General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has offered prayers for the recently appointed Service Chiefs of Nigeria, calling on God to help them and, in His own miraculous way, use them to bring an end to terrorism in the country.
This was as the highly respected Cleric, at the Thanksgiving Service of the Church for February 2021, at the Church’s National Headquarters, The Throne of Grace, at Ebutte Metta, Lagos on Sunday, February 7, 2021, also revealed how he became the head of the mega Church 40 years ago.
In his sermon titled Sunrise, Pastor Adeboye, who dwelt on the story of his elevation to the headship of the Church and journey so far, prayed for the success of the new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. Gen. Leo Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, stressing that since terrorism had a beginning, it must soon be over in Nigeria.
He also prayed that God should do whatever He has to do quickly, to bring peace, progress, prosperity, harmony and joy to the country.
Pastor Adeboye, going down memory lane, told the congregation that when he was told by the late founder of the Church, Pa Josiah Akindayomi, that he would be ordained a Pastor after two year in the RCCG, he and his wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye prayed and fasted for 14 days for him not to be ordained a Pastor.
He expressed appreciation to late Pa Akindayomi for finding him worthy to be ordained a Pastor and to be named his successor eventually.
According to Pastor Adeboye, he was chosen by grace, stressing that when the quest for the founder’s successor began, he was the least qualified.
In his words: “I want to thank God for my father in the Lord, Pa Josiah Akindayomi. I want to thank God that He heard from God, of all the people who were qualified to be the General Overseer, l was the least qualified.
“I just came and after two years, he ordained me a Pastor. When he said he will ordain me, my wife and l prayed and fasted for 14 days so that God will not allow it to happen because in those days, being a Pastor was a sentence to poverty.
“I had seen poverty before. When l joined the church, my second hand car was the newest car in the Church and suddenly they wanted me to be a Pastor. We prayed and fasted. Thank God He didn’t answer the prayer.
“When my father in the Lord told me l will be succeeding him, l told him no, it will not happen. I told him anyone He (God) chooses for you, l will support him but for me to leave my comfort (as Head of Department at the University of Ilorin) to come to one room in Mushin, no, not me.
“He insisted and l wrote him a letter. He could not read English but could read the Bible. I told him in the letter to choose somebody else (the letter was read to him).
He said “l know what God told me, l know what you are saying. l won’t force you and l love you. I couldn’t forsake someone who loved me. Papa loved me.
“He was a prayer warrior, He could hear from God and it is the covenant God gave him that we are operating now. Once the head is good, all is well with the body.
“We had a good head that had a covenant with God,” he said.
Pastor Adeboye, who eulogized his wife for all she has done to support his ministry also gave God glory for how He has stood by him and prospered the ministry from where it was when he took over its headship to its present position as a phenomenally growing mega, worldwide Church.
(With agency report)