When God Gives You A Voice

When God Gives You A Voice

My sweet friend, Carol, recently invited me as a speaker at her place, “Sought After Women and Children Foundation”. Amid my tight schedule, my love for children and passion for women in faith made me wholeheartedly agree for that life-changing visit.
Let me tell you a bit about Carol…
She had been in the banking industry for no less than 15 years. She quit her job as a senior banking manager for a fast growing bank to pursue God’s calling upon her life.
Her family gave up their home to move to a small apartment just to house the children. It was a struggle initially following God’s leading but they did anyway. The orphanage home is over 8 years now and has housed 100+ children and counting.
My friend’s decision to live a life sold out to God brought me to tears. She abandoned
the high city life, busy business meetings, accolades and awards in career for a life giving hope and living for others.
Do you know what blessed my soul the most?
These Two things friends.
The kids there are so happy. I mean it! I wrote about it on Premium Times Post >>HERE<<
·    Her kids were so comfortable and completely bonded with their brothers and sisters. Carol’s kids played and spent a chunk of their time there too. A bond of love only God can give.
I am deeply moved by what Carol is doing rescuing the hopeless, giving hope to those who life have battered, finding joy in every moment she walks through the doors of their rooms. I appreciate her beloved husband Silver Oyaide’s support for his wife’s ministry.
They are making a MAD difference!
God requires us to give a voice to those who don’t have it.
Our love for God nudges us to show kindness.
The compassion of our hearts makes us abandon the world and pursue those things,
which are priceless and gracious, permanent and fulfilling.
For me the kids brought a ray of hope,
Their smile, made me smile too,
Their laughter poured out like sweet oil on my soul
Their playing gave me a glimpse of heaven’s joy
Find out how to support the orphanage home >>HERE<<
The foundation also has a home for rehabilitation of women called Home of Sharon. I
wrote about the sex trafficked girls who are rescued and given a second chance at life on Premium Times >>HERE<<
I had a splendid time with the kids and of course, my very energetic daughter didn’t
want to go home.
What can we learn from this real life story?
God has given you unique gifts. Yours is not mine and mine isn’t yours. You are special in every way and fit for the Master’s use. Are you willing? (Ephesians 4: 7-8)
God has placed in your hands a unique calling. He will ask you what you did with all the gifts he gave you! (Romans 14:12)
Without a willing heart, you can’t be that voiceYou need to be willing to say “Here am I Lord, send me”. (2 Corinthians 8:11-12)
When you step out to pursue God’s calling, everything begins to align in fulfillment.
Chime in friends, how have you been a voice lately? Have you been using the voice God has given you? Please feel free to share a word of encouragement and prayers for Carol!
By His Great Grace,
Ifeoma Samuel.
  • Love encouraging stories like this! Makes you self reflect of how we can do more on our part to do Gods work!

  • What a beautiful post, Ifeoma! Truly demonstrating the love of Christ. I like how you said that we each have been given a unique gift and a special calling from God. We often forget this truth in the midst of the mundane. Thanks for linking up with Grace and Truth.

  • What a marvelous adventure – giving up a great job to work for Jesus. Each of us has a part to plan in God's plan. Thank you for sharing a bit of her story here with us here at Tell me a Story.

  • At dinner tonight a friend told me about a man who'd done a similar thing. He left a well paying, high profile career to work as a prison chaplain. This gentleman faithfully served men who society had largely given up on. My friend told me about the impact he made for the kingdom and we talked about service and staying on your post and obeying God, whatever the cost. Thank you for sharing the good work Carol is committed to. Her work is holy, and it makes a difference.

  • Beautiful story. Just beautiful. Visiting via #intentionalTuesday.

  • Glad to be neighbors on the #RaRaLinkup. Press on as He leads!

    • 8 years ago

    Hi Ifeoma! This kind of laying down a life for a calling is SO inspiring! And I love the way you support her, and in turn support us. If we can only be as brave, and step out into where God wants us to go! What a powerful place this world would be if we all cooperated with His grace.

    As you said, without a willing heart, we can't be his voice. May God bless our hearts as we see in Carol and you!

  • Sisters like Carol totally amaze me and make me honor God all the more. I don't think I could ever do anything like she has done, but I pray that if I were ever called to do it, I would. Thanking God for the Carols of this world who step out in faith for Jesus!

  • We all have unique gifts and I love how you question us as to whether we are using them or not. I got back two weeks ago from my mission trip in Nicaragua. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done on so many levels but feeling God with me every step of the way was one of the most rewarding. Good to see you Ifeoma! I have been thinking about you!

  • I love this and it is the truth: "God requires us to give a voice to those who don’t have it." Thank you for this post. Have a blessed week. Glad to be your neighbor at #onewordcoffee

  • What a wonderful thing your friend is doing, Ifeoma! And such a beautiful thing for you to be sharing it with us. Thank you for sharing another inspiring post with us on #shinebloghop this week.

  • This is one of the best articles I've read in a lonnnng time (and I read many). It feels good ti read the heartfelt beliefs of those who love God.

    Father in Heaven and Christ are the center of our family and life…and the drive behind all that I do for others, both on and offline.

    When I was about to give up on myself and much of life, I remember my religious leader approaching me, concerned, and he asked me to come see him later that week. When I did, he shared with me that he felt God wanted me to take my passion for writing fantasy literature and creating games for kids and to make it my priority. He promised me that if I would focus on others and to serve with the intent to always heal, lift, inspire and motivate, that I would be blessed both in my family and my life.

    I took that to heart and never looked back.

    Though there have been challenges over the years (and there always will be)—I have been blessed beyond words. Almost beyond belief.

    My marriage is stronger than ever, my children are following in my footsteps, and a day doesn't pass without having a miracle happen in my life which I can connect to the love, mercy and guidance of God.

    Thank you SO much for sharing!!

    Jaime Buckley
    Author, Illustrator, Dad of 12

  • What a beautiful ministry and a beautiful life laid down for God's purposes.

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