”The heart of the father will be drawn to the heart of the son to defend. “You don’t have inheritance in a pastor; you don’t have in a teacher. Many of us have teachers all our lives.” Did they share anything with you when they died? Did any teacher write your name in his will? ”You only have an inheritance with a father. ”A good man leaves an inheritance for his children to inherit. Fatherhood is not an accolade, it is a revelation. ”Satan planned for my aircraft to crash. God showed it to Pastor Adeboye who visited me unannounced to prayerfully cancelled the evil design” So, that was not technical failure, it was a spiritual attack that Jesus averted. “Every prophet sent to you is ordained a father. ”Elisha shouted: ‘My father! My father!‘ ”He was the son of Sherpas. ”Elijah was not his biological father, but he was a prophet sent to him…”Every prophet sent to you is sent as a father, not as brother, not as an uncle, not as a friend. I have enjoyed this kind of covering all my life.” David Oyedepo; in his testimony about Pastor Enoch & Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye.
The responsibilities that Pastor Enoch & Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye shoulder are so enormous that they could only be endured by someone who has a covenant with God, because they require the help of the Holy Spirit every second. Imagine the number of spiritual children they manage all over the world. They should run into at least several millions, as they continue to implement the agenda of God faithfully.
AS LOVERS OF GOD & ROLE MODELS
Late Charles Spurgeon, a famous preacher, in his sermon delivered at ‘The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens’ noted that: “There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and ‘’Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed. ‘’Friendship seems as necessary an element of a comfortable existence in this world as fire or water, or even air itself.’’ Together, the Adeboyes have weathered unimaginable storms of life, and God has aided them to live exemplary lives as model husband and wife, such that observers cannot, but always wonder if the couple has ever had reasons to disagree at all. But in reality, they must have their ‘’rough edges’’ as human beings; but love, reasoning, prayers, perseverance and understanding matter a lot. Every so often, they appear at venues of their ministrations in the same type of dresses, and are almost inseparable in their public outings. And Pastor Adeboye has constantly said, jocularly, that whoever wants to court his trouble should touch her dear ‘’girl friend’’ as Daddy G.O. occasionally describes Mummy G.O in his ministrations.
The conducts of this couple are shining examples for the younger generation, and a good case study tor budding ministers of the gospel. Daddy G.O acknowledges the fact that he was ‘’rotten’’ before he knew Christ. I am not competent to say this; but I am only quoting Daddy Adeboye’s utterances in his ministrations that indicate that God is able to use anybody. This is one of the reasons why Pastor Adeboye quite often says that if he was Jesus Christ, he wouldn’t have forgiven Adeboye, because he was very ‘’rotten’’. Yet Mummy Adeboye tolerated the supposed excesses of her husband. She is today reaping what she sowed in prayers, persistence, perseverance, and true love. Some other women would have stormed out of the relationship, only to fall into the waiting hands of Satan. But the God of all grace was at work, and the Holy Spirit that lives inside the couple has always assisted them to live together, and love themselves unconditionally
MARRIAGE CONSTRUCTED ON THE ROCK OF CHRIST
God is a Perfect Arranger. Pastor Adejare Adeboye met Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye by divine arrangement. What made her the preferred choice was her cultured way of life of sincerity, humility and simplicity, that fascinated Daddy G.O, who abandoned other ladies then in his life, to cling to Mummy GO. This was the starting point of a relationship that has so much blossomed, turning into standards for the couple’s innumerable spiritual children. From then, the association waxed stronger and culminated into a marital union on 8th September 1967. The union of the global leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye and Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye would appear to be a perfect one designed by God in heaven, Who knows the beginning till the end of humanity, and designs our terrestrial journeys, even before we were born. One could say with every emphasis that Pastor Adeboye is indeed lucky to have married Mummy G.O; one of his helpers of destiny, who is also an embodiment of so many virtues that have positively impacted the entire life and ministry of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide.
Proverbs 18: 22 states that: ‘’Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.’’ Most ministers of God have been known to succeed in their services in God’s vineyard, because they are lucky and privileged to be blessed with supportive spouses, who dote on them virtually every second, and also create the enabling environment for the prosecution of their husbands’ divine assignments through intercessions and homely conducts. And Mummy Adeboye too is exceptionally lucky to have discovered her husband. She most probably would not have been this useful to God and humanity, had she missed Daddy Adeboye. From available indications, Daddy G.O. is fortunate to have met and married Mummy Folu Adeboye. For this huge support, Pastor (Mrs) Adeboye is not only enjoying the reward of faithfulness to her husband and God, but has also earned special blessings from the Lord who has sent her husband on a spiritual errand. Pastor (Mrs) Adeboye commences her day with communion with God at about 3.00am. She remains in the place of prayer till 6.00am, when she switches over to participate in the family devotion.
It is no doubt a hectic schedule that was cultivated shortly after she and her husband knew Christ. She is so much committed to praying, that whenever her husband goes to minister and she has to stay at home, Mummy G.O would go into her prayer closet, urging God to help Daddy G.O. in his ministration. On more than one occasion, Mummy Adeboye would welcome her husband back and tell him some of God’s moves at the ministration, which she never attended!. Her husband would be surprised and asked who told her. Who else but the Holy Spirit? Mrs. Adeboye would always reveal. Mummy G.O is equally hugely passionate about Nigeria; and the proper growth of the young ones. Therefore, the segment for prayers for Nigeria and youths at major meetings of the RCCG is reserved for Pastor (Mrs) Adeboye, who has repeatedly admonished parents to prepare and nurture their children in the way of the Lord. She counsels that good leadership comes from good home training; as any society enjoying good leadership must prepare the young ones for positions of responsibility. Other notable traits are Mrs Adeboye’s hospitality and simplicity. Rev’d Moses Aransiola once confessed that he doesn’t know how Mummy G.O. does it, such that she remembers to send gifts to her numerous spiritual children on Christian festive seasons. On my part, I honestly cannot imagine the number of people who would have missed their goals and destinies, had the Adeboyes failed to honour the call of God; and the Creator fails to make replacements.
AS SPIRITUAL PARENTS & MENTORS TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
As couple and parents of valour and virtue, millions of people have, through Daddy & Mummy G.O. developed intimate relationships with God, as they touche lives through simplicity and commitment to the divine agenda. Being spiritual parents a supernatural way to care for souls, especially, It is a type of maternity that nurtures divine life in others by doing God’s will. One notable feature of her life is that Mummy G.O is also a strict disciplinarian who brooks no nonsense or laxity in the ministry. As spiritual mother to several millions of people all over the world, including prominent religious leaders like Bishop Francis Wale Oke, Bishop David Oyedepo, Revd Joe Olaiya, Revd Moses Aransiola, Pastor Uzodinma Obed, and Pastor Solomon Adebara, among several others, Mummy G.O’s love and concern for her spiritual children is noteworthy. For example, Mummy G.O. practically relocated to the residence of the Oyedepos at the Covenant University, Otta, to perform a motherly role when Satan attempted touched the anointed of the Lord; — Pastor (Mrs) Faith Oyedepo, who was attacked spiritually, some years ago. That was a demonstration of true love, concern and motherhood. Bishop Oyedepo, who has associated with foremost ministers describes Pastor Adeboye as ‘’the great legend who is a father to me in the ministry. ‘’From 1983, I have been with him and have drawn maximally from his wisdom and strength.’’ Of course, the Generals know themselves, and the grace deposited in each of them.
DIVINE INTERVENTION: HOW GOD USED ADEBOYE TO SAVE OYEDEPO FROM DEATH
Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCWW), David Oyedepo, recently revealed how he almost died in a plane crash bur God used his spiritual parents, the Adeboyes to cancel an appointment with death. Oyedepo said before his embarking on a trip, Pastor Adeboye visited him unannounced very early in the morning and prayed for him. Oyedepo related the story this way: His words: “According to the word of God, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord will hit the earth, there will be a restoration of sonship and fatherhood to the body of Christ. “On Friday preceding the journey that we made, my father in the Lord showed up at 6:30 early in the morning and saw a vision and wasn’t sleeping, and said, ‘Lord, Lord, why seek the living among the dead? No, no…’ So, he took off and landed here before 6:30am. No, there was no idea that he was coming, and there was no discussion after it. ”The heart of the father will be drawn to the heart of the son to defend. “Understand what I’m saying. You don’t have inheritance in a pastor; you don’t have in a teacher. Many of us have teachers all our lives. ”Did they share anything with you when they died? Did any teacher write your name in his will? You only have an inheritance with a father. A good man leaves an inheritance for his children to inherit. Fatherhood is not an accolade, it is a revelation. So, that was not technical failure, it was a spiritual attack that Jesus averted. “Every prophet sent to you is ordained a father. Elisha shouted: ‘My father! My father!‘ He was the son of Sherpas. Elijah was not his biological father, but he was a prophet sent to him…Every prophet sent to you is sent as a father, not as brother, not as an uncle, not as a friend. I have enjoyed this kind of covering all my life.”
Mummy G.O. is part of the great influences and personalities that have emerged in Oyedepo’s Ministry to assist in positioning him for the height that he has attained. Bishop Oyedepo says: “When I was in dire need of the Spirit of wisdom, God specifically told me to connect Pastor E. A. Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God for special impartation.” God directed Bishop Oyedepo to other gifted ministers like T.L. Osborne, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and Kenneth Haggins for impartation in other areas like covenant wealth and healing. Mummy G.O. is credited with an enormous inner strength and huge divine gifts that she has deployed to the work of God, particularly as pillar of support for her husband’s divine assignment. Her pattern of spiritual motherhood indicates that Mummy G.O’s first responsibility is to be led by the Holy Spirit, as God brings people into her life to mentor. She relates closely with her mentees, through many ways including the annual ‘Feast of Esther’ that brings together wives of church leaders. The occasion provides an opportunity to encourage them through interactions, ministrations, and prayers for them to continually grow and mature as responsible Christians. Like her husband, Mama Adeboye shuns elaborate introductions when being ushered to the podium and prefers to focus on Jesus Christ. The couple believes that it is necessary that we replicate Christ’s pattern of life and ministry, and the main focus should be to announce the Father and hide behind the cross, and only lift up the One who paid for our sins on the Cross.
MY PERSONAL WITNESS
Most times when I reflect on some unusual occurrences, I Chronicles 17:16 explodes: ‘’Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?’’ God also made it possible for my wife to have had the rare opportunity and privilege of cooking and dishing the meals taken by Daddy and Mummy G.O. each time they came to minister at the annual convention of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Ibadan, until we relocated to Abuja. I remember that whenever Daddy G.O. was asked how many people would be on their entourage, the reply was always: ‘’My wife, myself, my driver, and the Holy Spirit!’’ No side attractions or undue actions that could compete with the glory of God. There was an occasion when church leaders from the Sword of the Spirit Ministries were detailed by our spiritual father, Bishop Francis Wale Oke to meet this wonderful couple at the toll gate of the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. We were looking forward to seeing a big vehicle; but Pastor and Mrs. Adeboye drove into the arena of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries in a small saloon car. Those who went to receive them at the toll gate never knew the Adeboyes had gone past them; while they were looking for Daddy and Mummy G.O. in big vehicles. Simplicity and humility at play. All those who wish to successfully walk with God must be humble, as the Lord detests the proud.
Fondly addressed as Mummy G.O. my first close physical encounter with the ‘First Lady’ of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Year 2001, was undoubtedly divinely arranged. My dear wife, and my humble self had to attend a function in Ilisan-Remo, and decided to utilize the opportunity to pray at the forecourt of the then RCCG International Office, directly opposite the building that then housed Daddy G.O’s office. After joining hands in intercession for about an hour, we decided to leave a message at another point, at the junction leading to the former residence of the RCCG General Overseer, located on the Holiness Road at the RCCG camp. We had intended to leave a message there for our dear sister in the Lord, and blessed child of God, Pastor (Mrs) Margaret Boluwakole. Just as we parked and alighted from our vehicle, we saw Mummy Adeboye coming out towards the junction that led to their Holiness Road residence. Mummy G.O beckoned to us (my wife and I) to come along with her, and personally led us into the living room of the Adeboyes!. That was the only thing mummy came to do outside.
Unknown to us, that day (17 years ago) was Pastor (Mrs) Adeboye’s 53rd birthday anniversary, and top priests of the RCCG gathered at the then official residence of the Adeboyes, and were being entertained under a canopy. My wife and I started looking at ourselves as Mummy directed that we, inconsequential people, be lavishly entertained. We were the only guests in the living room. Soon, Pastor Enoch Adeboye (Daddy G.O) came out from his room directly facing the living room. He greeted us briskly and warmly, prayed and blessed us; and made his way to his vehicle. Daddy G.O headed to the Ajebo Foresquare Church camp site to minister. Then came the time for us to depart. Soft spoken Pastor (Mrs) Adeboye said to us: ‘’I don’t know you, but I just decided to entertain you.’’ She then ordered that drinks and snacks be packed for us and she again escorted us out of the residence. We knew that the Holy Bible in Hebrews 13:2 instructs believers that: ‘’Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby, some have entertained angels unawares.’’ I reasoned that we are no angels and also felt that we were not that important to be accorded that type of hospitality. And we never barged into the premises of the Adeboyes.
For several days thereafter, I wondered why God arranged for us to be mightily favoured that way, since we were not angels of the Lord, that people wittingly or unwittingly entertain. It was as if I was dreaming. I told my wife that I suspected that the Holy Spirit directed Mummy G.O. to go and invite us and entertain us; non-influential and insignificant personalities. I have said it repeatedly that I prefer meeting with great servants of God, than meeting with even the President of the United States, who is the most powerful person in the world. And God is graciously doing this. I respect constituted authorities; but I cannot be carried away by political offices and their occupants. God has been so kind to open some great doors such that I once met Vice-President Joe Biden one-on-one when he was Chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, and served concurrently on the Foreign Relations Committee.
When I was privileged to hold top political positions in five different governments in Osun State, I ordered my aides to make sure that nobody filled any visitors’ forms to see me; and it never occurred to me that I was more important than an ordinary clerk. I testify that when I had my last book presentation ceremony in Abuja on April 10, 2018, and all odds were stacked against me as a result of misrepresentations and lies told against me in certain places. I held on to the word of God through Daddy Adeboye at the April edition of the Holy Ghost Service. Some people decided to literally brand me an enemy who belonged to opposition political parties. Not only one party.
And as many as three political groups were tagged on me! I reasoned that I had become a principality to be able to operate in three political parties at the same time. Wilful attempt to destroy another person is a sin committed against God; not my insignificant self. I was accused of being a letter writer. But I decided to keep mute and leave all to Jesus Christ. I noted that dedication is a choice; and not a gift. And it is only God that gives wisdom liberally; and who is also able to do all things. God, the Almighty saw my heart and spoke through Daddy: ”You are here, and they want to put you to shame; but my Father says ”I will never allow you be put to shame. ”So, go to sleep” I praise God for His faithfulness. I know very well that nobody is able to stand in the way of the Lord whenever HE decides to move. That would be terribly suicidal. And God has been very faithful. There is none like HIM.
Why the ways of life of this couple are worthy of being emulated. Pastor Adeboye is always quick to state that: ““My life is a proof of the fact that God can lift up a man from the dungeon and cause him to sit among princes. I came from a background of nothing, raised in a Church that was almost nothing. But then, I am what I am today by the grace of God. ‘’Like John the Baptist, we should hide behind the cross and only lift up the One who paid for our sins on the Cross” Pastor Adeboye says “Within the three years when I was at the helm of affairs of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, I emphasized the need to focus on Jesus Christ. It is necessary that we replicate Christ’s pattern of life and ministry. His main focus was to announce the Father and not Himself. ‘’I also resisted elaborate introduction when I was being ushered to the podium, threatening to walk out of the congregation if they refused to heed my warning.”.
He continues: “Like John the Baptist, we should hide behind the cross and only lift up the One who paid for our sins on the Cross. ‘’This is why I cannot take the grace of God for granted, because I know that the moment you remove God from my life, there will be nothing left. ‘’You must make up your mind that your priorities must be set right, crave for excellence and don’t settle for less. ‘’Be a standard for the world to behold in holiness and righteousness and make up your mind that no matter what the cost is, you will pay it to be God’s favourite.’’ He continues: ‘’There is nobody that gives up something for Christ that will not be rewarded here on earth with the assurance of eternity. ‘’There is nothing in this world that will ever be measured with the salvation that comes through Jesus. ’’There is no basis for comparing the worth of this world to the reward of eternal life and the glory of God that would be revealed to us, is far greater than any possible acquisition by the works of man.’’
NO 49 IN THE WORLD; WHAT NUMBER IN HEAVEN
When the influential Time Magazine name Pastor Adeboye as the 49th most powerful on earth, daddy’s response was: No 49 on earth, what number in Heaven? I covet the grace of God upon the lives of this couple, but how do I cope with Daddy GO’s desire to be spiritually empowered by God for a double portion of the anointing upon Paul, Peter, and the prophets of old in addition to the double portion of the anointing of Jesus Christ? We pray for you dad and mum that you shall be eternally relevant; even when the Saints herald you into the presence of God when it please HIM to call you to rest. But certainly not in the next three decades. We are praying.