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Church Celebrates International Women’s Day With Music, Rally


Pastor Nomthi Odukoya CopyAS global stakeholders commemorated the cause of women on the International Women’s Day, The Fountain of Life Church, in its commitment to the empowerment of women, hosted the Discovery for Women rally, an event, which attracted a lot of women.

Held on Sunday, March 8, with thousands of women in attendance, it started at 2pm with an electric performance by a live band from The Fountain of Life, Church. The excitement was almost tangible, as the women danced and cheered without inhibition. Riveting testimonies of women who had been confronted by seeming insurmountable obstacles, but came out victorious followed the singing and dancing.

The narratives converged at the odds facing women at various levels of society and how many seem to be thriving in spite of them.

Following the testimonies was fast rising alternative gospel musician OBA, whose jazz tinged sound contributed soul to the already charged atmosphere. The entire ambience buttressed the theme of the program, ‘It’s Harvest’. From the baskets of fruit placed at various points of the glowing, to the choirs inspiring musical rendition with songs themed on seasons, harvest and favour. It was a delight to see the women come alive, to see the joy and the palpable sense of expectation.

Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, the Senior Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church, and convener of the rally, was no less excited. Speaking on the theme and the pivotal role of women in the society, he challenged women to rise above the limitations of their minds and environment to fulfill their God-given mandate.

According to him, the Christian race is a life of harvest and all Christians need to be victorious in their respective assignments has been finished on the cross.

As the world celebrated the International Women’s Day, the women left the new auditorium of The Fountain of Life Church with a spring in their step, into the cold reality of a country facing a contentious election, determined to make a difference.

In a related development, the church is also holding Ruth and Boaz conference at its Ilupeju Church today at 2pm. With the theme, Harvest Time, the programme began three years after Pastor Taiwo Odukoya lost his wife, Pastor Bimbo Odukoya, to the 2005 Sosoliso Plane crash. Though painful, he decided to start a program for single parents, widows, widowers, and executive singles, having himself become a widower and single parent. The programme, Ruth and Boaz, became a platform for mutual encouragement, empowerment and networking for single parents, widows, widowers and executive singles.

Pastor Taiwo has since remarried, but Ruth and Boaz is still going strong with conferences and a cooperative society. The meetings, which have been a point of succor for many is expected to attract executive singles, single parents, widows and widowers from all works of life. Pastor Taiwo Odukoya will be there to minister.

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