CHURCH CLOCKS 10; CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY WITH ORPHANAGE, WIDOWS, COMMUNITY • Pastor Funmi Balogun lauds Pastor E.A Adeboye
By Oki Samson, Trek Africa Newspaper
Pastor in Charge, RCCG Grace Pavilion Zonal HQ., Pst. Funmi Balogun
The need for religious bodies to spread love to their immediate community and the world at large was underscored by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Grace Pavilion Zonal HQ as the church leadership and congregation engaged in a weeklong celebration of its 10th year anniversary.
The church which was founded on 29th December 2012 held a zonal combined carol service, 7 hours of praise and evangelism as part of the celebration. Trek Africa Newspaper can also report that the church located at 13 Amao street off Ogudu road is also reaching 10 orphanages with gifts and also blessing hundreds of widows with food while also giving free medical outreach to others. The church has built 2 boreholes so far for the community while another 1 will soon be done.
Speaking to Oki Samson of Trek Africa Newspaper at the Church community outreach, the Pastor in charge of RCCG Grace Pavilion Zonal HQ., Pst. Funmi Balogun disclosed: ‘Jesus established this church on 29th December 2012 and since then, we have got this land. We had 10 rows, then we added 6 rows, by the time the congregation grew, we extended to the whole land. Our pregnant women deliver safely, we have a lot of weddings, a lot of houses dedicated, a lot of cars dedicated to the Glory of God. When we saw that this place cannot contain us, we established a church in 2015 – Strong Tower Ojota, then another – Healing Sanctuary, Apapa road, then Cornerstone Mushin, and we are building another one called City of Jesus to be dedicated soon. God has been so faithful to us.’
Pastor in Charge, RCCG Grace Pavilion Zonal HQ., Pst. Funmi Balogun during an Eye Test session.
‘I thank God for the life of our Daddy E.A. Adeboye and the anointing of God on his life. Millions of people are blessed through him. Also our Mummy Folu Adeboye for being a wonderful mother in Israel and kind to everyone of us. I thank God for my provincial Pastor, Pastor Tunde Daniel, he has encouraged us to expand the kingdom. I always find peace since his tenure in Province 54 and I pray that the peace of God will rest with him and our wonderful mother. I thank God for the Pastors that have assisted me. Without their cooperation, we would not have achieved all this success. I also thank God for the members, everyone have the love of God, I thank God for their lives. I give honor to the Holy Spirit for backing us up. Without Him, we can achieve nothing, I return all Glory to the Holy Spirit.’
Describing previous initiatives of the church, Pastor Balogun said: ‘We have done a lot especially in Ajegunle. I can’t count how many times we have been there. I am amazed at the number of people we meet there every time we go there. We provide many things for them – food, eyeglasses, medical checkup – just to improve their welfare.’
On the current move, she told Trek Africa Newspaper, ‘We went to 5 motherless homes and 5 more to go – that is 10 in all, 1 per year. For our community, we are having medical outreach, we will give free medical checkup, free drugs, free eyeglasses, free food including 5kg rice and oil. We will meet at least 500 persons. We also built borehole, we built one 7 years ago and we have met the chairman to see how we can build another one so he wants to give us a space to build it. We are all government. So my prayer to God is that anyone that will be there will be able to sympathize with people. We must also noted that government won’t do everything, the little thing we can do, we should do. We should also pray for our government so that God can touch their lives.’
‘My prayer for our members is that we should all make heaven. Our journey here is to make heaven. We should be rooted in Christ. If you like give the whole world free this and that, without Jesus, you miss it. Do evangelism, win souls, and God will meet your needs’, the minister of God concluded.
On his part, Pastor Adeniyi Adelaja, Pastor in charge of Strong Tower Parish recalled: ‘The journey has been tough with ups and downs but the Church belongs to the Owner, Jesus Christ and He has been sustaining the Church, we are just putting in our bits and pieces. In 10 years, this church that started as a parish now has 4 parishes. We also thank God for population growth. This activity is something we do every year reaching out to our community. Most of the things you see here is from individuals who believe that we need to reach out to others which is the message that Christ has given to us not just to preach the Gospel. The gift items is basically for widows and anybody that comes. We don’t intend to push anybody out, they must get something no matter how small.’
Pastor in Charge, RCCG Grace Pavilion Zonal HQ., Pst. Funmi Balogun (3rd left); Pastor Adeniyi Adelaja, Pastor in charge of Strong Tower Parish (3rd right) with some of the beneficiaries of the free 5kg rice donated by the church.
‘I will advise that we stick to the teaching of the Bible which says ‘it is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich adding no sorrow to it. Let’s wait for the Lord, He will do it in a big way and sorrow wouldn’t be added to it’, Pastor Adelaja added.
Some of the beneficiaries of the community outreach spoke with Trek Africa Newspaper. Mrs. Nafisat Jimoh said: ‘I have benefited from the medical checkup and food they have given us for free. I thank them. The church will grow and the ministers will be blessed.’ Rachel Nnamudu added: ‘they gave me rice, medical checkup, and eyeglasses. I thank them for considering the poor. On the borehole made for us, I want to advise the community to manage it well. I want to tell government to help people.’ Also, Mr. Fatai Shittu shared: ‘we appreciate the woman of God, this is what she started with at inception. We were saying that if this is the way others are doing, the society would be good. We can mention some people she has impacted in this community. It is only God that can score people but I will give her 97%. For me personally, I don’t trust Nigerian government, look at our road, they just graded it and left. If individuals want to do it, they won’t allow it. I don’t rely on them.’
Pastor in Charge, RCCG Grace Pavilion Zonal HQ., Pst. Funmi Balogun Pastor Adeniyi Adelaja, Pastor in charge of Strong Tower Parish