MY STRUGGLE EARLY IN MINISTRY, WOFBI EXPERIENCE, ENCOUNTER WITH THE MYSTERY OF GIVING FROM CREFLO DOLLAR AND KENNETH COPELAND AND THE EFFECT ON OUR MINISTRY
Rev. Biodun Fatoyinbo
Years that we could not buy bags of rice in our house, so we were giving bags of rice to mentors. Offering is what you offer, a seed is what God demands. If God had to follow that law, who are you? God had to release his son to bring many sons to glory. If you don’t like your harvest, change your seed.
I had a childhood friend who wasn’t educated and he was our barber and suddenly he gave his life to Christ and he was into the prophetic. I also started COZA 1999 and I didn’t know how to tell my father whose dream was for me to become a politician, so I was doing it bit by bit. I didn’t want him to know.
So I was telling God when you called Mary you didn’t tell Mary to tell Joseph. You visited Joseph so talk to my father about me if you want me to do ministry. One day my father just called me and said “so what is this your ministry all about?” I almost died.
I didn’t get support but this my friend even had one of my uncles supporting him. My own uncle didn’t support me because he didn’t believe in me.
My father called all my siblings and said I should not disgrace him which theology school did I go to that I am doing ministry. So my sister said I will talk to Daddy for you to allow you fulfill your destiny on one condition, you have to attend WOFBI. She paid for me to go to WOFBI and I humbled myself and went to WOFBI in 1999 and I met this my friend there.
We were coming home together and in the car every day he is sharing testimony.
One day I went to his office, he had an office and I had nothing. He showed me someone bought him generator, a set of speakers and I went home and was thinking am I really called by God. This guy was a great giver, He would give out most of His instruments to me anytime I needed it.
One day I went to Lagos to meet one of my friends and he also took me to another friend who just came from America. I was excited to meet young Pastors like myself so we were with him and his associate Pastor walked in and God said “that’s your friend”. He was the one who introduced me to materials of Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland. I watched all the messages and they were talking about giving and from that moment anytime I read the Bible that was what I was seeing, I said what have I been doing all these years, where have I been that I didn’t know all these. Someone came to preach in our Church from America and God said empty your account and give it to Him and I did that.
That was how everything changed, members increased. Some one heard that there was a Church in the city with 500 members and no signboard and he said it was a lie so he drove down with his Prado.
After the service I saw him and I knew this was the Lord at work so I took all the offering and gave it to him and he prayed for me that the city will open for me and that was it.
Corpers started coming to our Church so I was the Corper Pastor.
That was how the Presidents mandated all the banks to put a branch in every city, so the corpers started getting good jobs and our offering increased. My seed also increased. If you don’t like your harvest, change your seed.
The first time I pledged 1 million I paid it 12 times. I was already outside before I realized I was not the kind of person they were calling. I suffered and paid it 12 times but from that day people began to give me one million.
What you hold on to that is only what you will have. If it leaves your hand, it doesn’t leave your life.