I don’t know why some parishes love to do more than themselves and bite more than what they can chew. The way some parish shepherds see the harvest as a do-or-die affair is not supposed to be. It is never mandatory to put your members under all forms of pressure in the name of harvest.
It was gathered that a new and rapidly developing parish around the airport axis of Abuja has their shepherd rescued by a good Samaritan who couldn’t bear the shame that has fallen upon him.
According to an eye-witness account, the shepherd was said to have bought some soutana materials on credit for his wife, and children, and he promised to pay immediately after the harvest.
By his calculations, he was expecting a massive amount of money to be realised from the sales of Bazzar, harvest fees etc, but he miscalculated and his expectation was cut off.
After the harvest, the woman went to the parish for her money as agreed, but the shepherd told her to exercise more patience that the money the church realised had not been counted and that he would get back to her as soon as possible.
Days, and weeks after, the woman was still waiting patiently, but all efforts to get her money proved abortive. The shepherd then refused to pick up her calls as alleged and this prompted the woman to mobilize to meet the shepherd in the church during Service hours. And started shouting atop her voice.
The effort put in place by the elders to appeal to the woman to calm the situation was ignited and aggravated with more fire. A passerby who could not withstand the shame helped in paying the debt via transfer before peace was restored to the parish.
To all shepherds, harvest is not a do-or-die affair. I heard that a shepherd said that his BP is high because his parish harvest is less than two weeks away. Do what you can do and note that you can never please everybody.
Don’t put your members under unnecessary pressure when it comes to donations for harvest. Plan your parish harvest relative to what the parish has in its account and try not to be in debt.
That won’t warrant long-term embarrassment to you, the church as a whole, and the body of Christ.
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