Sometime last year when my son was in Primary 6, I began to look for a suitable secondary school for him. l prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to help me make the right choice of a school. I came across a parent in my children’s school that told me about a school in Delta State, owned by a banker but that the school takes only 40 children in Nigeria for Year 7. She concluded by telling me that the school picks their 40 best out of 300 children allowed to sit for their entrance examination, and that they give scholarships to the 10 best students.
I discussed our conversation with my husband who said it would be good for us to try our son’s strength. Moreover, he said we should aim for the scholarship since the fees were too high for him. We called our son and told him to start believing God for a scholarship in the school, as we could not afford the school fees. The examination came and it happened that my son was among the sixty students as against forty students admitted that year from two hundred and thirty-two students who wrote the entrance examination. However, we waited for their call on the scholarship but it didn’t come through. At some point of waiting for their call, I called Pastor Chuks to narrate what I was standing in faith for and he asked me if I had a seed concerning what I was standing in faith for. I told him I didn’t have any, and he advised that I should sow into Pastor Nkechi’s life. I did exactly as he advised.
We paid the acceptance fees of two hundred and ten thousand but still the scholarship never came. We called my son and daughter and explained to them that the fees of the school were expensive for us, especially since my daughter was going to join him the following year. I did not want to take chances on my daughter’s admission too, so I began to seek God’s face on what to do so my daughter would get the scholarship in that same school. I decided to double my seed during the Seed Week of 2016. I remembered when Pastor Nkechi asked us to run around the auditorium on a particular day of the Seed Week, believing God that whatsoever we ask from Him will come to pass, I quickly told my daughter to run very fast and claim whatever she wants God to do for her. We started running speaking loud in tongues and shouting.
One day while cooking, the Holy Spirit spoke to me clearly saying, “Why don’t you sow ten percent of the entire school fees for the whole year into Pastor Nkechi’s life?” Immediately it dawned on me that God had given us an assignment to do in order to receive what we wanted. My husband and l agreed that we were going to take a step of faith that week, by doing it bit by bit. We wrote a letter to Pastor Nkechi with a cheque attached to it, telling her what God had led our hearts to do, and explained the need for us to do it in bits. Pastor replied and said that she stands in faith with us, and promised to pray for God’s favour to meet us at our point of faith. That was how the journey of faith started for us as a family. We got some messages including Faith As Simple As ABC and The Waves of Favour by Pastor Nkechi and Pastor Charles Omofomah.
One of the things we believed God for in 2017 was that our daughter would get a scholarship in all the entrance examinations she would sit for within the year. I looked for schools in Lagos and Port Harcourt, with my eyes still fixed on my son’s school (our dream school). Before we submitted any form, we broke bread using our written confession and declared what we wanted. I began to study with my daughter too as if both of us were to write the entrance examination. She studied extremely hard and even gave up her favourite TV program. I often rewarded her hard work with gifts to further encourage her.
The first examination came up in January 2017, and I dropped her at the venue. When I came to pick her up, the first thing I asked her was if she was able to answer all the questions and she replied saying she left out five questions because they were difficult for her. I shouted, “Five questions?” She encouraged me and ended by saying, “Mummy, do not worry. I will get the scholarship not minding if I finished my questions or not.” I immediately realized the need to ignore the sudden fear and speak the Word, for which I quickly replied “Amen.”
Few days after the examination, I was asked to go pick up her result from the admin office. I went into the principal’s office and he handed me a letter of scholarship that had been offered to my daughter throughout the entire six years in secondary school. I was so excited and I told myself that it was just the beginning of what God had in store for my family.
One night in February, I was sleeping when the Holy Spirit reminded me of the entrance examination for my son’s school – THE DREAM SCHOOL OF OUR CHOICE. Two days to the examination God reminded me that we still hadn’t completed what He instructed us to do. I initially struggled with the voice but I obeyed and immediately transferred the balance money to Pastor Nkechi after praying and reminding God that I believe He will go ahead of my daughter in the entrance examination.
The examination came on the 11th of February 2017. When my daughter came out of the hall I asked her if she was able to beat the time and as usual she told me she left only 4 questions. I asked her why she did that and she said there was no time for her to solve them and once again said, “Mummy don’t worry. Remember the scholarships will be given to exceptionally brilliant students, which I am.” I joined her faith saying God is already ahead of us. We have done our part and it was left for God to finish His own. On the 4th of March, my daughter wrote yet another examination in for a third school in Lagos. However, I pictured my daughter in the school uniform of our choice.
I was abroad for three weeks when I got a mail from our dream school, inviting my daughter for the interview, that she was among the students that did very well. I forwarded the mail to Pastor Nkechi and my husband. Pastor did not reply till the day of the interview. As early as 6 a.m. that morning, she sent a mail to me saying she was standing in faith with our daughter and that she was going to excel. I sent the mail to my husband’s phone and that of my daughter’s phone just to encourage her and my daughter replied by saying, “Tell Pastor ‘Thank you so much,’ I will definitely make her proud.” Truly, the Holy Spirit went ahead of my daughter.
After a successful interview, my daughter was offered an admission and my husband received an envelope containing my daughter’s result, school fees breakdown, acceptance and confidential form asking him to go and pay an acceptance fee of two hundred and ten thousand Naira. The deadline for the acceptance fees was 24th of March 2017. We agreed we were not going to pay the acceptance fees because God will do it for us; since He has spoken it.
When I returned to Nigeria, I received a call from one of the schools in Lagos congratulating me that my daughter did well in the examination but for some reason they wouldn’t be offering any scholarships till 2019. I thanked them very much but made them know that I would not accept the offer if it is not on scholarship basis. That would have been the second scholarship being offered to her. The deadline for acceptance into my son’s school came and passed but we didn’t pay the money; rather we decided to send them a mail telling them that they should give us more time to decide or not, just to buy more time.
One morning, the devil came as usual telling me to just accept the first scholarship given to my daughter as the school of our choice will not offer her a scholarship. Fear came and I asked my husband in front of my daughter whether I should call the school and ask them if they have selected their scholarship students. My daughter who was beside me held my hands, and said directly into my eyes, “You worry too much. Just calm down they will soon call you.” I replied by saying I will not give up now because God will never give up on us.
On the 29th of March, I received a phone call from our dream school that my daughter had been given full scholarship throughout her stay in the school. Her school uniforms, books, and all she needed were included in the scholarship. Out of the fees of N2,120,000.00 (two million, two hundred and ten thousand naira) yearly, we were asked to pay only N11,000.00 (eleven thousand naira) for her tuck shop. Two hundred and twenty-nine students sat for this entrance examination but only fifty students were admitted. Among the fifty students, only ten students were offered scholarships and my daughter was one.
I look at my children today and I remember the seed sown in them right from conception. From the day of conception, I spoke life into them on how they would be so intelligent, that the intelligent would look at them and call them intelligent. Immediately after delivery of any of my child, I prophesied on them, I looked in their eyes and told them they will be Pastor Charles Omofomah and Pastor Nkechi Ene of their generation, that their priority in life will be soul winning for God, they will be so intelligent that they will be problem solvers of their generation. I am seeing that prophecy come alive in their lives.
Who am I that God is so mindful of me? I call Him my fixer, my ever-faithful God, my God of perfection, my “talk-and-do” God. How could I have afforded N4.24 million for my two children yearly? Pastor Nkechi is truly a good ground to sow into.
Thank you pastor for being there for me and my family. I can never go wrong having you as my pastor. My family appreciates you and promise to stand by you. Jesus thank You, I stand in awe of You. I bow down before Your majesty and thank You.