Church Leaders To Dedicate Auditorium
PRESIDING Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Dr. Tunde Joda of Christ Chapel International Churches, Dr. Mercy Ezekiel of Christian Pentecostal Mission (CPM) and Pastor Paul Adefarasin of the House on the Rock are among the eminent church leaders expected at the dedication of the 7, 500-seater auditorium of Vineyard International Headquarters Cathedral on Saturday, August 22, on Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Lagos. Others include the host, Presiding Archbishop John A. A. Osa-Oni, Archbishop Joseph Alexander from the USA and Pastor Dean Brown from the USA. The dedication is coming on the heels of the church’s 27th Kingdom Celebration with the theme, “Just Like a Dream”.
Briefing journalists on the event, Archbishop John Osa-Oni said the celebration would continue on Sunday, August 23 with a thanksgiving. It would be rounded off on Wednesday, August 26.
According to him, “the theme of the event captures the dedication of the cathedral, which is a dream come true. We apparently dreamt of a befitting place of worship to serve our Lord, and God, in His mercies, gave us the grace to bring this beautiful edifice to completion. It is a dream come true”.
Recalling how the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa of the Church of God Mission consecrated him as a bishop 22 years ago, Archbishop Oni, said: “Archbishop Benson Idahosa was a man of faith. He was the Abraham I knew. The Abraham in the Bible, I only read about, but he (Idahosa), I touched. He was the one that told me that small men are not ideal, but you can be bigger than you think. He was the one that pushed me forward in the ministry. For example, Vineyard Christian Ministries was only five years plus, when he came with my friend, Bishop David Oyedepo and the late Bishop Iloputaife, to consecrate me as a bishop because he saw something I could not see then. My journey in the ministry started from the University of Lagos campus.
There, the Lord ministered on the need to go into ministry. In those days, it was like a taboo to venture into full-time ministry. I had to take up an appointment with UTC Motors, Egunjobi Sulaimon (an Accounting firm), and left secular job in 1985 to join Pastor (Dr.) Tunde Joda’s ministry, as an Associate Pastor, from where I left to pioneer Vineyard Christian Ministries,” he said.
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