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Bishop Oyedepo’s Diamond Jubilee, 60th Birthday For Sept 27, Read His Life Story & Latest Interview

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Bishop Oyedepo’s Diamond Jubilee, 60th Birthday For Sept 27, Read His Life Story & Latest Interview

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Sept 24, 2014 – Bishop David Oyedepo’s Diamond Jubilee, 60th Birthday For Sept 27, Read His Life Story & Latest Interview

In celebration of the grace of God upon Oyedepo’s life as he reaches a milestone of 60, we bring to you excerpt from his latest interview and his autobiography.

Interviewer: What do you feel when referred to as richest Pastor ?

Oyedepo: May I say here that God owned the silver and the gold and he is the most holy God. If wealth and righteousness are not the best of friends there is no way God will be the wealthiest of all. From his fullness we all received we are also told that Jesus died so that through his poverty we will be made rich and I think there is no father who wishes his children poverty. If God is truly a father he will not wish his children poor and the wealth of every parent is reflective in their children.

Interviewer: It is like you have developed thick skin towards criticisms and negative publicity by not reacting to them. Why is it so?

Oyedepo: My understanding of opposition and persecution is someone’s opinion harshly expressed. Everybody has his rights to his opinion. I don’t feel it is necessary the energy.

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Excerpt from Bishop David Oyedepo’s Autobiography – Part 1

Bishop Oyedepo’s Place Of Birth

I was born in the church on September 27, 1954, at Osogbo, Osun State. In my very early days, the only outing I knew outside my home was going to church. My mother made me attend early morning prayers at 5a.m. everyday, dragging me along, half asleep and half awake.

Bishop Oyedepo’s Life Story

I grew up addicted both to God and the church. My parents left me behind in the village with my grandmother, who also was a devout Christian in the Anglican church. She would go to church on Sunday mornings for the Holy Communion, and would always take her tithe along with her in a tin container. I remember asking her one day, “What is this money you take to the church every Sunday morning?” She replied, “That is God’s portion that makes the remainder meaningful.”

Life Lessons Oyedepo Learnt From His Grandmother

My grandmother was a far-above-average woman in her own right. She was well to do, and took good care of all her children. I grew up in a spiritually healthy environment, with my grandmother as my first God-ordained mentor. She did a good job on me through her philosophical teachings. She taught me the following:

The dignity of labour
The futility of depending on one’s father’s inheritance
The burden of indebtedness or borrowing
The danger of keeping wrong company
The principles of commitment
The dignity of integrity

I was fed on very deep proverbial saying as a little boy. She did a good job on me. On her death bed, when asked, “Are you owing anybody?” She said, “No!” “Are there people owing you?” she was the asked; and she drew out a long list of names and said, “If they pay back, take it; but if not, I forgive them, as no one rejoices with debt.”

Bishop Oyedepo Talks About Parents

I also learnt several lessons from my parents. I remember when I spent my holidays with my parents, I discovered that it was my mother’s custom to serve meals to all the tenants’ children. There were about fifteen families in our estate. I asked her one day, “Why must you serve these children meals? Did their parents complain that they have no food?” I was bothered because I was the one washing the dirty plates. My mother answered, “Your own children would be somewhere tomorrow, and someone else would serve them.”
It is amazing how God brought me through this great lesson that would become an asset in my adult life. It was a lesson on the virtue and value of liberality. That is: what you make happen for others, God is also committed to make happen for you. It’s a powerful law that borders on sowing and reaping. That is, whatsoever a man sows, that he shall reap. Today, my wife and I are serving many children of other families through scholarship and education support investment.
I salute her commitment to liberality. She eventually went to be with the Lord in 2011 at the age of 97. She was an active member of the church, and served in the Sanctuary Keepers’ Unit.

My father was not much of a talker, but a doer. I still remember clearly that he hated to see dirt anywhere in the room. He had a small broom he kept wherever he sat, to take care of any piece of paper, mud or any dirt. He swept by himself any unwanted stuff on the floor. He had a commitment to neatness, which has reflected in my life as well.

I remember in 2001, when the National Universities Commission (NUC) delegation came to the then proposed Covenant University off-campus facility at Iyana-Ipaja for verification. One of the officials commented thus: “This is not Nigeria. You cannot pick a piece of paper on the ground here.” That, I believe, was part of my heritage

growing up. It was not taught, but shown by example. At the age of 101, when my father paid my family his last visit before being called to glory, he shared some stories with us about his life; they were very motivating.

Hard work, he said is the heritage of our forefathers. He said our family lineage believes in hard work, and that is responsible for the name of our clan, Odo-oro (place of wealth). He also told the story of when he suffered a business setback; how he would go to his shop and work till 5.00p.m without remembering that he had not had breakfast. He recovered his business fortune by dint of hard work.

Later when he met Christ, his strength was multiplied, as there was no sickness and disease in him. He was still attending services, including our annual convocation (Shiloh) here in Canaanland. He was still looking after his business, collecting rents from his estate and giving offering sacrificially to all kingdom ventures. His physical strength, habitual early morning prayers, and giving life greatly inspired me. I remember his last seed of 140,000 naira to the Covenant University project. He went to be with the Lord in 2004 at 102. He was an active member of our church.

I heard people talking about being born again for the first time in 1968, when I was in the secondary school. I felt my case was different. “How could anyone be more born again that myself?” I thought. I was born in the church and started going to church from the beginning of my life. What then could being born again mean?

I remember throwing stones to one of my seniors that was trying to preach to me to give my life to Christ. But bless God for the loving and caring ministry of a missionary teacher, Miss Betty Lasher. On February 19, 1969, I gave my life to Christ and became a child of God.

At this time, I was a victim of tuberculosis. One day in September 1969, I woke up at night to discover that all the students had moved their beds away from my side in the dormitory, because of my terrible cough in the night. I felt very ashamed. So, I went out and stood on a little rock behind the dormitory and cried to God, saying: “Jesus Christ, if it is true that You did all the miracles reported in Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, heal me now or…” And that was it! The horrible plague ended that night!

I attended my first Christian conference in March 1970, under the auspices of the Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS). The theme of that conference was, “God Is Never Late” (2 Peter 3:9). It was a lesson indeed, which would be much needed in my life’s journey.

Something amazing happened in 1970. My mother had suffered all kinds of deadly attacks on her children. I knew of at least two of my younger ones who had died. I was on holiday, and my younger brother had measles. It was so severe that he passed on at dawn.
My mother wanted to cry out, but I said to her, “If you cry, he will be gone forever. Don’t cry. Put him on your back, and let’s move him to my father’s new project site.” She carried the seven-year old boy on her back, and I walked behind her, shielding her from the back, so passers-by that early morning would not notice dangling legs of the dead child. We got to the property, and I asked her to lay the child on the planks. Then I prayed. I cant remember what I said, but it was a heart cry. “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” I screamed, and bless God, the boy came back to life!

In 1972, my father who did not belong to the faith then offered me some charm for good luck. I rejected it, and he said to me, “Let me see how you will succeed in life.” One of my uncles standing by said to me, “Just take it from him first.” I did, and on my way to school I threw the talisman into a stream. I said, “Jesus, I believe You are enough for my life and destiny”

Then came examination time in my final year. I was afflicted with a mysterious whit-low on my middle finger on my right hand. It started at about 3.00p.m. and by 9.00p.m., it had grown very big and painful. I went to the school’s dispensary, and the nurse exclaimed, “This is not ordinary! You better leave your exam and go home for urgent attention.” But I said, “No, God is up to any challenge.” I had three exams the following day. Concentration was bad, and the pain was terrible. My writing was virtually illegible, because of the central role of the afflicted finger in writing. Yet I wrote the five papers and still came out with a second class division in the secondary school certificate examination results.

At graduation from secondary school in 1972, a magazine was published for the graduating students and comments written under each person’s name. Sometime in 2005, I was given a copy of that old magazine. Under my name was written: “Disciplined and spiritually robust.”

While preparing to return to school in 1973, a man visited my uncle. He was an Area Educational Officer. He asked if I could take up a relieve teaching job for someone who had gone on maternity leave. I jumped at the opportunity, as every open door for evangelism interested me. I was to spend 70 days on the job.

I got to the village in Dumagi, in Shonga Local Government Area of Kwara State, where I met a teacher, whom I thought must be a Christian or at least a church goer, going by his name-Abraham. I asked him what church or churches were in the village and he said none. “Not even a Catholic church?” I asked in surprise. This was because Catholic churches were everywhere by reason of its spread. But he replied, “Nothing.”
When I got to my hut, I knelt down and prayed. I said, “Lord, let me never leave this village the same way I met it. Lord, put your name in this village.”
My friend spoke the local language (Nupe) very well. So, I was the preacher, and he, the interpreter. We began to hold a fellowship at the entrance of our residential compound, and the number of worshipers began to grow.

We engaged in strange evangelism by requesting to visit the parents of our pupils to pray for them in their houses around the same time they normally would go to the mosque which was by 5:30a.m. Since teachers were treated as kings in villages those days, every scheduled appointments to visit their homes was always greeted with great honour, respect and expectation.

This was how we led many of them to Christ. The number of worshipers began to grow, and we approached the village head for a piece of land, which he gave us. Mobilizing the pupils, we built a temporary shelter for our church, made of palm fronds. About forty days after my arrival in the village, a church building was in place in that village. It was a great move of God!

On my last Sunday in the village, (the 72nd day), the church was packed full with the village folks, and something prophetic happened. The oldest man in the church was asked to present a farewell gift to me on behalf of the church.

He stood up and said, “We have heard that wherever church gets to, civilization gets there too. Thank you for bringing civilization to our village.” He then continued, “Silver and gold we have none, but we give you this bush lamp (lantern); that the light you have brought to our village, let it shine round the world.” They then presented the lantern to me, a prophetic symbol indeed!

My interpreter then is today Deacon Abraham Kuranga of the UMCA Church.

[Credit: Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo’s autobiography, ON EAGLE’S WINGS: My First 30-Year Adventure In Ministry]

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36 Comments

  1. Kofi

    September 24, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    out of all the men of God in africa, you people are so blessed to have dis man in Nigeria. I wish he’s from my country.
    Papa u’re a blessing to me and my family here in Accra

    Longlife, prosperity and goodhealth to your sir

  2. Comfort Ijelle

    September 24, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    Exceeding grace is your portion my father in the Lord, you brought my spirit man alive thru your timely encouragement, You changed my world.

  3. Princess

    September 24, 2014 at 5:47 AM

    I have great respect and adoration for the gift of God upon yourlife sir, congratulationss

  4. Adufe

    September 24, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Glory be to God for his grace upon you

  5. Frank From Cameroon

    September 24, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Bless you papa thank so much

  6. adams david

    September 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Indeed by their works we shall know them,your works have shown your father who sent you for no man can do this things except the lord abideth with him.

  7. Uche Neilz

    September 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    that “Latern” is very big significant behind the success and rapid development of ur Church sir…. I pray to share in the grace of GOD upon U,,,, grace of xtra-ordinary GREATNESS!!!! Amen……. I love GREAT MEN with passion…..

  8. Ekeada Ogechi

    September 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I celebrate you Papa!May you live longer than your father Sir.

  9. grace

    September 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Congratulations Sir. May God continue to bless and keep you in Jesus Name.

  10. AFOLABI FARAMADE

    September 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Congratulations, Sir, on your 60th Birthday anniversary. We pray that the Grace of God will continue to be multiplied in your life. Fresh anointing in Jesus Name.

  11. Ajoke

    September 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    I gave my life to Christ in Winners, Papa’s word of encouragement keeps me going, and i remember during one of our youth camp when he declare upon us(bible verse)that a child shall die at 100 that non of us will die before 100!!! You are truly a God servant, may GOD continue to keep you and your family save from evil doers in JESUS name! Amen

  12. Alfref

    September 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    I love u Daddy…. d first day I step into Canaan land… I said if God can do dis for God can take me to my place of desire in life… u re a blessing to me… I wish u long life n more prosperity…. God is wit u.

  13. Alfred

    September 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    I love u Daddy…. d first day I step into Canaan land… I said if God can do dis for God can take me to my place of desire in life… u re a blessing to me… I wish u long life n more prosperity….

  14. Deborah

    September 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Daddy ur ministry changed my life and transformed my family. thank u so much for allowing God to use for this generation.

  15. Mey

    September 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Happy Birthday Papa, I wish you long beautiful, fulfilled and healthy life here on earth. I may not be a member of your church but we all serve and call the name of the same God, I am strongly inspired by whom God made you to be. I pray for the kind of God’s anointing, favour, mercy and blessings that He has given you upon my own life. May God continue to bless and keep you now and always…amen.

  16. FX2

    September 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    HBD Papa… Wishing u d best in d remaining days of 2014

  17. FavouredChild

    September 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    It’s a privilege to share the same birthday with you my beloved father in the lord. i respect and honour your mission on earth. i admire your working faith. i really want to exprience it practically daily in my life. your teachings brought me to where i am today and by the exceeding grace of God i am getting to the top. congratulations, our dear Papa.

  18. Great

    September 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    The anointing of God in ur life will never run dry IJN.Long life papa

  19. Patience Osawe

    September 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Happy birthday Papa, more of God’s Grace upon ur life, and many more healthy long life, we re so blessed to ve u as our Papa, many blessed happy return Sir!

  20. Folorunsho Obalugemo

    September 24, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Happy Birthday Baba.

    Few, very few men indeed would ever attain the height of glory which the Lord, by election of calling and grace, has enabled you, sir.

    Your life has touched not a few souls, sir, and mine nay excluded. Your ministry and ministrations have transformed hitherto marred and mangled destinies, putting back on the right destination lives veered off towards cul de sac.

    Meeting you, diamond daddy, has been one of life’s greatest privileges. An one borne out of sheer divine direction–guided by heaven, like a laser missile, to the point of meaning.

    You are sold to CHRIST JESUS.

    You always give, never in half-measure or a quarter–quintessential being art thou–but rather the wholeness and fullness of your very self, with passion unparalleled, to every cause, mission, and undertaking seeing same to peerless perfect completion.

    Your life, BISHOP DAVID OLANIYI OYEDEPO, has been an IVY TOWER.

    HAPPY DIAMOND BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS!!!

    Long live, sir.

    God bless you, family and ministry further and forward forever.

    –Folorunsho Obalugemo

  21. maxonos

    September 24, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Happy Birthday to my Father,since my first encounter with you i have been soaring like an Eagle.He is a Prophet sent to me.

  22. Nimi Crystal Amachree

    September 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    You have been a blessing to my entire family even from our local assembly here in mgbuoba port harcourt rivers state . The hand of God shall rest upon you and give you strength and speed like never before. God bless you abundantly

  23. luchi

    September 25, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Happy birthday to you,sir. The grace of God will increase in your life in jesus name,Amen

  24. luchi

    September 25, 2014 at 7:15 AM

    Happy birthday to our papa Bishop David Oyedepo, may d grace of God increase in your life in jesus name,Amen

  25. Omachoko Joseph

    September 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Sir, may God continue to use you and may His Oil upon you continue to increase daily in Jesus Name.

  26. chim

    September 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    indeed a happy birthday to u papa you have been a blessing an inspiration and words will not express just how many lives God has touched through you may God grant you many more years and to God alone be all the glory for your precious life.60 and still bouncing thats whatsup!!!!!!HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ZAMBIA

  27. Theresa Biose

    September 25, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Happy Birthday to my father in the Lord, my mentor, my teacher, my life coach. Your teachings of faith have made me wiser than my enemies and you have indeed been a blessing to me. The anointing of God upon your life will greatly increase and you will continue to soar higher in his vine yard. Happy Birthday PAPA

  28. Aloziem Shadrach

    September 25, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Happy Diamond Birthday celebration to you my Father, Prophet, Mentor, Coach,Bishop and Tutor. Words can’t express enough how much you’ve imparted my life and environment. You are indeed a true servant of God most High. May God’s mighty hand continually rest on you for more impacts and anointing. I love you daddy. Remain ever blessed. Jesus is Lord!

  29. Johnny

    September 26, 2014 at 5:35 AM

    Happy Birthday Sir!!!
    More grace upon your life..

  30. ukpai esther

    September 26, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    exceeding grace upon or life sir happy many returns

  31. caleb

    September 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Sir your stroy never leave me untill I become a wonder jesus. Thank u sir for been a model youth. Happy birthday and many more years sir and may give u more grace to conquer more territey

  32. Temitayo(Faith tabernacle-Language Translation Group-Yoruba sub unit)

    September 27, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    The Lord Jesus Christ,even the head of the Church,will keep you till the very end.Congrats my father in the Faith,pastor,prophet and mentor.

  33. Olutola Iyiola Olujoka

    September 27, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    It is true that the moon has no light of its own, but a beneficiary of the reflection of light from the sun. This has been my testimony ever since I met you.

    I am a full time beneficiary of the graces of God upon your life sir. some many times I wonder where and how I would have been, If I had not met this ministry.

    I love and cherish all the gifts of God at work in your life sir.
    My prayer for you on this glorious diamond celebration day is
    As your days so shall your strength be. these graces will continue to multiply in you, as the Lord lives sir, you will be very much alive to see most of us soaring great heights as the Eagle you have taught us to be.

    From the depth of my heart I wish you

    Happy Birthday and many more glorious returns.

    I love you.

  34. tshepo lekwape

    September 29, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    happy birth day papa may this good God bless you and multiply your years of life.You are the best papa i ever asked for…happy birthday papa.I truly love you.

  35. Prince Chukwumereze Ajah

    November 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Dady more grace to u sir happy birthday may your day’s be long Amen

  36. Chibuzor Iweanya

    December 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    happy to my amiable Father in the lord. May the Good Lord Continue preserve you and your Family. Because you have impacted man kind with so much blessing through the grace of God in your life. May God bless you richly. I love U Papa.

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