African Church Bishop, Okunlola, provides for the poor

The African Church, Solution Ground, Lemme, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has put smile on the face of a physically challenged woman identified as Mrs Feyitola Ayede by empowering her with a brand new grinding machine and sum of N20, 000  as start up fund.

The church also distributed rice to 60 old women.

The empowerment materials were presented to the woman on Sunday during a thanks giving ceremony in honour of Sons and Daughters of Grace, SDG. 

The church also promised a sum of 15,000 as monthly salary to the physical challenged woman to cater for her immediately needs.

In an interview with the director of mission of the African Church of God, Bishop Jeremiah Okunola, popularly known as Baba Ire Owuro,  he  maintained that the church is following the word of  God that says  you should help the less priviledged, adding that the empowerment was a result of giving back to the  poor.

”When you see a poor person help him, when you have the ability to help render it because givers  never  lack, the word of God encourages and propels us to help the poor and by the grace of God we will not stop in giving back to the less privileged”

”The Bible says ”we should not forget the poor in the land so when you get to the land do not forget the poor because am the one who gave you the wealth” so when God says you should not forget the poor so you must obey God”

”God bless you not only for your consumption but to render help to the poor, you should not forget the poor, we are blessed to bless the poor people”

” The poor are everywhere, there are people who have wisdom and there are people who have learnt one thing but they don’t have the financial capacity to help themselves, it is our right as rich people to help them to  realize their dreams”

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He enjoined everyone that God has blessed in one way or the other to try and give back to the poor.

The Bishop also said that the church is also planning to train youths.

”By the grace of God in this June we are going to gather youths and teach  them  a trade on how to be self employed so that they can be useful to the society, there are some businesses you can do with little or no cash we call it zero entrepreneurship”

”I want to thank God that those that have been empowered through this church are now living  fine, one who we empowered with N2,000  has now built a house of her own”

Meanwhile,  the chairman Sons and Daughters of Grace, Emmanuel Olujimi described the gesture by the church as a welcome development, saying that they have emulated Jesus by giving back to the poor

Biblically it is the priority of the Christians to assist the needy, what we have done is a way of emulating Jesus , it is not that everybody has but we wish to follow the  foot step of Jesus Christ who is our leader.

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”Every individual should look at his or her community and wherever you are, you should try to wipe away the tears of the needy so you will feel fulfilled that you have helped somebody in life, they should also stretched out their hands of giving to the poor not matter how small or big,” he stated.

Jeremiah Tunji Okunlola, popularly called Baba Ire Owuro, coined from his early morning prayers on Radio OGBC II 90.5 FM Abeokuta, Ogun State, was recently consecrated Bishop of The African Church and Director of Mission, and was  enthroned at The African Church Solution Camp, Sam Ewang Estate, Abeokuta on the occasion of his 21st year in service in The African Church.

He was born in Ife-Odan in Ejigbo Local Council Area of Osun State over 40 years ago, to a very poor family. The poverty level was such that they  hardly took three-square meals a day.

He attended African Church Primary School, Ife-Odan; and Anglican Church Grammar School, Ife-Odan for primary and secondary education, respectively.

He later  gained admission into Kwara State College of Education, Oro, where he  obtained National Certificate of Education (NCE). From there, he proceeded to University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD) for Bachelor of Education (B Ed).

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He  received God’s calling during his  NCE programme around 1993. At that time, he  was the Prayer Secretary for Fellowship of Christian Students.

His closeness to God then was deepened to the point of receiving higher calling to the effect that he would work in his  father’s church, which is The African Church where he  was born, baptised and confirmed .

In an earlier interview with The Guardian Newspaper, he stated that

“There were many Pentecostal churches then at Oro and Ilorin that were trying to lure me to their ministries because they could see some gift in me, even while in school. But God insisted He wanted to use me in The African Church.

Later in 1997, when God confirmed that I would go to The African Church, I came into the ministry through The African Church College of Theology. God told me that He called me as a prophet for the church and I asked Him how that would be possible.

The office of the prophet is not recognised, mentioned or known in the church and God said He would do something.

After my graduation, I was posted to Gospel African Church, Ejigbo, Osun State on August 27, 1998. I was to resuscitate the church there, as the one established back then was no more.

And by God’s grace after seven years, I was transferred to Ebenezer African Church, Igboole-lgboora in February 2004. The church also had a little challenge, but by God’s grace, we were able to solve it.

In 2007, another calling came, that there was need for a Camp Chaplain at The African Church Solution Camp, Abeokuta and that was how I was posted here on February 1, 2007.

On getting here, I didn’t meet a single soul. But currently through God’s power, within 11 years, we have a population of between 3,000 and 5,000 congregations for a single service.”

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