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How The Story Began
As I walked into the Centenary Field of Holy Trinity Basilica, Onitsha Nigeria, I saw
an audience beyond my expectation. It was March 27, 2009, the last day of the
annual five-day youth retreat. The organizers of the event had said there could be
about 15,000 participants, the greatest number ever in decades. We started off
the retreat with only about 1,000 participants, but the numbers quickly
grew—from 2,000 on day two to 15,000 by day five. The mammoth audience was
overwhelming. It was an incredible harvest for the Lord.
I tried to hold my breath. The expectations were obviously high, very high. Gazing
into the eyes of the curious audience, I could discern a motley group of people.
Some appeared hopeless. The news of the recession of 2009 had just been
officially confirmed and many of the participants had not come to terms with the
fact that things were going to be worse for everybody. Some seemed not to know
why they were present at the retreat — maybe motivated by sheer curiosity.
Others were anxious to hear a word and seemed in dire need of a message of
hope. Many, however, carried looks of frustration, indecision, and reticence.
As I thought of these things, I saw that I was already the center of attention,
having mounted the rostrum. Then came the thought:
“If Anybody Can You Can”