He started the church by the divine instruction of the Holy Spirit
He was a young government official posted to a farm settlement at the time as an agric extension officer at the time
The morning devotion he held at home every morning with his wife and children became a house
fellowship when one of their neighbour's lost a child in the middle of the night and was carrying the child off to be buried early in the morning
As soon as the dead baby was carried through the passageway where his sitting room was located, the dead baby stirred in the sack
That miracle brought neighbours in his immediate location thronging to his house every morning
Soon, the fellowship became a church
Several strange cases were brought to him by people seeking supernatural help, the power of the Holy Spirit was present with him to heal and deliver
The ministry grew very quickly
They held monthly crusades where all sorts of supernatural testimonies were recorded
At a point, they realized they needed to start interpreting his sermons so that all the nations and languages of the world can benefit from it
The Holy Spirit had
drawn many believers who were educated to him
Some of them had volunteered to support the ministry by teaching Sunday school and/or hosting house fellowship meetings
He spoke with some of them and they began to interpreter his messages on the altar
Due to his level of education
the first set of people he attracted were illiterates and semi-literate people, the educated ones came after that initial wave
But visibility is a factor in growth and development
His chief interpreter rose in prominence within a short time to the envy of many who wanted a place
in the limelight but had nothing to offer in order to get there
He told his interpreter to be humble & to try as much as possible to keep a respectable distance from him whenever they were not ministering
He did this to preserve his interpreter
He knew that until Christ is fully
formed in people, they manifest all forms of fruits of the flesh that had nothing to do with the Holy Spirit
Insecurity and ignorance are common breeding grounds for envy and jealousy
He had heard some rumors being peddled about the ministry that the educated ones were trying to
muzzle out the non-literate ones
His wife confided in him that she heard it
She warned him to handle it with wisdom
He called a meeting
He explained to the founding members that they would never be relegated or treated with disdain at the expense of the educated ones
It was after
the meeting that he told his interpreter to give him some room
The rumors went away but just for a bit
When he was invited to minister in the UK and USA, he had to go with his interpreter
He was literate but he was not that educated
He struggled very hard with his command of the
English language
His interpreter was indispensable
Everybody knew this but the predetermined illiterate mind is like that of a reptile
It lacked the prerequisite brainpower to think in layers
It is unidirectional and untrainable
Like a lizard, all it works with are the basic
instincts for food, sensing danger, and sex
The rumors came back with a vengeance when the invitation came three years in a row and he stuck with the same interpreter
Many of the non-literate older ones had convinced their educated children to join the church and enroll as part
of the church's workforce
They expected a form of rotation
They expected him to pick their children as his interpreter for his trips
They were doing this just so that they can have loyal eyes overseeing his affairs instead of a complete stranger
The main agitators were members of
his family who felt they had a right to the first fruits of the ministry
He didn't do this and he noticed there was unrest all over
He asked his wife what the issue was and his wife told him what she had been tacitly told to relay to him
He was shocked
He had a good bond with his
They had worked together for so long that his interpreter could practically complete his statements whenever they ministered together
He didn't want a newbie that he had to coach and correct and get to adapt to working with him especially one sent only as a political
He called for another meeting and announced to all the elders that he would be forwarding their names for ordination so that their place in the ministry can be secured
Elders constitute the governing council of a ministry & are even placed above the founder in the hierarchy
of the church
He felt this should settle the agitation of the people
The Bible recorded that when the apostles chose deacons they were able to deal with the unrest in the early church
The investiture was done
His interpreter was not even ordained as a deacon at the ceremony so
that the elders can have their day under the sun
By this time ministry had thrived and had also begun to spawn branches within and outside the country
The need to start some English speaking branches arose and he encouraged his interpreter to lead the charge in this regard
Within a year, his interpreter and his team had planted 10 English speaking branches with his interpreter as the head of that unit
Nobody could object when the ordination of his assistant and some others were announced the following year as pastors
As a form of compromise, he
also started working with other interpreters for Sunday services, regional crusades, and national events
They were all scrambling to catch up with the pace of the ministry's growth
One morning, another prominent minister of the gospel within the country came to visit him
The man
of God told him about a revelation
The man of God said "I was in Benin one day when some elders of the church came to meet me. They came to report the youth pastor
They said he must be using some diabolic things because whenever he prays for the youth under his care, they will
fall under the anointing and begin to manifest in a strange way
We are a pentecostal church, we work with the Holy Spirit to establish God's vineyard upon the earth. The Holy Spirit always equips his people for the work at hand himself. I have taught them this but they chose not
see the truth
They would rather believe the young minister was diabolical than see that he was full of the Holy Spirit
This young man had been with me for years, I call him jokingly call him "Aboki" because of the way he looked
God has shown me he has a great future but the
wagging tongues latched on to him with a vengeance
In order to preserve him from their clutches, I suspended him from the youth church and told him to move back to the headquarters where I will be seeing him every Sunday
Of course he was hurt because of the injustice of it all
but i'll rather preserve his life than expose him to the wolves
The Holy Spirit told me to tell you this story
He said you will know how to make use of it.
The words of the Man of God hit him hard, he thought he had resolved the unrest in his ranks but the Holy Spirit apparently
knew something he didn't
Two days after the man of God left, he got another invitation to minister abroad
He decided to take three different interpreters to appease the people
He left the main interpreter at home to run the ministry's secretariat in his absence
Being a chartered
accountant, his interpreter felt it would be best to do an audit of the ministry's finances and get their books in order
He invited an audit firm
The elders heard it and felt he was doing the audit in the absence of the founder of the ministry in order to investigate and cut off
means of livelihood within the church
Most of them do one business or the other with the church ranging from supplying diesel, building materials, and electronics to supplying stationaries, provisions, food etc
They had placed spies all over the ministry to give them information
so that they can protect themselves against the plot of the enemy
They couldn't see any other explanation for his action
but their destruction
The following Sunday, two assassins visited the interpreter after the Sunday service and murdered him in front of his wife and children
The founder of the ministry rushed home upon hearing the news but the deed had already been done
The Holy Spirit had warned him but he acted as he saw fit rather than ask for divine direction
Nobody was arrested or convicted for the murder
The church had to moved on

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