Awakening Youths

Awakening Youths: Speaking About God’s Purpose For Our Lives In A Muslim School

Hello fellow youths walking in God’s purpose for their lives!

Hope your week’s going great?

Well, I have an Awakening youths seminar to attend to today but here’s me making good on my promise to indeed kick off the awakening youths category of the blog again and for today, I will just be giving details on the last seminar we had.

I mentioned in this post about the corper I met at camp who agreed to be involved in my project, so I called him up and he graciously agreed to come to Ado (he isn’t serving in Ado), to take the session on skills acquisition and on academic and career aspirations. (he ended up doing more of the skill acquisition and it was awesome)
So, I had made plans with the school VP to hold the seminar at the school for about 3weeks running and each time one thing or the other overrides the plans.
First a public holiday, then midterm and then the students attending mosque on fridays.
Now, I only got wind of the fact that the school is a Muslim school on the day I had set for the seminar to finally hold.
I thank God for not letting me know that it was a Muslim school before hand because I am not certain as to whether I would have gone there if I had known before hand.
Immediately I was told that it’s a Muslim school, I started battling with inner conflict in me.
Do I open up with prayer like I do in other schools or not?
Do I still speak on purpose wrapped in with God like I am supposed to?
Up until the moment I started speaking, I didn’t have an answer to that but then the words just flowed out of my mouth.

Me speaking at my session with the students

Me speaking at my session with the students

First the opening prayer committing everything to God, then my session on speaking to the girls on purpose and living forth their lives in God and for God.
I don’t bother with notes when I speak because God mostly puts the words in my mouth there and then and as they flowed, I spoke. And it was actually okay!

The students..

The students..

We had Christian students in the school still and I tried to explain to the Muslim students the Bible passages I had to use in speaking to them.
Nobody cut off my head. Now imagine if I had denied my faith/hid it under a bushel just because of fear?
I pray for grace to not cover up the message God gives me… never ever.
Then we had the next skill acquisition session which my friend David Adeyemi spoke on and taught the kids how to make liquid soap.(more on David on his youth speak interview coming up next week)
He taught me too oh, because I sat in and learnt, in between organizing the students.

Me standing by and taking notes during the session

Me standing by and taking notes during the session

Btw, the corpers that teach in schools are trying oh. Getting the students organized was “WAR”.
I thank God for the members of the press club who acted the drama for the seminar.
They trekked with me from class to class to make announcement and round up the girls.

Members of the drama unit

Members of the drama unit

 

It took about an hour for David to finish his session and when he was done, we shared the soap to the students(and I took some to shareformy neighbours too and also to show to a friend that all it takes is intiative, don’t sit down and be waiting for a job).
You need to see the “rush rush” but here is where my fulfillment comes from.
Actually, when I am on runs for seminars at the schools, whether I am trekking miles and sweating buckets, I feel joy in my soul. (It’s weird right? But not so weird, fulfilling purpose does that to you. No monetary compensation can give you that rest in your soul that you are doing what pleases God. But I am digressing)

Students mixing the soap

Students mixing the soap

Press club president turning the soap...see how the boys joined the girls seminar

Press club president turning the soap…see how the boys joined the girls seminar

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Time to share the finished soap..

Time to share the finished soap..

We finally had to go home with sounds of “Aunty thank you for coming” and as usual, my only prayer is that “Lord, let the seeds we’ve sown grow to become strong trees in the hearts of these young girls in Jesus name, amen”

Pictures with everyone

Pictures with everyone

I had an idea to have a whatsapp group to keep in touch with the students I meet and mentor them and I am working on that.
But basically, my work at schools always re-emphasizes the need for me to be done with my second book in the works(details will be shared on monday next week).
My intention is to be able to distribute the book on purpose for free to the students at each school I go to.
Working on having the book out by September – my birthday, so I can also give free copies to some of the students I have their contact details here in Ekiti.

Pictures with only the girls

Pictures with only the girls

 

Plans, purposes and pursuits God has set us on…
I believe that you also have some of them in your heart?
My prayer for us all as usual is that we will walk in and fulfil God’s purposes for our lives – not the world’s.

With David and Chioma who came from outside Ado to help with everything..thank you!

With David and Chioma who came from outside Ado to help with everything..thank you!

I’ve got to run for today’s seminar.

Till next time on awakening youths,
Much love,
Frances.

P.S – Read this post on purpose on Itunu’s blog. The world needs to know this truth.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Damilola
    June 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Wow..great work Frances. I am especially encouraged because I do something similar in secondary schools in Lagos once in a while but because of work, i don’t have so much time.
    Reading what you are doing in Ado Ekiti (which is my home state by the way 🙂 ) has seriously “gingered” me. Keep up the good work and may God continue to bless the work of your hands. You inspire me no be small

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      June 18, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Hey Dami!
      Ekiti is your home state eh, way to go!
      Thank you so much for your kind words..i do hope you get back on the groove again with impacting lives.
      Remember the thing about distractions even if they are all good things?
      God help us all.

  • Reply
    glowingscenes
    June 19, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Hmmn, shey you know something similar happened to me this week but it wasn’t about teaching schools, it was about a muslim friend of mine aka colleague I was paired with at work and when patients were not coming in too much, I decided to chip it in as I felt the urge too. Gosh, I was scared at first because I was like, oh God, what do I say? I even wanted to bail out just in case God did not send me.loool, but ah, God took control of my words because I don’t even know how I just began, we began comparing notes with the Bible and Quaran(just tid-bits) but the little I said, I do hope I’ve sown seeds, my own is to pray for HIm and let God do the rest.

    It’s amazing Frances! I mean how do you have Life and you can’t share with your friend? Jesus is Life and He gives life. Sometimes I don’t know what He does but I really wish people would come and experience Him even more than me sef. This was the words that was in me when I wanted to hold back the gospel from Him for fear of not ‘treading on serious grounds’ but I’m glad I could. And I pray that God would give us the courage and Grace to keep on for HIm. Because it’s the reason we live, it’s the reason we are.

    Much love Frances! May your love walk and love work be fully established in Christ. May it not be in vain in Jesus name. Amen.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      June 22, 2015 at 12:41 am

      Amen and amen.
      Thank you Itunu..currently reading up on Acts and the apostles couldn’t hold still without sharing, it should be same for us.
      More than ever before I pray for boldness on us-the boldness the Spirit alone gives, in Jesus name, amen!
      Thank you!

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