Victor Yoro is a seasoned minister of the Gospel with an apostolic call to the younger generation. He is the President of Glorious Generation Gospel Campaign; a revival outreach ministry geared towards redirecting the path of young people to apostolic acts through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He is a seasoned educator that is particularly passionate about Christian Schooling. He is also the secretary of Rivers State chapter of the Association of Christian Schools International. He has facilitated several trainings/conferences on Christian education for the past ten years.
Victor Yoro served in NIFES UNIPORT as 1st Vice President, ELECO Chairman and ELECO Vice Chairman. He was well known on campus for his passion for discipleship and mentorship. He currently works with Jephthah Comprehensive Secondary School where he reaches out to teenagers through the platform of Christian Schooling. Victor Yoro is married to Tamunotonye and their marriage is blessed with two children, Ese and Tega.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Sir, we are really happy to have you here because we’ve heard so much about your great exploits.
Pastor Victor Yoro: It’s a privilege to be here.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Let’s take you a little bit back in time. How was life generally for you in school?
Pastor Victor Yoro: Actually for me, school was a training ground; I had good times, had bad times, had times when it was really challenging, had times when I had to be alone, I had times when I cried, I also had times to be very useful in God’s hands. But in all, I can look back and say, “I’m glad I had the opportunity to pass through school especially UNIPORT.”
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: You mentioned ‘challenging’. What would you say was the greatest challenge you faced and how were you able to handle it?
Pastor Victor Yoro: The greatest challenge I faced while in school was my home front – my family. While I was in school, my parents separated. I think that was the biggest pain I had in school. All that was happening when I was serving as a leader and it really weighed me down. After a while, God gave me grace in the place of prayer; He opened my eyes to see the future and I was able to take solace in God’s word.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Oh! That’s really sad but thank God for the victory in the end.
Pastor Victor Yoro: It was really devastating for me, but thank God for His word indeed.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: We heard you were very active in NIFES during your time. How were you able to balance academics and fellowship activities?
Pastor Victor Yoro: Yes, I was active in NIFES both as a leader and after I exited positional leadership. God gave wisdom, teaching us to know what to do at a particular time. He also gave us grace to be at the right place at the right time. I think part of my social life suffered a little. I devoted time outside fellowship activities to reading my books. For example, it was unusual to see me get involved in things like SUG week. I might be aware but most times, that’s when I go hiding to update myself academically. There were some places I didn’t know while I was in school (UNIPORT). They might sound popular but I didn’t have the opportunity to know such places because my movement was streamlined; most times it was fellowship, class, and library. But in all, I appreciate the grace and wisdom to do that.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Well, guess you were focused on the most important things.
Pastor Victor Yoro: I will say God gave me the grace to be able to do that.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Still, is there anything you wish you would have done better or anything you wish you knew while in school?
Pastor Victor Yoro: Yes! Definitely. There are so many things I wish I knew before I came into school, some I know now. For example, career choice; probably if I had better counsel before I came into school, I wouldn’t have opted for the course I ended up with. I would have discovered my passion earlier and I would have pursued it through academics. In line with the issue of striking the needed balance, I think if I had better counsel, I would have known how to manage my time better than I did. It might look as if I did it well, but I think with the knowledge I have now, I would have done it better. Well, speaking humanly (laughs).
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: (Smiles)… At least you are now in the position to counsel others.
Pastor Victor Yoro: Also, in other areas of my life. We were a bit myopic while we were in school. We just focused on books and fellowship activities. No regrets, we are grateful, probably that was a dispensation. That was what we were exposed to then. However, with the knowledge, insight and exposure we have now, I can tell an undergraduate that there is much more you can do with yourself, with the time you have at your disposal as God enables you. At times, the peculiarity of your calling and your personality also count. Probably, back then, God positioned us to do some of the things we did and maybe if we had this insight, we would have been a bit more distracted. I would have loved to do business while I was in school, if I had a little more counsel. The orientation some of us had then was that it will be a distraction.
In this dispensation, with good counsel, you can manage other things in addition to your academics within the time at your disposal, depending though, on the peculiarity of your career. I think you can. I believe so.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Well said, sir!
Pastor Victor Yoro: Thank you.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Moving on, how would you describe your after-school experience?
Pastor Victor Yoro: There is a connection between your life in school and after school; which is to say that, life in school prepares you for what you meet after school. Some of the opportunities and challenges I faced after I left school, were things God had already prepared me for while in school. He taught me how to manage such circumstances although the terrain is different when you are out of school. Your personality also becomes different as maturity sets in. This affects your approach to issues. Furthermore, the support system is also different; while in school, you had a support system that was to an extent independent of your own ability or input. But by the time you leave school, your support system is largely dependent on what you can do for yourself, and that itself is a challenge. Life after school has its own unique peculiarity in all ramifications but I still want to say there is a connection; school prepares you for life. For me, I’m really glad I had the opportunity to have a level of experience in school. What I’m enjoying now spiritually, God helped me to lay the foundation while I was in school. Also, as regards ministry, the foundation was largely laid while I was in school. There are some things I’m doing now that are more like reaping what I sowed while in school. However, life after school has its own peculiar challenges, we still ask questions, we still meet with challenges, we still cry and seek counsel; we are not exempted from all that. We still learn spiritually, physically and academically. You’re still pursuing development, you still want to make more money, so the struggle continues, life continues. It’s a journey and that was just one phase. You will be confronted with peculiar challenges that characterize this phase of life but the environment this time is different.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: That’s so true! There’s certainly never an end to learning in life. Career-wise, what you are doing now is it what you always wanted to do or you had to make some changes along the way?
Pastor Victor Yoro: I was a fugitive to what I’m doing now. Presently, I’m in the education sector, teaching. Back in school, I had a very wrong notion about this profession. I didn’t see the opportunity, I didn’t see the platform that will help me pursue my passion. Well, I’m glad God intervened in my journey against my will and connected me with my passion. I’m actually so fulfilled now. I was trained to be a biochemist. I wasn’t trained to be an educationist but if I had this insight then, I don’t think I would have pursued an industrial training. I would have pursued a career in education from the onset, but you know then, the impression I was given about pursuing a career in education both at home and society was not very encouraging. Presently, my orientation is different. I’m happy God had to intervene against my will and brought me to where I have a genuine passion; not just what I want to do to please people, to make an impression as regards societal or family expectation.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Speaking of passion, what would you suggest people do in order to discover what they are really passionate about?
Pastor Victor Yoro: l encourage them to first of all, prayerfully look inwards and discover what they really find fulfillment in doing. You could discover that through your talent, what you have a flair for naturally. You will discover that in the place of counsel. Also, be well informed about career opportunities.
If I have an opportunity to propose a model for our current school system, teaching people how to discover their passion and follow it through the pursuit of an appropriate career choice, will be one of the things I will inculcate into the curriculum. That is what brings fulfillment ultimately; and I don’t think it’s possible to pursue your passion and remain poor.
It might not be immediately but if you have a genuine passion, you will become outstanding as you commit yourself to the pursuit and development of your natural abilities. If you have the opportunity to acquire training to enhance your natural abilities, I think it would be really wonderful; you would render services to people around you second to none and everybody will be willing to pay you for that. So I encourage young people to look inwards and find out what they love doing. For me, for example, teaching is a gift. I love to do that anytime. I take pleasure in talking to young people, counseling them, I feel so different when I’m with a young person and I think if I discovered this earlier, I would have just known that I need to pursue a career that will give me a platform to exude that gift in me but I thank God it was not too late. I encourage young people to expose themselves to every opportunity to learn, seek counsel, read and get insight about issues that have to do with their passion and career. Very important!
I will also add that the discovery of your career or your passion is a process. It’s a journey. You might not get to discover everything at once.
As a child of God, I’m very sure you will not be kept in the dark over the details of your life as you enhance your relationship with the Lord. So what you think might be your passion today might not be all you need to know. I think I’m still discovering (laughs). I don’t think I’m done with that. The details keep unfolding with time, as you develop yourself. I encourage people to start the process on time.
I want to also mention the place of mentoring in the course of our pursuit. It’s very important you attach yourself to people who are in that same line you’re trying to pursue. That is why I really appreciate what we’re doing on this platform- the career mentoring program. It’s very important and I see it in the future being used as a platform to raise great talents; people that will genuinely impact our generation for good.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Very well said, sir. As regards NIFES CAREER MENTORING PROGRAM (CMP), we can never thank you enough for being one of the mentors that are willing to impact lives.
Pastor Victor Yoro: Well, I just came on board on that platform. I trust God for the opportunity as the Lord enables me to have access to tell people things that will help them in the future. It’s a rare privilege. I appreciate God for the opportunity.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: In between, what is your formula for balancing family and work?
Pastor Victor Yoro: Love the Lord your God is number one. When you love God, you’ll be more devoted to your family.
If you’re going to go far in modeling a good family or being a model in your place of work or whatever platform God gives you, I think you should develop your relationship with the Lord.
If you love the Lord, you’ll also love people that He brings your way, irrespective of who they are. You’ll be willing to tolerate, to help them, and to render whatever assistance that will help them get closer to know the Lord. I think every platform God gives us through our family and through work is to bring Glory to God. When I see my wife and kids, I know it’s an opportunity to bring these people to know the Lord the more. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that effectively if I don’t know the Lord myself and if I don’t love Him. I can’t render quality service in integrity if I don’t love God. If I love the Lord, I’ll fear Him.
For me, what works the magic is my relationship with God. Just fear Him, love Him and you’ll find yourself at peace, doing what is right. It’s more than your pay pack and it’s more than any compliment anyone can give you.
Secondly, it is important we are disciplined with the time and resources at our disposal. Managing time requires placing your priorities aright daily to know what and who to invest your time on. This can be very challenging especially when God has entrusted you with abilities that place a lot of demands on you both within and outside the home front.
My family is a precious gift God gave to me to enable me serve humanity more effectively, therefore, giving them the desired attention will enable me to be more effective in public service.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: That’s so great!
Pastor Victor Yoro: That’s the truth.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: How would you say NIFES helped to shape the person you have become?
Pastor Victor Yoro: I cannot quantify the role God used NIFES to play in shaping my life to be what it is now. I don’t think I’m anywhere yet compared to where God is taking me to, I think I’m just starting. I really want to appreciate the organization – NIFES. Thank God I was in NIFES while in school. Not to blow the trumpet of NIFES, but I think it was a divine agenda. I learnt, servant leadership in NIFES. My spiritual life took a new turn because of my involvement with NIFES. I was exposed also to ministry platforms largely through NIFES. I never planned to do what I’m doing now in ministry, it was my involvement with NIFES that opened my eyes to what I call non-conventional type of ministry; ministry that is not restricted to the pulpit. I acquired salient skills such as good human relationship, effective collaboration, human and resource management through my involvement with NIFES. I really appreciate NIFES. It’s holistic in its approach to building people and I would say NIFES is God’s model for training people in this dispensation.
I want to add that my involvement with NIFES also helped me largely to meet most of the people that played a role in shaping my destiny today.
My circle of association today are largely from or due to my involvement with NIFES. The support system I enjoy in ministry is also as a result of my involvement with NIFES. I wonder what it would have been like if I didn’t pass through NIFES. I really thank God. To me, NIFES was part of God’s divine agenda for my destiny.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: What a great testimony!
Pastor Victor Yoro: It would be very unfair, Jennifer if I fail to mention that I met my wife in NIFES. If not for anything, I met my wife in NIFES and I’m so grateful for this gift.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Aww. That’s so sweet! Guess you got a double blessing. (Smiles)
Pastor Victor Yoro: It’s a blessing to have such a privilege.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: So sir, how have you been able to give back to NIFES?
Pastor Victor Yoro: I’m trying to quantify the opportunity I’ve had to give back to NIFES. I feel so much indebted and I’m wondering if I’ll be able to give back the way I want to within the time I have. I’ve learned so much, but so far, I think God has helped me to be involved. Presently, I am not as involved as I used to be when I was living around school before I got married. I spent over ten (10) years around campus before I got married and it was wonderful. You could hardly differentiate me from students, except you’re told or you’re informed. I think those were the most wonderful moments I had giving back, building lives, having access to people. I could spend quality time, I could disciple, and I could talk to people one-on-one. I had platforms to minister to people, I had platforms to be of help physically, financially, academically. I had to teach at times, it was really wonderful. Presently, other involvements have set in but God is still helping me in my own little way to do what I can, as much as I can, whenever I have the opportunity. NIFES is a place I can’t say no to, and NIFES is one body I don’t need anyone to remind or cajole me to do anything. I look forward to every opportunity to be an inspiration, a source of blessing and encouragement; and whenever God gives the opportunity, I would willingly grab it with all my heart and give it whatever it would take as the Lord enables me.
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Finally, do you have any final words for young people out there?
Pastor Victor Yoro: While on campus, brethren should seize every opportunity they have to develop themselves spiritually and in other areas of their lives.
It’s really a great opportunity to pass through the four walls of the university and it would be very unfortunate if you pass through school and you can’t be said to be a vessel that God has prepared to use to influence your generation.
I’m convinced that anyone that is privileged to pass through school and finds God while in school, would be a very useful instrument in His hands. If I had an opportunity, I would ask every Nigerian to pass through NIFES and I strongly believe we’ll have a better Nigeria after we all do that. To me basically, the foundation of everything is your relationship with God.
What makes it different is not just the environment, it’s not the name NIFES, it’s the God you serve there and if you find God and find Him early, I think He will just turn your life around, and make people come to see what He’s doing in and through you.
I want to thank God for what you guys are doing in CMP. May the Lord enable us to develop this platform to where God wants to take it to, and thank you Chioma, you’re very wonderful. I appreciate you. God bless you!
Jennifer Chioma Amadi: Real words of wisdom. Thank you so much, Sir, for finding time to share and impart knowledge into our lives. We truly appreciate you. May God continually bless you.
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