The uniqueness of this person that sat on the other side of the café’ table was not lost on me. It is not often one has the opportunity to engage an individual who actually carries a status of royalty. And yet, Prince Paul Konu did not carry himself with a kind of air that suggested prideful arrogance. On the contrary, he possessed a quiet humility—an unassuming posture. I hoped to unearthed some of the depth of the wisdom I perceived, but it was not easy. I listened intently as he talked about the very poor and obscure region where he serves in ministry. The needs struck me as overwhelming. Nevertheless, there appeared to my senses not the slightest hint of worry or fear. He had learned, as it were, the secret of contentment, trusting wholly in the sufficiency of the Great Shepherd.
About a year ago, I had actually read a book based upon Prince Paul’s ministry in Ghana. We did not plan this meeting. He simply happened to be in town for a few days visiting a few supporting churches and friends. As I considered his story, I couldn’t help but to see some similarities between himself and the life of Moses. Like Moses, Prince Paul chose the life of suffering for Christ rather than “to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin” (Heb. 11:25, 26). Indeed, I had almost wondered if he sees himself in Moses’ story. At a certain point, Prince Paul began sharing the story of “baby Moses crying in a basket with no one to help”, a story found in Exodus chapter 2. Suddenly, I begin to witness tears streaming like a river from his eyes. It seemed to me that he was doing more than just sharing the story. Indeed, he seemed to be somehow reliving it-—as if he himself was suffering in Moses’ place. I felt embarrassed for myself as a preacher of God’s Word. Here is a man who is deeply moved by a passage that does not carry much significance for many of us.
For a few moments we all just sat in silence.
I often wonder what revival will look like should we experience it in our time. I think we shall know that it has come when the church finds its ministers incapable of maintaining dry eyes as they proclaim the truths of God’s Word.