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Leo had sle-pt off before Rachael returned. He had a dream that he was pla-ying with three beautiful children. A girl and two boys, and the kids called him daddy. They were running around in a garden. Suddenly a woman c@m£ in and the kids ran to her shouting Mummy! Mummy! Mummy!, Leo was trying to see the woman’s face when he suddenly started hearing his name.
*Rachael:* Wake up, wake up Leo.
He opened his eyes to see a long faced Rachael looking at him.
*Leo:* Oh sweet Jesus! So this was all a dream.
(Excitedly he jumps up and held Rachael by the hand)
Honey, God has shown me, God has revealed it to me. I saw our children in my dream. A girl and two boys. I told you Honey, I told you the time was near and God would soon answer us and just now He in His infinite wisdom revealed it to me.
*Rachael:* You are just talking nons-en-se. Do I look like a fool to you? Leo listen to me, you can’t back out of this. We are in this together. We are doing this together do you un-derstand?
*Leo:* Doing what together.
*Rachael:* You can act naive for all I care. All I know is that we are in this boat to-ge-ther. Get that straight into your thick skull. We will get this done over and for all and we will move out of this place together. The plan is still in tact and nothing you do can change it. Do you un-derstand?
*Leo:* What is wrong with you? Here I am telling you of the wonderful vision that God has shown me and here you are talking nons-en-se. I thought I told you about the Lord’s warning throu-gh Sister Alex, why are you acting like you didn’t hear when I told you the deal was off?
*Rachael:* You lie Leo, the deal is not off, in fact the deal is perfectly on. And if you must know, then know now that Alfred will be here anytime soon and plans will kick off. So, I c@m£ to tell you that if you know you cannot stand me with another man then you should step out of the house for a while. But if you know you can be a man then stay and let’s get this over and done with.
*Leo:* I can see you are stupid. Alfred is coming to which house? I don’t think it’s this my house.
*Rachael:* It’s this house and he is alre-ady on his way. So make your decision fast. You stay or you leave.
*Leo:* (laughing) Look at you, I will never give you that cheque. You will never be able to get that money. In fact let me show you something.
Leo rushes to his bag and searched for the cheque. He wants to tear it before her but he was surprised that the cheque was gone. He started contemplating if he had brou-ght the cheque home or forgotten it at the office.
Rachael suddenly bur-st out laughing.
*Rachael:* Listen Leo, I am always one step ahead of you and you can never catch up. Are you looking for the cheque you have signed alre-ady? plea-se don’t bother because I alre-ady caught the money and delivered it to Alfred.
My side of our deal is delivered. It’s left for Mr. Alfred’s.
*Leo:* Rachael you can’t do that, you have to return that cheque, I want to return it.
*Rachael:* Ouch! So sorry Leo, it is too late. You will not be returning anything, because the deal has been signed, sealed and about to be delivered.
*Leo:* Rachael you can’t do this, I will report you to the church and to your family.
*Rachael:* Go ahead Leo, go ahead and report me and watch what will happen to you. I alre-ady went to the police to complain that church fund is missing and we may decide to open the case or forget it but we want to give benefit of doubt to whoever took it for the time being. So, if you dare do anything contrary to our plans I will not only make sure you suffer I will make sure you spend the rest of your life as a prisoner.
*Leo:* What? So now it has come to blackmail?
*Rachael:* Even the Bible clearly stated that the violent takes it by f0rç£. I am only trying to take my children by f0rç£ and anyone who would try to st©p me would suffer de-eply for it. So don’t dare me plea-se.
Just then the door bell rings and Alfred comes in. Rachael welcomes him with a big smile before turning and looking at her husband.
*Alfred:* Good evening Mama, good evening Papa, are we re-ady plea-se?
Rachael looks at her husband before talking.
*Rachael:* What is it going to be? Are you staying or you are leaving.
Leo who was utterly confused couldn’t say anything. He just picked up his phone and walked out of the house. While Rachael leads Alfred into their be-droom.
Another Sunday and Rev. Leo was abs£nt again. Pastor Jim who was always delighted and happy whenever Reverend was not in church gave a beautiful sermon. The Holy Spirit moved like never before. There was great deliverance, testimonies and miracles. This motivated the people to even give more than before because the man of God made them un-derstand that giving opens the door to your breakthrou-gh.
After the service, Brother Isaac the treasurer was seated in his office counting the offering and tithes and seeds sown by the members. He c@m£ across a hvge envelope and he opens it. It was filled with dollars and a short note attached to it.
*”God has used this Ministry to bless my life and my family. Reverend Leo stood by me in prayers and encouragement and I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for him. Today my family and I are in the US because of the lessons I learnt and followed from this great church. This is a token from my heart to God. Let the house of God be built from it. Once again, thank you Jesus and thank you my able Reverend Leo.”*
Brother Isaac took a look at the envelope, there was no name or forwarding address attached to it. The money in it was hvge and so he knew that it was a reasonable amount of money. He looked round to see if anyone was coming, and when he saw no one, he quic-kly di-pped the envelope inside his bag and kept the bag a little bit far from him but at a very visible point where his eyes can always be on it.
Not quite long Pastor Jim walks in excited.
*Jim:* Isaac my man, how far? What do we have for today?
*Isaac:* Pastor I am still counting, the people really gave today.
An excited Pastor Jim sat down and helped brother Isaac with the counting, with Brother Isaac stealing a glance at his bag from time to time.
At the end of the count, a whopping sum of 1.7million naira was received. Pastor Jim jumped up and started dancing round the room.
*Isaac:* Pastor why are you dancing?
*Jim:* I should dance my brother, God has blessed us. Since the history of this church, never have we gotten this kind of money on a Sunday service. Never! Except during programs or raising of funds. Never!
*Isaac:* But we do get this kind of money sometimes. Not very often but sometimes.
*Jim:* Ehn! It’s possible, you know I really didn’t put interest in church money and offerings until last two years. I didn’t care. You know na. That our Reverend is the only one in charge, collecting and syphoning all the money. Greedy fellow!
*Isaac:* Ah, ah Pastor, Rev Leo is not like that. He has never taken money from the church purse, except for a project in the church and he makes it open for all the committee members of the church.
*Jim:* See you, will you know? How will you know if he collects money. This is how someone outside will say, Brother Isaac has never collected a dime from church money since I know him. Or do you go out to announce that you took church money?
*Isaac:* No oooo, how can I do that?
*Jim:* O o o oh! That is how Leo will not tell you if he collects money. See ehm, Rev. Leo is greedy. He is ma-king money from this church. Didn’t you see he changed his car? And bought a new one for his wife? Do you know how much those two cars will cost? If I am not mistaken those two cars will cost nothing less than 7.5million. Where do you think he got the money from?
*Isaac:* I still doubt Pastor, all the money pas-s throu-gh me, and you and I always collect more than half of the money that comes into the church. So where and how did he gather that kind of money.
*Jim:* Shut up there you don’t know anything. Okay fine, let’s as-sume he is not collecting the money what is he now doing with it? He is not building the church anymore. There is no project on ground. What is he doing with all the money?
*Isaac:* He pays church workers na.
*Jim:* How much? How do you think I got frustrated to start collecting church money? It’s because of Reverend’s greediness. He collects hvge offerings and tithes from church yet pays us meagre salaries. How much is my salary you think? N30,000, miserable thirty thousand naira. If I his as-sistant is receiving 30,000 naira, how much then do you think other church workers are receiving?
*Isaac:* Mine is N18,000.
*Jim:* Minimum wage, you see? You see what I am saying? How can a church be receiving hundreds of thousands every Sunday and yet paying peanuts to church workers. Is that not wickedness? And then you expect me to feel guilty when I am collecting church money? Never, I am only paying myself the salary I am supposed to receive. Abeg share this money let’s leave here abeg.
*Isaac:* How much do we keep for the church?
*Jim:* Erm, bring 1.5million. keep 200k for the church.
*Isaac:* But that’s too big sir.
*Jim:* It’s like you don’t want money. My workers are working in my site o, I nee-d to pay them. Anyway, if you don’t nee-d money, you can leave your share with the church.
*Isaac:* Noo ooo, I have big responsibilities too o.
*Jim:* No you don’t have. Two hundred thousand Mayra is too small for the church. What are they doing with the money? Abeg give me 900k and keep 600k for yourself.
Isaac wore a big smile on his face. As he quic-kly separates the money and keeps two hundred thousand in the church safe, keeps 600k for himself and gives Jim his share.
*Isaac:* My Pastor, the correct man.
*Jim:* Make sure you record on ground very well o, 200k do you un-derstand?
*Isaac:* Trust me Pastor, that’s my job. I know what to do.
*Jim:* Good, I am going home. Pack up and leave.
Jim steps out of the church and Isaac heard the sound of his car driving off. He quic-kly rushes to check his bag if the envelope of dollars was there. After ma-king sure it was there, he smiled to himself as he packed up to leave.
He drives off quic-kly to meet his aboki friend that normally changes dollars to naira. And demanded that the dollars be changed for him.
It was a total of 5million naira. Isaac almost fainted, but he composed himself, lifted the Ghana-Must-Go bag in his car and zooms off.
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