WEEKLY MAGAZINE no. 1; 15th sept. 2014.
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- thought of the week;
- question or questions of the week
- story of the week, a reflection;
- a success tip
- much more.
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THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
“There is nothing wrong with man possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess man”
TIPS FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE
In tips for a happy marriage today we give you something special.
10 tips to help you bring out the best in your spouse.
- Help your spouse to bring out the best in them.
- Find a way to motivate your spouse to bring out the best in them.
- Keep drumming into the ears of your spouse that they are special.
- Make your spouse aware of their talents.
- Be proud of your spouse and show it.
- Have confidence in your spouse and show it.
- Know your souse’s needs and fill them
- Compliment your spouse often
- Treat your spouse as the most honorable person you ever met.
- Focus n your spouse’s strengths and not weaknesses.
QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK
Following are our questions of the week. Please, give short responses to these questions in the comment box.
- Teaching has been described as a noble profession. Is it indeed, a noble profession?
- Are teachers architects of the world?
- If you are a teacher, do you love your profession? Would you love to change if you had another profession?
- If you are not a teacher, would you love or have loved to be a teacher?
RESCUE FUND CALLING
We are delighted to inform you of our Rescue Fund For the Desperate. This fund continues to save lives. After Monju Henry, Che Kingsley, it is now the turn of Relindis Manjo and Baby Victory Nde. We started by saving the life of Henry. People contributed from all over the world for his cardiac operation which went very successfully.
The next was Che Kingsley. His operation also went very successfully too. Today he is waxing strong. A life that would have been lost has been saved.
That of Baby Treasure did not end well. He passed away shortly after the operation. May his soul rest in peace.
Now we are on Manjo Relindis and Baby Victory. Each of them needs 3.5 million cfa francs for their cardiac operation. This is about 7000 US dollars. We have succeeded to raise two million francs through donations in by the listeners of Radio Evangelium Bamenda and Christians of different Churches and denominations to whom an appeal was launched. We still need five million frances for the two patients. That is about 10.000 US dollars. We are thus appealing to all men and women of good will all over the world to support our efforts to save the lives of these desperate people. The Rescue Fund is permanently open for your support.
Deposit your support in the Archbishop’s House Bamenda Cameroon or into Visa account no….
God loves a cheerful giver. What can be greater than to save lives?
That’s what we are doing.
OUR STORY OF THE WEEK
Today, as promised, we continue the story of Che Sama.
In the first part of this story, we met Che Sama whose parents were unable to sponsor him in college because they did not have money. They did the best they could to push him through secondary school but failed. We saw how it was only through a hard struggle that they sponsored him through primary school. They found it very difficult to pay his fees and afford for his books and other school requirements, including his uniform. Often, in primary school, he was sent away for school fees; which made him frustrated because he loved school.
Yet, despite this, being a brilliant boy, he passed both the First School Leaving Certificate and Common Entrance examinations with flying colors. In fact, in the Common Entrance examination, his performance was so good that he was admitted into one of the most prestigious schools in the country reserved for the brightest students.
Unfortunately, as you remember, he enjoyed being part of this prestigious institution only for a few months. During the third term of the school year he was sent away for school fees; and that was all about formal education for him.
He returned to the village and while his classmates were in class studying, he was in the village idling away his life. Like the other boys with whom he had grown up, and whose parents had also been unable to send them to college, his life consisted in getting up in the morning, loitering around the compound, doing a few chores, playing, or moving up and down with his friends.
In the evening, he would get back home and go to bed. From time to time, he went fishing or to lay traps with his friends. The fish or game he caught was sold in the village market and that enabled him to have some money to use. The rest, he gave to his mother which she used to prepare food for the family. That was how Che Sama lived in the village.
One day, unexpectedly, the Headmaster of the village school called him up and said his school was in need of a probationary teacher; and asked him to apply. He did. Fortunately, he had the job and became very happy.That was the beginning of a new life for him. He began to earn a salary and to live better.
In those days, teachers were highly regarded in the village and so he began to enjoy a lot of respect from the people around him. The villagers fondly called him “Teacher”.
It was a wonderful time for Che Sama. He enjoyed his work and became very devoted. His pupils loved him because he taught well and treated them with love and kindness. Unfortunately, he did not teach for long. The Presbyterian Mission had financial problems and closed some of its schools. Many teachers were laid off. Che Sama was one of them.
Although he was intelligent, and taught well, he was not a trained teacher and preference was given to the trained teachers; and so, once again, he found himself out in the job market with no hope for the future. Gradually, again, he went back to village life. This went for a few years with no idea of what to do and who to turn to.
One day, an idea came to his mind. It was the idea of leaving the village to try his luck somewhere out in the world. Many young men were leaving his villages and neighboring villages and going into the cities for greener pastures. Some of his primary school friends were among them. He decided that he would do same. His city of choice was the capital city. The problem he faced was that having somebody there to live with.It worried him. He did not know anybody there.
However, he did not have to worry about that for long. It turned out that a childhood friend of his who was living and working in that city. He just returned to the village and, hearing his plight, opted to offer him lodging for one or two days. He hoped that Che Sama would quickly find a job as a house boy and begin to fend for himself.
Things, however, did not go as planned. They turned out to be more difficult than expected. In many ways, life in the city worse than life in the village. The cost of living was very high; food and housing were more expensive that imported goods; and worse of all every food item was bought.
It needed someone with an exceptionally high sense of sacrifice to accept that a relative who had nothing to offer should live in his home for more than a few days, not to talk of permanently.
A job was difficult to come by.
Days passed. Soon weeks passed. Still, he was unable to find something to do. His friend began to complain that he could not cope with having to house a whole man like him who was not contributing anything to run the home. Finally, the young man saw no choice before him but to send Che Sama into the streets to find his way.
That was the beginning of another difficult moment in the life of Che Sama. What could he do in such a big city with no money, no food to eat, no roof above his head and nobody to turn to. Che Sama was desperate and many ideas come to his mind; some of them not good at all.
This story continues next week
Meanwhile, what do you think are some of the thoughts that passed through Che Sama’ mind? If you were Che Sama what would you have done? If you find someone in Che Sama’s situation what would you do? What do you think became of Che Sama?
Your answers to these questions can be interesting to read. Join the conversation.
You might have missed the beginning of the The life of a poor village boy. It is interesting to ge the story from the very beginning.
The Life of a poor village boy.
THE RICH AND THE POOR OF THE WORLD
There is a yawning gap between the rich and the poor of the world.
While there are people who are fabulously rich,
There are others who are poorer than a church rat;
While there are people who bathe in wealth like in a swimming pool,
There are others who never see a single drop of wealth to wash their faces;
While there are people who live in mansions and towers like kings and lords,
There are others who sleep in the open air, with no roof over their heads;
While there are people who wine and dine with three square meals a day,
There are others who cannot afford a morsel for a single meal a day;
While there are people who get the best medical care when they are ill,
There are others who cannot afford a single tablet at such times;
While there are people who send their children to the best schools for quality education,
There are others who cannot afford to send their children even to the poorest schools,
While there are people who live for long because they take good care of themselves,
There are others who die like fowls for lack of proper care;
The world is a terrible place to live in;
The gap between the rich and the poor, a shame to humanity;
And every day, wider and wider, it grows; as the rich grow richer, the poor grow poorer.
Where are we heading to?
Where shall we end with such a world?