FROM BAIT TO CATCH #8 (SHORT STORY)

At the end of the last episode, Raphael and Sharon receive the shocking news that their boss, Sir Benedict Igwe, has just died in a road mishap. Although she accepts Raphael’s subsequent marriage proposal, she inwardly feels it’s not the most auspicious time for both of them to be talking of settling down since the deceased owns the conglomerate where they work and she doesn’t know if things will continue there as before. Let us see how things develop thereafter in our captivating story.

IKENNA ARRIVES

Raphael left shortly after and went to see some senior members of staff who were converging at the company premises to get fuller information and assess the situation. Later that evening, he came back with a boy, eight to ten months old, I couldn’t be sure.

“Who’s the little man?” I asked as I helped him carry the child while he went back outside.

I looked through the windows and one of the managers was there. He had driven Raphael to my place and was handing him a bag and a sterilisation set. I looked at the pair and then at the child I was holding.

“I hope this is not what I think it is,” I muttered.

Then I looked closely at the child. “Oh, my God!”

Raphael had just walked in. “Raphael, you know who this is? This is Ikenna, the MD’s son from his mistress. What is he doing here? Why are you packing his stuff into my house? Where is his mum?”

“Sweetheart, calm down!” He took my right hand and led me to the sofa. “Please, sit.”

Then he perched on the armrest of the nearest chair, facing me. I was still agitated and gripping the boy so tightly he began to whimper. I relaxed my hold but Raphael made no effort to carry him.

“Babe, we had a very tough decision to take out there. The MD was going to the village with Mary and their baby when the accident occurred and only the baby survived.”

“Lord,” I screamed, shielding the baby’s face, as though that would prevent him from witnessing the tragedy.

“Apparently, the whole thing happened early this morning, not far from the city. By the time I was called, their remains had been deposited in the mortuary and the baby was with our staff. He had been examined at the hospital and found to be totally unhurt.”

I stroked the baby and exclaimed, “Thank God!”

“The problem was then what to do with the boy. Who will take care of him till the family is alerted? It appears that the MD was discreet in the way he went about this relationship but some principal officers of the company were aware. But none of them was willing to take the boy home. So I offered to take him.”

That is Raphael for you! Always there to save the day! Meanwhile, the baby had started sleeping, so I laid him on some cushions on the floor.

“I know I should have called you,” Raphael continued. “But I just wanted you to see the baby while I tell you, rather than you hearing it over the phone. I felt it would make a difference in how you would react.” And it did!

“I know this is a very big responibility but I want you to see it as something you’re doing for God, something we are doing for God. We could even use him to get a taste of parenting before
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I wasn’t even listening anymore. It hadn’t quite been six hours since I told God I owed Him one. I remembered Raphael’s account of events and shuddered. The accident had already taken place when I blew that kiss heavenwards. Was God already searching for a heart that would be willing to take this tot into their home? But I wasn’t adequately prepared for the task except ….

“This is only going to be for a short while, isn’t it?” I asked.

“Absolutely! It’s just that this is a delicate matter and Madam is still abroad at her daughter’s place in Canada. I understand that all the MD’s other children are grown up and living outside the country too.”

That reply gave me slight relief. But taking care of a child is not a duty anyone should lightly take on. I needed grace, tons of it. I needed God. I needed to be strong.

“One more thing. The MD’s deputy said he would approve an extended leave for you on Monday to enable you get used to the baby and focus on caring for him. I’m expected to cover for you but I’ll be here in a flash anytime you need me.”

Yesterday, when my mind was seeing conspiracies everywhere, I would have screamed blue murder at this arrangement but I trusted Raphael. So much can change in a space of a day. I was no longer that selfish, insecure girl of yesterday. I was going to be a mother! Well, not quite. A foster mother. But that was close enough.

Raphael put his hand into the pocket of my sweatshirt which he was still wearing from earlier that day and brought out an envelop. He gave it to me. Written on the flap was N10,000 and inside were crisp Naira notes in N1,000 denomination.

“What is it for?”

“The accountant said it’s to cover your expenses on the baby until more adequate provision is made.”

“Okay.”

After a while, Raphael came over and sat beside me.

“Babe, I’m so proud of you. I never thought you will take this matter like this. It’s like you’ve had an epiphany or something.”

“You have no idea!” I responded, wondering how things would be for us in the next few weeks, wondering how to still the nagging fear in my heart that things would soon go horribly wrong in my life because of what transpired today.
-To be continued-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016

It appears that Raphael had no choice than to step up to accept responsibility for the baby when more senior members of staff were ducking. And Sharon saw it as a divine arrangement. Would you have done anything differently if you were in their shoes?
What advice do you have for both of them going forward?
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205 thoughts on “FROM BAIT TO CATCH #8 (SHORT STORY)

  1. Edith, This story reminds me of my message, You cannot walk with God and hold hands with the devil.The plot certainly thickens dear Edith!!!
    I had to go back and reread a few episodes. The words that comes to mind regarding this couples entire relationship for me centers around commitment and transparency. They certainly lack both.

    Bringing the aspects of religion in unorthodox situations does not mean God approves of your lifestyles, decisions, behaviors, or words. In other words many who say they love God talk the talk but do not walk the walk.

    Jesus teaches that first and foremost commitment of our lives is to God. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).

    This couple certainly has not shown commitment to God and has not been together long enough to commit fully to each other let alone a child especially a child whose life revolves a conflict of infidelity. I think Raphael is part of this conflict, evident by how he played strummed Sharon like strings of a violin saying, “I know I should have called you,” Raphael continued. “But I just wanted you to see the baby while I tell you, rather than you hearing it over the phone. I felt it would make a difference in how you would react.”

    *Raphael took advantage of Sharon’s maternal instincts to sell the idea that helping the bosses former mistress child is the godly thing to do. Once she agrees he suddenly pulls out a wad of money for the child’s care!!!

    Sharon is she had been seeking to be committed to God would have discerned that something was amiss and recanted her decision to get involved. This is a common occurrence with women today. Many woman allow themselves to be suckered into taking care of their boyfriend’s kids from another woman or other women under the pretense of promised commitment of marriage, where in many cases never happens.

    Again, we are to be first and foremost committed to God who when Satan comes in with deception will lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

    An enjoyable satire dear sister. You are a wonder with the pen. Now, next…….

    • Bless you, dear sis! The baby is the son of their late boss, not Raphael’s, and Raphael stepped up in the belief that it will be a temporary arrangement pending when the deceased’s family members staying abroad return. But you’re right, neither Raphael nor Sharon know the Lord as Saviour yet and we should be wise and discerning, yes. More episodes are coming up …. Just be patient, dear. By God’s grace, the story will accomplish something special. Have a beautiful weekend, you and your lovely family.

  2. Personally, I carry same heart as Raphael’s. If I were to be in his shoes, I would do same. Thank God for Sharon who has changed for good. It’s as if the marriage proposal made her think responsibly.
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    Hmm! My advice for them is this… since they’ve already taken the responsibility, they should persevere in doing “God’s work”.
    The story will definitely change may be to the MD’s wife’s refusal to accept the baby or something like that. If this should come up, then they should see him as their child/responsibility. Who knows, the MD’s “will” might as well make a difference through the percentage allocation given to the baby.
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    Immediately I saw the drawing of the child, I knew something like this was to come up. Suspend us the more MA.
    We are definitely heading somewhere.
    Have a blessed weekend!

  3. no i would have done the same thing because one does not know were help may come from tommorrow. they should continue going forward and not look back and also they should remember their creator and believe that God will see them through

  4. First, Raphael is extremely annoying. Who begged him. Of all the principal officers, he chose to take the baby; and it’s not like he’s well to do. Personally, if you’re accepting that responsibility, make sure you’ll be the one taking care of the baby. I can’t just be on my own and you bring a baby and give to me. What’s that?
    Anyway, I hope Sharon can do this.
    So that Oga has a baby-mama sef. Imagine!

    • You see now, this is what Sharon was complaining about when she was tallying his good and bad points. There’s no telling what Raphael’s generosity of spirit will cause next. But at the same time, it’s such an endearing trait if you look at it the other way.

  5. if i was in their shoes, i would have acted the same way. i am so fond of babies – especially the cute and adorable ones – in fact, i would be willing to take the child in as my own.
    the advice i have for them is that since they have accepted this responsibility, they should put in all effort in order for it to work out well, as training a child is not an easy task

    • It’s so surprising that selfish Sharon agreed to care for the baby without a fight. She even sees it as a divine assignment. Hmmmm! We shouldn’t underestimate what God can do with anyone. Like Donald Trump… Hmmmm!

  6. ehya Raphael is just a God sent, one thing is sure, God can never forsake him, yea i would have done the same because it pays to be good…Sharon should be strong and treat the child as hers, no matter what comes up along the line. i advice them to be nice to the child to the end, who knows the child maybe a blessing in disguise.

    • I agree with you. No one knows how the blessings of God will come to him or her. Blessings may come in the form of a helpless tot that you care for only for them to become someone important.

    • Poor innocent boy!
      Must all these big men have side chicks? I never knew Chief Igwe had a mistress all along. I wonder what would be the fate of this boy….

      Meanwhile, Raphael barely know his Oga’s immediate family. Why didn’t he allow a senior colleague to take the child home? At least they’re closer to madam and it will be easier for them to explain the situation on ground to her.

      You see what I said in episode 6 about this father Christmas lifestyle. This is exactly what my Dad can do.
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      However, I was surprised that our baby girl(Sharon) accepted the responsibility. This is a good sign.
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      I hope the boy becomes a blessing in disguise for them.

  7. Awwwn he was just a baby, you know God sends his blessings sometimes in the way that we do not know, i would have taken the child in if i were in their shoes, who knows, that could be the breakthrough you have been looking for.

  8. well, many things running into my head as regards the question. For me, i might not like the sudden development as to mothering a child i know next to nothing about. it feels strange, but for the love of God, i think i might in the end.

  9. Wow.. So lovely to avoid done dat… Taken d responsibility of pple in such situation always attracts mercy from God.. Rapheal z truly a Christan,,I also appreciate Sharon’s effort to take care if d baby,, it shows an epitome of kindheartedness

  10. I can never reject God’s potential blessings to me. That baby will bring alot of joy more than their expectations. I advice them not to give up the good work they have started. Although challenges will come but they need to stand up for what is good.

  11. If i were in their shoes, i would have done the same. My advice is for them to seek God’s grace so as to accomplish that task the right way.

  12. A voice to d sea what u see is not always what u get. The best thing is to be different people at different situations, that’s why we are humans with dynamism and flexibility.

  13. Children are gift from God, who knows, God might use that as a point of contact and sustain their marriage in the future but i must confess, Raphael is the” KIND OF MAN’ that all ladies would love to grab, so innocent, caring, selfless,humble and mostly, trustworthy….WHAT ELSE IS NEEDED IN A MAN?

    • You also need a lot of patience and adjustment to be with such a man ’cause truth be told, most people are inherently selfish. Bless you, Ezinne!

  14. I sincerely appreciate Raphael’s attitude towards the little baby including that of Sharon for accepting to take care of the baby.they should go ahead with their relationship.

  15. every child is for every body so they have to pay responsibility of showing him fatherly and motherly care to him and i believe the marriage will work out as they plan

  16. IF I WERE IN THERE SHOES, I WILL ACT THE SAME WAY, SINCERELY SPEAKING, THEY TOOK A STEP OF FAITH AS FUTURE COUPLE HOPING TO HAVE THERE OWN CHILDREN. IT WAS ALSO THE LORD DOING BECAUSE I WASN’T EXPECTING SHARON TO ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY DUE TO HER PAST CHARACTER.MY ADVICE TO THEM IS THESE…… AS THEY ACCEPTED THE RESPONSIBILITY DUE PARENTING A CHILD IS NOT BREAD AND BULLTER BUT THEY SHOULD MAKE SURE THE CHILD IS COMFORTABLE AND HEALTHY, ALSO THE SHOULD TREAT THE CHILD AS THERE OWN CHILD NOT AS AN ORPHAN

  17. Raphael really took a bold step, taking that child, Sharon is also acting so mature about the whole scenario. God will reward them both

    • If i were Raphael i would have taken the baby too, but me being sharon i would have taken things differently but becos of what i share with the young man i will come to understand and accept the change,i really commend sharon for her change in attitude.
      – for the advice, well i see a lot of things lacking in their marriage especially the presence of God, i hope and know that when they acknowledge God odas will follow.

  18. “father christmas” is at it again, it was his nature to do. what he did was philantrophic and i admire it, i dnt knw if i would have done the same thing, am not so sure but when there is no other option i will do so

  19. The character is already in Raphael, it’s Sharon who is new to the system but thank God she is coping. My advice to them is for them to try and understand each other, it helps in relationship.

  20. wow,,its a big decision to take though ,but due to the respect that I have for my boss i will take the responsibility

  21. well well, that was a big responsibility the ‘Father Christmas’ just took up..i pray God gives them the strength to complete this task and not stop halfway.

  22. if i were n their shoes i will do the same although it is not easy at all. my advice for them is that they should keep it up cos they will be rewarded sooner or later by God.

  23. Now a link which is missing from the story is that pertaining the relationship status of the two: Sharon and Raphael.It is highly unethical for Raphael to decide on taking the baby to Sharon for care, there are medical provisions for catering for such kids. It is either the decision is an outright test to Sharon or a non circumspect thought-out one

  24. Since Raphael has promised to go through the processes of taking care of the baby i will take the baby and also with the provisions they gave for the welfare of the baby. They should stay together and strong. The reward for their good works are ahead of them.

  25. Raphael!!!,…NA ONLY YOU WAKA COME. what a trait for just one man….in truth i would have reacted as Sharon did….but well, i so love children. and who knows where her blessing will comes from..he did well by accepting the child.
    And oh yes! i pray Ralphael continue with his plan in marrying Sharon.kudos!!

  26. I would rather see it as an honour to take care of my late boss son, and it’s a good thing that i like children a lot so if i were to be in their shoes i will gladly take the child as my own. My advice for them is that they should be careful, they should put God first in everything they are doing and seek for his divine direction.

  27. Men are so secretive they can never be satisfied with one woman who could have imagined that the MD is having an affair men eh nawa o…”caring for an orphan elicits the gratitude of the Almighty who is the father of the fatherless” I think this quote is very correct though Rapheal would have given Sharon pre info before bringing the baby to her,if am in her shoe I would do the same just for the sake of God.

    • No, I will not do anything different.

      I believe it is a Divine arrangement and Raph and Sharon should stand together to move forward.

  28. well if am in their shoes i will take the responsibilities because nobody knows tomorrow that child might be a blessing to them. so my advice to them is to calm down and take proper care of him.

  29. i would take up the responsibility, but i would look deep into the matter
    they should be strong and put all their hope in God.

  30. just as i said earlier that our God works in a mysterious way,God has different ways of favoring people.maybe this poor little boy might turn to be an instrument of favor to them.They should not give up cos the Lord is and will always be their strength.

  31. This Oga chop liver oo…baby mama!..anyways I’ll do the same but it takes the grace of God to sail through such situation.. I pray God gives them the strength to move on.

  32. Ralph and Sharon both made a tough but wise decision in accepting responsibility for that child and this goes a long way in showing their ability to make wise decisions in the face of crises and as for Sharon, am happy for the fact that she has let go of her selfishness. i see that child as a blessing to them and have this feeling that they will both come to love him as their own so they should go forth in not only caring for him alone but also showing him love and care. God’s grace ma.

  33. If i were in their shoes i would have also done the same thing and they should just trust God. Things might change for the better.

  34. Everything is for a purpose I see the baby brought into their lives as a very big step and challenge. If I were the one the one I will accept the baby and see what the future holds

  35. Emotional enough to make one cry. Aunty Edith, you are indeed a rare combination of more than just a writer but…only God knows what! keep it up ma. It seems Sharon is beginning to concur with Raphael. This is awesome. I believe this marks the beginning of joy in the lives of them both. If i were in their shoes, i would do nothing different. I would take up the responsibility for God’s sake knowing that the labour of love wrought on the poor child has a great reward. My advice for them is, let them learn to know each other more and never put God aside as he is the master planner of every marriage. Their steps should be well guided by the Lord and certainly, they shall know no fear in their marriage.

  36. Interesting! And God actually gave them a baby to care for? God and his ways. Well, I see that as a divine arrangement meant to equip them for future parenting. I would also accept the responsibility if I were in their shoes..

  37. If i were in their shoe, i would not have done it differently, i could take the child and take care of him as my child.
    Well my advice for them is that they should continue working in Gods vineyard and that someday God will surly reward them.

  38. Hmmmm… it pays to be good. who knows, it might be a blessing in disguise. God should help them to finish what they have started and also his grace to enable them take care of the baby. If i were in their shoes, i were will do much more because it pays to be good

  39. Its not a bad decision wanting to take responsibility of the baby. The experience learnt will go a long way in helping them handle their own children ,( if paradventure my guess of their union together turns out right ) Besides, God might be preparing something better for them.

  40. It terrible, poor child. I will gladly accept the baby even though it will be a shock at first, having to take care of the baby you never planned for. My advice is for them to take of the baby, leave everything to God because one day, they will receive their reward in a bigger way.

  41. I believe taking care of a baby is a big step even if it is for a short time so she has to be carefull and i will advise them to be prayerful

  42. The fear of God, according to the scripture, is the beginning of wisdom. The fact that people ignored what they ought to do, despite the efficacy, does not mean another should follow suit. I would not have done or acted differently from what Raphael and Sharon did – if i were in their shoes. And my advice for them is that, since they see it as a divine arrangements, they should continue with that which is right and continually seeking for the grace of God, as Sharon said. Though, they might encounter difficulty, but they should focus on what the custodian of the “divine arrangements”will do. interesting episode.. thank u ma

  43. I love babies but I know taking care of them can be difficult, but I will accept the baby, I will try my best and pray for the grace of God.. They should love one another and God, with true love they will overcome every struggle

  44. Ralph did a nice thing by taking the baby and also talking to Sharon about it. It is a building stone to their being together
    They should relybon God throughout the struggles that comes with taking care of a baby

  45. i believe everything happens for a reason, them accepting the baby is a good thing and surely the joy of the baby will over whelm them and as they go ahead they should just be careful in making further decisions

  46. Because both have agreed to work on God’s vineyard, God will also work in theirs. This decision they have embarked upon, I believe,
    would be a stepping stone to their greatness. I would do the same if I were in their shoes. My advice for them is that they should never give-up. TOMORROW holds a promise!

  47. Indeed, everything happens for a reason and i wouldn’t have done any different because accepting the baby will bring more blessings to their home. Going forward, they should be carful and join heads together in terms of making decisions.

  48. i would have done the same as Rapheal and Sharon, and my advice for the both of them is to be very much closer to God most especially Sharon, because anything she says counts, and they do not know where their help can come from, its going to be difficult for Sharon, but God knows best..

  49. No i will do same thing.ikenna is an innocent child and needs care.any person could accept to help.seems the both of them were very close to the MD and doing very well, i advise they join forces to move the company to another level.

  50. I would not have done anything differently from them if am in there shoe, because everything happen for a purpose, you never can tell the plan God has for them. My advice for both of them is that they should see it as a divine responsibility to them from God.

  51. Raphael accepting to take care of the baby when other senior officers were slacking.. Means he has a loving heart and ready to help at all times not mind what the outcome would look like. Raphael and Sharon saw it as something they were doing for the Almighty.
    If I was on their shoes I would have done the same, if not for God at least for the last help, respect to my late boss …

    The only way forward for them is to take the baby boy like their own son, take good care of him.. Treat him or make him feel at home like the father never died… Till the wife of their late boss is back from her trip

  52. EVERN THOUGH HE TOOK THE BABY TO HIS HOUSE ,HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE CHILD FINACIALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. BABIES ARE CUTE AND ALSO WONDERFUL CREATURES BLESSED FROM GOD, THEY WILL OUT STAND THEIR SHINING IF THEY LOVE AND TAKE CAKE OF THE BABBY TO THE END.LOVE YOU MUM.

  53. If i were in their shoes, I would not have done anything differently. The baby is an orphan and needs love to grow. God richly rewards those who help orphans.
    My advice to both of them would be to remain steadfast in their faith and also to try to draw closer to God because they really need him at this point in their lives. He is the ultimate one and without him, They can do nothing.

  54. We should always be good to persona around us no matter what. It was actually a good decision for them to take in the child. Who knows tomorrow? For tomorrow is pregnant. Sharon and Raphael should be supportive to each other and GOD will bless them.

  55. if I were in their shoe I would have done the same. This is just the best time for Sharon to go closer to God and ask for help because training a child is not easy.

  56. Raphael and Sharon re courage personified. It’s a great and humble task for them to cater for the little baby. I would advice them to take care of the baby as good as possible. I would do exactly dsame if i were in their shoes

  57. not really there is nothing else i could have done.
    my advice to them is to stay true to each other and have faith in God

  58. Indeed a blessing from God. I would have done the same thing, because no matter how difficult the situation may seem, God has a plan, Children don’t just fall from trees, they are blessings to behold. Sharon and Raphael ought to pray for God’s wisdom and strength to nurture Ikenna, irrespective of the limited time they have with him.

  59. The situation Raphael and Sharon found themselves is very complicating but thank God they made the right decision by accepting to take care of the boy because they don’t know the future, if the boy will be of help to them or their future children

  60. I wud embrace d baby with all I av….even if we end up adopting d child its no problem…I love Ralph’s willingness to help.

  61. What Raphael did was right and the way am seeing both of them,i think they have already started to build a wonderful home together.

  62. If i were in they shoe i would accept the child and treat him as my own child and provide the best i can for the child to not feel empty or grow up without the love of parents.

  63. If i was in her shoes i will cos am already doing so,they should be steadfast and be strong because a very big war is about to start

  64. Raphael is really doing a good job by helping the little kid and thanks to Sharon for being open minded this time

  65. if i were in their shoes, i will do more. they should keep it up because it pays to do good. God will surely see them through

  66. hmmmmmm…its really going to be difficult i must say especially for the girl.i really wouldnt want to be in her shoes because i doubt my ability to take up that responsibility.are there no orphanage homes around the guy should have taken the baby there now.

    • You would be comfortable with the child of someone who treated you the way Chief Igwe treated her being placed in an orphanage while you are around. If she can’t care for the baby personally, she could hire help. These things don’t cost much in these parts. Just my opinion. Bless you, Grace!

  67. I would have done the same if I were in their show,the child has nobody and they just have to take it easy and expect a lot of trouble and issues but they should remember that Gods grace is sufficienct for them

  68. i wouldn’t have rejected the child. they should both turn to God now and ask him to step in, trust and put their faith in him, because he alone has the power to turn what Sharon fears is a disappointment or set back into a blessing

  69. This is actually showing that the love is really flowing and for Raphael to render such help to his late boss shows that Raphael is really a very kind person

  70. The decision is a nice tough one.
    At times opportunities comes in rags and masquerades making it hard for us to distinguish. I think they should carry on with the decision

  71. yes i would have tried to see if i can contact the girls family because i know the MD’s wife will want nothing to do with a child from a love affair. if my search proves futile, i will then adopt the baby as mine.

  72. i would have done the same, knowing that the child has no one else. my advice to sharon and Raphael is that bringing up a child is not an easy task to do. they need God now more in their lives to guide them.

  73. There is nothing different to be done rather than to help the poor little baby. The both will really make good couples in the future and a strong home at that.

  74. It takes the grace of God and someone with good and kind hearted to do something like that so by the grace of God i can do it.I advice them to keep on with their good work as that would help them as the scripture says we should not forget to do good and share with other for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

  75. Yea,,I would do something different from their actions,and DAT is wat Rapheal just did.for taking Ikenna in,,I will say may God bless him.
    They should just move on since they belve in God n blve that things happen for a reason.

  76. No,because Rapheal was only trying to help out and so was Sharon.I wouldn’t have done anything different because no one would allow a little child suffer for no reason.
    My advice is that they should keep it up and pray harder for God has a reason for everything that happens and one day,they will be blessed. Every disappointment is a blessing so they should rejoice and be glad for God is with them

  77. i would have acted the same way they did because babies are gift from God and they bring blessings. my advice to them is just to take proper care of the boy.

  78. Yes, I would have sent the baby to a motherless baby home, with the involvement of government. When Mrs Igwe comes back, I would narrate the event to her and help her bring back the baby, if she desires.
    My advice is that, both of them should accept,trust each other and use their differences to build up things in honesty and patience.

  79. IF it were to be me , i will definitely do the same to the baby. i will accept the child in good fate. maybe God is trying to unite them with the presence of the baby. . They should keep up with the good work. It actually shows the good aspect of them .. EYAAH, POOR LITTLE BOY.

  80. Hmm…another responsibilty faces Sharon. and Raphael. Seriously things are stepping up quite rapidly for them. just yesterday, it was a marriage proposal and now they have a child to nuture.. Lols! though, if i were to be in their shoes, i would act similarly because they seemed to be left with no other choice here, plus, Sharon had a divine backing towards this chioce.. And besides it wasnt a permanent task….Good job ma’am i remain keen to further discoveries.

  81. Raphael’s Father Christmas Lifestyle obviously made bringing Ikenna possible. He could have just hinged his inability to take the child on the fact that He is a Man; an unmarried Man with no experience in Babies’ matters, but his character prevailed on him. However, the fact that the child is MD’s mistress, not MD’s wife, could cause trouble between them (Sharon & Raphael) and the Igwe’s family. If I had found myself in his/their shoes, I would take the child to the motherless babies’ home.My advice to them is to be careful and ensure they do not do anything that will cause trouble between them and the MD’s family. They should take the child to the nearest motherless babies’ home or hand him over to a senior colleague.

  82. I believed they did the right thing because what happened could have happened to anybody irrespective of who you are. I appreciate the fact that they were courageous enough to take the baby into their custody not thinking of the challenges attached to it.

  83. biblical quotation( GOD’S WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS AND THE THOUGHT HE HAS FOR US IS THAT OF GOOD, NOT EVIL. EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO US, GOD IS ALREADY AWARE. JUST WAIT FOR THE APPOINTED TIME) Accepting the young soul i think, it’s a blessing from God to them so it’s a wise decision. if i were in their shoes, i would actually do the same. Gracia’s miss Ohaja

  84. I will take responsibility for the child.. children are God’s gift.. but she still needs to think well before taking a decision

  85. left with no choice; but to take care of the poor child” and my advice to people with a similar scenario is that they should do it with love because a child brings a man and a woman closer, its a phase they should embrace and see it as an opportunity to taste parenting

  86. My emotions are provoked to pity. Tragedy can be so rude on poor souls. Raphael is a good man indeed. His response on the issue of taking the child is highly commendable. If i were him, i would do nothing different. I would take the child, Knowing how great a reward await me for doing so. I will advise that they seek God to know him more and to keep them all through this time of challenge.

  87. Wow…I wouldn’t have reacted differently..at least not with a tender child;God’s own gift…
    Raphael and Sharon seem matched from heaven but they also have to be very careful and prayerful
    Nice work ma

  88. I would have done same if i were in their shoes because the child needed to be catered for and God works mysteriously in different ways and this may just be one of them..the act of catering for this child may attract more blessings than expected.My advice to them is to cater for the baby as theirs and use it as an opportunity to prepare for the future.

  89. Taking the responsibility is a nice decision, though it is not going to be easy cus it came too sudden. But it will definitely prepare them for good parenting when they eventually get theirs.

  90. if i were to be in their shoes..i would have done exactly the same thing because i love children and i also consider them as blessing from the Almighty..my advice to them is to continue praying to God because God makes a way where their seems to be no way.

  91. It’s not easy to take that responsibility but I know there is a reason for that .but I really feel for Sharon ooooo

  92. I will do same as sharon did because ikenna needs care.They should just take care of the boy and keep on with their good work.

  93. If I were in their shoes I don’t think I would receive the baby. And the advice I would give to them is that they should bare with the situation and have faith that things would turn out well.

  94. *sighs* A really tough situation to be in. I would take the boy in if I were in the same situation. Just as Sharon said, ‘it takes grace…tons of grace’. The boy could stand as a symbol of the child/children they would have if they eventually get married. They could study themselves to know how well each one can care for him and places they need to improve on. It prepares and equips them for the future.

  95. Raphael’s ” must – do- good ” attitude informed his decision to accept responsibility for the baby; He had choice. Sharon’s seeing it as a divine arrangement portrays her in good light. If I were in their shoes, I wouldn’t have accepted such responsibility when other senior staff (who are probably married and understand better the rigors in caring for a baby) are ducking. My advice to them is to return the baby to any Motherless babies’ home because Ikenna’s continued stay could cause trouble for them.

  96. Caring for a child whose parent are dead is a way we receive God’s blessing, I would accept the baby and care for him.
    I would say that they should keep it up with their trust and helping the needy.

  97. i would have done the same not for the blessings accompanying it, but for the sake of my love for children and the need to help the poor child for i know the pain of not having parents.

  98. If I were in their shoes I would have done the same, that was the only option left. My advice for them is to trust God in everything they do.

  99. If I’m to be in their shoes I’ll do thesame; my advice is: they should accept each others differences, let bygone be bygones and they hope for the best.

  100. So perfect and beautiful they did the right thing; if I were in their shoes won’t do more or less. My advice to them is that they should take the boy as theirs and things will go on smoothly.

  101. yes i might have done differently if i were in Raphael’s shoe but would have accepted the baby just like Sharon did.
    they both should trust in God and never let their faith weaver.

  102. this obviously is a divine arrangement and from the story sequence, i detect a change in Sharon and the way she handles issues now. It seems Raphael’s selfless virtue is beginning to rub off on her, at this point, i am forced to ask a question of my own, Aunt Edith, could this be love?. A word of advice for both of them, take your time guys and don’t forget to pray.

    • Beautiful comment. Iron sharpens iron just as bad company corrupts good character. Yeah, you stick around nice people long enough, they’d have the effect on you that Raphael’s had on Sharon.

  103. They did the right thing by accepting the responsibility but they should be psychologically ready because parenting is so complicating that it can’t be taken on a cavalier instinct. Secondly, i am foreseeing the presentation of this child to the family meting an incredulous response and this will spark a big controversy that will need a strong character to contain. i must really say that this story is unpredictable which make superb…

  104. Wow! Am soo loving Raphael. Please where did this man come from. Such a nice heart. Accepting to take care of a child that is not yours is such a hard decision to make. Children are beautiful gift from God and should be shown love and cared for. I see loads of blessing coming their way even though its not easy to take care of a child, you need both strength n finance but the Lord shall see to that. To Sharon i say, be strong because there is always a reward to a kind heart.

  105. If I were in their shoes I would do the same….taking care of the baby. it is not easy but then, one has to do it.

  106. For goodness sake i will surely care for the baby, we re talking about a small suckling child that does not know anything yet. Even though it is a difficult decision to take but one have to consider the state of the baby before making the wrong one. As for the couple i will give them kudos because they did the right thing anyone in his right senses would do.

  107. well i don’t really have any advice for them but if i were in the same shoes with them i would have first of all looked at my financial status because i would not be willing to help the child halfway because of my financial status so if i were to be in that state i will help if i have enough money to take care of the child.

  108. i believe it is God’s wish that they care for the baby, i will do exactly the same thing they did, because i love children.

  109. I know it is a very hard task especially to someone who has not had any issue, but they should be courageous. I would do the same.

  110. To me,there’s nothing wrong in taking care of the child but then, they should be careful.. I Will do same if I was in their shoes

  111. like i always say everything happens for a reason, this might be God’s way of blessing them for their hardwork and all that. both of them should just pray for God’s kindness and grace to sustain them in order to take good care of the child. and this shows d reason for good friends who wouldn’t abscond in time of need like the other workers did

  112. Absolutely not, in short I see it as a bold step from Raphael and it might earn them favour from different angles

  113. I would not take responsibility for a child whose background I hardly know a thing about.
    They should link up with the family of Chief where it would be decided who keeps the child. The family of chief should be contacted immediately.

  114. No i would not, it was his boss friend. And that was time to show his boss that he really care though he is dead. To stick around when things are fine and easy, anyone can do that but to stick around in the worst of situation, validate the strongest experience of love. it will only show Raphael to be different and can bring him favour, so he made a nice decision by doing that.

  115. I would have done the same if I were in there shoes because the boy is helpless and needed a home and they should be careful before their generosity puts them into trouble.

  116. Their acceptance of takin care of the baby is a nice and recomendable one, because no one knows what tomorrow will be

  117. As a person i would not do that.for crying out loud the chief has got family members.well i would advice that they contact the chiefs family because this is a delicate matter.

  118. I know that both Sharon and Raphael are going the right way about this and I hope God sees them through it

  119. They did the right thing by accepting to take responsibility for the baby who appears to be a victim of circumstances. Especially Sharon who didn’t have time to think it through. If I were in their shoes, i would do same. Come to think of it, children are a heritage from God

  120. Raphael has done a great thing by taking such responsibility. My advice is that they should be courageous. God is their strength.

  121. Children are blessings,I love the fact that they took the responsibility of the poor child and I know that they wont regret it because God is on their side

  122. hmmm.. that was a very courageous move by Sharon and Raphael..they should keep it up. In caring for orphans, God will surely reward them greatly!

  123. well i love babies and surely i will take that step of taking care of the baby so honestly i will do the same if i were in their shoes

  124. I know that it’s a big responsibility but will attract huge blessings. If I were in their shoe I will do dsame for l believe God’s promises

  125. it’s a bold decision they took and i love it… i hope they are able to live in harmony and work out their differences well..

  126. I wouldn’t have done otherwise. My advice to them is that they seek counsel from the Lord as they have already tagged it a divine arrangement. As it is, let God give them wisdom to conquer unforseen circumstances.

  127. Doing something differently would be abominable to both God and the conscience of man. I would have done absolutely what they did. I mean, who rejects a poor child in that situation? only mean devils do. Now my advice, hey people! never give up. You have an assignment, now get to it and see it done.

  128. Raphael is going to be a responsible husband and father if Sharon would see clearly. My action he just perfected in this situation.
    I think life teaches us in every step we take, Sharon should know already the lessons life has taught her in all these episodes. The fear of her future had really made her take some fluctuating and unbalanced measures, but i think she is becoming conscious of true values.

  129. We should learn how to take responsibilities for things surroundings us. Raphael action concerning the baby was really great.

  130. Really,i commend Raphael and Sharon for taking in baby ikenna in as theirs.taking in or having a child is d greatest responsibility u will ever have.Kudos

  131. Well.. I will have acted differently if I didn’t have the fear of God in me.
    I advice they stay strong and have strong believe that God wouldn’t let them down.

  132. i would not act differently.. i love babies and i love being a mother plus ive got Gods Grace backing me. my advice for them is to lean and trust in God and he will sail them across this storm safely to dry land.

  133. personally i wouldnt take responsibility for a child i hardly know anything about.i think the couple should return the baby to the rightful owners and let them decide who takes custody of the child.

    • Poor innocent boy!
      Must all these big men have side chicks? I never knew Chief Igwe had a mistress all along. I wonder what would be the fate of this boy….

      Meanwhile, Raphael barely know his Oga’s immediate family. Why didn’t he allow a senior colleague to take the child home? At least they’re closer to madam and it will be easier for them to explain the situation on ground to her.

      You see what I said in episode 6 about this father Christmas lifestyle. This is exactly what my Dad can do.
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      However, I was surprised that our baby girl(Sharon) accepted the responsibility. This is a good sign.
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      I hope the boy becomes a blessing in disguise for them.

  134. I am glad Raphael and Sharon decided to take responsibility of the child. its so nice of them. It would indeed help them in learning the act of parenting since they plan on being a couple soon.

    This revelation about the boss is indeed shocking. Who would have thought?

    I hope Sharon gets all the assistance and support she needs in training up that child, especially in the financial aspect.

  135. i believe anyone who does a good deed will be duly rewarded by God. the decision to take that poor child in by Raphael and Sharon was just the best seeing that no other person accepted to, i pray God gives them the grace to scale through in the face of challenges (which is inevitable)

  136. Babies are always bundle of joy and blessing, so if Sharon can take good care of the child, she has paid her debt to God. Its a good test of her strength and faith, to follow and trust God more for His help in caring for the orphan. I believe she will do a very good job and might even fall in love with her orphan and take the child as her own.

  137. I would have done same if I were in their shoes. It is very good to help in cases like this. Babies are bundles of joy, I know they will do a fine job in taking good care of the baby. They should just keep the good work going

  138. Raphael is such a kind Man and God will surely bless him. Accepting to take care of the baby comes with great responsibilities and lots of blessings too. I’m happy they accepted to take care of the baby, it’ll help them get experience on parenting.

  139. I respect Raphael’s courage. Raphael is such a kind hearted man. Even when non of the staffs accepted to take care of the baby, he took it upon himself to start taking care of the baby. I just pray that Sharon can cope with this.

  140. OMG! I was expecting Sharon to turn down that foster mother offer, but she didn’t, she’s truly changing, I hope things works out well for Sharon and Raphael

  141. OMG! This story is such a captivating story. My emotions have been deeply moved. Raphael and Sharon are making me happy with their cooperation and responsibility. I thank the Lord for them

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