In the early days of our church, a man who was healed by Papa Oshoffa called Mawunyon, who went in trance brought many injunction which became part of the church and are also a most for every Celestial parish to practice. One of it is the “Pajaspa”.. As described by him under the influence of the holy spirit which was recorded in our blue book (constitution) section 82 “a metal ringed pouch with a handle and a socket for the candle which should be lit during collection”..
As we know, the above injunction which should be strictly followed and under no circumstances should we do away or edit it..
Let us go into the explanation of one of our collection which is’ owó ìgbà’. From the translation, igbá in Yoruba means calabash which is used for storing things temporarily for easy access,it has a cover which prevents whatever stored in it not to be blown away or contaminated, this is for local calabash..
Now let’s look at what’s used for our collection, Pajaspa it’s called, – a metal ringed Pouch with a handle and a socket for a candle which should be lit during collection according to divine order (if this is not in our parishes, we can buy and it would be used)..
ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀʀɪɴɢ ɪᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴀ ʟᴏᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴀʟᴀʙᴀꜱʜ
We drop money inside temporarily: It’s not exposed.. What makes it more interesting is the candle lit on it which represent the light of God which illuminates and reveals things in our hearts; whether we come with joyous heart or whether it is just for showoff. This is why we should bring the best to God, clean and well folded money not wrinkled or dirty ones.
As we drop our monies, it’s looked upon by God just like Jesus did in the temple (Matt. 12:41), He looks inside our heart, and then gives us according to the heart in which we use to give to Him. The major difference for a local calabash is that in a local calabash we only take what we keep therein but with Pajaspa we are given back more than what we actually dropped. Therefore it is just like keeping money in God’s piggy bank and when we are in need we would not lack. It is good we always drop money as much as God provides for us as giving is one of the principles of blessing with God. Papa taught us that we should always pray on every money given to God in Celestial Church of Christ; we ask God for what we need in return, if not we end up just giving the church ‘free money’. Many people have conditioned themselves to only drop some specific amount of money and not as God blessed them. God knows how He blessed everyone and at the time of our collections, we are to give as He has given us the power else we will be unfaithful in our dealings with him and unfaithfulness breed poverty in a man..
We are also given specific song to sing at this time which is “Olubukun ni ọ Oluwa”, other blessing songs can be added to it while the collection is going on. Let me explain about this song, Olubukun ni ó Oluwa was the only song given to us for owó igba just as Ẹyin òkè kéékèèké was given to us for tithe but as time goes on, we are allowed to add other songs which goes with blessing and promises so at the end of these songs, we sing the original ones given to us to usher the adena carrying either Pajasapa or Tithe box to the altar..
If and when we need to take back “change” from a large currency we dropped, the large currency would be dropped in the Pajaspa and after the service conductor had prayed on it, the “adena” (sideman) would help us bring our “change” and not before the prayer. We must know that it is indiscipline to drop money and take “change” ourselves during our collections or thanks offering. If need be, we would tell the adena and he would help take it and bring it to us.
May the Lord continue to grant us the understanding to walk accordingly so we might profit in all we do…..amen
CREDIT: BRO. AYOTUNDE SOBULE