A new book has been released on the life of the General Overseer Worldwide of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Enoch Adeboye.
Compiled to read like a biography by an author and journalist, Bisi Daniels, ‘Stories of Pastor E. A. Adeboye’ is the story of the amazing transformation of the man fondly called Daddy G.O. from poverty into a man revered by millions of people across the world.
The 350-page book, which shows for the first time the house in which Mr. Adeboye was born and the primary school he attended in Ifewara, Osun State, was released last week to mark his 75th birthday.
Mr. Adeboye is a great believer in the power of testimony and is considered a living testimony of the power of God. His sermons always contain stories about how people have experienced the power of Jesus Christ in their lives. This book is a collection of those testimonies, which reads like his biography right from his birth in Ifewara in strange circumstances to the present moment.
According to Mr. Daniels, the story of Mr. Adeboye is a compelling read, revealing how he broke free from poverty in his family to become a university lecturer living in a palatial home, and then abandoned all that for a one-bedroom apartment in Mushin, Lagos, when he accepted to become the General Overseer of RCCG.
Daddy G.O. confesses that at that point he was scared but God assured him of his support. Instructively, it was at that point that God promised him a city, which has turned out to be the now famous Redemption Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ogun State.
“God’s response to me was, ‘Son, don’t ask for house because I have decided to build you a city’,’’ he said.
“That response was beyond what I could comprehend. After this encounter, I began to dream of a city where everybody would be a Christian; a city where there would be no molestation; a city where there would be no power failure or water shortages. God began to stretch my mind to see a city where His praises would fill every mouth.”
The church had only 40 parishes when Mr. Adeboye assumed its leadership but now has over 32,000 parishes in Nigeria, over 700 parishes in the United Kingdom, and many more spread across over 196 countries, including Samoa, Fiji, Serbia, Pakistan, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.
The subjects covered in the book dedicated to Mr. Adeboye and his wife, Folu Adeboye, who stood by him during his most difficult times, include: The RCCG and testimonies on faith, Salvation, Miracles, Marriage, Fruit of the womb, Temptation, Unforgiveness, the dark world of power and principalities amongst many others. Mixed in with these is the fascinating story of how, having been born again, Mr. Adeboye rose from debilitating deprivation to become the famous leader of the RCCG.
In a testimony about Mrs. Adeboye, fondly called Mummy G.O, Mr. Adeboye revealed how he won her love, even when he was her least qualified suitor.
“There were many of us contesting for the hand of my wife. I wanted to marry a beautiful princess but I was the least qualified among the many suitors. Out of the number, three of us were in the forefront. But I was a student, while one of us was a lawyer who owned a car. All I had was a “foot wagon” (move around on foot). I decided to let her know my financial status
“I said to her, ‘Please listen. I have nothing, no money, no house, no influence, nothing’. I told her that if I had anything at all, it was the little brain God gave to me.
“I have nothing to offer you except myself. If you will marry me, you will have me to yourself completely,” I said.
Surprisingly, she replied, “Because you are so honest, I will marry you.”
Mr. Daniels feels privileged and honoured “to work on this great book of a very great man of God; a rare person of our times, who so many people around the world are grateful to be alive to see at work for God.”