Reuben’s Prayer Letter – June 2012August 1, 2012
”God is Our Refuge and Strength, a very Present Help in Trouble” Psalms 46:1
”A refugee of the Lord, not of men!”, as saying with Paul, ”an apostle (not of men…but of Jesus Christ…) It sounds so comforting to me to know that, whiles I come to the ‘cessation clause’ of my refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), I do not lose my status with God! He ever is my refuge!
Over 20 years, my life of refugee with men has been very difficult: on the runs from place to place, across villages, towns and countries, seeking for refuge. Experiences with civil wars took me in and out native land to other countries, including Guinea and Ivory Coast. Finally, I got away to seek refuge in Gambia, where my family of nine including wife, seven children – 3 boys and 4 girls – have lived for nine years. It has been marked by trails, troubles, temptations, sufferings of all sorts of human imposed and proposed hopes, never fulfilling. But how in the midst of such condition our God work out His will! All the same the Lord has used His Word, the Bible to comfort, correct, commit, compose, and complete me. For, I am never left the same through the experiences by the faithfulness of the Lord who had promised ”never to leave nor forsake His own”. In the way, Scriptures such as,
” In the world you will have tribulations …but be of good cheer I have overcome the world.”
‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I gave you not as the world give gave I unto you, let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”; ”When my father and mother forsake me then the Lord will take me up”;
”Trust in the Lord with all your heart, in all thou ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path”, amongst so many others have kept my life with the Lord.
It is from this back ground that the month of June 2012 came and passed with testimonies to be shared in partnership with you:
I came across new places and people as the chapters of my refugee life reached some fulfillments. Even though, I was tempted by distractions, yet, there were escape routes that. I found the house tops, the beach side, the corners of streets – silent places – to be very suitable locations when activities of people seem to interrupt our times – for my quiet time with the Lord, which usually included reading the Word, praying, meditating, etc.
By the end of time, I found myself completing reading of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. What a journey with the Lord! It was like sitting at the feet of my Lord teaching me, as I imagined myself with the disciples that were associated with fears, questions, doubts, ignorance, weaknesses, etc, something, if I had been in their days, I would have apparently been identified, at worst in my walks with the Lord, too, never would I be Judas Iscariot who was the unsaved characters, something no believer in Christ never acclaims to, as in fulfillment of prophecies.
The end of my refugee activities in Gambia is marked by some controversial case. As to your concern, I have served in the leadership of the Gambia Refugee Community. As such, I have used that platform to minister to the refugees and the people involved with the refugees. Other engagements have been to advocate on behalf of the ”poor and needy” (proverbs 31:9) refugee community involving individuals, organizations, and governments. Such was a case of a letter of petition addressed to the President of the nation to intervene on humanitarian grounds, but it resulted to arrest, and imprisonment of the refugee leaders, leaving me out by the grace of God. However, this led me to the regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Senegal for sorting out some solutions. The case has got to put my life in need of protection, too, even though my family is in the Gambia. All these have brought my refugee life in the Gambia to a close as the case with all Liberian Refugees around the world by the cessation clause the civil wars.
Whiles it has never been my intention to just move out of Gambia, I take the time of being out to be part of my ministry life. As definitely, the experience becomes part of my life on earth, I take it necessary to apply my life to the experience, too by ministering as ”bond slaves of Jesus with the Apostle”. That’s why I make use out of the time, at the same time keeping prayerful contacts with the brethren left in Gambia. At the same time ministering and fellowshipping with other people, something only God might have created, commanded, called, chosen, and controlled my life to serve. It might serve for a greater testimony in the life of the ministry at the end of time, my prayers, as you do the same with me.
A friend in need (times of trouble) is a friend in deed! ”A friend sticks closer than a brother’? We might have got no biological births links on earth at all but spiritual brotherhood, which is actually a community of friendship – partnership – in Jesus Christ our Lord! Your prayers, supports, encouragements, etc, are all expressions of your love, faith, and hope in Christ. The kind has built a community of eternity in the heart of every person involved, which is never in vain. In fact, it is done for Christ Himself. It is due to this fact, that you have been used as a ”community of refuge for my life”. God will surely bless you. In a more particular way, my partnership responsibilities in the Gambia may have been interrupted by the refugee activities that I have been involved in/with. Yet, it does not divorce our partnership with Christ in any way, as ”Nothing is able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’. Nevertheless, I determine to get back to Gambia from Senegal by the help of God, whiles I sincerely covet your earnest prayers.
1) to achieve the highest purpose for which God has created, commanded, called, chosen, and controlled me.
2) to reunite with my family, removing hindrances to progress involved.
3) to advance the ministry activities to completion with vision, mission, and passion of Christ.
4) to fulfill the works in partnership with the Lord and His people