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Dispatch From Washington DC: The First Meeting With My Pastor Here In The United States, By Simon Ateba

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Today (June 27), my pastor and the assistant pastor in the state of Maryland here in the United States invited me for a meeting to become a member of the church, the Springdale Community Church.

I had attended every service since I first went there many Sundays ago, and I was always going home immediately after church service. They felt it was time for me to join. I was glad.

The meeting went well. They wanted to know where I was born, where I grew up, what I do and they wanted to tell me also about the church, their mission and vision and it was really cool.

Pastor Hammond, who lost his wife some years ago, is a great preacher. The church leadership meets with members once a month to explain how it uses the money they give in forms of tithes and offerings.

The church does not do fund raising and the pastor does not have two cars or a private jet. 80 percent of the people in church are women and older men. Very few youths can be seen. The church lasts for only 75 minutes but it’s so loaded that it sometimes feels like it was many hours.

Next Sunday, I would be introduced to the congregation. Everyone would come and give me a hug, including the prettiest girls in the church (hahahaha). Joining a church here is a big deal. Many people are busy with work and challenges. Many are not religious. Many are only spiritual. People have their reasons. And I don’t really judge anyone. But I feel comfortable in my church. So today was a great day.

You know, I have lived long enough, and got white hair by the way, to know that whether here in Washington DC where I am writing this or over there, wherever you’re reading it, the truth remains that in life , when had a great day, you just know you had a great day.

Simon Ateba is the publisher of simonateba.com and thenigeriannews.com. He operates from Washington DC

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