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How my failure turned me to something of great worth - Chiazokam Obinwa by Savantboy(m) : 12:31 pm On Aug 02
I STILL REMEMBER THIS DAY LIKE IT WAS JUST YESTERDAY!
I was called for in the Superintendent's office on our closing day and handed a letter to give my mum (whom was still mourning the loss of my dad) when I got home. Honestly, I knew it was 'badnews' but I didn't know it was going to be this bad . . . lol
I can't remember who picked me from school that day (wasn't a family member though) because all the while, I was engrossed in thoughts of what might be the content of this brown envelope. I couldn't wait to tear it open when I got home, even before I could pull off my green & white daywear . . .
. . . boy, was I devastated!!!
That was my first experience with depression. I felt I had become a failure in life. I died on my inside! This was right after SS2 third term? Where would I start? WASSCE & NECO registration was just few months away. I almost slumped. I was the ONLY student who got expelled in my set. What a shame, boy!!!! I was hurt deep. I didn't think I was 'that bad' to be expelled. Till today, I just don't think I merited the expulsion . . . just saying though!
I summoned courage and called my elder sister (who was just married) and explained the situation to her, knowing that she would always understand. Yes, She did! 😁 I called my brothers . . . surprisingly, they were all on my side. Then I finally told my mum . . . hmmmm! I LOVE THAT WOMAN! yeah! She stood by me hook, line and sinker!
Long story short . . .
It's exactly 7 years today!
I just submitted my final year project 8 hours ago and signing out soon after 6 years within the four walls of a university! Now . . . that's not even the testimony!
Two years ago, by the help of Jesus, I founded and registered a team (CHID-Team) and we've invaded 32 different secondary schools on about 45 different occasions (re-visitations/follow-up included) in 6 different cities in South Eastern Nigeria. We've reached out to about 7,000 teenagers with the goodnews of God's plans and purposes for their lives and led about 4,000 of them to Jesus and so many of their teachers too.
This JESUS is GOOD! I'm a testimony!
I can remember a school in Onitsha where I rounded up with my life story and the plenty youthful pitfalls contained in them and led them to Christ. The principal stood up and thanked me heartily and said to the students, with so much emotion in her heart, "CHIAZOKAM HAS MADE THESE MISTAKES, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO MAKE THEM". Tears welled up my eyes, I just couldn't contain them.
At that moment, it dawned on me that indeed . . . THE PLACE OF YOUR GREATEST PAIN IS USUALLY THE PLACE OF YOUR GREATEST MINISTRY!
The one expelled from school now helps others get expelled from the gates of h3ll and into God's plans for their lives!
Failure is not the opposite of success, it is a part of it!
Brother, can I prophesy to you? . . .
MAY THE LORD TURN YOUR MISERY INTO A MINISTRY in Jesus Name!
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