The Train is a Mount Zion movie based on the true-life story of their founder, Evang. Mike Bamiloye. By now, I’m sure you have figured out how I love stories about real happenings because I do and I must commend this project. You see numbers rising on YouTube and I tell you they are for a reason. The cultural setting – making emphasis on the rich yoruba culture here in Nigeria, the way they were able to create the 1900s and make it look so real, the music, the acting and directing, I can go on and on. This project was just awesome.
Some of you reading this may not have watched it, so, I will try as much as possible not to spoil the experience for you as I itemize the lessons that were tugging at my heart. I knew this was going to be an experience. This movie was sitting in my laptop for a whole four (4) days, it was like I was holding my breath anticipating what to expect. When I finally summoned the courage, I brought out my pen and journal partly because I like scribbling things but also because I knew this was not just a movie, it was a ministration.
- No one knows tomorrow: I was shocked to see how stubborn Abayomi was. He stole, disobeyed, lied, was adamantly disrespectful and did all the things your child is presently doing that you want to kill him for. Still, see how good his life turned out to be. Dear parents, guardians and elder siblings; rest! When you have prayed true and done your own quota in training, hand these kids over to God and watch them transform. Your job is to train. Train well and leave the rest to God
- Purpose discovery is a journey: It takes time to discover what you have been really called to do. It takes time to discover your passion and it takes time to run with it. After bro. Mike (his full name is Mike Abayomi Bamiloye in case you’re confused) was saved and just serving in his drama ministry, little did he know that that was his even ministry enough until some people mentioned it. Do not beat yourself up if you are yet to discover purpose. Be reminded that your purpose is found in God. He created you, didn’t He? And it is a JOURNEY. One thing will lead to another thing which will eventually lead to the thing.
- The necessity of hearing God’s voice: This cannot be overemphasized. Hearing God and having a relationship with Him will add a certain ease to life. It is no use saying you already heard God yesterday and so you have enough for today. Make it a habit to seek God in everything.
Stop looking around for instructions and go to God for revelationThe Train
- The power of vision: Some 35 years ago, all he received about the ministry was that they would minster via drama, now see how far this vision has gotten. Do not underestimate the power of a word. Remember that with words God brought this world into existence. When God gives you a word, hold it tightly and run with it. Do not be ashamed of your little beginnings.
Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads itHabakkuk 2:2 (ESV)
- Have faith in God: The road is not going to be easy, so you need to put your faith in God. You cannot focus on your past, your bank account, your job title or the many things life throws at you. Have faith in God.
You will get there and beyond. If you have faith, there’s no height you can’t reachThe Train
- The journey to marriage: Someone said the journey from love to marriage is long and Bro. Mike had a journey. Should we start from where he was proposing from sister to sister, some were already in relationships and some were just using his heart to play. I think I represent singles when I say if Evang. Bamiloye had to pass through some hurdles but God still miraculously connected him to his wife, then we are going to be alright. You maybe in a difficult situation, you may have had your fair share of relationships and heartbreaks, but you will be okay. We will find the one for us by and by.
- Conviction in marriage: When Bro Mike’s sister and sister Gloria’s family were against the union because he was broke and jobless, you should have seen the way sister Gloria was defending him that he is doing God’s work. Choosing to marry a broke man when you have a better alternative is not just love, it is conviction. This is why I always insist that before you say ‘I do’ you must have gotten a word from God. Things will get tough and that word will keep you going.
Let me stop here while I encourage you to click here to watch the movie, it is worth your time. If you have any lessons I left out or contributions, please add them in the comment section below. Do not forget to like, share and follow. Thank you for reading. Enjoy!