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Gloria Bamiloye – We ate corn like rice when things were tough

Interview with Gloria Bamiloye Curled from Gloria Bamiloye’s Interview with Yemisi Adeniran.

Q: How has the journey been so far?

A: We have been through what they refer to as thick and thin. But you see, following God is the best and that has made us survive the hard times. They call it the wilderness period and I guess it’s the right word. Everything will not always be rosy, especially in this kind of ministry where you don’t expect offering from anywhere as it is not a church. So, financially, it wasn’t easy. But we know God can take care of everything and He has proven Himself. We try to follow his step and as he leads, we follow. But of a truth, God has been so faithful to us. 

Q: What was the experience like at the initial stage?

A: At the time we got married, it was all a journey of faith. My husband had no other job than this one and I was not working. So, to even eat some times then, was not easy at all. We never ate what we wanted, but just anything God provided. But God sustained us. In it, we had all our children.

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During the period of hard times, the children scaled through and are now telling the stories as testimonies. Hard times definitely build and get one rooted the more. The Lord said those that sowed in tears will come to reap in joy. But today, many don’t want to sow in tears. They want to start big right from day one. Children of God must learn to pass through all the processes of growth. They must be ready to cope with the rough times knowing fully well that a better era awaits them in the future. All they need do is to wait patiently for God. If you don’t wait, you will crash. That is why many people are crashing today. God wants us to wait on Him, follow his steps and He will take us there. 

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Q: What are the other challenges?

A: In this type of work, we have a lot of them. Before now, many never saw the drama ministry as a big deal and so they never took us serious. They believed we were not doing anything. Sometimes, we were tempted to look at the flamboyant aspect of the career. But you know these are no genuine things and so we appeared foolish to them. We are ministers, though in drama. 

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