Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #191. Today we are reading chapter 23 of the novel Charmaine” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
On Friday morning, Pastor Gillespie had a meeting with Brother Martin in Sister Mona’s presence. “So how do you feel about working with Sentayhu and Bohlale?” he asked Brother Martin after he informed him of his decision to make Sentayhu the head of the Ethiopian outreach ministry.
Brother Martin hesitated. “Pastor, I…I felt you should have asked me first. I do not want these people stressed out about anything that goes on at the church. You know how stressful the ministry can be. I want them to come in and just enjoy the services. Plus, my wife is helping me by taking care of some little details such as telephone calls to ask them how they enjoyed the services, sending them a ‘thinking of you card’, and things like that…”
“You do not like the decision I made?” Pastor Gillespie asked.
“Oh, no…that’s not it,” Brother Martin stuttered. “I feel honored, Pastor, to work with them. I just have had a lot of things on my mind lately.”
“Well, if you need a vacation, we can arrange that. We have others here who are quite capable of filling in for you so you can recuperate. I would just like for you to help Sentayhu get this new ministry off the ground. You have led the way for many of our other ministry outreaches. The sooner we get this one off the ground, the sooner you can take some time off,” Pastor said.
“I am with you, Pastor,” Brother Martin said quickly. He wanted to finish the conversation as quickly as possible.
“Well, share with me what you have done so far in reaching out to them,” Pastor Gillespie said.
Brother Martin had to think fast. It had been a couple weeks since he had talked about the ministry with Pastor Gillespie seeing that he had not done much to advance it.
“Pastor, we are planning a big surprise. My wife is helping me put it together. I’ll let you preview it when it’s ready. We will share it with the whole church then. Give me about two more weeks to get everything together.”
“Well, I hope that whatever you and Sentayhu are planning will be good and helpful for the whole church family,” Pastor Gillespie said. “And by the way, you might want to set aside whatever is on your mind and try smiling when the members greet you. One lady shared with Sister Mona that you were abrupt with her when she stopped to say hello.”
Brother Martin nodded. “I will, Pastor.”
“How do you think that went?” Pastor Gillespie asked Sister Mona after Brother Martin left.
Sister Mona shook her head doubtfully. “I can’t wait to see the surprise he and his wife have planned.”
“Zelda!” Brother Martin called to his wife upon arriving home for lunch. “What’s your next plan? Pastor has decided to replace me as the head of the Ethiopian outreach ministry. There’s no way we’re going to stop those heathens from coming to this church now.” He told his wife about the meeting with Pastor Gillespie. “What can you produce real fast—something I can place in Pastor Gillespie’s hand to keep him satisfied and quiet while we do what we have to do? We only have two weeks before Pastor is going to let Sentayhu take over. We have to shut this down before then.”
“Oh, don’t worry ‘bout a thing,” Zelda said. “Our next step is to turn the entire church family against the Ethiopians. That way, no one will suspect us. And Pastor will be forced to deal with it himself—either he will handle it head on and there will be a big division in the church, or the Ethiopians will leave on their own because they will know for sure that nobody in the church wants them there.”
Brother Martin began thinking. If we can just communicate to the church members how horrible integrating with the Ethiopians would be, then we could get all of them on our side. “I have a plan,” he said to Zelda.
“Before you tell me about your plan, I have another letter to show you,” Zelda said.
Brother Martin was not too sure about sending another letter. “A letter did not work the last time,” he said. “Sentayhu is bringing more of them in each Sunday. They took up four pews last week. We are going to have to stop busing them in and let them come in their own transportation like they used to. Pastor is going crazy talking about giving them two new buses and two new vans. I heard Deacon Walsh on the phone with the bus company. I tried to tell him just to give them one of our used vans because if you give people something free they won’t see the value of it.”
Sister Zelda shook her head as her husband continued.
“Have you ever noticed them in church? They are some of the biggest hypocrites I have ever seen. They just sit there bobbing their heads at everything Pastor Gilliespie says and just a grinning from ear to ear. I bet they don’t understand a word he is saying. I can’t stand people faking like that.”
“A second letter will show them how serious we are,” his wife assured him. “While you were at the church I spoke with Emmitt’s wife, Connie, and she told me that the government is cracking down heavily on illegal aliens in this area. In fact, the police carried out a raid at a trailer park not too far from where the Ethiopians live and arrested fourteen illegal immigrants. I bet you quite a number of those Ethiopians are here illegally,” she chuckled.
“What’s so funny about that?” Brother Martin asked his wife.
“Connie told me these immigration officers do not play. What they do with these illegal aliens, particularly those from Mexico, is, they get some buses and load them on up and bus them back across the border. These Ethiopians want some buses to ride on? They’ll be riding on some buses soon—some buses to the airport to fly them back to where they came from. I will begin looking into that this evening. If we can get some immigration officials over there to investigate their legal status, maybe the government can solve part of this problem for us.”
“I didn’t even think about that,” Brother Martin said. “And I know that’s the furthest thing from Pastor’s mind—especially with him all caught up with that Ethiopian girl he keeps going to the restaurant to see. The last thing he would want is for her to be deported.” He rubbed his hands together. “This should work real well. Now, let me tell you about my idea.”
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.