Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, on Sunday, December 25, 2022, narrated how he came from a very poor background.
In his Christmas message to his congregation, Adeboye recalled that while growing up, his parents were so poor that he had no shoes for the first 18 years of his life.
The revered cleric spoke during a sermon on Saturday, December 24, 2022, themed ‘Perfect Gift’, aired live on his Facebook page and monitored by Channels Television.
Speaking about how things would change for the better for people who have accepted Christ, the RCCG cleric used himself as an example. He illustrated how God can change the poor into the rich.
“Those of you who knew a little bit about my background, you will know that when they say something is from a rocky start, that means he started in serious poverty. My own rock was rock among rocks. My father was so poor, (that) poor people called him poor. The day he bought an umbrella, we were rejoicing,” Adeboye said.
“The elders have a saying. They say if there is hardship in the life of the husband, and hardship in the life of the wife, the hardship will rub off on the children.
“It rubbed off on me. For the first 18 years of my life, I had no pair of shoes. That is how things were and then I received Jesus Christ. Then things began to change, look at me today.
“Way back to 1969, I was a lecturer in the University of Lagos. A little problem came into my life, the problem that all my mathematics couldn’t solve, and then somebody offered me, Jesus. I thank God today that my head didn’t refuse something good. So I accepted Jesus and everything in my life began to change for the better.”
Nigeria has the highest number of poor people in the world, after overtaking India in March 2022.
According to data by the World Poverty Clock, extremely poor people are those living on N800 per day (less than $2 per day).
In 2018, Nigeria held the position with about 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared with India’s 73 million.
However, the new data revealed that about 83 million Indians have been plunged into extreme poverty in 2022, representing six percent of the country’s population which stands at 1.3 billion.
For Nigeria, WPC said 70 million people are living in extreme poverty, representing 33 percent of Nigeria’s over 200 million people.
Pastor Adeboye Laments Worsening Insecurity And Economic Downturn Of Nigeria
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the general overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, on Friday, December 2, 2022, decried the worsening insecurity and economic challenges in the country wondering most times if those in authority understand the agony Nigerians are passing through.
The cleric said this during the end of a seven days prayer and fasting session with the General Overseer and RCCG family held at the New Arena of the church, Simawa, Ogun State ahead of the annual Holy Ghost Congress.
Pastor Adeboye had earlier asked his church members to join him as he prepares to go on national prayer and fasting for the country.
Leading the prayer session which lasted for over three hours, Pastor Adeboye lamented that Nigeria the world’s 6th oil producer of oil still experience incessant hike in diesel price.
In his words: “We are living in a country, one of the biggest oil producing countries in the world, and from what we read in newspapers, the cost of diesel had multiplied for about three times in less than a year.
“Covetousness is on increase, corruption like the whole world has never seen before. It’s only in Nigeria we hear of budget being padded, violent, human trafficking, drug trafficking, you even wonder if our rulers knew what’s going on. Theft of national treasuries on a level that cause you to shiver. It is even difficult now to buy bread. Let’s cry to God as representatives of our nation and ask for mercy, that we are sorry for all our wrong doings,” Pastor Adeboye pleaded to his adherents.
He also advised Christians to rise up to their responsibilities and shine as light in their different domains.
Members of RCCG on Friday, December 2, 2022, gathered in their thousands at the church’s camp to join the General Overseer in supplication for the ailing nation.