PASTORS and members of the El-Shaddai Bible Church, last Wednesday, at the headquarters’ church in Ikoyi, Lagos, organised a church service to celebrate their General Overseer, and newly elevated Charismatic Cardinal and Archbishop-elect of the church, Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe, who clocked 60.
In attendance were Senator Oluremi Tinubu and her entourage; Chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, Bishop Sola Ore, Presiding Bishop of Rhema Christian Church & Towers, Sango Ota, Ogun State, Taiwo Akinola; Rev. Ikechukwu Ugbaja, who represented the General Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev. Felix Meduoye; Rev. Dr. Sam Ogedengbe of Overcomers Pentecostal Ministries, Abule-Egba, Lagos; and Rev. Mrs. Adeyinka Badejo of Foursquare Gospel Church.
Others include Bishop Bisi Bankole, Bola Are, Bishop Samson and Apostle Tom Mike, among others.
Speaking to The Guardian on the celebrant’s life, Senator Tinubu, said: “I salute one of God’s generals in the Christendom… and I pray that God will strengthen him and ‘as his days, so shall his strength be’ and God will keep him to the very end and he will make it to heaven and as long as Christ tarries. But right now, God will increase him in righteousness so that when He sees Him in glory He will receive a ‘well done, good and faithful servant…’ So, I wish him happy birthday.”
The PFN Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Bishop Sola Ore said: “We thank God for his life. To clock 60 is not a joke. I was 60 about two years ago. Now I’m 62 and we thank God for His grace and protection. I wish the man of God the best. His best is yet to come and he will live the rest of his life in peace and it shall be a season of reward for all his labours. I came in contact with him few years ago and from what I have seen, he is a man with a good heart and is humble. Nobody is perfect, after all, he has raised men and women in ministry and he has laboured in God’s vineyard. I thank God for his life.”
“I knew the celebrant, when he was a student. I was the matron of the Christian Society, while he was the president. Then in the 70s, as the president, he was faithful, forthright, diligent, prayerful, focused and he knew his onions. I saw those qualities in him and I knew he would go places. I’m not surprised of his achievements today. I join thousands of people sharing today’s joy with him and I say happy birthday to Olanrewaju Obembe,” Rev. (Mrs.) Adeyinka Badejo, said.
Bishop Taiwo Akinola described him thus: “He is godly and humble but above all, I see him as someone who is strikingly committed in leading other people. I have repeated that many times. The first time I met him in 1998, he came to me as someone who should be the only one up there and he embraced God and welcomed Him and since then, he has registered in my heart as someone who loves, rejoices and works towards the lifting of other people. To me, these are the highest credentials he has.”
To Rev. Dr. Sam Ogedengbe, “He is a wonderful man. Archbishop Lanre Obembe is a Christian par excellence. He is someone that has faith and has been able to stand the storm of life. I really appreciate God’s power in his life. He has stood by the truth and is still standing and I know that truth will continue in his life. So, I’m happy to be part of the people that celebrate him today because he worth it. ”
Thanking God for the privilege of reaching the diamond age, the celebrant summed up God’s goodness thus: “Being able to get to this level is one of the reasons to celebrate. In fact, today is a day of gratitude and thanksgiving. It is a day to give God praise, honour and worship Him for all He has done in our lives, for His faithfulness and loving-kindness. So, I feel elated that it’s real because so many people are not privileged to see 60, which means I owe God dancing, appreciation and gratitude.
“Today’s significance is historic, that I’m alive and my pastors think I look 40, when I’m marking 60. That physically and spiritually, God has kept me alive. I am a product of Jesus the resurrection and life, a product of Jesus the Lamb of God. I am grateful that at 60, which actually epitomises a new chapter of ministry for us.”
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