Today, I am ready to blow your mind, but trust me, it won’t burst.
I will be sharing with you in few words, the love story of Bishop David Oyedepo and his beloved wife, Faith.
They met her at a motor park, he was 22, she was 18. He was a polytechnic student, she was a student of OAU (remember the poly-uni discrimination was stronger then).
She could have snubbed him, but she responded. Few months later, a six years courtship began.
In 1976, he took her to a church in Kwara state where he wrote a vow/agreement for her to sign.
She read it and sign the crazy-faith vow to never leave him even if he become blind or lame later in the future.
During courtship, he told her they would build a fifty thousand capacity tent and preach the gospel from private jets. She did not say ‘pim’, she just believed her dreaming lover.
The biggest church then was Benson Idahosa’s 4,000 capacity church.
Presidents of most African country did not even have a private jet then
Seriously, the vision is crazily gangatuous. Read that again! Crazily gangatuous.
While still hopping from job to job, he told her “God has sent me to liberate the world.”
Today slay queen will ask, ‘Mr man, which of the world are you talking about, Neptune or Pluto?’ She however did not argue.
While still struggling to make an ends meet, he told her God had shown him the key to prosperity– she believed.
Slay queen: Pros pe… what??
Are you kidney me??
Fast-forward to wedding
On the wedding eve, he could not afford an hotel, so he did vigil in a old rickety Volkswagen beetle car. Goodness me! She did not mind the current plight, she married him. The Volkswagen was not even his own
She just had their first baby and there was no food or money at home. He refused to borrow or ask or take church money and they were drinking/eating “CERELAC Baby food’ for 3 days – she ate with him.
Whaaaat, baby food, a whole 3 days?? What! Nna een
She did not disappoint, that is, she Amaka not.
Imagine couple eating baby food…
Look at cerela
This is what Bishop Oyedepo and wife once humbly devoured in their days of little beginning.
He used to be a TB patient, he would cough saliva, phlegm and blood while ministering. She did not ‘japa’, she stayed. ‘She no be Amaka.’
Church members gathered, “let us pray for our pastor, he seems to be going crazy with this faith stuff. We are talking about taking Kaduna for Christ, he is talking about the whole world”. Eventually, 70 of them left the church. She stood by him.
Heyyy…… is Rhema entering you?
‘We are leaving Kaduna to Lagos’. Okk sir, she followed
There is no glory without story you know.
That was their story!
I won’t bother you too much with the glory, that one? Everybody knows about it.
Today, the impact of the couple is global. Even the devil cannot deny it.
They once ate cerela, that’s a story! He slept in old rickety Volkswagen car, super story.
He hopped from job to job, that’s a story…
Today, he (according to Forbes) is the richest Pastor in the whole world. Glory!
He is the Chancellor of one of the best private University in Africa
He is the first Pastor to build a Church that can accommodate up to 50,000 people at once… Glory!
Hundreds of thousands have been saved through his ministrations. Hallelujah!
Written by Joshua Oyeniyi
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