The Store keeper handed them each a packet of condoms…

It was 8pm on Boxing Day 2011. My mum wanted to check up some information for her research work from the internet so she gave me some money to get credit card so we could recharge my modem and she could browse.

I trotted off to a provision store a few buildings away. As I got there and handed my cash to the seller in exchange for the recharge card, I saw two boys in T-shirts and jeans walk into the shop.

I didn’t anticipate what happened next: I didn’t know what verbal communication occurred between them and the storekeeper. But I only know that I saw the store keeper hand them a pack of condoms each, which they pocketed and paid for, after which they promptly climbed a motorbike and zoomed off.

My heart almost skipped a beat: I had always heard or watched on TV this scene but I saw it live this time. Youths, which I’m cock sure were unmarried. They were probably going for a night out, as their dressing suggested. Maybe a discotheque, or club or night party or even an hotel to celebrate Boxing Day. We all know what condoms are used for.

A cloud of thoughts raced through my mind. Then images of teenage girls with babies strapped to their back flashed through my mind, interlaced with the made up faces of the unfortunate girls they would meet that night. I stood speechless with anger surging through my veins. While some families spent their holiday fostering their relationships, visiting friends and loved ones, and others looking back into the almost concluded year and planning ahead, some boys were going to destroy the lives of some ladies that night!

I almost yelled out: I had never seen this before.

From their stance, they most likely weren’t first timers. They would be going deeper into the abyss of hell. The devil would be feeding them another sip of the chalice of iniquity. Sin strangling out their destinies in life. And the funny thing is that they may be members of a Church somewhere. How pitiful.

And I felt it needful to let you know, friends, that:

Millions untold are trapped in hell – lost in the ocean of immorality, chief among other sins. Destinies are being thwarted daily and dream-killers are having a field day in our world.  Their target? Young people. I considered what kind of growing up they had: Did they have the opportunity to hear about Christ? Did they ignore salvation? Maybe they learnt the wrong things when they were younger.

God must have made me witness this scene for a reason. And maybe you’re reading this piece for a similar purpose.

Does He want you to appreciate your salvation?  Yes, I think so.

Or Is God trying to tell us that Christ came for these ones also? Yes, I think so too.

How can we help?

A prayer altar unto heaven daily for an unnamed/ unknown teenager somewhere could begin a process in someone’s life. God will bring your way opportunities to use the gifts he has given you (oratory, writing etc) to speak or show Christ to one teenager today.

Bible says in John 4:37 that, “One sows and another reaps.” You can sow a seed into a youngster’s life, in word or deed, and be joyful, for even if you’ll not be around to witness the harvest of his soul, God marks it. Anyway you can help. God looks up to us.

Are you trapped in immorality or any other sin? How deep have you gone? Jesus can pull you out if you’re ready – that’s why He came. The devil’s package has no good in it. Come to Christ today.

Christ loves you,


Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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