As Simon entered the house he saw Mary and Martha with Alexander and Rufus. The big room was crowded with people. Most of the people Simon knew and loved so dearly. He stepped into the circle and spoke slowly:
“Brothers and Sisters, I love you all. Every human emotion I have wants to stay with you who have taught me, helped me, and loved me so dearly. But the Holy Spirit is leading me back to my land. My name is now called Simon, But I’m also Ayo Bu! Tonight Jesus told me I must go back to preach in the vast desert and in the villages of the deep jungles. Jesus said he would never leave me. He will go with me as his Holy Spirit, the presence of God, is in me.”
“Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” came a shout. Simon turned and it was Mary standing with tears flowing down her cheeks. “I knew it. I prayed that you would carry the good news to the south.” Alexander and Rufus walked slowly toward Simon as he took them in his arms and held them tightly. Mary said softly, “Do you need my help?”
“Yes, yes, but it’s too hard to say” and he began to weep again. “Would you….” Mary replied tenderly, “I will keep them, teach them and all of us shall love them. Lazarus will be a good father to them!” “But” said Simon- “I know I must go-but what about them!”
Then John looked at Simon with eyes of compassion, “I know it’s hard for you to leave, but it is better to be in the will of God than to walk in rebellion. Jesus said, ‘if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. He that loveth Father or Mother more than me is not worthy of me, and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Therefore, take no thought saying, ‘What shall we eat or what shall we drink? Or with what shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you!”‘
The whole church gathered about, then the disciples and apostles prayed and then laid hands on Ayo Simon-and before dawn, he stepped into the dark night on the long journey to the little village by the great river!
“And the disciples were scattered abroad-and they went everywhere preaching the Word!” NORTH-SOUTH-EAST-WEST!
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