Bro. Amos’ new motorcycle – 1st Oct.
As I shared in my last report, I was so burdened of the Lord to raise money to get bro Amos a new motor bike to ease his gospel work. My judgment of him was that he is an elderly man in his 60’s who is truly fully devoted to the Lord, His word, and His work. I have been touched many times with his faith and prayer concerning the work of the gospel in Idoma Land.
Few, are faithful men [Prov. 20:6], but I think this old subsistence farmer and brother is one. He is not a babe in the faith and as I have earlier said, the Lord Himself through the ministry of dear brother Steve Philips, David Dyer and other Christian writers, has been revealing to him and bro Simeon, the NT pattern of the church ever before his Macedonian call to us in Ibadan!
As soon as I returned to Ibadan last July, I gave a report of my mission trip to the brethren at Ibadan and other believer friends; and I informed them about my burden for bro Amos’ care, notifying them of my plan to return to Benue in October. The Lord touched the heart of some brethren who were freely willing [2 Cor. 8:3] and they joined me in giving towards the ministering to the saints [2 Cor. 9:1].
The targeted amount was N65,000 [about $520], but at the end of the day we gathered the sum of N71,300 [about $570]! It was more than I expected, but it was exactly how much we needed in the wisdom of God. On getting to Otukpo on the 30th of Sept., I informed bro Amos’s two dumbfounded sons about the secret plan, but it was only bro Amos’ youngest son, Sam, and I who went to make the purchase the next day.
The bike was more expensive in Otukpo than in Ibadan where it is about N65,000. We eventually succeeded in purchasing the bike at the sum of N70,000, thanks to a mechanic neighbor of the Agbochenu’s who helped us beat down the price from N71,000.
How glad I was when we were eventually given the receipt and the red Jincheng AX100 motorcycle. Bless the Lord! Assembling the motorcycle took about six hours, so that by the time Sam and I got home the family had left for the venue of the youth conference at Sabongiri.
It was eventually at night when we all returned home that I gladly let the cat out of the bag in the presence of the whole family. With the exception of Emmanuel and Sam, the love gift from the brethren at Ibadan was a huge surprise! Bro. Amos burst into a song of praise: “Lord You are so good, Lord You are kind, Lord You are wonderful, my Lord You are excellent. Excellent is Your Name, excellent is Your power, Lord You are merciful, my Lord You are excellent!” And a hymn: “Though we pass through tribulation, All will be well. Ours is such a full salvation, all, all is well. Happy when in God confiding, fruitful if in Christ abiding, holy through the Spirit’s guiding, All must be well.”
Emmanuel topped the family joy with a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for His care and for the love of the brethren at Ibadan. I have chosen to give this last full report about the motorcycle to enlighten some of my brothers in the Lord, that what I have done is not a Gospel of Technology [Editor: See chapter by that name in Steve Phillips’ book Christ: Head of His Church] as I have been sadly accused.
This is simply a ministering to the saints [2 Cor.9:1] which according to apostle Paul not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God [2 Cor.9:12]. The left over from the original sum, I used in also buying him a brand new bag, to carry his Bible and hymn book, at the cost of exactly N1300. Below is bro Amos’s personal letter of appreciation:
Christian Fellowship Ameh Street, Behind Central Primary School
P. O. Box 800 Otukpo, Benue State. 8th October 2009
To The Faithful Saints at Ibadan, c/o Brother Yinnkah Durojaiye
A LETTER OF APPRECIATION II COR 9:9-15.
Beloved brethren, Greeting to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. This letter is to acknowledge your gift of a brand new motorcycle, Jincheng Ax100. Engine N0. JCLE50FMGPB1005255, Chassis N0. LYCPAGLH085D36771, Costing the sum of Seventy Thousand Naira, through your minister/brother Yinnkah Durojaiye, for the work of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I want to let you know that the saints here are rejoicing because of your sacrifice of giving. And I myself being surprised and short of words, employ the words of the Holy Spirit in II Cor. 9:9-15 for your edification, exhortation, and comfort. Whenever Yinnkah returns to you, you will see my joy expressed through his face. If the Lord tarries, we shall see each other face to face.
Farewell. Signed, Amos S. Agbochenu Apprentice/Servant