The Oasis Reporters
May 29, 2020
May twenty-ninth, 39 years ago was a Friday. And in 2020, it still remains a Friday. If a church is singing
Once I was blind
Now I can see
It must be Bishop David Oyedepo who started a Church ministry 39 years ago today, and has seen it grow exponentially to the extent that his first son, David Oyedepo Jr. can stand before the father’s pulpit and preach a very rich message in impeccable English accent, a result of good breeding and robust British style education.
Inspired to start his own ministry by forces that even those near him could not decipher, then Brother David Oyedepo must have envisioned big things to celebrate God with. Therefore when the ministry, Living Faith Church founded in the early
80s rolls out the drums to celebrate online, it remains a sign of the times that worship places, schools etc are closed due to the global Coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the whole world.
His Faith Tabernacle situated in Sango Ota, Ogun state in Nigeria’s South west, a massive architectural masterpiece hitherto without comparison in Africa and noted as one of the world’s massive structures designed for worship, is closed.
Though signs are showing that a reopening is on the way, as even US President, Donald Trump has insisted that places of worship must remain open, even if state governors object he’d overrule them. South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa equally echoed same sentiments, calling religious houses a part of essential services.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria who earlier on, had imposed a lockdown on Ogun State as well as his country’s commercial capital, Lagos might concur.
Named Faith Tabernacle, Winners Chapel’s massive headquarters receive religious pilgrims from all over Africa and the world every December for the Church’s annual Shiloh gathering, bringing in millions of dollars into the economy of Ogun State and Nigeria from religious tourism.
The highly sought after and respected bishop Oyedepo broadcasts his messages and prays with his church members every day through the internet. An Ibadan based satellite television station, Impact Africa Television (IATV) equally transmits the church services simultaneously on Nigeria’s NIGCOMSAT-R satellite . Those with a 1 meter dish and a satellite receiver can receive the station all over Africa and the Middle East. Just as it is accessible in Europe, the Americas and Asia with slightly larger dishes. The station is free to air.
To those who might be weary of spending money on data to watch services online on YouTube, the Satellite station is a cost effective option.
Bishop Oyedepo said in a service that Thanksgiving is “a gateway to your next level of blessings”. Come Sunday, members are surely going to sing like no one is listening, dance like nobody else is watching in front of their devices for thanksgiving, shouting “glory hallelujah, Praise God”.