Pastor Leke Adeboye, son of the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has donated fuel to some churchgoers as the removal of fuel subsidy bites deeper into incomes.
Adeboye, who is also the lead pastor at the RCCG, LSC The Bridge in Ikeja, Lagos, made the donation on Sunday.
According to a statement on Tuesday, the move was to assist the worshippers amid the hike in the price of premium motor spirit.
The statement read, “It was an unusual church service on Sunday for many members of the LSC The Bridge: one of the RCCG’s vibrant youth churches led by Pastor Leke Adeboye.
“With the fuel price hike and cost of living crisis hitting hard on many Nigerians, Pastor Leke and the head of Christian Social Responsibility for the RCCG Youth Province 1, Lagos State, came up with a brilliant initiative to support church members.
“Over 1,000 litres of fuel were contributed to support anyone who came to church on Sunday with their vehicle.”
The move was also described as a way of empowering young people and taxi drivers who used their cars for businesses and relied on them for their daily upkeep and expenses.
“They all drove in their cars and had their tanks filled with petroleum or diesel. In addition to this, over 500 people also had their bodies fuelled with good food.
“It was an essential Christian social responsibility move needed for such a time as this,” the statement added.
After the programme, the pastor said: “You cannot use God’s fuel to do illegal things, use the fuel wisely.”
Pastor Jimmy Odukoya responds to queries on why he keeps dreadlocks
Pastor Jimmy Odukoya, actor and head pastor of the Fountain of Life Church Ilupeju, has responded to the criticisms about his physical appearance.
During a recent interview with BBC Pidgin, he noted that his appearance has nothing to do with his calling as a minister. He went on to stress that everything he does has a spiritual backing to it and nothing is done on a whim.
Odukoya said, “God called me the way I am, just as I am. As for my dreads, the story behind it is long but the thing is everything I do is backed up by scriptures. If you tell me something, I’d tell you ‘Let’s check the scriptures’. If someone says that long hair is wrong, I’d tell you to check the Bible where the Lord told Samson not to cut his hair.”
Speaking about his facial hair, he backed up his appearance by stressing that Jesus himself had a beard which was pulled when he was being crucified, therefore his beard cannot possibly be sinful.
He said, “When people say, ‘Oh he’s a pastor and he has a beard,’ remember the Bible said that when Jesus was tortured his beard was pulled from his face. If he didn’t have a beard, what hair did they pull from his face, was it fresh skin?”
Odukoya charged people to distinguish personal preferences and opinions from ‘sin’ because they are not always mutually exclusive.
“Personal opinion is different from sin, If you like short hair or long hair no problem, but if you tell me that I can’t have long hair because, ‘It’s a sin,’ my brother that’s where we won’t agree,” he said
I won’t stop acting even as lead pastor, says Jimmy Odukoya
Jimmy Odukoya, the new lead pastor of the Fountain of Life Church, says he will not stop acting — despite taking on his latest role.
The actor, who is the son of Taiwo Odukoya, the church’s late founder, was named the new senior pastor and chairman of the board of trustees on September 17.
In a recent interview with BBC Pidgin, Odukoya expressed his commitment to his acting career despite his new role as the lead pastor of the church.
He said initially, many people doubted his ability to balance both roles. He, however, revealed how God moved him from Nollywood to Hollywood in six years, adding that “with Him, nothing is impossible”.
He said while he is currently focused on his pastoral duties, he believes that acting can still be a means to teach important life lessons.
“When I started, people said I could not be a pastor and an actor together. They said the church and the world would not accept me,” he said.
“I was there for six years in an industry that is hard to break into. From Nollywood, I moved to Hollywood. God has shown that with him, nothing is impossible.
“Although I am focused on the church now, that does not mean I cannot act. Once an actor, always an actor.
“The question I ask myself is: What will people learn when I act like this character? The idea people have is that as a pastor, I should only play good roles, but good and bad exist. It does not matter if it is a good or bad role; the motive is to teach people lessons.”
Jimmy Odukoya succeeds father as senior pastor of Fountain of Life Church
Jimmy Odukoya, the son of Bimbo and Taiwo Odukoya, has been named the senior pastor of the Fountain of Life Church.
The announcement was made during the church service on Sunday.
Addressing the congregation, Rotimi Okpaise, a pastor, said the late Taiwo Odukoya confided in the board of trustees (BoT) members about the succession plan before his demise.
Okpaise said the BoT unanimously elected Jimmy as the senior pastor and chairperson of the board.
“The board has chosen Saturday, September 30, 2023, as the date of Jimmy’s installation,” he said.
On August 7, Odukoya, founder of the church, died in the United States of America aged 67.
He died less than two years after losing his wife, Nomthi, a South African, on November 9, 2021, following a two-year battle with cancer.
Odukoya’s marriage to Nomthi lasted 11 years and produced two boys.
Before Nomthi, Odukoya was married to Bimbo for 21 years.
Bimbo died in the 2005 Sosoliso plane crash in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital.
WHO IS JIMMY?
Jimmy is a Nollywood actor and musician. He played one of the lead roles — Oba Ade — in Netflix’s ‘Woman King’ movie.
He has also been featured in movies like ‘Lifting the Veil’, ‘I am Nazzy’, and ‘Oga Pastor’, among others.
Aside from acting, he is also a motivational speaker.
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