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GOD’S AGENDA FOR NIGERIA

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GOD’S AGENDA FOR NIGERIA REVD SYDNEY GRANVILLE ELTON: There is probably no one who could successfully challenge an assertion that Revd. Sydney Granville Elton, a British Missionary who was specifically ordered by the Lord to move over toIkesa, Osun State of Nigeria in the 1930s was one of the best things that has ever happened to Christianity in Nigeria. Widely known as S.G. Elton, the cleric’s sterling and indelible contributions to Christianity in Nigeria, and even beyond, are etched in gold.Revd Elton obeyed a divine mandate to relocate to Nigeria in March 1937, under the auspices of The Apostolic Church. He was part of what God used Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola to do, particularly during the Great Revivals.  He was a native of Shrewbury, England, but was called to be a missionary, specifically to Nigeria. He left the comforts of England to resettle in a rural setting in Nigeria. He was later joined by his wife (also deceased) and their only daughter- Ruth, now over 80 years old, and who is still serving the Lord. Ruth Elton, an evangelist lives in Ilesa, where her parents died and were buried. Between 1950 and 1952, he had attended Latter Rain revival in the United States where God revealed to him in a vision that Nigeria would be the next port of great revivals. From the United States revival, Elton came back to Nigeria with Thomas R. Wyatt to hold revivals in major cities of Nigeria.  Wyatt is described as ‘’the unsung hero of the healing movement as he remains to this day one of the least known and least documented healing evangelists. “In truth his ministry preceded all of the major healing ministries and outlasted all but a few. He received the baptism in the Holy Spirit in the 1930s and immediately launched a ministry of pioneer evangelism.It was Pa Elton that ordained flamboyant Pentecostal minister, late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, following the communication of God’s directives to Elton by Gordon Lindsay who was in Israel praying when he received God’s directive for him to request S.G. Elton to ordain Benson Idahosa. S.G. Elton, a very simple and unassuming minister of God also mentored several priests of God including Pastor E.A. Adeboye. He was highly gifted; yet very humble.  Elton crossed denominational boundaries to preach Christ, and was so modest that he detested titles. He was a close friendof the then Anglican Bishop…

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