The Power of Yes

My grandfather visited the US for the first time during the summer of 2019. It was a wonderful experience. Of all of his grandchildren who live stateside, I was the only one he had met before that trip; the last time he had seen me was in 1995! I think it was a crazy experience for him to see the baby he held so long ago as an adult. I listened emphatically to the stories he had to tell of the condition of Nigeria now versus how it used to be.

One of the stories he told, with passion and zeal I may add, is how his father heard and received the gospel and how that changed the history of our lineage and our hometown in Nigeria forever. 

In the early 1900s missionaries from different denominations were traveling to third world countries around the world. There was, and still is, a great zeal to deliver the gospel to those who had not heard it yet. One of them, whom I do not know the name of, felt called to Nigeria, specifically Imo state. He stumbled across a group of young men in a village and bravely shared the life-changing good news of the gospel with them. Abraham Anusiem, my great grandfather, was forever changed and fell in love with the things that the Lord loved-- so much so that he and 8 of his friends took a dangerous long journey back to their home village to build a church in hopes that their friends and families would receive this life-changing news and be made better by it.

That tiny church was built as a result of a missionary answering the call of the Lord, and it still stands today, way bigger than any one of those nine men could have dreamt of. Before my mother and I came to America, she and the rest of my family dedicated me to the Lord in the very building that my great grandfather built. 

"It is the purpose of the Church to own the mission of God and to take the Gospel to the whole world" is what Pastor Don shared this Sunday. My whole entire family has been forever changed by the obedience one had to take the Gospel to a foreign nation. I know God now because my great grandfather received the good news, raised his family in the church, and his son raised his family in the church, and my mom raised us in this church. 

My grandfather passed away this past Christmas. He was the wisest man I had the pleasure of knowing. As I seek to honor God and him, I know that it is now my duty to be about missions, to truly live out being a Kingdom Builder.

When we say yes to God, in sharing the good news, He invites us to be a part of the life change of others, and that in and of itself has the power to affect generations to come. Imagine that, when we say yes to God, in any given circumstance, He invites us to impact generations we may not even live to see. He's a good God.

by Beatrice Anyanwu
Beatrice was born in Nigeria but has called Pennsauken, NJ home for the majority of her life. She is the oldest of 4 and is currently a college student studying Biology (of all things!). She started attending Kingsway in 2009 with her family and started serving when she was a student in REVO. Beatrice loves books, so when you see her, ask her what she’s currently reading! Although she loves science and the arts, Beatrice has a passion for younger generations coming to know and engage in authentic relationship with Jesus.

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