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contents Spring 2012

04 what easter means to me A message for Easter from Pastor Agu Irukwu 05 reflections on my childhood easters 06 ten years of outflow A journey through the publication’s history 16 pursue. discover. maximise. Tomi Ayodeji investigates what membership means 20 stories @ jesus house Irukwus’ Ethiopia trip, Pancakes and much, much more 26 one person making a difference Even you can make a change, says CSR’s Mollie Oseni 27 diary of a kili climber Dembi Olufon shares her Mt Kilimanjaro experience 30 the spider king’s daughter Interview with author/student Chibundu Onuzo 34 easter: from death to life Joe Onwuchekwa seeks out meaning in Easter 36 keys to developing successful young people Pastor Bajo Akisanya on building up future generations 38 marriage corner Ten TightKnots tips for a blissful marital experience 39 model parenting Living the example you want your children to emulate 40 a spring morning with the king Isabella Rose gets lost in her Master’s presence 42 the way of escape A word of encouragement in a season of trials 43 to plan or not to plan Tax tips from Head of Finance Laide Olunloyo 44 life group: streatham life centre Igho Mowoe talks to the Life Centre facilitator 45 salt: for such a time as this A clarion call for Christians to rise in defence of the faith 47 thinking out loud Dilichi Lawal’s thoughts on mate selection and Whitney 48 @otty warmann Social Network: Is True Fellowship Dead? 50 anticipating the future Planning success w/ Marketplace Ministry’s Ade Ojomo 52 jesus house fc season update Captain Gabriel Chiedozie shares the highlights so far 53 kidz corner Quizzes and Food for Thought from Kidz First 58 lifestyle & culture Reviews, Recommendations and dates for your diaries editorial board lanre iroche/jumoke fawibe/ otty warmann/osayi ehioze-ediae/tinuke akinbulumo/ezinne edomobi/edel meremikwu/ kunle oyetayo/chibundu onuzo/ima jacksonobot/bimbo alonge/tayo arewa/lola adeyemo/ damisi adetola/imole oseni/nkem dennar/joe onwuchekwa contributors bajo akisanya/kemi olutunbi/ bode olutunbi/bukky olawoyin/ade ojomo/ tomi ayodeji/laide olunloyo/joke adedeji/dilichi lawal/adenike adetire/khadijat akpata/dembi olufon/bolarin olajide/igho mowoe/gabriel chiedozie editor-in-chief agu iruwku design & layout lanre iroche printed by alpha colourprint

From the Editing Floor


forget how many times I’ve sat here writing an editorial for an issue of Outflow. Maybe I’m only thinking about it because somewhere in this publication you hold in your hands, the first ever editorial I wrote is in plain sight. If memory serves, it doesn’t have a name attached to it, so we’ve named this editorial after it as a little clue (not that you will need one). We’ve been in nostalgic form as a team of late, and have been from the moment we realised that this edition coincided with the tenth anniversary of this publication’s launch. For me personally, it’s been rewarding knowing that our efforts have not been in vain. Having been there from Day 1, and observed the many transitions the magazine has gone through, knowing we had weathered all the storms to still be here ten years on is encouraging. We’ve had periods when we’ve wondered if it was worth it, when we’ve doubted we were actually making a difference. Yes, feedback here and there seemed to suggest this was the case, but when you’re so close to the material it is sometimes hard to look at it objectively. In fact, most of the time we look at our work as a team, we focus on the things we could have done better, so ‘Well dones’ aren’t as frequent as they maybe could be. It has been an interesting road, and even now I’m short of words to describe what I’m feeling. First of all, we have to give all thanks to God for having sustained us, and for encouraging us in the moments when we’ve been tempted to chuck it all in and find something less stressful to do. We must also thank Pastor Agu Irukwu for giving us the opportunity to openly express our views, which he may or may not share, and a platform for playing our part in achieving the vision for this church. We know we haven’t always excelled at it, so our thanks also for the many times we’ve felt he might have ‘pulled the plug’ and he hasn’t. Thanks also to Pastor Shola Adeaga and all the other pastors for their encouragement, feedback and contributions to our work. Thanks especially to you, the congregation, for continuing to collect them when the ushers hand them out. Thanks to our non-member readers, whose encouraging words have often been a fuel to keep us going, their continued support proof that our work is having an impact beyond our

four walls. But Outflow would not be Outflow without the efforts of individuals who have at different times over the years put their hands to the plough as editors and regular contributors. These are the unsung heroes of our achievements, and it would be remiss of me to let an opportunity such as this pass without acknowledging them. So, with much gratitude, and in no particular order, ‘Thank you’ to Pastor Bolanle Ajayi, Chichi Wodu, Funke Akingbade, Tolu Shofule, Femi Ajayi, Bukky Olawoyin, Shade Olutobi, Nesochi Awujo, Gillian King, Tope Omojuwa, Adanna Bankole, Yemi Folayan, Aramide Abe, Olamide Shofolu, Bambo Akani, Niyi Oduneye, Ade Okelarin, Ayo Oke, Tokunbo Ajenifuja, Tola Ajala-Akinlade, Layo Demuren, Tayo Kusanu, Jide Oshikanlu, Tosin Ajanaku, Doofan Kpera, Nkem Ivara, Chicchi Wilcox, Danijela Marjanovic, Feyi Fawehinmi, Doyin Oluokun, Bode Daniel, Ninah Briggs, Henry Etiaba, Natalie Clue, Hannah Uzor, Tope Chiedozie, Thuli’mlambo James, Cyprian Amgbah, Kimberly Ward, Dare Adegbaju, Tomiwa Adesida, Jide Alakija, Yemi Thomas, Toby Sulaiman, Chioma Wodu, Abiola Obileye, Susan Adeoye, Pastor Chizor Akisanya, and all our contributors and regular columnists over the years. Without your efforts we would not be here today. The more observant amongst you will have noticed that the cover of this edition reads ‘Spring 2012’ as opposed to a month in the year. This is simply because Outflow is functioning as a quarterly in this chapter of its life. Quite simply, putting together a monthly publication of any size is a challenging feat, more so when you consider that all our contributors do so in a voluntary capacity, and we are hoping this new challenge would give us scope to develop the quality of our content, which a monthly publication didn’t allow for. So we have a new team of volunteers, who I am tremendously excited to be working alongside, and if the experience of working together on this issue is anything to go by, my excitement is by no means misplaced. So, even as we look back on ten wonderful years, we look forward to the next decade, God willing, and promise to do our best to bring you a magazine you can be proud to call your own. God bless you all. Lanre Iroche


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