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Obembe core servant of God, says CAN

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The Christian community, last Wednesday, lost the presiding Archbishop of El-Shaddai Bible Church, Ikoyi, Lagos, Cardinal Joseph Olanrewaju Obembe. The former Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Lagos Chapter died at 63.

Speaking about his death, the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos Chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola told The Guardian that the late Obembe did his best in the Kingdom of God. He described him as a core servant of God.

He said: “Every servant of God can only do his best and leave. It’s just his time of calling and we are sad about it because he was a young man. He was one of those who did their best in the Pentecostal movement in Lagos State, as well as in his ministry and Nigeria as a whole. The Lord called him home to come and rest. We feel the pain of his passing, but have accepted God’s Will. We pray for the family that all shall be well with them and the ministry he left behind.”

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When The Guardian visited his residence in Ogudu GRA, Lagos, the son, Senior Olanrewaju Obembe, said: “We cannot deny God’s grace in his life, and looking back, we know this was somebody who had a divine backing because he was rightly named Joseph, the dreamer. Like someone remarked, ‘he worked while it was day, and now is time to rest.’ And in the words of Timothy, he ran his race, fought the good fight and has completed his course.

“We do not deny that it’s going to be a huge loss to the family and the body of Christ. He had integrity. He was a man first and at the same time, a man of God. We see the loss as one that may never be filled. We are grateful to God for the experience we’ve been given…”

He explained that the family will meet to decide on the burial arrangement.

The General Overseer of Faith Family Bible Church, Ojudu Berger, Lagos, Rev David Kayode Abodurin who was also at the family house, said: “Bishop Lanre Obembe was a friend for a long time, before we both enlisted into the ministry. We have been relating together as friends. He was a man I can say had passion for God’s work.

“He had passion to excel in life and also be a blessing to as many people as possible. One major thing I know about him is that he was a giver. It is very sad that we are missing him so early. He was still dreaming until he passed on. All we can say is that death is inevitable. But as believers, the Bible says, we should not sorrow like unbelievers…”


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