On behalf of the Chairman and Board members of CeOSA North America, I wish to thank everyone who volunteered to travel to Indiana and Michigan for Mama Baker’s going away celebration. I call it a celebration because it was a life well lived. I am thankful that the Almighty God allowed her to see and enjoy some return on her investment. I am sure the Baker family will continue to see such returns for years to come in Jesus name.
I also want to thank those who saw it fit to contribute financially and in various ways to the trip. We have already seen the list and pictures of the members that went and also the list of those who contributed to making the trip a success, so I will not belabor you with that. May God bless you all abundantly. I know we were in your thoughts and prayers.
However, I would be remiss if I do not mention certain people. The UK Branch for your generosity, special thanks to our sister Betty Farley and Bro Emanuel Young for all your efforts to keep us connected. Our Treasurer brother Abdul Kamara and his family prepared a feast for us in addition to what Sis Rosaline had prepared. We had more than enough to eat and we took the left-overs to our respective homes at the end of the trip. Our sisters Isatta Conteh and Rosetta Tarley who kept in touch with us for the better part of the journey via phone, to wish us well, get updates and pray for us. Thanks for their thoughtfulness and concern.
There is a lesson to be learned from the Baker family, who I consider a chosen family. Again I say “chosen”, because they heard the call and were obedient enough to leave their comfort zone.
All old students of Centennial have been called, the question to us is, do we accept or ignore the call? The call is for the majority, but the chosen are the obedient ones. Jesus himself said it best Matthew 22:14 King James Version (KJV)
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
We are witnesses to the exemplary sacrifice the Bakers and all the other missionaries made in order to make a lasting impact in our lives. It is incumbent upon us to take what we have witnessed, and build on that foundation. It is not possible to be involved in everything, but it is my belief that we should all get involved in building CeOSA and consequently Centennial. Every little effort is important and matters greatly. It was through collective effort that the Baker family was able to accomplish all that they did. Please take the time to read Emmanuel Young’s tribute to Mama Baker. You can see how he explained her role in getting things done.
Brothers and sisters, it is your individual responsibility to move your name from the register of the “Called” to that of the “Chosen”. When you as an individual can make that transition, it means you have been able to make an impact somewhere. At the Mama Baker funeral, the Pastor’s recap of those who read tributes he concluded that Mama Baker was an investor, not in Stocks and Bonds but in Human Capital. That is the greatest investment any human being can make. When you can extend yourself to others beyond your family, whether they acknowledge you or not, God himself will reward you in due season. My Brothers and sisters who went on the trip can bear me witness to the Baker family impact and reward.
With this in mind, I am appealing to all of us to join the forum for the monthly meetings, the quarterly day of prayer and fasting, the upcoming 250-year celebration for the UBC mission and our 2017 Convention in Indiana.
My sincere thanks again to those who have been participating. Remain Blessed in Jesus name.
Comfort Macauley-Kabay (1358)
Secretary General CeOSA North America