Sweet Music from the radio
I woke up again to the sound of angels singing. During my worship session the light went off and the angels stopped singing. It turned out to be music from the security man’s radio.
Do not laugh!
The phone rang at 6.55am. The people who had assembled at Ilupeju were ready to leave for Ibadan but there were 3 people missing. Frantic calls were made. Detective Chief Superintendent Enny Idowu called London and found out that Sister Shade’s flight would arrive the next day while Mrs Adewumi was on her way from Apapa. Sister Bolaji’s plane had landed. She will arrive soon. The crisis over.
At 8.00am, two buses and a luggage van arrived at OPIC estate. Our 9 strong OPIC contingent with loads of medical bags joined the bus. Ogbomoso here they come. They set off with angels ahead of them and a police escort behind. It took them 1 hour 20 minutes from OPIC to arrive in Ibadan. The quickest ever journey recorded by any of the team members on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.
As they were approaching Ibadan, another set of frantic calls were made to get people ready at Goshen event centre for the convoy to set off for Ogbomoso. The Ile Tuntun sisters were delayed due to their bus being held by the Police.
Mummy Kate, Bro Bruce, Sister Sharon, Bro James and the Lagos contingent arrived before some of the Ibadan dwellers. I remembered to look at the position of my feet. Warm embraces all around. Our Ohio contingent consisting of Bro Gbenro, Sister Odun, Bro Gbenga and the Ladipos also arrived. While lunch was being served, we were informed that the luggage bus had broken down. It will take a little while for it to be repaired. Thank God it broke down in Ibadan. Our luggage was transferred to another van and the bus was left behind.
4 cars, 4 buses and an escort car set off at 1.30pm for Ogbomoso. A swift decision was taken to travel via Iwo instead of Oyo due to the trailer traffic. Iwo road here we come. The escort did a fantastic job. Moving ahead clearing the traffic. Iwo road bridge was navigated within 2 minutes. That was a miracle.
On the way to Ogbomoso we saw some of the most beautiful undulating hills. Cocoa trees lined both sides of the road. Untapped walking holidays terrain and glam camping opportunities were all over the place. My wife was tempted to build a country home in the area. I could imagine her as a village pastor. We stopped for the cars lagging to catch up. We had a brake pad scare with one of the vans. It took us 3.5 hours to Ogbomoso without any stress.
The day started off with a series of frantic phone calls. My wife was running late. She deliberately refused to pick up my calls as she had the responsibility to ensure that the people and possession were loaded on the bus. My wise friend warned me against upsetting her so I went back to bed. When they arrived in Ibadan, we were still waiting for the people staying in Ibadan to arrive. If I had upset her we would have had a silent journey to Ogbomoso. Not all battles are worth fighting. Seeking peace is an act which has great rewards.