He worked for five years before he could save enough money for his JAMB form
His salary was good but his family needed the money
His father was a carpenter
The menial repair work he did was not enough to sustain the family
His elder sister got pregnant at 16
The man responsible for the pregnancy refused to be responsible for the child
This really complicated matters for the family
The less mouth available to be fed, the better
He worked as a gardener
Watering plants in 34 houses all over an estate
The money was good but the responsibility was way more than a 21 year old could shoulder alone
He had almost given up on getting an education
When he got the break he had always longed for
A customer paid him 5000 extra for a good job he did with his avocado plant
It was the extra money he intended to use for his JAMB form
He knew God had a hand in it
He had told God to make a way or he would have to assume God didn’t want him to go to the university
He became born again in the student union fellowship during his secondary school days
He knew God would prosper whatever he did
But he desired to get an education and become a lawyer
His best friend, the one that led him to Christ also had the same problem
Poverty was the only thing they had in common apart from Christ
He told his best friend he had gotten money for JAMB
His best friend rejoiced greatly
One of them would be moving upward and directly towards the goal
That would be a great improvement from their previous years
They talked about helping each other out
“I will help you work on the gardening business and keep some money for you for your education”
His friend was such a rare Christian
They were the same age but his friend's maturity in Christ was light years ahead
They discussed the pros and cons
He introduced his friend to all his customers
The source of income should be kept alive if he was to make it in school
They had worked together for some time
But he did a better job at gardening and earned more
The d-day came and they decided to go to the JAMB office together
It was about 15 kilometers away from the slum they live in
The form was 5000 and all they had was 5000
They had to walk the distance to and fro
They left home at 5 am praying in the spirit and discussing about this and that as they walked
Suddenly his friend said “I wish I were also buying this form and getting admitted into the same school with you!
Do you know what the two of us can do in a university?
We would turn logic on its head and bring the light of Christ to many”
He acknowledged this to be the truth
When they were in high school they ministered together a lot
The power of God was always evident and mighty!
But there they were, their realities refused to align with their faith!
The journey took them seven hours, they got to the JAMB office at 12 noon!
There was a long queue
They queued behind each other!
His friend said he needed to experience what it took in preparation for his own JAMB office trip the following year
One hour later, they got to the cashier
He was supposed to pay, collect his receipt and then proceed to the next line for his form
He counted the money
It was 10000
The money had somehow doubled
He paid and gave his friend the 5000 extra to pay for his own form
They felt goose pimples all over
What had just happened?
The got to the next line and obtained their JAMB forms
His friend started crying
He started crying too
How could this have happened? When did it happen?
They were together all the way
Nobody gave them a penny
They walked many kilometers
They got the forms
They knew they would get admitted
It was God’s desire to grant them admission at the same time
One year later they both set off for the same university to study the same course
The thought of feeding and school fees was far from their mind
Would God start a project and refuse to complete it?
They became ministers of the gospel on campus as they desired
Somehow, their needs were met
Until they got to the final year
One week to their final examinations, they were yet to pay their school fees
They had fasted and prayed and praised
Examination day came
They went into the examination hall
They didn’t have the examination card and receipt to show they had paid
They got booted out
One of them got despondent
"How could they have come this far only to be deserted at the last minute?
Was it something they did?
Have they somehow missed the voice and motive of God?"
The other one suggested that since they were idle and mopping around, perhaps it would be wise to keep themselves occupied
What should they do?
The fellowship needed some devotionals
The fellowship’s bus was available
They had a higher calling to preach the gospel
Examination and schooling were nothing?
Would they have even gotten this far without God?
They encouraged each other
Told the driver to take them to the missions’ office in another city
The mission was in charge of the daily devotional widely used on campus
They got 3000 copies for free every quarter
They sang hymns and worshipped God all the way to that city
By the time they got there, they were in full worship and skabashing mode
They filled the request form
The stock keeper saw the volume of their request and asked them to come with him
That was strange!
They usually fill the form, get the devotionals and distribute on campus without any fanfare
Would they experience another delay here?
The stock keeper led them to the manager of the company and introduced them
“According to your directives that those ordering more than a thousand copies of the devotional should be brought to you, I present Mr. So and so and Mr. Such and such, student representatives from this and that university!”
The manager looked at them
“Aren’t you guys supposed to be writing examinations?”
They told the manager their financial challenges and narrated how they decided that instead of mopping and gripping, they would put themselves to work while glorifying God!”
The manager was pleasantly impressed!
How much is your school fees? The manager asked
They stated the amount
The manager wrote them a cheque!
They got the 3000 copies of the devotional and left
They sang and shouted all the way back to school
They would have to re-sit for the three papers they missed that day but their circumstances was much more better than when they left campus in the morning!
They got to school
Many students started shouting
Their classmates were jibby-jabbering!
“Did you call the Dean of the faculty?”
Did you send an e-mail to the Head of department?
They couldn’t make sense of what they were saying!
The dean and the HOD were caught up in traffic all morning
They couldn’t get to campus on time
The invigilators went ahead and distributed the examination questions and answers
Students wrote the examination
The dean arrived
The HOD arrived
The typist had made mistakes while typing the questions
The Dean was not there to correct the errors
The HOD was not there to correct the errors
The students had answered the questions based on the questions they saw
The dean cancelled his examination paper
The HOD cancelled his two examination papers
They set a date (two weeks after the general examinations) for a re-sit of the cancelled papers for all the students
The student’s would have to spend extra two weeks in school and they were upset about it
That was why the students thought they had something to do with it
They couldn’t believe it
They wouldn’t even have to carry over the three courses
A month later they graduated with their peers
Without a carry-over or any form of embarrassment
Many who heard their stories marveled at the wonder working power of God
The ever present help in time of need!
PS: They both graduated with good results and were gainfully employed
They still preach the gospel
They are also happily married with children
Glory to God!