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On March 4, I departed for a mission trip to Nigeria. I was to meet two other team members from Mississippi. The purpose of this trip is to minister in two separate cities, give apostolic prophetic summits and to meet and pray with some government officials.



We arrived on a Monday, and the meetings started on a Tuesday. The meetings have been grueling, with morning sessions from 10 a.m. until about 4 p.m., and the evening sessions beginning at 6 p.m. It left so little time to rest, eat or pray. This went on for seven days and nights.



I will never forget this trip as long as I live. I've had so many new experiences. My host was a bishop who I did not know, but I was led by the spirit to come and trust him as host. The hotel was nice — it  had hot water and great air conditioning — so I was very happy. The joy was short lived. The hotel locked seven of us out of our rooms because the bishop had not paid for our rooms.



Three days into the trip, I was approached by the bishop asking to borrow $500 to assist in the payment of the rooms. Well, I did not intend to be on the streets of Nigeria, so I agreed. As a result, I had to have the remaining funds sent to me via Western Union. The funds arrived, but then I was told that unless I had an account with the bank they would not be able to give me the funds.



I always try to remember that with God there will always be opposition to purpose in the lives of believers. The enemy will never allow you to go through anything without opposing you and trying to destroy and delay the plans of God for your life. But we can never give up the cause because of opposition, pain or heartache. Never quit!



I prayed, and the favor of God came. The hotel manager had an account, and they allowed me to get the money. I gave it to the manager and immediately called a friend, a true king in the land, and made arrangements to go to his palace until leaving for Abuja. I knew that the Lord had a plan, and the enemy was fighting hard to defeat us and to cause us to lose our focus. I went to the airport as instructed on Thursday; I was to meet the remaining team members there to fly to Abuja.



When the other team members tried to leave the hotel, the hotel managers locked the gate and told them to call the American embassy. They would not be permitted to leave until the bill was paid.



I was waiting at the airport with no ticket. The hostage situation continued with the hotel; while I am free, I am abandoned at the airport. Suddenly, I see a pastor from the conference who was able to get my flight code to Abuja. The hostages were finally released from the hotel, but they have missed their flight — actually, they missed two flights in the same day. I arrived safely in Abuja for the next summit and got settled in the hotel. The others arrived the next day. We are finally together again.



Now, I know why the enemy was fighting so hard. We have seen so many miracles, deliverances and healings to the glory of the Lord. We will continue to fight the good fight of faith and totally trusting in the Lord. This is where many lose out on the things of God. They quit right at the time their healing or deliverance is about to manifest. Tough things happen to make us stronger in life — to make us better, and not bitter.



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