Pastor Olawale Adenuga
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Right from a very early age, I knew that I was called of God. Because of this, I deliberately made every effort to avoid God and anything that had to do with God.
Whenever the gospel was being preached to me, I would ignore every word and even do silly things of mockery like bringing out a mat and pretending to pray the Muslim way (even though I was not a muslim!). In secondary school, I got mixed up with a group of friends and we became very rebellious, missing classes, disturbing the peace of the neighborhood, for no just cause.
This was all due to peer pressure. At this point, my attitude began to affect my academics and my senior brother got so upset with me that he would scold me and at times beat me up, just in a bid to help me do better at school.
Although this went a long way to improve my grades in school, it really didn’t help my general attitude to life. I just wanted to be rebellious and different and this was because I knew that there was God’s calling on my life and I tried to push it away.
I gained admission into the Ogun State University in Nigeria (now known as the Olabisi Onabanjo University) and while at the university, things didn’t really get better. I had a group of notorious friends and we did a vast number of horrible things.
One day, we had decided to do something that would get us into a lot of trouble, just for the fun of it. We had prepared all the necessary things required to execute our plan and on the day we had planned, I heard a voice and I immediately knew it was the Holy Spirit talking to me, telling me not to go ahead with the plan.
At that point, I didn’t know what to do as I had never heard this voice before, so I decided to make a pact with God, just to be convinced that He was really the one talking to me. So I said to God, that if I did not lie throughout that day, then I would not go ahead with the plan.
Amazingly, when I got back to my hostel, I realized that throughout the day, I hadn’t told a single lie. In fact, all the people that I would normally meet on a daily basis and would make me tell a lie seemed to be nowhere in sight.
It was as though God had removed them from my path that day. Immediately, I decided not to go ahead with my friends in executing our plan.
I then left the room to look for a particular lady who had been preaching the gospel to me and I asked her to lead me to Christ. Though she was surprised, because she felt I was already born-again as I used to pretend to her just to get her attention, she eventually led me to Christ and this was how I got born again.
On getting back to my room, I realized that I had left the room in a hurry and forgotten a pot of stew on the cooker, and because times were really though for me in school then, this pot of stew was very important to me. However, it seemed like someone had turned off the cooker and the stew did not burn (I had left it on the cooker and left the room for about 45mins, in which time, the stew should have burnt).
At this time, it finally dawned on me that God really loved me and cared for me so much.
After this time, there was a strike action on campus which resulted in the students being sent home.
When I got home, I desired to go to church so I asked one of my brothers if they knew of any church nearby and he mentioned there was a new church called Christ Embassy. I attended a service with Pastor Chris and since then, I have not looked back.
My life has been from glory to glory since then. Through me, all my brothers, my sister and my parents eventually got born again, because the changes in my life were so glaring because of my contact with the gospel and the message of Pastor Chris.
On getting back to the campus after the strikes, I pioneered the 1st BLW Campus Fellowship in that university and many of my friends including other students who were known cult members got born again and became members of the fellowship. I was later ordained as Pastor of the fellowship shortly after.
I am so grateful to God because He never gave up on me. He loved me so much and turned my life around, setting me apart for a life of glory, a life of impact and a life of excellence.
In addition, I am also grateful to my father & teacher, Pastor Chris, for the message of the ministry which has transformed me tremendously and made me into a Man of God that I am today, which was God’s plan for me right from the beginning - to give others a life of meaning, to make an impact in the world and to cause men and women to know and serve God. Thank you Pastor Chris, Sir, for showing me God’s plan for my life.