Even though I am nearly 300km away from my mum and my brother, I am enjoying my stay at my uncles. One of the best things about living with my uncle is that I get to go to my old church, where one of my longest known friends go. Their names are Moyo and Deborah and I have some of the best memories with them from my childhood. When I used to live with my uncle when I was younger, I used to go to their parents Church until I moved houses with my mum and brother and we started attending a different Church. I hadn’t seen them until a year later when my uncle had a barbecue for his birthday and they were invited. It was great seeing them again and seeing how much we’ve changed and grown. After the barbecue, we hadn’t met up mostly because we were concentrating on school but we still kept in contact, mostly through text.
When I found out that we were going to be visiting my old church, I was full of excitement because knew this was one of the rare moments where I could see Moyo and Deborah again. It was so nice seeing all the church attenders who were still going to this church since I left and some of my uncles friends that I hadn’t seen since I was very young. I knew it was very unlikely that I would see Deborah because she now goes to university, which is great news but I wish I could have seen her in church. When I walked into the Church Moyo was in the choir, singing along with the other 4 members of the choir as they sang praise and worship. We locked eyes a couple of times and I was surprised about how tall he’d grown. After praise and worshipped he packed up all his belongings and ran to sit next me, at the back of the church. Our conversation was magical, we talked about all the things we’ve been up to since we last met and Deborah is now going to a church in London, near her university. I even told him about my blog and I even suggested that he should start one as well but he didn’t want to. He’s one of those friends where you can be completely yourself around them and you know they won’t judge you no matter what. We have so much in common, for example we both love anime, which non of my friends at school do. We had a great conversation about anime and he was even surprised by the fact that I started watching anime. He suggested that I start watching One Piece and I might start watching it over the holidays after I have finished watching Sailor Moon. We even went Pokemon hunting after church which was a blast, even though it was 30 degrees outside! I’ve finally finished watching Hunter x Hunter and it was amazing! If you haven’t watched it or you’re not sure what anime to watch, definitely watch Hunter x Hunter! I am seeing him again this Sunday in church before I leave for Manchester Sunday afternoon. I can’t wait to see my mum and brother.
Another reunion that is happening is between me and two of my closest friends in secondary school, Sarah and Zara. Sarah created a group chat on Tuesday and we all agreed to go to Nandos on Saturday so we can talk about what we’ve been up to since the end of year 11. It’s going to be so nice catching up with them. I hope you guys have been having a wonderful week and please comment below what you’ve been up to!
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Fasting is defined as ‘abstaining from all or some kinds of food or drink, especially as a religious observance’. This week I’ve been fasting everyday until 3pm and praying because my Church is going to a programme on Sunday where Pastor Chris (the president of our whole ministry) will be preaching and doing communion. This is my first time fasting more than two days in a row and I found it easier than I expected. I don’t know why, but I’ve always thought fasting would be REALLY exhausting and you’d be on the verge of death by the end of the day, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, it can be hard because you’re tempted to eat or drink something however, it gets easier as you keep on doing it. It’s very important to pray when fasting, ideally every 2 hours, because if you don’t you’re basically on a hunger strike.
During this week I have done a lot of studying for my last biology exam which is on Tuesday and I’ve been catching up on TV shows e.g. Hunter x Hunter. If you haven’t watched that anime then I highly recommend that you do because it’s awesome, shoutout to Canary. If you watch Hunter x Hunter you’ll understand 😉 I can’t wait for my last exam to be over because we’ve been put on a lot of pressure from the teachers to do well in our A-levels. This is mainly because we had the greatest GCSE results in year 11 ever in our school and they expect the same for our AS exams. Also, the fact that most subjects have their exams all at the end Year 13 puts more stress on us to do even better next year.
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I come from a fairly strict Nigerian Christian family, where going to church every Sunday is a priority and we take our faith seriously. Normally, my family and I visit a church 15/20 minutes away from our home each week, but due to my mums car crash and not having a car to drive to church (like I explained in my first blog), we decided to walk to the nearest church today, which is only 5 minutes away and called ‘Bethany Community Church’.
We’ve been to this church once before in 2014, but my mum is much closer to the Pastor in our usual church because they were friends when they were younger and they are both more familiar with the Nigerian format and preaching styles. There are a few things different and similar that I noticed between these two Churches.
One thing I’ve mainly noticed is that Churches with Nigerian/African Pastors often last longer than those that are not. Praise and worship is longer, the message is longer and there are others factors in the service that can last for around 3 hours or even longer. The church I visited to day lasted only an 1 hour and 30 minutes. This is one thing I like about English churches because it feels like you go there, sing for a bit, read the message, have some refreshments and then leave. However, when you know that you’re going to be in Church for over 3 hours, your will power to get up go to Church decreases. There’s opening prayers, praise, worship, rhapsody, testimonies, the message etc. omdsss! Don’t get me wrong, I love the Church I normally go to and I’m thankful for it, this is just what I’ve observed from the Churches I’ve visited.
All in all, the great things is that they both contain passionate and lovely people who care about others and spreading the gospel. I’m thankful for the people around me and the places I get to go but most of all I’d like to thank God!
Comment if you’re religious or not and what you’ve been up to today 🙂