What I did before coming to Simmons
I am currently working as a Ministry Prayer Representative in a leading Christian Media Production outfit in Ontario Canada. In this position, I listen to people in distress, and offer emotional and spiritual care, including corporate and intercessory prayers. I connect people to the Lord Jesus and back to church as opportunities to do so present. I was serving in this position when I was invited to join Marketplace Chaplain.
While I waited for the right time for my formal training in Christian ministry, I worked as a librarian, a bank officer, and a program director in a not for profit organisation.
When and why did you become a Chaplain
I have always known that I have a heart for people, and that I love to encourage and lift people up. I was a zonal leader in my church where I was responsible for caring for the members in my zone. In that position, I discovered that being present and listening to people and supporting them in desperate times felt natural for me. Church members in my zone came to me for counselling and care as the needs arose. When it was time for me to get a formal training for Christian ministry, in September of 2015, I did not hesitate to study Counselling and Spiritual Care. I received formal training as a chaplain for two years.
As a missionary, I got to know about the post-modern culture of North America, and the contemporary mode of evangelism, which is to demonstrate the love of Christ and to build relationships in our neighbourhoods, work and leisure places, to enable us witness for Christ when an opportunity arises.
Where did you go to school
I completed a Master of Theology program in Counselling and Spiritual Care from McMaster University Divinity College Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in June 2017. My graduation ceremony took place in May of 2018 though. Prior to that, I obtained my first degree in Library / Information Science. I also acquired a post graduate diploma, Management, and a Masters degree in Business Administration , Human Resource Management, all from the University of Nigeria.
Where Have You Lived
I was born in Abiriba, a village in the south-eastern part of Nigeria. I moved to a suburban area for my high school education, and moved to the urban city of Enugu for my university education. We moved to Abuja, the federal capital city, when my husband who was a journalist and TV broadcaster was transferred to the national TV headquarters. We have lived in Abuja for 19 years.
I knew since I gave my life to Christ that I was going to be a missionary but I didn’t know where I was going to serve the Lord. In 2003 when I came with my husband for an international convention of the Full Gospel Business Men’s fellowship international in Anaheim, California, it was made known to me that I was called to serve as a missionary in North America, United States and Canada specifically. I came to study and to live and serve in Canada since September 2015.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to watch Christian TV programs, or read Christian literature and novels. I compose worship songs. I write my yet-to-be-published books, visit friends, and I love shopping and traveling. My favorite place to visit in USA is Denver Colorado, and my favorite place outside USA is Dubai. I hope to visit the holy land one day.
What are some of your favourite quotes?
These are some of my favorite quotes from my favorite author.
“When we are crushed like grapes, we cannot think of the wine we will become.” Henri Nouwen
“Just living life is not enough. We must know what we are living. A life that is not reflected upon isn’t worth living. Half of living is reflecting on what is being lived . . . without looking at life critically, we lose our vision and direction.” Henri Nouwen
“We have to receive the story of our fellow human beings with a compassionate heart, a heart that does not judge or condemn but recognizes how the strangers story connects with our own.” Henri Nouwen,
“Healing is the humble but very demanding task of creating and offering a friendly empty space where strangers can reflect on their pain and suffering without fear, and find the confidence that makes them look for new ways right in the centre of their confusion.” Henri Nouwen
My favorite Bible quotes
“We also exhort you, brethren, that you warn those that are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14
“But without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to Him must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
Do you have any pets or raised any animals?
Well . . . I tried having a puppy and raising a dog in addition to working and raising my four kids, I realised after a while that I was not coping fine, so I gave up the idea. We have just recently introduced the idea of getting a puppy again and I have no doubt, we will all be fine this time.
If you could do anything in one day and money is not an issue, what would you do?
I would check into the most luxurious hotel around, with my family. We’ll have a family fun day: work out at the gym, use the pool, have buffet lunch. In the night we’ll play our favourite cards (WHOT), and watch my children’s favorite childhood films.
Who have been the most influential people in your life?
My Mother, Grace: My father passed on when I was very young and my mother raised me and my six siblings by herself. Her gentle and quiet spirit in the midst of hardship; Her faith in God; humility; tenacity; and sacrificial love robbed off on me. I learnt patience, and hope, and the virtue of self denial.
Pastor Sarah Omakwu: Family Worship Centre is a mega Pentecostal Church located in Abuja. Pastor Sarah took over the leadership of the church when her husband who was the pastor died. Although people were sceptical about her ability to lead the church because she was a woman, pastor Sarah has succeeded in leading the church to grow from about 8,000 to 12,000 membership base. Certainly the Lord builds His church, still I am inspired by pastor Sarah’s courageous leadership. Her story boosted my confidence when I was thinking of going to Bible College. I learnt that truly, with God, all things are possible.
JoAnn Walthour: She was a missionary from the United States serving in Enugu Nigeria, through the Great Commission Movement. The Lord ordered my steps to meet JoAnn and I joined her small group bible study. This was a miraculous answer to my prayers to find a small bible study group. My life was transformed through my involvement in JoAnn’s study group. Her simple teaching style and genuine friendship impacted me positively and helped to shape my life and ministry.
Kalu Otisi: He is my loving husband. He is ever so supportive and encouraging. He is willing to do anything that will empower and free me to be all that I can be and to fulfil God’s plan for us. He supported me to go to a bible college when some other men and people did not see any sense in it. He is the best life partner ever.
Billy Graham: Billy Graham’s passion for soul inspires me. It challenges me to know that there is no limit to what God can do with one single individual who is totally sold out to God’s heartbeat.