Updated: Oct 5, 2019
I already spoke about being a General Practitioner in the previous blog, but this time I’m taking it a notch up.
I’m putting my personal twist to this short acronym, and it's dope. Let's go to class.
What is pollination?
Pollination is the transfer of pollen grain(s) from the anther (male part) of a flower to the stigma (female part). This is the first step in a process that produces seeds, fruits, and the next generation of plants. Seeds contain the genetic information to produce a new plant. This can happen through self-pollination, wind and water pollination, or through the work of vectors that move pollen within the flower and from bloom to bloom.
Pollination is usually the unintended consequence of an animal’s activity on a flower. The pollinator is often eating or collecting pollen for its protein and other nutritional characteristics or it is sipping nectar from the flower when pollen grains attach themselves to the animal’s body. When the animal visits another flower for the same reason, pollen can fall off onto the flower’s stigma and may result in the successful reproduction of the flower.
This sets off the second step, the process of fertilization which results in a fertilized seed contained within the flower's ovary. Once this happens, the petals of the flower will fall away, leaving an immature fruit that begins to grow. Inside the ovary, the seed produces hormones that cause the cells of the ovary wall to multiply, expand, and thicken. Over the growing season, the "mother" plant receives sunlight, water, and nutrients from the soil to keep sustaining the immature fruit to continue growing larger. Once the fruit matures or is 'ripe' or 'ready', it is consumed by humans or animals and the seeds are replanted.
See diagram below for a graphical representation:
What are pollinators?
Simply put, they facilitate the process of pollination described above. Examples of pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees are pollinators. They visit flowers to drink nectar or feed off pollen and transport pollen grains as they move from one location to another.
I specifically like the honeybee, the inspiring insect behind my business, Bee Phenomenal International.
Importance of Pollinators
The majority of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination; they need pollinators. Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. That means that 1 out of every three bites of food we eat [apple, banana, melon, pear, grape, etc] is possible because of pollinators. In addition to the food that we eat, pollinators support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather, and support other wildlife.
Pollinators are important.
You've officially completed my biology lecture, but YOU MAY NOT LEAVE THE CLASS! Remain seated for extra lessons.
I love the Earth. I’m a nature enthusiast. Clean, fresh air, crashing waves, water-soaked soil, rustling tree leaves, chirping birds, cascading waterfalls are literally my muse.
It was no surprise when God gave me the words “Global Pollinators” because it reflected my disposition. At the time (2017), it was really just an offshoot of Bee Phenomenal International. I was excited, but the concept was still not clear and still in its infancy.
Fast-forward to 2019 and God started to reveal the long-term vision for Global Pollinators which included ministry through speaking, coaching, training, mentorship, and events, just to name a few and told me to "GO". I was like...
A greater vision and purpose has been revealed. This is really not a business for monetary profit only, but really a ministry ready for explosive growth and impact. The Holy Spirit also told me that I would pioneer the creation of another generation of pollinators who will be released for global impact. He said I would be a visionary, overseer, executor and manager of people and resources which will lead to His power and presence being made manifest in the Earth explosively.
He told me that just like the pollinator transfers pollen from one plant to the other to aid fertilization, so too have I been mandated to transfer/deliver His message and presence to those I come in contact with to aid their salvation, healing, deliverance, restoration. He expressed that everything He gave to me is for the benefit of others. He assigned these prophetic labels to me:
1. Carrier- a person or thing that carries, holds, or conveys something.
2. Conduit-a channel for conveying something.
3. Connector-a thing which links two or more things together.
4. Creator- a person or thing that brings something into existence.
How do I fit into this? Let’s see...
When I consider this heavy responsibility, it seems daunting. Almost unachievable, especially for this stage of my life where I still have a lot to learn. However, in Habakkuk 2:2, the Word of God tells us to "Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it”. Therefore, the revelation and subsequent recording thereof has to come before the manifestation. The manifestation depends on the pursuit of the revelation.
God wants us to actively trust Him, by setting the vision in motion through deliberate, decisive action. As we obey, He directs and allows our efforts to prosper.
I say this to say, the end is never fully known to us, but we know the one who orchestrates the end- GOD. If He is at the end of the journey and we stay focused on Him while walking towards the fulfillment of the promise, our feet will not fail and we will arrive at our destination successfully. This is my consolation.
You may be reading this, and deep down, you know there is this great call on your life. Maybe you identify with the tenets of Global Pollinators and you wish to join this community of pollinators who are ready to do amazing things for God in the Earth realm, but you lack the support system and strategies necessary to move forward into your purpose. Perhaps you need coaching, mentorship, or just daily encouragement to move forward. Is this you? Join us here!
Global Pollinators is bigger than I am. It's Global, as the name suggests. God will accomplish His will through me and others who will join forces with me to execute the vision. For now, I act on that which has been partially revealed and wait on the full manifestation. Like the bees who use pollen to make honey, may I use what Has been imparted onto me by God to create something of value to 'feed' others. As a past ISCFer, the mantra "To know Christ and to make Him known" has never left me.
What better way to do that than to be a G.P?
About the Author:
Shanique Shand is a woman of God intent on fulfilling her prophetic destiny as a global pollinator- a carrier of the Word, conduit of the Holy Spirit and connector between people and God. An oracle of God and a Kingdom Ambassador, she embraces the call to preach, teach, exhort, sing, prophesy unto repentance, restoration and spiritual activation. This woman of God is a multipotentialite who boasts diverse gifts and talents which she uses to advance the Kingdom of God in various capacities as a Preacher, Worship Leader, Speaker, Author, Christian Coach and Entrepreneur. Shanique is also a competent emcee, copy writer, editor and voice over talent.