“ GHOST RUN”
©Opeyemi O. Akintunde
“ I am ready!” I said
If I knew what those words meant for Tunde Sword , I won’t have said “ Yes” in a hurry. Maybe I would have returned home first, recovered from the pain of the past few days before starting the real missionary training…
I was given a new tent that had a bit of comfort in it. A bed was there, a cupboard for my clothes and books that had been stacked in there, a solar powered Fan. I noticed everything there was solar powered.
Reme! Yes Reme was not dead, it was all part of the plan! When I saw him, I was so joyful…
“I am not dead!” He said smiling
“Obviously!” I replied
“ I am Remilekun Ayoade!” He stretched his hands towards me and his smile was peaceful. I was happy he really did not die on my account!
“ And I am Adenike Badmus!” I Said returning his smile… “ So how long have you been here?”
“ Three awesome months!” He said
“ Awesome… can anything be awesome about this place?” I said raising my left eyebrow
“ Sure, just give yourself 3 weeks and you will be glad you stayed!”
“ Let’s hope so, I am glad you didn’t die!” I said and with that I gave him a hug…
“ Hmmm….” Mr Tunde Sword ( Captain) cleared his throat from behind us…
“Remilekun, You should have told her that is not allowed here!” Tunde said…
“ We are not doing anything!” I said in defense
“ Rule 5. No falling in love, no romance, no hugging or any other sexual act is permitted on the camp between opposite sex!” Tunde sword said
“ Yes Sir!” I said as Remilekun smiled
“ I am sorry, Brother Tunde!” Remilekun said…
“ Most Missionaries go into their mission fields foolishly carrying the banner of the Lord so high from the gate of the village. They make their intentions so visible that the evil powers in the village already see them as a threat!” Tunde Sword said in the first lecture…
“Which has been the mistake of most African missionaries!” He continued
“Missionaries will always be a threat to the evil powers of a village!” I said as I was a student who liked to question my teacher’s every statement…
“ Yes , you are right but in every town, city, or village, there are powers that be, there are human agents in charge of the place, You don’t enter a place with boldness to rid them of that power”
At this point, I kept quiet because he was begining to make sense!
“ There are Lions in the Land, which if you go headstrong against, you will be devoured by that lion, but if you stay above the ground probably in a tree and throw down a net or let down an iron cage over the Lion, you would have captured the Lion. This reminds me of the Peleta people…!” He was saying…
“ Peleta people? The stranger I met in the bush showed me the Peleta people yesterday…!” I said
“ Yesterday? Peleta people? Where?” Captain said very confused
“ In the bush…”
“ Peleta is not in Our country, it is far in one of the eastern nations, which will take you a month of travelling by foot! Besides you were only gone for about 25 minutes yesterday” Captain said
“ 25 minutes!” I asked not believing what I was listening to…
I narrated all that I experienced with the Stranger and I was most shocked to realize I was only gone for 25 minutes.
“ That must have been the Angel of God… Adenike, when I was going to Peleta as a young missionary, I had sent a letter informing the king we were coming to Run the land through fire! That was our great undoing. The Peleta people had put in place their special net for capturing invaders. I was not wise enough, I went with my kids and wife, we were captured and right before me, my family was burnt to ashes…”
“ Jesus!” I exclaimed
“They let me go saying I should go tell others that Peleta was not a land for God!”
“ Hmmm, so are you saying it is wrong to go into a mission field with the full intention of evangelizing as an obvious front! I asked
“ So how do you reach out to them!”
“ That is your first assignment? Adenike, how do you think you should have reached out to the Mororo people and won them over to God without carrying your Bible and proclaiming Jesus as Lord from the gate of the Land?
In all my years of being called a super smart girl, I have never experienced a blank period where I became lost of ideas or inspiration…
“ Sir, are you saying we could lie about our intentions as missionaries?” I asked very confused
“ Did I say that?” He asked sheepishly
“ Sir, you said we should not tell them the truth about our intentions, but we need to tell them something, if we don’t say the truth, then we will have to say the lie, which I think is a form of unrighteousness and I don’t think the seed of unrighteousness can produce righteousness in the land of a Mororo!” I said not caring what my missionary teacher believed….
Everywhere went silent and Tunde sword smiled and shook his head….
“ I never said you should lie but you will have to not tell the main truth, but another kind of truth!” Tunde Sword said and honestly I was confused…
“ What is this man saying?”
To be continued
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