even bigger than our own selves.

Allow me to ask you, what is it that you have always dreamed of accomplishing for God, where if money, expertise, support or materials were not a problem, you would strive to do? Everyone needs to have that burning passion inside of them to do what is bigger than themselves, because this is what it is to live. Life is not about simply existing. Most people simply exist. Life is about living. And to live, it involves expanding the Kingdom of the Living God through passions that branch outward from the depths of your spirit being to every area of your life and ultimately the lives around you.

Remember, the Bible says that faith without works is dead (Jas 2:26), and that it is impossible to please God except through faith (Heb 11:6)! It’s time to get to work for God!

Bi-Monthly Homework:

Write down one humongous and amazing thing that you’ve always wanted to do for God. Next, pray on it, that God will equip you with everything you need to get it done. Afterwards, break your dream down into manageable goals, and go for it! Life is much too short not to strive for greatness!

Police Make Arrests Over Nigerian “Baby Factory”

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POLICE MAKE ARRESTS OVER NIGERIAN “BABY FACTORY”

750,000 to one million people are trafficked every year in Nigeria

NIGERIA:

Police have arrested two suspects in Nigeria’s Ogun state at a so-called “baby factory” run by a woman who had been released on bail.

According to Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state police spokesperson, a girl who had been lured by the operator of the baby factory escaped and reported the matter to the police.

Pictured: The women and children rescued from the facility on Tuesday, that was being run by a woman who was alleged to have paid men to impregnate the women

TCV news further reports that officers then raided the area, rescuing 10 girls- four of them already pregnant.

The age of the girls was not revealed by media reports.

Pictured: A still image from a video last year of a victim held captive in a similar factory raided in 2019, where children were going to trafficked and sold - £1,000 for a boy, £700 for a girl
Pictured: A still image from a video last year of a victim held captive in a similar factory raided in 2019, where children were going to be trafficked and sold- £1000 for a boy £700 for a girl

The daughter of the woman behind the entire operation was one of the ones arrested, who has been charged with human trafficking and also released on bail.

The other suspect is a man who police suspect to be responsible for raping the girls.

A woman and her baby

Stories such as these, of so-called “baby factories” in Nigeria, are not uncommon.

They are run solely for the purposes of impregnating the girls and selling the babies.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Shalom everyone, and blessing to all of you. As we progress further into the holiday season and approach Christmas and New Years, although it is such a marvelous season to be in the midst of, remember that we must stay vigilant and sober (1 Pet 5:8), always being in tune with the Spirit of the Living God. Of course, there is nothing wrong with celebration. In fact, the Bible even tells us to do so. Eccl 8:15 (KJV) reads that “a man hath no better thing under the sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.” Through this scripture, King Solomon is writing through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that there is nothing better to do on this earth than be happy and “live your best life!”

However, in doing so, let us never for one day neglect yearning to help people who are afflicted, oppressed, and are currently in a worse life situation than you and me. Even though Jesus desires for us to live life abundantly and to the fullest, he also desires for our character, heart and actions to perfectly model after his own. Isa 61:1 (KJV) reads, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

My brother, my sister, I need you to read this scripture one more time. The Lord has anointed you and me in order to set the captives free! Need I remind you that human sex-trafficking is a major global crisis and the exact representation of modern-day slavery. Just because life seems good from self-perspective, it does not justify complacency. God has set you and me free from our sins so that we can in turn set people free not just spiritually, but mentally and physically as well.

There are many evil injustices in this world, however human trafficking is one of the ones that I personally and ultimately despise the most. How can we sit back for life and apathetically relax, knowing that we are Jesus Christ’s hands and feet, charged with the responsibility and duty of vindicating and liberating his own. Isa 1:17 urges us to “learn to do well; seek judgement, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.” God desires for us to right all wrongs in the lives of those who seem not to have a voice. Christianity is not just about internal uprightness. It is also about displaying the pure lion heart of God through what we stand for, fight for, advocate for, and implement in this world.

Life is short. From today, in addition to enjoying every moment, live to make a mark on this world for Christ, and the sake of the Good News of the Gospel. The Good News is not just a feel-good encouragement, it is a message of salvation and liberation to all, not just for the world to come, but equally for this life. Never forget this… my father in the Lord always tells: Salvation is not only to be saved. It is also to be healed and restored now.

Be sure to comment below your thoughts on this week’s message. What is your take on this global human trafficking crisis? What are your dreams and aspirations for making a mark on the world for Christ?

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YouTube Hosts First Virtual YouTube Black Africa Creators Week

YOUTUBE HOSTS FIRST VIRTUAL YOUTUBE BLACK AFRICA CREATORS WEEK

Eric “Knewkeed” Okafor, a tech Youtuber who uses a phone to record his videos

AFRICA:

This week, YouTube is holding its very first virtual YouTube Black Africa Creators Week, a week that is dedicated to educating, engaging and inspiring African creators across the continent to grow on the platform.

The 1-week virtual program includes the highlights of expert-led masterclasses covering topics such as engaging a community, assessing channel performance and understanding YouTube’s monetization policies, to name a few.

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Additionally, the program includes a creator spotlight chat with the world-renowned Mark Angel, Africa’s most subscribed endemic creator, peer-driven open conversations intended for encouraging increased knowledge sharing and creator collaboration, and YouTube training courses.

According to Alex Okosi (MD, YouTube EMEA, Emerging Markets) this region-wide virtual initiative demonstrates YouTube’s commitment to creators and artists in the region.

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Rosina Sharon, a Kenyan beauty and make-up YouTube content creator

“Over the years we have built and nurtured strong relationships with Africa’s storytellers, and provided them with a platform to share their stories with the world,” says Okosi. “Top African creators and channels like Mark Angel Comedy, DJ Arch Jnr, Churchill Show and many others have grown from a handful of followers to having millions of fans globally.

Famous Nigerian comedian and creator Mark Angel

“We remain committed to amplifying Black voices and providing a platform where Black African creators can thrive,” Okosi says.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Blessings and greetings to you all, my beloved brothers and sisters! To all of you who live in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving in advance! To the rest of you world-wide, I wish you a very very happy holiday season and I give you my love, all the way from Atlanta, Georgia USA (where I live). As we delve into this week’s headlining story, I just wanted to take the time to express my gratitude to all of you who take time out of your busy schedules to read my posts! May the Lord continue to bless and increase you in all areas as you are in turn blessed by my work and ministry.

In regards to this week’s topic, despite all the negative things that are currently happening against various minorities and people groups across the world, this particular story is a very uplifting one. As Christians, I believe we should always celebrate each other’s upliftment and achievement of new levels and refuse to take part in any hatred, jealousy and envy towards each other. Whether or not these YouTube creators are Christian, it is wonderful to see African entrepreneurs break stereotypes and rise to new levels in their life and career.

Now, speaking in terms of the Body of Christ, for us to begin to see serious prosperity amongst ourselves like never before, we must at once stop tearing each other down and celebrate each other’s open doors and new opportunities. As the Bible says, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself cannot stand” (Matt 12:25). This scripture confirms the fact that it is difficult for the kingdom of God to advance on earth if the Body of Christ decides to continue be at war with each other.

In the Bible, when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, Jesus told them to “pray like this,” teaching them the famous The Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-11). As Children of the Living God, if we really desired for the Kingdom to come, we would be ecstatic every time we heard something good happening in the lives of our brothers and sisters. Jesus literally describes us as being his body, meaning that if one part is blessed, then indeed the entire body is blessed.

Therefore, let us celebrate each other and be overjoyed when another believer’s career advances or their live is taken to an entirely new level in general. The same God that blesses them will surely bless you and me. One man’s success is not another man’s failure. Even if it seems as though others are progressing faster than you, fret not, your time will soon and surely come! The sun has its glory, the moon has it’s glory, and the stars have their own glory, yet they all shine and shimmer at different times. As a beloved preacher of mine that I grew up listening to always says, “You shine your shine, I shine my shine!”

May God open new doors in your life that no man or devil can shut. May he do a new work in your life that will propel you into his perfect will, the luxurious and glorious life that Jesus Christ designed and intended for you before you were even formed. Receive it now!

Bi-Weekly Homework:

Read! Countless sources say that reading is one of the main keys to success. Renew your mind daily with the Word of God, and always be in the middle of reading a good book or two every week to improve your spiritual life, business, education, marital life, etc. Improve your knowledge base, and never stop learning!

The Bible says “My people perish for lack of knowledge” (Hos 4:6). Through the writings of his servant, Hosea, Jesus Christ is conveying the message that the key to longevity is through acquiring knowledge! It’s time for you and me to purchase a few more books!

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Well-Known “Fugitive” Malawian Preacher and Prophet Surrenders to Police

WELL-KNOWN “FUGITIVE” MALAWIAN PREACHER AND PROPHET SURRENDERS TO POLICE

Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, were granted bail at the beginning of November

SOUTH AFRICA:

Famous Malawian preacher and proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri- the leader of Enlightenment Christian Gathering Church, also known to his followers as Major 1- and his wife Mary have handed themselves over to the police of their home country after skipping bail in South Africa.

In Lilongwe (Malawi’s capital), on Wednesday morning, the couple turned themselves in.

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Prophet Bushiri and his wife, Mary, in their personal office

Earlier within the month, the South African court released them on bail after being charged with money laundering and fraud. Previously he had said that he desired to clear his name.

It was on Saturday that Mr. Bushiri told his supporters via social media that his decision to skip bail was because he had been receiving death threats.

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Annual ECG Crossover Night church event

He also accused the South African authorities of failing to offer adequate protection.

He had further decided against speaking about how they got out, and his escape sparked a diplomatic row between South Africa and Malawi.

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Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary

The South African government issued a warrant for their arrest on Monday, and has already initiated the process of extraditing the couple, labeling them as fugitives.

SPIRITUAL ANALYSIS:

Shalom and blessings, my dear brothers and sisters of the faith. God bless you all, and I trust that you are doing fine, and pray that the hand of God is continuing to move powerfully within your lives. Despite this ongoing pandemic that we are all caught up in, please, I want you to understand one very very important thing… that viral infections and physical illness should not be our only prayer topic that we pray about on a daily basis! Of course, the topic should not be neglected, but there are some serious matters that we must also spiritually address.

1 Tim 2:1-2 urges us that “supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Children of God, Jesus Christ is conveying through his vessel apostle Paul (who is writing to Timothy, his spiritual son) that in order for us to live good lives, we must pray for all those who are in authority! It is very very important!

Please understand that the scripture is referring to both secular and religious authority. Not only must we continue to pray for our political and government leaders, but for all of our leaders within the Body of Christ as well. Eph 4:11-12 reads, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” Jesus has given to us specific leaders within the faith as gifts to us, and in order for them to continue successfully fulfilling their divine assignments, we must stand by them physically as well as in prayer!

In the Christian faith, it is saddening to see Christians attacking their leaders immediately upon the sight of a fault. It is said by many Christian leaders that you do not see any other religion that attacks its own like Christians do. So allow me to ask you, dear Child of God, why should we allow ourselves to behave like this any longer? This mentality and practice of unnecessary civil strife within us can quickly change, as we decide to put away our carnal judgements, lean not on our own understanding and wholeheartedly trust what God is doing moving forward.

Today, I urge and in fact charge you to not only pray for Shepherd Bushiri, his wife and ministry, but also for the Body of Christ as a whole and particularly its leaders. Pray The Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-13), and pray that ultimately God’s will be done on this earth, not our own. Remember that King David and many other great Biblical leaders made multiple mistakes throughout the Bible, yet God still loved them and increased what he had given them. Therefore, let us not move forward with a heart of stone, but a heart of love renewed and revived by the Holy Spirit. It is not our duty to play the blame game, figuring out who wronged who and how, but to live true to God’s perfect will in our own personal lives. I urge us all as I do myself, let love lead!

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Ice Detainee Misses Last- Minute Shot At Canadian Interview

ICE DETAINEE MISSES LAST-MINUTE SHOT AT CANADIAN INTERVIEW

Kenneth in Cameroon
“Kenneth,” an asylum seeker from Cameroon remains detained in the US after a Hail-Mary attempt to get him to Canada, where he could be given refugee status.

CANADA

The 29-year-old was removed from a plane preparing to be deported back to Cameroon, told that he had an asylum interview in Canada. Yet US immigration officials refrained from releasing him in time for his interview at the border Friday morning. As of now, his fate remains uncertain.

“Kenneth,” a pseudonym he used in order to protect his family’s identity back home, had been involved in a peaceful protest demonstration against the marginalization of Anglophones in Cameroon.

Subsequently, he was arrested and tortured. In fear for his life, in 2018 he attempted to claim refugee status in San Diego, US.

Cameroon is currently in the thick of a brutal civil war between the Anglophone minority separatists and the Francophone majority. Kenneth claimed not to be a separatist, but was simply protesting for increased rights for English-speakers like himself.

More than 700,000 Cameroonians from the country’s two predominantly Anglophone regions have been displaced, according to UN estimates.

A local man walks thru a burnt-out restaurant on May 11, 2019 that was destroyed in fighting between armed Anglophone separatists and Cameroonian military forces in Buea,Cameroon
Many Cameroonians have lost their properties and livelihoods because of the conflict

He passed an initial hearing after being taken into custody by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which discovered reasonable and credible evidence that his life was in danger if he were to go back to Cameroon.

Yet he was scheduled for deportation on October 13 when a judge later rejected his refugee claim.

On both sides of the border, his case has caught the attention of concerned politicians and citizens.

Learning about Kenneth’s plight on October 12, supporter Ms. Walker reached out to Peter Fragiskatos, her local member of parliament, who helped secure him an asylum hearing with Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA).

Kenneth was already on board the ICE “death plane” – so nicknamed due to its passengers being en route to home countries – when officials boarded the plane to take him back to the Texas detention center.

Mr. Fragiskatos believed that ICE would release him in time for his interview on the morning of October 3o.

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ICE deportation officers

“There was a strong assumption, on my end, that when Kenneth was taken off the plane he was going to be allowed to attend the CBSA hearing,” said Mr. Fragiskatos.

But ICE did not release him in time for his interview.

“It’s a very difficult story for us to hear – we are so close to having him come to live in Canada,” Ms. Walker said.

“He has the appointment, this gift, this carrot dangled in front of him, and he’s not allowed to access it.”

The CBSA interview is a very rare opportunity. Usually, asylum seekers who do not appear before the court are not given a second chance.

Canada and the US have signed The Safe Third Country Agreement, enforcing that if a refugee is rejected in a particular country, they are not allowed to claim asylum in another.

The agreement does make exceptions in the case of refugees facing the death penalty back home.

In July, a Canadian court declared the agreement unconstitutional, and the Canadian government has appealed the decision.

Now, Kenneth’s fate hangs in the balance. CBSA would not comment directly on the case, but said if he is able to make it to the border, at any time, his claim could possibly be processed.

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Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officer uniform

ICE officials said that the US is “coordinating with the Canadian government on this matter” and possessed no further commentary.

Mr. Fragiskatos said there is little the Canadian government can do, since Kenneth’s case is entirely under current US jurisdiction.

Kenneth’s supporters say they have not given up hope, and are doing everything in their ability to prevent him from being deported again.

SPIRITUAL ANANYSIS:

Blessings to you all, and shalom. I hope each of you are doing well in the midst of this pandemic and are continuing to draw daily strength from Jesus Christ who supplies over and abundantly for his own beloved children. Despite whatever you are going through, please understand that I am not downgrading the severity of whatever challenges of life you may be currently facing. However, the Bible urges us to “in humility value others above yourselves” (Phil 2:3 NIV). Also, one of the two greatest commandments that Jesus tells us to follow more than anything else is to “love thy neighbor as thyself” (Mark 12:31 KJV).

We all know that love is not expressed in mere words… it must be demonstrated in action. In Luke 10 25-37, a lot can be learned about how to treat immigrants and refugees who are in serious need of assistance and support. In this particular parable, Jesus tells of how a traveler is stripped of clothing, beaten and left half dead alongside the road. First, a Jewish priest comes by, and then a Levite, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan sees him and immediately tends to him.

This story is such a powerful one, due to the fact that Jews and Samaritans completely despise each other, yet the Samaritan was moved to help the injured man. Jesus tells this parable in response to a lawyer who asks the question “And who is my neighbor?” The conclusion is that a neighbor is NOT one of the same ethnicity, skin tone, socio-economic bracket, or the like. It is one who shows an injured or afflicted fellowmen mercy.

People of God, I really need you to understand this well. What I am about to say may hurt some of you, but I ultimately stand on the Word of the Living God and do not live for the approval of man. Your fellowman is NOT the person that looks like you! Our world is so divided on helping only those that are like ourselves. This is very evident in many of the racial movements of today, and you can probably name so many of them that are infuriated by societal injustices.

However, I digress. As the Body of Christ, we must focus more on helping our fellowman who are in such critical states of well being. This includes immigrants, orphans, widows, refugees, the impoverished, sex-trafficking victims and the like. Enough is enough. It is time to wake up! Just because you cannot hear the voices of millions upon millions of those who cry themselves to sleep in pain, does not provide a valid and justifiable reason to ignore them. In fact, it is downright wrong! Jesus Christ expects us to avenge the ones who struggle to defend themselves, and on judgement day, he will indeed ask us what we’ve done in response to these instances.

Therefore, we must be aware that immigrants and refugees are still God’s children, and no matter how you feel about their culture, God has his own in every tribe and every tongue. It is completely un-Christlike to be a bystander and turn heads to the muffled voices of countless individuals who struggle to heave themselves up from the rubble of life. God is all about righteousness and justice working as one. It is not enough to be internally upright. We must live it and actively CORRECT the wrongs in this world, instead of ignoring them and cowardly begging for the rapture. It’s time to implement the true will of God on earth and be good stewards of it- avenging the oppressed, righting wrongs and occupying until he comes!

Bimonthly Homework:

Start thinking of what you can do with your life to avenge the oppressed. Stop waiting on the government to right every wrong in society. Nothing is going to change until the day the church wakes up and does something about it! The church is not a building… the church is you and I. Today, start thinking of ways that you can become politically, socially, and/or financially powerful for the kingdom of God. We need serious end-time pioneers who will radicalize this world, imposing the righteousness and justice of God that countless individuals are crying out for.