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Andrew Bello is fast becoming a household name in the African household. The rejected ‘nobody’ from Nigeria is becoming the biggest name in contemporary Afro Gospel music here in the UK and in Africa. Since his arrival in the UK at the beginning of the millennium “Mr International”, as he is known on stage, has launched an album Centre of attraction, won two awards, released several singles and has ministered at numerous Christian evangelical concerts and programmes. When Andrew Bello gets on stage you can see that he is not there just to sing but to lead people in worship and encourage you to fall in love with God. His music encourages you to know God and praise God for your life. Most of his music is a testimony of what God has done and is still doing in his life. He brings drama and uniqueness to any programme as he has allowed God to take control of his life. It’s in his music videos that one gets to see his dramatic and fashionable personality.

From the age of 7, Andrew has always known he was called for a purpose and that he was set apart from the rest of his friends. At this tender young age Andrew would watch his Grandfather and uncle play a variety of sounds and join in with them. This fuelled his passion for African Gospel music. With this vision he continued to attend church in his hometown in Nigeria.

Like many of the youth of Nigeria, he quickly found himself in the gang culture where he was involved in undisclosed criminal activities.  One thing is known though; he was the planner and not the doer of these activities.  For Andrew, the criminal lifestyle didn’t hinder him from attending church. Andrew still attended church and one can confidently say that it was through attending church that he realised his life could not continue the way it was.

In his late teens, Andrew made a difficult but life changing decision to move from his family home and town. He desired to attend university, but realised that he couldn’t remain in the country as there was no inspiration or encouragement from his friends.  Had he remained in Nigeria it wouldn’t have been able to become the man God wanted him to do. So in 2000, Andrew left Nigeria to become an entertainer in the UK. His family thought he was crazy and being unrealistic, but Andrew knew what he was doing. He was following orders from God, he was answering a call from God and although he did not exactly how it was going to happen he believed that it was going to happen. He knew he was called to be a worshipper and an entertainer and it was not going to be in Nigeria. He left Nigeria with the belief that he was coming to a better location with a better life.

This illusion quickly turned into a bitter reality when he found himself hanging around with the East London gangs. Again, he was involved in some undisclosed activities but his time he was more than the planner he was heavily involved in these activities. After months of moving around in East London he found himself some good friends who encouraged him to attend church. He started attending a growing local Pentecostal church, where he quickly became a chorister. Again his involvement in the ministry of God did not stop him from his criminal behaviour. His heart had become hardened. The walls were closing in on him and the pressures of living of a dual lifestyle threw him into a state of depression and mental instability. The only way forward for him was to check into a psychiatric unit. This was the beginning of the rebirth of Andrew Bello.

During his short stay at this home, Andrew used the opportunity to redirect his life back onto God’s original plan for him. The identity that had been destroyed during his teens began to be reconstructed. He had a CD on him that he kept on listening to, which helped him to refocus and regain his confidence as a minister. Before he knew it he was invited to minister at a conference. Since this day he has never looked back on God. He has followed God’s command to lead people in worship. He has grown from strength to strength in ministry and has even started his own ministry to help young people.

The year 2013 has seen Andrew Bello launch the Omo Jesu (Child of Jesus) movement. This ministry is another vision given to Andrew that gives an opportunity to the young children who are walking on a similar path that he did. Andrew Bello wasn’t very academic but he excelled in music and art and more recently is expressing his love for fashion. This is what he wants to see for the youth of today. Omo Jesu is on the lookout for those who are not excelling at school and know they can excel in other areas. Like his music, Omo Jesu is not limited to one group of people. The Omo Jesu movement is on the lookout for actors, entertainers, entrepreneurs, architects and anyone who believes they have a talent.  The Omo Jesu movement has recently launched a music video for Andrew Bello and is working on couple more for this year.

One of the things that need to be known about Andrew is that he loves his music and his life is a testimony. He desires to travel to the forgotten lands of Afghanistan, Palestine, India, Rwanda and the places where the gospel is not known and other ministers don’t want to go to.  One can truly say that he is living up to his proverbial saying; My life’s been like a book with many chapters, but some pages are missing, finding purpose was the ultimate goal of my mission. 

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4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. 5 And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. 2 Tim 2:4-5 NLT

Our prime purpose in life as soldiers of the kingdom of God Jehovah is his son’s last command “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mat. 28:19-20). Education, work, marriage, kids are temporal things that we’ll leave when we die. But the souls that we bring to Christ, by His grace and mercies they will enter into eternal bliss. As believers it is not bad to have these things, it is only bad when you place them above God and your ministry. When getting married and and having a PHD get in the way of your calling, they are no longer pleasing to God, even though he created them for us.

Vs 5 encourages us as Saints of God to do everything lawfully. We will not enter heaven unless we do the things of God lawfully. He commands us to love our neighbors, pay tithes, spread the His word of  truth, not lie nor cheat. But there are times as Christians, we say God will understand and he sees our circumstances. He does but He still expects you to live according to the laws of  His mouth as well as the laws of this land.

 

Everything is in this life has a procedure or protocol, follow them and you’ll live a blessed life.

God’s love to you all.soldier_in_gods_army_mousepad-p144272749876587089z8xsj_400

On a car journey, there was a conversation flowing about demons and their activities.

Especially those demons we struggling with that we dont share. Im usually lost in these convos and I cn admit that at times my mind goes on vacation. But when they started talking about this particular demon its as if there was spiritual lightbulb moment; like why have u not clocked this yourself?!

So anyway, they were saying that “not trusting anyone at all is a demonic activity” (Ive paraphrased).

The thing is most of us have that issue. I can say that it is something that is accepted by modern society not by God. As put my brothers and sisters in that car, ” if u dont trust any man, then u dont trust God. Your marriage will not work or u will never marry. U dont trust ur pastor to pray or counsel you.  And saddest of all u dont trust God. How can u not trust the one u can see and claim to trust the One you cannot see?”  Logically think about it.

This is one that I know as young girls and sometimes women, we suffer from. We build this protective wall around our heart and emotions from hurt. We just cant take another heart break. Another dissapoint. As divinely put by one of the women of God in the car; you’re only doing this doing this because uve already been hurt; dissapointed; heart has been broken and u have vowed never to let it happen again. You are only hurting yourself. You are  blocking so many doors from being opened in ur life. Let Go and Let God.  Let ur pastor/Rev or Minister pray for u. Yourself, continue to pray for healing. Healing so u can trust again. IN THE NAME OF JESUS!

BUT be careful not to put ur trust in man for the bible says in
Isaiah 2:22 NIV
Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?.

The Dictionary definition for trust is

1. Reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
2. confident expectation of something; hope.
Dictionary.com

We are directly told by God not to trust in man. Don’t put our trust in them. The moment u decide to put your trust in a human, u preparing for a heart break, disappointment, anger, bitterness and so much more.

Hope this blesses someone who is reading this. I shall continue on this topic next week.

 

xx RLxx

I’ve recently come to realize, with the help of my girls, that as ladies we require something in our daily lives. Attention. Now this can be poisonous or medicinal. depending on how you look at it. Let’s look at it from both sides.

I’m quite the optimistic so I’ll begin with the medicinal. As girls/women/ladies, we need attention to feel loved and accepted. If our peers and especially parterners don’t give us attention we almost die emotionally. We start seeking attention from anyone. We just need and want to be noticed! Another thing is, we like to pretend we don’t need attention. Stop pretending ladies and love the attention you getting, coz u know once it stops ur head be thinking of 101 reasons why u aint getting the attention. Attention makes us feel great and I personally believe that. Attention is medicine for the female soul.

Now it can also be poisonous. When a man decides to give you all the attention u desire with the wrong intentions, you are in big trouble. A man will lavish you with his undivided attention, then all of a sudden hit you with reality. That actually, I got you where I want now. I got you thinking I lurve u, when I don’t, so u gonna come back to me all the time. Why?! Coz ATTENTION! Don’t be fooled ladies, him calling you and chasing you is nothing but a game for him. A past time. All that interest he showing you will be over as soon as u give in.

So ladies and gentlemen, respect yourselves and know your limits. Know when too much is no good for ya.
Ladies, we may enjoy the chase but remember that you’re the reward. They’ll do everything within their power to get u. Be aware of wolves in sheep clothing.

Hey ppls! So I gotta say, I’m so sorry. It’s been a year since I last posted! There’s a rerason for this and I hope y’all will find it in you hearts to forgive me :-).

Why have I been off for so long?  Since u asked! Its been a rollercoster yer to be honest! Malawi was great and all but I felt that I wasn’t in the right mind frame to be encouraging y’all as I needed some encouragement myself. As well as Uni, it wasn’t easy at all! SO anyway Im back with more knowledge and wisdom by God’s grace. I aint saying I am where I want to be, but God knows why He’s been asking me to jump on this again. I tell u I do not know what I wil write, I can’t say this will take any form, but one thing I can assure u is that everything I write will be lead by The Holy Spirit. If I don’t post for a few days, forgive me. I am praying that God will be exalted thru this blog. That many of you will get to know HIm like never before and that I will also be encouraged by you.

I leave you with Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. NIV.

Don’t find your strength in your relations. They don’t have as much strength as our Lord Jesus Christ.Be strengthened in His work. Be Strengthened by His Holy Spirit. Don’t give up on God.

Reedemed Leo. x

Woooaah!! Finally in Malawi… well landed on Friday. So far so good. I think I arrived at the right time as it’s been so chilled out this weekend. Well the hard work commences tomorrow , so looking forward to doing something. My groWoooaah!! Finally in Malawi… well landed on Friday. So far so good. I think I arrived at the right time as it’s been so chilled out this weekend. Well the hard work commences tomorrow , so looking forward to doing something. My group is so amazing. As some may know I missed the first two weeks of this trip due to the lovely people at CRB. So when I arrived on Friday I was anxious about settling in with the group but they were OK. As soon as I arrived I could see that they really wanted me to fit in, so kinda felt special! Hehe!! Seriously though, I just missed the riots, so God is good! Don’t much to say at this point, apart from I’m sharing a room with three other girls at the moment… don’t know how to feel about that. They’re nice girls so should alright. But these 8 weeks look to be a challenge already. I’m keeping positive though, I know why came out here and aint about to waste my days complaining. Malawi is a beautiful country, I must say. The hospitality of the people here is on point, although food orders take like 2 hours to arrive. Such warm people. Looking forward to tomorrow and seeing what it brings. Peace!! up is so amazing. As some may know I missed the first two weeks of this trip due to the lovely people at CRB. So when I arrived on Friday I was anxious about settling in with the group but they were OK. As soon as I arrived I could see that they really wanted me to fit in, so kinda felt special! Hehe!! Seriously though, I just missed the riots, so God is good! Don’t much to say at this point, apart from I’m sharing a room with three other girls at the moment… don’t know how to feel about that. They’re nice girls so should alright. But these 8 weeks look to be a challenge already. I’m keeping positive though, I know why came out here and aint about to waste my days complaining. Malawi is a beautiful country, I must say. The hospitality of the people here is on point, although food orders take like 2 hours to arrive. Such warm people. Looking forward to tomorrow and seeing what it brings. Peace!! Woooaah!! Finally in Malawi… well landed on Friday. So far so good. I think I arrived at the right time as it’s been so chilled out this weekend. Well the hard work commences tomorrow , so looking forward to doing something. My group is so amazing. As some may know I missed the first two weeks of this trip due to the lovely people at CRB. So when I arrived on Friday I was anxious about settling in with the group but they were OK. As soon as I arrived I could see that they really wanted me to fit in, so kinda felt special! Hehe!! Seriously though, I just missed the riots, so God is good! Don’t much to say at this point, apart from I’m sharing a room with three other girls at the moment… don’t know how to feel about that. They’re nice girls so should alright. But these 8 weeks look to be a challenge already. I’m keeping positive though, I know why came out here and aint about to waste my days complaining. Malawi is a beautiful country, I must say. The hospitality of the people here is on point, although food orders take like 2 hours to arrive. Such warm people. Looking forward to tomorrow and seeing what it brings. Peace!!

Ok… I know some of u thinking I’m smoking but this may actually interest you.

A random thought I just had actually. Sex and intimacy is something of a taboo in the Christian world. But we gotta talk about it. Especially with our young ladies ( oh yh nd the Bois!) who are surrounded by all this sexual tension and pressure! I mean come on now, we all know that it goes on, even in our churches… I bet ur eyebrows raised rite abou now huh?! Hehe
Seriously though, sex and intimacy is something we need to educate ourselves on and tackle, especially within the church.
So what does our bible tell us about sex?! It’s a holy act of love…( u probably thinking “yh she on drugs again”). But I’m actually being real. When God created men and women He clearly state that we need to multiply, therefore God created sex and gave us permission to have a physically intimate relationship with our ” wives/husbands”. That’s what sex is for primarily. But what we have done as a people into a sin against the holy temple of God.

Ok, some of you maybe confused but, let me confuse you some more. Our bodies are temples of God. God lives in you. Therefore your body is a temple. once u start having sex outside of marriage (fornication, adultery), u have told God that He no longer lives you. Therefore serving the devil.
How does that work I hear u say… K… Look at it this way, when u r de sully active with a person, you become one. Your souls are joined together ( hence why sex is usually left for your first night of marriage). You are exchanging the one thing no other man/woman should be able to share wiv u.
Dint u realise that once you sleep wiv someone something comes over you? You may start to get jealous and question the persons reason for sleeping with you. U begin to lower yourself to a place God never intended you to be.
You have an intimate relationship and connection with a person God did not prepare for you and before you know it you doubt yourself. And the enemy starts to plant seeds of evil thoughts of jealousy, anger, guilt, self-hatred!

Why put yourself through this? Shame the devil and keep yourself for ur destined wife/husband. Don’t allow te enemy to make you believe that you must test drive before you buy, coz trust me I God says that’s the one for you then He has made that person to suit your every needs and desires. Sexually as well. Go created sex, He wants us to enjoy it. But in the way He intended in a marital home.

Sex, has been known to be a killer. But also a giver of life.

🙂