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Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.
- Colossians 3:23-24 (NRSV)
My elder brother, Ajagaboka, takes great delight in his service to God. Most weekends, he wakes up early and joins the women in our local church in keeping the chapel clean. He is also zealous in his participation in the drama unit, always ministering to the glory of God.
As Ajagaboka has served, God has opened a new door for him. He was awarded a scholarship to study for a master’s degree in agriculture at the University of Kent. After completing his 14-month-long studies, Ajagaboka returned to Nigeria and continued with his unflinching devotion to and ministry for God.
One Sunday morning, the women in our church, who were inspired by Ajagaboka’s committed service to the church and to God, decided to honor him, conferring on him a “disciple of the year” award. My family was amazed at this great honor.
Through my brother’s example, the words of the scripture quoted above came alive for all of us in a new way. His continued dedication has inspired a younger generation to devote their time in service to God and to their brothers and sisters wherever they find them.
See an image of Ibufubara and her brother, here .
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