Lessons learned from Africa

This is the type of thing you learn when Pastor Ani Simonson stays with you:

  • there are 2 types of medical facilities in Nigeria – a cheap version for minor cuts or bruises.  This is a very risky place. You enter at ‘your own risk’.  The other facility is for the rich only.  You must pay BEFORE any services are offered.  No exceptions.  Therefore, if you cut your arm off and you don’t have money, you are not allowed entrance into the hospital.  There is no help from medical staff regardless of your medical condition.  No health insurance, no credit.  This is why bullet #2 is so important…
  • He and his wife wake up at midnight (every night) and pray until 3am.  They go back to sleep and then wake up at 6am for another hour of prayer.  He goes to the church property, which currently has no buildings or facilities, and stays there throughout the day.  He prays with people as they walk by and request assistance.
  • His tribe is the one who appeared in ‘Amazing Grace’ the blockbuster movie about abolitionists in England and Western Africa.  There are still slavery houses in his home town.  Tourists can travel through them to see how it actually happened.

When we begin to think about our economy and the affects of a recession, maybe we should think about the rest of the world and put it in a different perspective.



About pastorrobin

Hello. I pastor PromiseLand Church in San Marcos, TX. I am married to Erica, and we have 3 kids: Kennady, Jude, and Avery. All little ones! Visit our church site at www.psmchurch.com

Posted on October 7, 2008, in Daily Word, General, My Family, politics. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Despite all of that, he looks really happy.

  2. He`s happy in Jesus . its a shame we aren`t as free in our spirit as he is. What you think CB maybe we should walk in his shoes to have that joy unspeakable in us. Do as he does, pray as he prays. ect,ect.
    I say help me Jesus and forgive me my savior.

  3. God is no respecter of persons. If any one of us prayed as much as Bro. Ani does, or depended on God for our very existence like he does, then we would see our prayers answered like God answers Bro. Ani’s prayers. Instead we place our faith in modern medicine, the government, our jobs, and all the other systems of man. You want change? Forget this world and seek to exist solely for God’s Kingdom. It is a complete reversal of everything our society teaches. Although I really do believe what I have just written, it is a different matter entirely to put it into practice.

    Maybe this is why I am so humbled when Bro. Ani is in my home. I talk about it, he lives it.

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