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IT IS Well? (Corona Series, Episode 5)

Pastor Manu sits like a zombie, calculating his debts. It’s been three weeks since the lock down and he wonders how he is going to feed his family for the next month. He had used all the collection to buy blocks and cement to rush the church building before the government called for a lockdown. Churching in a school building has no prestige. Because of this, elegant and rich people were not joining his church. So far he has used ‘fasting and prayers’, nature’s gifted miracles like healing from sicknesses without medications, blessings of monetary gifts from his congregation’s family to them, high sales of petty businesses to sustain his small crowd and worship songs which touch hearts to get as much as he could from his flock. He has been dreaming of broadcasting his preaching on television, wearing the most exquisite clothing, riding in big cars just like his other colleagues who have hit it big. But that dream is nearly in ruins.
He tried to hold a quiet church service but the holy ghost sisters were too loud in their prayers, and attracted the attention of the area folks who called on the authorities to have him arrested. Wicked folks! He said out loud. They should have at least attempted to warn him. The police came and arrested him and made him stay at the counter back for a whole night. He couldn’t believe how scary that was and wondered how criminals survive it multiple times. What hurts most is the fact that all his church members fled and left him to his fate. He was bailed by one of them who was not at that particular meeting. The policewoman who processed his bail warned that the next time he is seen in there, he will be sent to court.
Now he sits with his dreams flashing before his eyes. No church member visits him because of social distancing. He misses the constant visits of the succulent ladies whose need for attention and prayers make them act desperate. He misses the sweet voices of the three lady singers and he misses the feeling of supremacy he gets, when he stands in front of the pulpit. That feeling always makes him feel untouchable, well, save for the day he was arrested. For once, he is really fasting for fear of finishing the food in the house and making his two sons go hungry, an inevitable situation, but he wishes to help extend it for as long as he can. His poor wife has been sick for days, but his last 50 cedis could only buy her over the counter medication. He wonders why National Health Insurance Scheme never appealed to him.
Questions keep running through his mind. Will his congregation be intact after this lock down? They were only 32 at most. Will the church building be completed? He wishes he had enough credit to call them one after the other to at least pray for them and remind them they are still together. That way, some could have thought of sending him something for food. But whenever he tries to call, You have no call credit on your… account. Please recharge. slaps him until he hears the qui qui qui sound. He now sees how hard founding a one man church is. If it were an organized institution, perhaps, just perhaps, someone could have thought of organizing some food and provisions for their pastor. He sighs, puts his hands on his head and exclaims loudly Woe is me!
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia © April 2020. Photo Credit: Google Pics.

By amoafowaa

Just a simple Ghanaian trying to find the best in our society. I may be fun, I may be interesting, I may be funny, I may even be foolish or intelligent, but it is all based on the mood in which you find yourself. I believe our minds make us who we are. Know that, pain, no matter its 'unbearability', is transient. Unburden or delight yourself for a while in my writings please. And all corrections, advice and opinions are welcome. Know that you are the king, queen or royal on this blog. :)

2 replies on “IT IS Well? (Corona Series, Episode 5)”

Every sentence you’ve written are true. I can’t stop laughing especially with this one : “He misses the sweet voices of the three lady singers and he misses the feeling of supremacy he gets, when he stands in front of the pulpit. That feeling always makes him feel untouchable, well, save for the day he was arrested.” Maybe he should start an online business. Hahaha

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