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Church Of Faith Bible Ministry Celebrates 40th Anniversary 

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General Overseer of Church of Faith Bible Ministry Rev (Dr) Victoria Odika
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November 02, (NaijaOnPoint Media) – Members of the Church of Faith Bible Ministry, on Sunday celebrated their 40 years of existence at the Church headquarters in Ikeja.

Administrator of Church of Faith Bible Ministry, Pastor Ijeoma Odika
Administrator of Church of Faith Bible Ministry, Pastor Ijeoma Odika

The ceremony attracted a mammoth crowd as members of their branches across the country, friends and well wishers came to celebrate their success story recorded in the past four decades.

Addressing journalists, General Overseer of the church, Rev (Dr) Victoria Odika expressed joy for the milestones over the years.

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According to Rev Odika, she and the husband started the church in 1981 in their living room when the husband was still working at the airport.

Informing that the church was founded to make provision for Christians as well to serve both the international airport and the domestic airport, Rev Odika said that the church has not deviated from the mandate given to it by God.

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Recounting the early days, the General Overseer said “I thank God that I was with my husband throughout our formative years. I didn’t abandon him because he had so much trust in me. I was always with him through thick and thin. Pentecostal was not reigning when we started the church; though I was Catholic. My husband tried his own little way to build the church and they love him. I was born a pastor and not an evangelist”.

According to the woman of God, Faith Clinic which is now practiced all over the world was her concept which she started at the Faith Bible Church Ministry.

“I was the first person that started the Faith Clinic. God gave me that anointing. The lord gave it to me as a blessing as a gift. Many people were delivering safely. Many people are now applying to the Faith Clinic in their churches and I am happy that my concept has not changed. However, when they start, they give the name to their own church, then they will call me. Some used to come here for training and that is why I know a lot of people.

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Expressing that she is well fulfilled at the 40th anniversary, she added “Today, I am feeling so good because I believe that Jesus Christ recognises that, that I have been doing and that I didn’t deviate from it. I didn’t add and I didn’t subtract”.

Also speaking, the administrator of the church, Pastor Ijeoma Odika said that he is very happy to say that the church has been able to maintain the mandate that God gave them to be a church that cares for the people and believes only in the doctrine of the bible from Genesis to Revelation.

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He said “We have been able to maintain that in 40 years and that standard and mandate will continue to be maintained. What do I mean by the church of the people? It means that whatever comes into the church belongs to the members of the church. We are very strong on caring and welfare of our members. That is why, to the glory of God which you witnessed today, about 50 to 60 percent of our members are up to 37 years old in this church. We have very strong dedicated people in the church”.

On the church growth and network, the administration added “We have seven branches totally in Nigeria. One in Ikeja, one in Aboru, two branches in Benin, two branches in Issele Uku and Onicha Ugbo in Delta State. We also have a branch in Port Harcourt. The mandate that I am taking over from my father is to expand the ministry to go to every single state in this country with the same doctrine”.

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Listing their achievements, Odika said the church has  groomed so many men of God that have their churches all over the world and that over the years, their women deliver like the Hebrew women.

“We have a Faith Clinic where pregnant women are prayed for. And they have always delivered safely. It is not by the power of the founder but through the power of God. We don’t record sudden deaths in the church. These are milestones that we have every reason to thank God for. Most of our members have stayed with us since the beginning of the church”.

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He advised Nigerians to look unto God, adding that “quick wings have not taken us anywhere. This is the time to focus on God, be upright, honest and treat your fellow Nigerians or any other person the way you want to be treated”

Also recounting his experience with the church in the last 40 years, a foundation member, Elder Jonathan Uche Odika said “I am a founding member of the church. The church started 40 years ago in our living room at the airport quarters. He was a purchasing manager at a time. I can say I was the first choir master, first secretary and the first youth leader of the church.

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” By the grace God gave my parents, the church has evolved over the years. We have branches in other parts of the country. It is very unfortunate that my father is not here today to celebrate with us. But I know he is happy wherever he is that we are able to celebrate 40 years even in his absence and pray today will be a special day. The whole world will see what we have achieved over this period of time”.

Another foundation member, Evang June Eunice Odika described the church as a huge success, stating that some people who started such journeys stopped along the line.

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She said “We bless God for His faithfulness. A lot of people started this journey and along the line something happened. But I thank God for His faithfulness. He has helped us to continue in this faith and this race.

Also testifying to the goodness of the church, a member, Pastor Francis O Francis said “It is my family church and I gave my life here. Along the line I started living in the church and the family was very accommodating. I learnt about love from the family and they trained me and assisted me travel abroad. I have my own church now but I will always come back because this is my home”.

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