ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

And There Was None Left!

Updated on January 25, 2019

This morning (Sunday 29th September, 2013) I preached my last sermon as the Chaplain of Our Saviour's Chapel, University of Port Harcourt and the topic was: COME, LET US BUILD THE RIGHT THINGS! It was more of a valedictory speech than a sermon because it was the culmination of the three eventful years I have served as Chaplain to this wonderful congregation that God has so richly blessed.

As I sit here before my laptop, my mind goes down memory lane and I remember with nostalgia, how it all began. Take this journey with me:

In 1978, my late father took a photograph of me dressed in priestly robes and filed it away in an album without a thought. 26 years later, I answered the call to ministry and he couldn't understand why until he went back to that picture and suddenly felt prophetic.

The years have gone by since then and dad joined mum on the other side in 2007 (three years after I answered the call). I spent the years between 2007 and 2010 planting Churches in Bayelsa State and generally following the leading of the Lord in my life. Then, it came to December 31st, 2010 and I started a journey that has been a training and a blessing.

I walked into Our Saviour's Chapel, University of port harcourt as a rookie Priest, who had nothing by way of experience and absolutely no understanding of the best way to begin. I only had a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and a Diploma in Theology but what was that compared to the Professors and the PhD holders in the congregation I was expected to serve and lead? It wasn't the fear of embarrassing myself but rather the fear of not being able to pass God's message across in a convincing manner to change lives - but that was stupidity in itself because when God sends a person on a mission, He equips that person for that mission.

It took me all of three years to realize that the Master Planner has it all worked out; He just needs a willing vessel. Many times, we REASON when we should exercise FAITH; we look for facts and human templates for success more than we search for the heart of the Saviour and His will for every moment, every situation and every congregation. Sometimes we feel so inadequate and look at the heights of the "giants" rather than look through God's eyes to see the "gnats" that giants tend to become when viewed from another perspective.

I am still learning as I pack the last of my property heading for another assignment that He will soon reveal to me.

My wife told me this evening that she may have to force me to move out of this house in which I have lived for three lovely and memorable years. She could, you know? One can take me out of the house but can one take the house out of me?

It has been a painful farewell; tears were shed and there were hugs and sweet sounding promises to keep in touch but at the end of it all, will those promises be kept? I look around the apartment one more time and I resolve to make the best use of the memories. To lock them in the album of my heart....perhaps, there may be an encore someday....

Once "those bags" leave this house, I would follow suit and then, there will be none left!!!

Phew!!!!

During my Sendforth Service

With wifey, Mum-inlaw and a member
With wifey, Mum-inlaw and a member
The Picture dad took of me in 1978
The Picture dad took of me in 1978

Years after the prophetic picture

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • minakay profile imageAUTHOR

      The Rev. Kelechi Timothy Francis 

      7 years ago from Rivers State, Nigeria

      Dearest Blossom, thank you too for understand the pain of parting. May our lives please HIM first of all...

    • minakay profile imageAUTHOR

      The Rev. Kelechi Timothy Francis 

      7 years ago from Rivers State, Nigeria

      Thanks, Gypsy. I salute you and your family.

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Voted up and interesting. You have truly taken a journey of faith and I wish you all the best as you go along. The Lord will guide you every step of the way I know. God bless.

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely thoughts. It can be such a wrench, leaving a much-loved congregation, almost like losing a loved one. Give yourself time to mourn the loss and then look forward with joy for what God has in store for you next. Thank you so much for sharing.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)