From Friday, November 10th, to Sunday, November 12th, the Ireland group organised a three-day special programme centred around the theme ‘MY HELP’ inspired by Psalm 121:2.

Day 1

The first day commenced with a prayer gathering on Zoom. Participants from various regions, including the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and other countries, were in attendance. The session was aimed at seeking divine assistance and experiencing God’s presence across all aspects of life, with the collective trust in God centred on making the seemingly impossible aspects of our lives feasible.

The guest minister, Reverend Francis Odudu (Mainland Europe Regional Director), along with his wife, Sister Christiana Ola-Odudu, who both arrived in Dublin earlier that day, actively participated in the event. Brother Francis Odudu urged attendees to cultivate a strong relationship with God, emphasising the importance of placing trust in God while seeking answers to their prayers. Drawing from biblical verses such as Psalm 121:1, 2, and Psalm 37:5, the session concluded with the congregation singing the hymn ‘Draw me nearer, blessed Lord,’ by Peaceful Hymns, creating a profoundly blessed atmosphere.

 Day 2

The focus of the second day centred on the youth forum, where attendees were treated to a spread of tea, coffee, cake, and cookies. Precious Adeyemi led the opening choruses, and Moses Itanola led the opening prayer. Following a rendition youth choir of ‘Praise is Rising’ by Paul Baloche, the young participants engaged in fun games to test their knowledge of the Bible.

A brief video clip titled ‘The Glorious Church—Bride of Christ’ was showcased, featuring an archived Sunday School Review video from WeCA Headquarters in Lagos. This was followed by a prayer session, seeking divine guidance to prepare daily for membership in the glorious church of the Lord.

The second session kicked off with a captivating viola solo by Praise Ogundipe and a trumpet solo by Isaac Abdulhamid. The female youth choir delivered a moving performance of ‘He Made a Way’ by Anthony Brown, before the commencement of a question-and-answer session facilitated by Brother Francis Odudu. During this interactive segment, young participants had the opportunity to pose questions spanning various aspects of their Christian journey. The practical and insightful answers provided, contributed to a profoundly enriching experience. Brother Francis Odudu concluded the session with a brief word of exhortation, drawing inspiration from Lamentations 3:1, 21–27.

Brother Francis Odudu subsequently shared about God’s unwavering readiness to help, recounting personal testimonies of instances where God had intervened in his life. He reassured the youth of God’s trustworthiness in times of need.

The Youth Forum had an attendance of 42 individuals, with additional participants connecting online.

Day 3

On Sunday, the brethren gathered early for a time of prayer before the meeting started at midday. Brother Washington Chawanda initiated the proceedings with uplifting songs of praise and prayer. The children presented two clarinet solos, followed by a boy’s trio rendition of ‘He’s got the whole world in His hands’ by Laurie London

Sister Christiana Ola-Odudu led the Sunday school on the theme ‘Deliverance’ emphasising that total liberation from sin, flesh, and the devil is attainable through love and trust in God. The congregation was indeed blessed.

The devotional service, commenced by the orchestra that played ‘Give Me the Old Time Religion,’ by Theophilus and featured a soulful female duet, ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’ based on Psalm 23

The guest minister based his sermon on Psalm 61:2-4, titled ‘The Rock That is Higher Than I’ He shared the transformative story of a businessman who, at his breaking point, turned to Christ for help in his business troubles. Brother Francis Odudu underscored God as our immediate help, referencing Psalm 46. Drawing references from Isaiah 2:22, Jeremiah 17:5, Psalm 60:11,12, Psalm 118:8,9, and his personal experiences, he highlighted the limitations of relying solely on human support. Reading from 1 Samuel 2:30, he emphasised the importance of establishing a relationship with God through salvation and maintaining constant fellowship. Brother Francis Odudu stressed that God honours those who honour Him, clarifying that while God helps both Christians and non-Christians in times of trouble, divine assistance doesn’t guarantee entry into heaven.

Concluding with Jeremiah 17:7–8, he assured the congregation of God’s readiness to help those who trust in Him. Brother Joseph Adeyemi led the invitation song and prayer, followed by additional time for collective prayer.

The attendance was 37 individuals, with additional participants connecting online. The specially recorded theme song video, ‘MY HELP’ by members of the Ireland group, played throughout the three-day event, contributing to a joyful atmosphere. The gathering was a celebration of God’s presence, brimming with promises of divine help for victorious living. May the received blessings be enduring and serve as inspiration to bring Ireland and its inhabitants closer to Christ.


Reverend Isaac and Sister Stella Adigun from West and Central Africa (WeCA), with 10 other brethren from our UK and New York churches were received by the Ireland group for Sunday worship service on Sunday 08/10/23.

The Sunday school was opened with a clarinet solo by Lesley Chawanda. Sister Funmi Akinwunmi from Peckham, London taught the Answer Class with Brother David Ojo from Bexley, London taught the (Search) Adult Class, the Sunday school topic was Divine Healing. The closing song to round up the lesson was “The Great Physician Now is Near” by Adeniyi Allen-Taylor, after which the congregation was encouraged to pray and seek God’s face for divine healing.

The devotional service opened with a youth quartet presentation, “Waymaker” by Sinach. Sister Stella Adigun, wife of Reverend Isaac led the congregation to sing praises to God using her testimony of miraculous healing to inspire the song “Praise my soul the king of heaven” by Lauda Anima, after which Reverend Niyi Olayisade from Peckham, London branch led the opening prayer.

The choir sang “Lead on O King of Glory” by Dunsin Oyekan, and then Sister Adenike Odulaja from New York sang “Little is much when God is in it” by Gaither, before the word of exaltation. Reverend Isaac Adigun expressed his heartfelt thanks to God and the brethren for prayer support since they relocated to WeCA in Nigeria, and the miraculous way, that God made his desire to fellowship in Ireland possible.

For the sermon, Reverend Isaac quoted from John 10:9 and spoke on “Jesus Christ the door to our salvation”. He likened the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to a Cruise ship, where you pay for the service and facility but you can only enjoy the experience if you enter in it. He encouraged those who have entered the door (Jesus Christ) to stay in so that they will continue to have access to all the benefits. Unsaved souls were implored to enter the Gospel ship as the door is still open, and God is here to help them. Brother Bisi Odulaja from New York gave the closing prayer that the Lord will help us not to leave the Gospel Ship for whatever reason, and also help the souls that have not met Christ to pray and enter in too. Everyone went on their knees to pray. There were 44 people in attendance

A reception was held at the end of the service with a sumptuous meal for all

All glory and gratitude to God Almighty, for using the cruise trip around the British Isles and Ireland, as a means of evangelism to the towns that were visited. We pray that many souls who received the gospel literature will be won unto Christ. Amen






Introduction: The Apostolic Faith Mission UK, Cranfield Church, was dedicated on Sunday 15th October 2023. Since the inception of the Apostolic Faith work in 1976 in the UK, through the efforts of the retired Rev Victor Okusanya and many of the veterans of this church, this is the fifth church that has been dedicated to the glory of God. We have our own church properties in Manchester, Birmingham and two in London (Peckham and Bexley). The Bexley Church is the headquarters of the Western Europe District. In other places, our services are held in rented facilities and these include Bristol & Cardiff, Coventry, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Paris (France), Dublin (Republic of Ireland), Germany, and Spain. The details of Cranfield Church relating to its location, accessibility, historical account of how the Apostolic Faith work in the area started and its acquisition are provided below.

Accessibility of Cranfield Church location: Cranfield Church is located a few miles from M1 Motorway Junction 13 in Bedfordshire County which borders Buckinghamshire County. Thankfully this location will allow our members in the neighbouring areas such as Milton Keynes, Luton, Dunstable, Cambridge, Oxford and Bedford to have access to a place of worship. Cranfield Church offers a huge relief for members who have been travelling to our Peckham branch or Bexley Headquarters for services. It also brings about a revival of the work that started in Aylesbury in 2013.

Brief Historical Account: The Aylesbury group sprang up in 2013 as a result of three Apostolic Faith families that live in the cities of Oxford, Aylesbury, and Milton Keynes, deciding to meet together for Sunday morning services at one of their homes, with the support of the London church. Brother Felix Panganayi was the Minister in charge assisted by Sister Miriam Panganayi. Soon the group grew, and the Sunday meetings moved to a community centre in Aylesbury. At this time, Brother Sola Omolayo was appointed Sunday school teacher and later associate minister. In January 2015 Brother Panganayi relocated to Zimbabwe, and Sister Panganayi became the Minister in Charge assisted by Brother Sola Omolayo, In August 2016, Sister Panganayi and her family relocated to London, whilst the Omolayos relocated to the United States of America. Consequently, the group had its last meeting in October of 2016 with the remaining members returning to attending church at the London branches. During that final service in Aylesbury, the Group praised the Lord for the three years of Gospel seed sowing that was done in the Oxford, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes areas and prayed for a time when the gospel would take root in those areas if the Lord tarried. Their prayers were answered through the establishment of an online bible study centre in February 2022. This was a result of several of the Peckham church saints that relocated to live in the Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire Counties. The several families faithfully and consistently attended the weekly bible studies with Brother Fungai Mangere as the Minister in Charge. The Cranfield Church will provide the long-awaited desire of having a permanent place of worship. Additionally, this church is located within a variety of communal facilities including shops, a Post Office, a Newsagent, and places of education, ideal for spreading the Gospel.

Acquisition of the Cranfield Church: The burden of long-distance travel to church every Sunday necessitated us to start praying for a physical bible study location in the catchment area. Through divine providence, our quest led us to an exceptional location in Bedford which had a fit-for-purpose church. After prayers and due diligence, the church board gave approval, and we tendered our offer with great hope. Our bid fell through to the highest bidder. In a twist of divine grace, the Estate Agent, Waldens, shared that another church property would be coming onto the market in early 2023. On January 10th, the details of this new opportunity were made available to us; a former Wesleyan Chapel dated 1880, which has been extended to the right-hand side to provide a modern kitchen and entrance lobby. The estimated time of the extensions would be in the 1970s. Overall the gross internal area is approximately 225.31 square meters (2425.2 square feet) offering a layout that comprises the following: entrance lobby, toilets, kitchen, small dining hall, large hall, vestry and sanctuary. We immediately arranged a viewing by our property specialists, including some of our board members. After the necessary consultations were held, we were happy to tender for the property, asking God for His divine will. To the glory of God, the tender was successful, and the purchase of Cranfield Church became a reality. Indeed, God’s timing is perfect, and His plans surpass our own. This journey from a bible study group to the blessed sanctuary of Cranfield Church is a testament to the unwavering power of faith and the boundless love of our Heavenly Father. Indeed, we praise God for this wonderful provision!

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I want to thank God Almighty for the gospel, for it is the power of God to save us from sin and to heal the sick. God saved me in 2004 in a miraculous way and has been keeping me since, taking me through the highs and lows of life. One of my favourite scriptures in the Bible is (Hebrews 13:8) “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day, and for ever”. I do not only read of the miracles of Jesus in the Bible but we are blessed to experience those miracles in our life.

I work in a hospital as a sonographer and in April 2019, after having an ultrasound scan of my shoulder by a work colleague and proceeding to check other organs of the body as we had some time on our hands to spare, he noticed something in my neck that he was concerned about. He advised me to have a radiologist investigate it. I was not ill nor unwell at all, and I was going about my life without a care in the world and never thinking there was anything seriously worrying regarding my health. However, I had further investigations and a biopsy of my thyroid gland, and I was told that I had Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). The doctor I saw was very reassuring and he told me that out of all cancers, this is very easily curable. This would require surgery to remove the thyroid gland and radioactive iodine dosage to destroy the cancerous cells. The doctor reassured me that my life expectancy would not change as this was a very curable cancer. My family and I were thankful to God after hearing this news. The doctor told me that the biopsy cells would need confirmation by another senior pathologist to confirm the initial diagnosis. 

A week later the same doctor called me to come in as a matter of urgency. When I saw him he looked very worried, he told me that the biopsy sample went to be assessed by a senior doctor and the diagnosis had changed, it was a different type of cancer of the thyroid called Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) which is more difficult to treat when it has spread and has no cure as radiotherapy and chemotherapy are not suitable for this cancer. I had more tests which showed the cancer had metastasized to the neck and chest area. The new diagnosis meant I had to have extensive surgery to the neck to remove the spread of the disease and I would need to have a chest sternotomy to remove the spread to the chest area. This MTC diagnosis really knocked me back.  

I had just turned 40, had a child barely a year old, and had great plans ahead of me but suddenly, I was now just counting a day at a time not really looking further ahead. I kept asking God to please let me live to see my child start nursery and to hear him call me “daddy”.  Though I have had challenges in the past, this was a huge mountain and nothing that I have faced before compared to this. I prayed, my family prayed with me, and my pastor and ministers prayed along with me.

I remember praying at the altar one day and God gave me the assurance that this disease has reached its limit and will go no further. God even gave me an example of the sea to say that the water in the ocean knows its bounds and when it reaches land it will recede and that it is God who has made that decree and the same would apply to my case. I was very thankful to God. 

However, like the Apostle Peter in the Bible when Jesus had bid him to walk on the sea, when he saw the huge wave, instead of looking at Jesus, he focused on the wave and he began to sink so was my case. After the Holy Spirit had given me an assurance that all would be well, I went ahead with surgery thinking that was my only hope. I went in for an arduous 16-hour operation and at the end, the doctor told me that he was not able to remove all cancer cells as it had wrapped around some delicate organs and structures in my chest, and trying to remove it would be more of a danger and would affect my immediate quality of life. In fact, I was told that there was more of the cancer left inside my chest than what they managed to remove. In addition, my voice was gone as my vocal cords were damaged during the surgery, and I would need surgery to correct the damage and restore my voice. During the workup, I was informed that it looked like I may also have colon cancer and breast cancer and needed more investigations. 

I was overwhelmed and asked God how many cancers one person can have in a lifetime. I am grateful to God that God undertook and all the investigations came to naught for the colon and breast cancer. It is only God’s grace that sustained me and my family through this difficult trying time. 

I informed the ministry of my condition and they prayed with me and advised that the doctors have done their bit and we should leave the rest to God. And it is true that when man has reached his limits, that is when God starts. I am grateful to God that in a miraculous way, my voice returned on its own accord without having to go back to the operating theatre. I am also grateful to God in that it’s been four years since my diagnosis and the cancer is stable. The cancer has not spread from the time God had promised me that this condition would not spread further. If only I had obeyed His Word and promise, I would not have proceeded with a surgery that was so extensive and extremely painful. Through my life experience, I have since concluded that when God promises something it will come to pass. Sometimes it may not come in the way we expect it, but God will bring it to pass. 

The Bible says in (Isaiah 55:8-9) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”. 

I have concluded that God answers prayer in a way He sees fit. Sometimes in a miraculous way, God can remove cancer or any illness from the body or He can use surgery/medicinal purposes. Or even as in my case, God can leave cancer in the body and neutralize it so that it doesn’t cause any pain or further spread. In some other cases, though we pray, God may decide to call us home through the illness. My duty is to just surrender and say ‘’Your will be done Lord, not mine.’’

I am grateful to God for sparing my life to see my child start and finish nursery and now he is going into his second year of primary school which is something I had not envisaged some years back on receiving the news about MTC cancer. I am in good health and the only reminder of my cancer is the surgery to the neck, sometimes I even think to myself were these doctors telling me the truth that I had cancer as I have seen some people and family members given cancer diagnosis after me and they have gone to eternity and here I am strong and healthy. It is only through the mercy and grace of God that I am alive today and I give Him all the glory, honour, adoration, and praise. May this great God keep me to the end to see Him in glory.

Special Meetings Weekend at Peckham Church – 11th to 13th August 2023

Friday marked the beginning of the 3-day special meetings weekend, themed “A Fresh Encounter”. Forty-six people attended in person while many joined online. The revival service started at 8pm with an organ voluntary, followed by the choir singing “Leave your Burdens at the Place of Prayer. Sister Olos Irenoa led a session of congregational singing and souls were lifted to Heaven. The testimony service was interspersed with a few in-person testimonies and some pre-recorded testimonies of young people from the recently concluded MidWest Camp meeting, USA.

Following the testimony service and the last special “Do you know my Jesus”, the guest minister for the weekend, Rev Lazarus Simbanegavi (Pastor of Birmingham branch) brought the Word of the Lord on “Refreshing Times”. Using Acts 3: 1-10 as his key text, he shared the account of the lame man at the beautiful gate and his encounter with Peter and John that brought about his healing. He explained that when someone encounters Jesus the unexpected happens! The natural turns to the supernatural, and the ordinary becomes extraordinary. He encouraged all present to have an encounter with Jesus. The altar service was blessed as many poured their hearts out to the Lord in prayer.

Saturday was dedicated to young people and was primarily a Question and Answer [Response] session. The session began with a time of singing together and an icebreaker activity. The panellists chosen for the session were Sister Olos Irenoa, Brother Seun Ogunleye, Brother Lazarus Simbanegavi, and Brother Ola Balogun. Collectively the panel explored issues of Discipleship and Relationship with the audience (both in person and virtual) and what came out of both sections were revealing and encouraging from all perspectives. This was followed by a time of worship which was enjoyed by all. Sister Cynthia Aramide then rounded up with a short sermonette, which was followed by a closing prayer, and all present were encouraged to spend time in prayer.

Sunday marked the final day of the 3-day Special Meetings weekend. The day began with Sunday School for all ages at 10am and focused on the topic “Golden Rule”. In the various classes, the concept of loving one’s neighbours as oneself was explored, and how someone can do this even in the most difficult of circumstances. The devotional service started at 11:15am with the Orchestra playing “He is Exalted” and this was followed by the choir singing What a Mighty God We Serve. A time of congregational singing was enjoyed, then there was a bible reading taken from Luke 24: 30-33 after which Sister Temitoyosi and Brother Joshua Nwaebonyi sang a soul-uplifting duet “He Will Carry You. Brother Lazarus Simbanegavi preached on, “A Fresh Encounter”. Using the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:15-19, he spoke of how Jesus can bring fresh and renewed hope to any situation. He spoke of the joy and relief the disciples experienced when Jesus revealed Himself to them and encouraged all present to take time to connect with God the only one that can make a difference to our lives and situations. It was indeed a blessed altar service as many sought the Lord in prayers.

After a time of fellowship over lunch, the day was rounded off with a variety evening at 4pm, which saw different categories of people within the church give musical renditions, ranging from a flute solo, sibling’s vocal presentations, youth choir, and a minister’s quartet. Everyone was involved and oh, what a time of joy and fellowship this was. Brother Lazarus Simbanegavi gave the closing admonition WONDERFUL JOY using Luke 15: 1-7 as his main text, he stated how Heaven rejoices over one sinner that repents. He encouraged those present that Jesus is interested in the 1% and that’s why He left the 99. Jesus is interested in you! A time of prayer followed as many tarried in prayer. Our prayer is for the many blessings received during these refreshing times to abound in our lives and for God to use them as a springboard for a deeper walk with God.

My Testimony to the glory of God!!!

I am thankful that our God is a prayer answering God. I thank God for saving my soul, for sanctification, and for Holy Ghost baptism. The Lord called me from an Islamic home where the bible was not known. However, through the grace of God, I was sent to a Christian school where every morning at the assembly we were taught about God and that was where my love for Jesus developed. It has been forty-two years since I gave my life to Christ.

God gave me victory over one of my clients who has been giving me problems. He owed me money and refused to move out of the property. I gave him a ‘notice to quit’ in May 2022. He refused to move out and became abusive and violent towards me. To such an extent that each time I visited the site, I had to be accompanied by a colleague. He would even refuse to give me or my contractors access, for any repairs or viewing.

When I could not get any headway with the problem, I decided to take him to court. I paid the court fees and the hearing was fixed for November 2022. On getting to Court, the Judge threw the case out due to some technical error that he alleged I made while filling out the form. I was devastated and didn’t know what to do. I started to pray about it. If I were to log another court hearing, it would take six months before the hearing would take place and then another three to six months to get both an eviction order and a bailiff to get him out.

After persistently reporting him to God in prayers, he messaged me on the 12th of February 2023 that he will be moving out of the premises by the end of February 2023. When I received the message of his moving out, it was as if I was dreaming, due to all the hassle the man had given me. This was a man who did not want to see me or talk to me, but God sent his hornets to drive him out.

When God stepped in, he not only moved out, but he also paid me more than what he owed. I am so thankful to God. As the Psalmist said, the wickedness of the wicked comes to an end but he establishes the just. I give God Almighty all the glory that he still answers prayers today.

Ayo Elizabeth Sobowale, is a member of Apostolic Faith Church, Peckham branch, London.

The Gospel Work Continues to Experience Growth – May 2023

Brother Ola and Sister Remi Balogun planned a visit to the Apostolic Faith Mission groups in Scotland during the last bank holiday weekend in May. Brother Ola is the Regional Director for Scotland. It was indeed a thrill to see the gospel work making good progress in the three major cities (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow) where our church groups are located.


Brother Ola and Sister Remi arrived at Glasgow International Airport at about 11:25 pm on Friday, May 26, 2023, as part of their visit to The Apostolic Faith Mission UK groups across Scotland. They were received by Brother Anthony John, who also transported them to their lodge for the night. On Saturday morning, brethren in Glasgow gathered at the Travelodge Glasgow Central at 9am for a pre-scheduled meeting with Brother Ola. It was an exciting time of fellowship for the thirteen people in attendance including the Baloguns.

The meeting started with singing, “We are never, never weary of the grand old song”, followed by an opening prayer by Sister Folasade John. Brother Tunbosun Oyedokun then made an opening remark, which started with an appreciation to Brother Ola for the visit and prayer support for the group. He also acknowledged God’s faithfulness and answered prayers, evident in the group’s numerical growth since Brother Ola’s last visit. The group, comprising about twenty individuals, meets weekly for Sunday school and music training.

Addressing all, Brother Ola expressed gratitude to the assembled brethren for the warm welcome, particularly their unwavering dedication to spreading the Gospel in Glasgow. He highlighted God’s benevolence as evident in how various government policy changes have worked for the good of the gospel by providing opportunities for more people to migrate to the UK. He then encouraged the attendees to intensify their evangelistic efforts in order to bring in more people to the gospel, especially among the locals. While it may be difficult to spread the gospel to people of different nationalities and cultures, he emphasized that it is achievable by submitting to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and remaining adaptable in implementing approaches that enhance outreach to diverse communities. After a closing prayer, we enjoyed more fellowship and refreshments together. The Baloguns departed Glasgow for Edinburgh at 11:30 AM to continue their visit to other Scottish cities.


On arrival, Brother Ola and Sister Remi met with the group at the rented facility used for Sunday services. An evangelistic service was held with 26 people in attendance, and it was a blessed time in God’s presence.

The service started with a keyboard prelude, followed by a violin solo by Sister Tanya Makombe. Then the choir sang God is bigger than any mountain, followed by a solo Great is thy faithfulness sung by Sister Remi Balogun. The congregation then sang some praise songs and Brother Matthew Ibukun, the leader of the Apostolic Faith work in Scotland, offered the opening prayer.

Sister Debbie Olorunsaiye, the leader of the Edinburgh group, made the announcements, which was followed by a baby dedication service. After the baby’s dedication, the parents testified of God’s goodness during the pregnancy and birth. A special song, The power of God is just the same today, was sung before the sermon by Brother Ola Balogun. Using the account of Moses from Hebrews 11:23–27, he reiterated the need to be humble to get saved, stay saved, and work for the Lord. A call to prayer was given, singing To God be the glory. A blessed time of fellowship followed after which the Baloguns left for Aberdeen with Brother Matthew and Sister Juliet Ibukun.


On Sunday, May 28, 2023, Brother Ola Balogun and his wife, Sister Remi worshipped with the Aberdeen saints and it was a time of refreshing in God’s presence and fellowship. At 10.30 am, the Sunday school service began with a clarinet and flute rendition of O God our Help in Ages Past. We were all blessed by the interactive Sunday school class on God’s Work moderated by Brother Wale Oladokun. We were reminded that, as saved souls, all our talents are useful and needed to propagate the Gospel.  At the end of the lesson, we were encouraged to pray about what we had learned.

After a time of prayer, Brother Wale Oladokun played his flute to raise us from our knees. This was followed by the choir singing Onward Christian Soldiersand “Take My Life and Let It Be”. Brother Sam Osifeso led the congregational singing. In the announcement, our Scotland and Aberdeen group leader, Brother Mathew Ibukun introduced Brother Ola and Sister Remi. Following the announcement, the choir sang, “Rescue the Perishing,” The scripture reading was taken by Brother Mathew from Philippians 3:7–14, and the last special, a duet titled “I’ll Wish I Had Given Him More” was sung by Sister Ireti Olukitibi and Sister Bola Oladimeji. Brother Ola gave a brief and powerful sermon on the importance of being purpose-driven as Christians. We were encouraged to always have Heaven as our vision and our purpose to be like God. We were told that “without purpose, life has no meaning.” After “Jesus, I my cross have taken”, Brother Matthew led the closing prayer. We had a blessed time of prayers at the altars afterward.

After praying to our satisfaction, we exchanged pleasantries, ate a delicious meal together, and continued interacting outdoors as it was a bright Sunday. Some beautiful pictures were taken to mark the occasion. We all returned to our homes feeling blessed and revived.

Early Monday morning, Brother and Sister Balogun were driven to Aberdeen Airport, where they boarded their flight back to London. We thank God for the success of their visit and the safe journey granted to them from Friday evening to Monday morning. Glory be to God!


Youth camp 2023 began on Friday, 05th of May 2023. In the afternoon, youths from all branches in the UK including our international guests started arriving at the Pioneer Centre Kidderminster – Camp centre, in anticipation of the full activities to take place starting from Saturday morning. The rest of Friday was used in settling into rooms due to the late arrival of a number of delegates coming from far distance to the centre.

Saturday morning started early with the morning devotional, in which the focus was centered on “identity crisis”. The discussion was about the sensitivity we need when experiencing it personally, how to encourage and support someone else that might be facing such a crisis, as well as the need for all to embrace their identity in God ultimately.

The first-morning session begin with a time of worship, then campers were split up into the 12 tribes of Judah and were tasked to do different activities. These included a team tug of war, a treasure hunt to find objects around the centre, and other team-building games. After this, there was a thought-provoking sermonette by Brother Simeon Bamgbaye. He reminded all that God sees us regardless of our state and linked it back to the theme of the youth camp, I.C.U. This led everyone to a great time of prayer.

In the afternoon, the outdoor activity was replaced because of the rain with a non-compulsory activity time. The campers used this time to bond with each other, rest or catch up with other campers.  After that, there was a worship session in which the youth sang along to praise God. This was led by Brother Joshua Osayemi with the audience suggesting songs along with those sung by the worship team. Many were touched by the songs and enjoyed this time.

The evening session was titled “ICU’r struggle” it began with 20mins of worship that led to an icebreaker where the audience had to answer true and false questions about some of the topics that were to be discussed later on. The bulk of the session included testimonies/presentations on what some of the campers had been through (grief, finding identity, mental health and eating disorder struggles etc). This was alongside a few panelists that were leading the discussion on these same topics, whilst giving their personal experiences and what they learned from the struggles they had been through. The point of the session was to show the campers that they were not the only ones to have gone through something difficult as a point of encouragement. After this, there was a prayer session where the campers could decide to pray personally or join a group prayer to pray about specific topics that were applicable to them/to be able to pray and intercede for others: these topics included, career, addiction, identity, purpose, grief, illnesses as well as other topics.

The devotional for Sunday morning was “Biblical kindness in an unkind world” and it was concluded that acts of kindness and compassion should be exercised in daily interactions with each other, in both private and secular life. At 10:00 am, Sunday school began. Everyone was split into various age categories for what was learned and to discuss Consecration. Examples were given of people that consecrated their lives in the Old Testament, New Testament, and even in our day. All were encouraged to consecrate themselves and things own for a deeper walk with God. The devotional service started at 11:00 am, it was filled with joyous congregational singing, instrumentals, and solos. The sermon was given by Sister Lara Shorinmade-Oguntoke, titled “Saving that which is lost”. Sister Lara reminded all of the story of Zaccheus and how Jesus came to him  the tree he had climbed and declared Salvation to his house. She encouraged us to reach out to God as He is looking to save all that are lost. 

On Sunday afternoon there was a session titled “ICU in a new light” where a drama was presented. The drama centered on different points of view, of people’s stories and how they came to God. The first is a modern representation of Rahab where although the character was judged for her appearance, God still chose her and the outward appearance did not matter. And the other modern spins included Paul of Tarsus (represented through a story of murder and redemption). The overall message given was that our past does not matter, that Jesus still loves all and wants to redeem everyone. He can make us a new creature in Him, old things will pass away.

Continue reading “Youth Camp 2023 Report”

Easter Music Specials at Aberdeen

Brethren across Scotland came together in a joint service to celebrate this year’s Easter. The Apostolic Faith Mission in Scotland has three groups in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow that hold weekly meetings in their respective cities. However, as part of a joint effort to spread the message of Christ throughout Scotland, it was decided that a combined service would be held in Aberdeen on the morning of April 9th, followed by a musical event in the afternoon to commemorate Christ’s resurrection.  

The day began with Sunday School at the Inchgarth Community Centre, Aberdeen. It was a joyous moment as brethren gathered to fellowship and share the Word. The meeting opened with an organ prelude, followed by an orchestra piece titled “He Lives on High” and a solo/choir performance titled “Ten Thousand Angels.” Three congregational songs were also sung, which thrilled everyone in attendance, followed by congregational prayer, announcements, and a special song titled “He Lives,” rendered by Brother Joshua Oladimeji.

The lesson, titled “The Risen Christ,” was taught by Brother Gbenga Odufuwa and aimed primarily to help students understand that “the miracle of Christ’s Resurrection is the heart of the Christian faith”. Through the help of the Holy Spirit, the teacher engaged the students throughout the lesson, and everyone was blessed, as indicated by how they fervently prayed after the lesson. A total of Fifty-0ne people were in attendance. After a time of refreshment and fellowship at this venue, brethren travelled to Holburn West Church, Aberdeen, the venue of the musical event that was held in the afternoon.

The musical event, titled “Easter Music Specials”, began at 3 pm with a congregational song titled “Because He Lives”, followed by an opening prayer. The event showcased songs and instrumentation that conveyed the story of Christ’s resurrection and the victory it brought to humanity. The first part of the event featured an orchestra piece called “Hymns of Joy”, choir songs “Magnify, Glorify”, “Jehovah Reigneth”, and a female quintet, “At Calvary”. Other items included “Christ Arose”, “Partita 2 for Violin”, “Amazing Grace”, “Resurrection Morn”, and “I’ll Have a New Life.” There was a congregational song, “Victory in Jesus,” during the intermission before the second part.

The second part featured a few orchestra pieces and songs such as “Christ is Risen Today” and “He Set Me Free Medley.” Brother Tunbosun Oyedokun preached a short sermon, taking his text from Matthew 28:1,5-8. He highlighted a few benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection and, afterwards, challenged everyone to be ready for the soon return of the risen Lord. The sermonette was followed by the “Hallelujah Chorus,” heartily rendered by everyone, before the announcements given by Brother Matthew Ibukun. The meeting ended with a congregational song, “Burdens are Lifted at Calvary,” and a closing prayer.

Seventy-seven people were in attendance, but the event was also streamed via Zoom, with approximately ten connections and at least fifteen viewers. During the meet-and-greet session that followed, guests, including a local councillor, expressed their appreciation to the Church and would like our Christmas concert to hold at the same venue. This event was a significant milestone as it was the first musical event organised by the Church in Scotland during Easter. We pray that God will continue to bless His Church Scotland and bring more people into His Kingdom.

The first ever youth-led service for our Leicester group took place on Sunday, 12th March, 2023. It was a special service to be remembered by all in attendance. Sunday school began at 10:30 a.m. with the organ striking and two officiating ministers leading the service, Sister Lara Shorimade-Oguntoke the youth leader of our church for The UK and Western Europe, and Brother Anu Bakare. Brother Anu led the children into singing “I’ve got the joy joy joy”, “Singing hosanna” and “Praise Him all ye little children”.

An instrumental rendition was performed by the children including Deborah and Unique Alabi both playing violins, cello was played by Elizabeth Effah, and the flute by Gracious Malima. This was followed by congregational singing, including adults, who sang from the hymn book Collected Gospel Songs hymn 389. They were all led in an opening congregational prayer by Brother Anu Bakare. 

After the opening prayer, Congregants moved to their various classes, Primary Pals Class was taught by Sister Emem Jimmy, who was assisted by Sis Ifeoluwa Bakare, Answer Class was taught by Brother Samuel Effah, and Adult Class by Sister Lara. In the adult Sunday school lesson, we were reminded that God’s house is to be reverenced as a house of prayer where His blessings abound for those that honour it and there are consequences for those that do otherwise. Sunday school finished at 11:30 a.m. and everyone had time to pray before the devotional service began.

Before the devotional service started, workers gathered in the prayer room to pray for the service ahead. After a time of prayer, Reverend. Isaac Adigun and his wife, Sister Stella Adigun, the former District Superintendent (DS) of The UK and Western Europe who is now DS for West and Central Africa (WECA) were presented to the workers. Rev. Isaac made a brief remark about how happy he and his wife were to be visiting the Leicester group and to see and witness how much our choir and congregant numbers had grown.

The devotional service began started at 11:45 a.m. with an organ prelude, as this was a special youth service, the youth choir took the stage,  by starting with a Brass duet by Brother Stephen and Brother Kingsford Effah, and a solo performance of the song by Brother Shepherd Mpofu “How great thou art”, next was a choir rendition titled, “ Days of Elijah”. Brother Stan Nyakuhwa the leader of our work in Leicester, gave welcome remarks. Congregational songs were introduced and led by Brother Tolu Opaleye titled, “ Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest”, “Lord we lift up your name”, “You are my all in all” and “, As a deer” after which we were lead in prayer by Sister Tolu Ojebantele. 

Brother Stan gave the announcements and also introduced Reverend Isaac and his wife Sister Stella, Sister Lara, and her husband Brother Segun Oguntoke, as well as the newcomers to the congregation. The second first special choir song, “How great is our God” was sung. The scripture reading was read, taken by Sister Lara from Leviticus 9:1-4 and the last special was the song, a quintet titled, “A Volunteer” by Brother Deji Ojebantele, Brother Anu, Sister Tolu, Sister Ife Bakare and Sister Tumi Olajide was rendered. The sermon for the service was given by Reverend Isaac Adigun on, “ The house of the Lord”. We were encouraged that the house of God was a place of blessing where we meet with the Lord. He is always there and that to bless us.

The closing song was from Collected Gospel Songs no. 696 led by Sister Nombulelo Shamba and the closing prayer was given by Brother Stan, and followed by congregation praying around the altar. 

After we prayed on the message heard, we ate delicious meals, exchanged pleasantries, and took some beautiful pictures for the occasion.  Sister Lara gathered the young people to encourage them in the different areas where they could support the church, and also for themes to look forward to, which are more youth-driven services as the year progressed. We all left the church feeling blessed and anticipating what God has in stock for the Leicester church group.

DS visit to Paris, France 2023

On Saturday, 11 February 2023, Reverend Mark Mfandarahwa, his wife Sister Marble and their two daughters visited the Paris branch in France. They were warmly welcomed at the Gare du Nord train station by Reverend Mathieu Bobo (The leader of our work in France) and Brother Joel and Sister Suzanne Vimadje.

Early the next morning, on Sunday, 12 February they were transported to a rented facility which has been adapted to a place of worship. Despite Sunday School commencing at 9.00am, it was well attended with a sizeable mixed congregation of 42 people and an additional 5 families connected through Zoom. The attendance consisted of members of the Apostolic Faith Church from all over France gathered for a special, combined service.

Soon after their arrival, the lesson on, The Responsibility of Marriage, was taught by Sister Patricia Sossa to a combination of the Adult and Junior class with the Primary Pals situated towards the back of the sanctuary. By the end of the lesson the unmarried were encouraged to prioritise seeking God’s will by prayer in choosing God’s best partner for them and the married were admonished to endeavour to fulfil all the responsibilities that the institution of marriage entails.

Due to the time limitations, the devotional service immediately followed in which it was preluded by a piano voluntary by brother Joel Vimadje. Then the orchestra rendered the hymn ‘Saved! Saved!’. After that, the choir sang, Grand et puissant and Salvation has been brought down by Albert E Brumley. This was followed by a solo C’est différent (It’s different now) by D. Beatty which was sung by Sister Kujo Tanmakpi. Reverend Matthieu Bobo lead the congregational singing, and the congregation was led in prayer given by Brother Segun Aramide a visiting minister from Nigeria.

The first special, He Hideth My Soul by Fanny Crosby, was rendered by Sister Patricia Sossa, Sister Morgaine Hounye and Brother Emmanuel Sossa. Preceding the last special given by the choir, ‘Wonderful Grace of Jesus by Haldor Lillenas, Sister Suzzanne Vimadje read selected Scripture from Matthew 11:2-5.

Reverend Mark Mfandarahwa’s sermon was titled ‘The Impact of the Gospel’ in which he explored through various biblical examples how the lives of people who had physical encounters with Jesus were powerfully impacted as shown in Matthew 11:2-5. He emphasised that as Jesus did great miracles to heal those who had physical ailments, He has power to do the same in our day and more importantly save sinners. Brother Mark concluded with an altar call in which he encouraged the congregation to seek for their Christian experiences of salvation, sanctification, and the Holy Ghost and fire baptism. After the closing song That Means You the sanctuary was filled with the sound of prayers.

Soon after, workers and their families travelled to a restaurant where they enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship. Just before parting ways with majority of the brethren, Reverend Mark Mfandarahwa shared a few words encouragement with the ministers and advice on matters in pertinence to the work in France.


The Mfandarahwas visit to France was an opportunity to have a great time of fellowship with the saints in Paris. As the brethren there are looking up to God for a permanent place of worship, let us remember them in our prayers and believe God for a favourable answer to their request.

You can access the recording for their devotional service on YouTube – Click link Below  –




The Northwest and Midlands 2022 Christmas concert was made possible through the grace of God and the combined effort of all the members of the choir and orchestra from the entire region: Birmingham, Manchester, Coventry and Leicester. Below are the various reports from each branch and some of the images from the concerts. Happy viewing! (Coventry)





We give God all the Glory for yet another successful Manchester Christmas Concert! The concert featured a combined choir from the Northwest and the Midlands and also a cameo from Scotland. The congregation was filled with both locals and visitors, greatly anticipating another outpouring of God’s blessings through Christmas music. Brother Toyin Emitola, the local pastor and the regional director for Northwest and Midlands gave the welcome address as the concert began at 5pm, the congregation was then led into an opening Christmas hymn by Sister Chidi Agunu and the concert officially started after the opening prayer from Rev. Odejimi from Birmingham. 

Brother Seun Idowu conducted the orchestra into a rendition of Overture from The Messiah, followed by Asofa Mma by O.A Boateng, an instant favourite with the congregation. The choir took over with Sing O Heavens by Caleb Simper followed by renditions of Past Three A Clock which was rendered as an Octet. The male choir treated us to a wonderful rendition of He’s Still The King Of Kings followed by a wood ensemble giving us Largo from Xerxes, HWV 40 and God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen, a traditional Christmas tune. The choir then gave us two moving renditions which consisted of Good Christian Friends Rejoice by John Randall Dennis and He Smiles Within His Cradle by David Willcocks. This brought the concert to its halfway point, giving the congregation the opportunity to also sing some hymns which were led by Toyin Emitola. 

After the interval, the orchestra began with The Stars and Stripes Forever and the Christmas classic “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year”. The youth choir took over with a Tiny Miracle By Pepper Choplin and a beautiful rendition of Somewhere in Your Silent Night Arr. By Joseph M. Martin. The female choir blended the voices beautifully as they gave us “Christmas Songs Of Joy” by Joseph M. Martin. Another favorite was the trumpet solo rendition of popular Christmas tunes, played by Brother Uyi. This rendition had everyone in a cheerful mood, with some children even singing quietly along. You could see amongst the congregation that the joy of the Lord was within. The choir then gave us two numbers before the sermonette, which were: All Glory To God In The Highest Heaven and Christmas Adoration.

Brother Delight Nyoni then gave a short sermonette titled ‘A Name Above All Names’. His message was inspired by the scripture in Philippians 2:9-11 which spoke about how the name of Jesus is above all names and this name is the only way to salvation. We were encouraged to call on this name, submit to Christ and remember the reason for the season. The choir gave us one last number titled Rejoice and be Merry. A short vote of thanks was given by Toyin Emitola, followed by a closing congregational hymn Hark the Heralds led by Brother Comfort Moyo. The Birmingham Branch Pastor, Brother Lazarus Simbanegavi came forward to give the closing prayer. 

Just as the congregation were leaving the sanctuary, Brother Lanre Idu from Birmingham conducted a surprise rendition of We Wish You A Merry Christmas, which kept the Christmas spirit high.  Both the congregation and the choir members could not help but share smiles during this rendition as it was very evident that the spirit of Christmas could be felt in the sanctuary.


After a brief welcome by Brother Delight Nyoni, the congregation rose up to sing the first congregational hymn – ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ after which Brother Toyin Emitola gave a benedictory prayer. Every presentation given by the choir and orchestra, was punctuated by a loud amen and an applause on completion. At the interval, the choir and orchestra took a well-deserved break while the audience was led in a song by Brother Lanre Idu called, ‘Angels we have heard on High’. Our young children too had an opportunity to showcase their learning and skills too as they presented a number of pieces. Shortly after, the choir and orchestra returned and the second half commenced. It is safe to say one of the crowd favourites in the second half was definitely the trumpet solo by Brother Uyi which was a combination of popular Christmas tunes that captivated and astounded the audience by the sound and display of skills. This yielded a resounding applause and cries of encore at the end of the presentation. Befittingly, a sermotte by Brother Godwin Jimmy was very reflective on the essence of Christmas and the greatest gift given to mankind by God. He capped it all with his Christmas blessings and wishes. Brother Odejimi gave a valedictory prayer after a congregational hymn – ‘Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem’. As attendees mingled in fellowship, we had the privilege of meeting the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner – Simon Foster whose feedback was that he greatly enjoyed the concert and had not received Christmas wishes at the level he had got on the night. He looks forward to returning for the next year’s concert.


Thanks be to God for another proclamation of the birth of Christ through songs and instrumentals. The occasion was preceded by a congregational song ‘O come all ye faithful’, led by Sister Susan Adeyemo and followed by an opening prayer given by Brother Uche Anthony. The atmosphere was lifted as the choir cheerfully delivered each presentation, which was followed by a resounding AMEN and applause! During the intermission, the audience raised their voices in carols, whilst the choir and orchestra went out for a much-needed break. Two of our Sunday school students, Brian and Majesty Obia performed ‘O when the Saints’ and ‘Ode to Joy’ on their recorder instruments. The rest of the children joined in to sing ‘Jingle Bells,’ directed by their teacher. We thank God for the skills of the children and pray that God will continue to use them in his house. The local official Lady Godiva of Coventry, Pru Porretta, graced us with her presence. Although, she could only remain for the first half because she had another official event to attend that evening, she expressed how happy she was to be there for the event. Councillor Jaswant Singh Birdi, Deputy Lord Mayor, and Deputy Lady Mayoress were also in attendance. He gave the vote of thanks, followed by Brother Muyiwa Adeyemo with the announcements, and thereafter the closing congregational song was sung and the closing prayer rendered by Brother Mlambo. We were all delighted because it was a wonderful fellowship with brethren, neighbours, Stoke Health Community Hall staff, and, most importantly, the dignitaries who honoured the invitation. We thank God for the message of our Messiah’s birth that has spread as a seed that will germinate into righteousness. We anticipate more as our Lord’s arrival draws closer.



The Christmas performance began at 4:00 p.m. with an organ stroke, followed by the congregational song “O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM,” led by Sister Shamba (Leicester Music Leader), and an opening prayer. Leicester Leader, Brother Stan Nyakuhwa then announced the Christmas concert opened. The audience thoroughly enjoyed every rendition by the Choir and each performance was backed by a loud Amen! A short break was taken by the choir following the fifth performance and during their little break our Leicester branch Primary Pal and The Answer class came to perform their Christmas songs which lasted for about 10 minutes, after which the choir was brought back in and then the congregation sang “Angel we have heard on high” under the direction of Shamba. Following more heavenly singing and playing by the choir, there was a short Sermon by Coventry Leader on the reason for celebrating the birth of Jesus because he came to redeem us. Announcements of Leicester church order of services were given by Stan Nyakuhwa. Vote of thanks was given by Councilor (Cllr) of Nottingham Bilbrough-Ward Faith Gakanje-Ajala The last congregational song was “Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” and we rounded up with a closing prayer from Brother Sylvester Obidima, after which the Choir stood up to sang, “we wish you merry Christmas” to all the congregation. All glory to God. It was a successful concert.



All glory be to God for keeping us to see year 2022 Christmas season. Since the last week in November, most of us would have seen Christmas lights around us, which are more visible at night in our streets. It is a generally accepted phenomenon that light is good, when compared with complete darkness. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ the perfect light proclaimed that, “……. I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12). When one allows Jesus to come into the heart, His light shines and dispels the darkness caused by sin. This is called salvation, heart regeneration, deliverance from sin or a born-again experience. Jesus does not only save us from our sins, but He also gives us peace, joy and love which this world could not give us. Christmas means a lot more than a celebration of the season when one has Jesus in his or her heart. Thanks be to God; salvation makes one to rejoice regardless of the life situations that one may be going through.

Many people will be exchanging gifts this season; however, it is worthwhile remembering that the perfect gift, JESUS CHRIST was given to us by God two thousand years ago. It is through faith in God that we can have the perfect GIFT of God in our hearts.Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10). God is marvellous, all loving, gracious and merciful to the human race. After the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, He gave us his only begotten son, JESUS to be the perfect sacrifice for our redemption. Matthew 1:21 says, “…..And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

This season as we rejoice remembering the miraculous birth of our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST into this world, we should look up to heaven in anticipation of His second coming. When the trumpet of the Lord sounds, we want to be partakers of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in the azure above.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Report of the Bristol/Cardiff Christmas Concert on 27th November 2022

The Bristol/Cardiff Group is full of appreciation to God for the success of their 2022 Christmas Concert, held in Llanrumney Cardiff, Wales on the 27th November 2022. The occasion, which attracted attendees across the United Kingdom, was well supported by delegate choristers from Glasgow (Scotland), as well as Bexley and Peckham branches in London, culminating in a total attendance of 60 congregants, including 12 visitors. Glory be to God!

The day started off with Sunday School lessons for all ages, with the children (Primary Pals and Answer classes) having a separate class, while the junior and senior attendees held a combined class focused on the topic – “The New Heaven and New Earth”. The lesson happened to be the last in the quarterly series with the theme “Are you Ready?”, which is centred on end-time events. The lesson was facilitated by Brother Ola Balogun, the Pastor of our Peckham Branch, who guided the class into a look ahead to events after the great white throne judgement, the beauty of the New Jerusalem and characteristics of its occupants, as well as a detailed recap of key events in the end-time chronological order. The lesson climaxed in a time of personal prayers for mercy and grace to be counted worthy to partake in the new heaven and new earth.

After a hearty lunch and good fellowship, and a time of practice by the choir led by Sister Olos Irenoa, to put some finishing touches to their preparations, the concert kicked off at 2pm.
The theme of this year’s concert “His Name is Jesus”, rang throughout the afternoon of music, as the choir blessed the audience with melodious renditions of Christmas classics, such as “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Once in Royal David City”. The audience were also treated to a Cello solo, as well as other beautiful choral pieces, while also delighting in the opportunity to join in the singing themselves, of hymns. Congregational hymns included “Joy to the World” and “It came upon the midnight clear”. The Christmas feel was very evident in the building, despite the concert taking place just shy of the festive month of December. A melodious Choir rendition of “Good Christian Men Rejoice”, was closely followed by a sermonette from Brother Fungayi Mangere, the leader of our Bedford group. Using Colossians 1:14-19, he preached about ‘The Preeminent Christ’, and guided the congregation to ponder on some poignant questions. Asking, – “Is Jesus the Centre of your life?”, “Is He the point in your life from which all things are directed, and to which all things are focused?”. Brother Fungayi Mangere urged everyone to make Christ the centre of their lives, considering Him in every thought and decision and further prayed that God would help all those who hadn’t submitted to the Lordship of Jesus, to do so on the same day.

After a few closing comments by Brother Thomas Moyo, the leader of our Bristol/Cardiff Group, Brother Mark Mfandarahwa, our District Superintendent gave the vote of thanks, which was closely followed by a beautiful congregational rendition of “The First Noel”, and a jubilant chorus of “We wish you a Merry Christmas” by the Choir, effectively rounding off the evening of Christmas music. We give all glory to God for the success of the Carol and look to Him for a more glorious event in the coming year, if the Lord tarries.


Concert held on Sunday, 30 October 2022

Apostolic Faith Mission has three groups in Scotland, United Kingdom: Aberdeen, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. An Evening of music titled ‘Living Hope’ was held on Sunday, 30 October, 2022 at 4:00pm. as a means of evangelism. Choir members in attendance included 14 from all the groups in Scotland, and 9 from London, Manchester, and Coventry.

On Saturday, 29 October, 2022, choir members arrived at Edinburgh and were treated to light refreshments at the residence of Brother and Sister Olorunsaiye. It was also a time of lovely fellowship. Afterwards, Sister Olos Irenoa from the Peckham church led the choir members to the venue arranged for rehearsals and this ended at 7:00 pm.

The day started with a Sunday school service at their local meeting venue. 46 people were in attendance. After a few music preludes and announcements, the children went apart for their Sunday school lesson which was taught by Sister Juliet Ibukun while Brother Ola Balogun took the extended Sunday School for the adult class titled “The Revelation of Christ and Armageddon. At the end of the Sunday School, a short video depicting the second coming of Christ with His saints on white horses was shown. A good soul-searching prayer session took place after the adult session. After lunch and a time of fellowship and last minute preparations, all moved to the concert venue to set up the platform.

The concert commenced precisely at 4:00 p.m. with a brief introduction by Brother Matthew Ibukun (Leader of Scotland Group), an opening song My Hope is Built on nothing less’ and prayer by Brother Uyioghosa from our Manchester church.

The program started with orchestration ’Father God I wander/In Christ Alone’ followed by choir songs ‘All Hail King Jesus-Crown Him King of Kings’ and Tis Marvelous and Wonderful’. An exciting Piccolo solo was rendered by Brother Amala while an Octet sang ‘Salvation has been brought down’. During the interlude, Sisters Esther Jelenke, Seye Adeyemo, Faith Udosen and Brother Toye Shobukola testified of the saving grace of God. A congregational song ‘My Jesus, my Saviour Lord there is none like you’ was rendered which led to the second part of the program.

During the second part, a Piano solo was played by Brother Simeon Bamgbaye (Manchester Branch), followed by a choir rendition ‘It’s really surprising’ and a quartet (Sisters Remi Balogun and Esther Jelenke; Brothers Dapo Adejimi and Uyigoghosa Oghe) sang ‘Whispering Hope’ followed by a Violin solo by Sister Tanya Makombe (Edinburgh) and ‘Mighty to save’ by the Scotland choir. This was followed by a sermonette from the Regional Director, Brother Ola Balogun. Immediately after that, the choir gave the last rendition with the beautiful presentation of an Assurance Medley’.

During the announcement, the leader of Edinburgh group, Sister Debbie Olorunsaiye thanked the visiting choir and orchestra, the invited guests and all attendees and then invited one of the guests, Pastor Lorraine Danquah to present a vote of thanks to the choir on behalf of all the guests. The last congregation song was ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’ after which the closing prayer was given by Sister Olos (Peckham Church). This was followed by a short reception and opportunity to share the Gospel literatures with our guests which gave the choir members and church members to meet and greet the guests. Thereafter, the brethren from London, Manchester, Aberdeen and Glasgow were send off with well wishes and thanks from the Edinburgh group. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and God blessed the entire event with good weather and spiritual blessings.

The concert went well and 79 people were in attendance including visitors. We pray that God will water the seeds planted and bring more people to God.


Youth evangelism team working hard with smiles at AFMUK headquarters church Bexley. They are willing to be used of God, assisting with the preparation of evangelism materials & tracts. We give God Almighty all the glory for this enthusiasm.

Couples Conference 2022

Couple’s conference is a time enjoyed by both blushing newlyweds and seasoned married couples. This year’s conference was no exception. The theme for the conference was “Thriving as Christian Couples in the 21st Century” and it took place in the newly refurbished hall of our Birmingham Church. Over sixty Christian couples from our churches and groups across the UK were present. The length of marriages of the couples in attendance ranged from 4 months to 47 years!

Upon arrival, the couples were met with a beautifully decorated hall, which for some may have been reminiscent of their own wedding receptions! After tea and refreshments, the delegates were ushered into the hall to start their “Love languages Quiz” icebreaker. This quiz required each spouse to work on their own to complete and identify their love language. It was a strict requirement that each spouse ought not to look at their partner’s answers, which led to comical moments as some partners reported on the other for trying to peak at their answers! This then led to a mini-test where each spouse had to answer questions about their partner, which led to varying levels of success (and failures). The purpose of the love languages quiz was that; different people with different personalities give and receive love in different ways. By learning to recognize these preferences in themselves and in their spouse, they can learn to identify the root of potential conflicts, connect more profoundly, and truly begin to grow closer. For love to thrive in our marriages, we ought to follow Christ’s words, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you”(John 15: 12) and it is very important that we learn how best to love each other.

This was followed by a session on Thriving Communication. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do ( 1 Thessalonians 5: 11). We had fun activities to aid in the development of effective communication. The first session was a card game, where the couples spent time together going through a series of cards that asked questions that are not often asked. It was a fun and enlightening session, where new things were learned, and it was also so lovely to see couples actively engaging in conversation. This was followed up by a session where the couples learned the art of active listening. By sitting back-to-back, with one partner drawing something then describing to the other partner what they had drawn so that the other person could copy them based on their oral instructions only. This activity highlighted the importance of active listening and the fact that at times we may not fully understand what our partner has communicated to us, therefore it is essential that we take the time to listen and make sure that we have truly understood what is being said.

The conference then took a more serious turn as it progressed into the “Let’s talk about it – domestic abuse” session. This session started with a video that described what domestic abuse is from a Christian perspective and continued on with a summary being provided regarding domestic abuse. This was followed by a panel-led Q&A session after a short tea break.

The Q&A session was very powerful and revealing. Bible-based wisdom was provided by the panel on issues ranging from domestic abuse, to communication, and the role culture plays. The responses were thought-provoking and presented the church’s biblical view as one that was open to helping people who may find themselves in these circumstances.

Following the session, a short session was held on “thriving finances”. A video was played sharing finance tips from Bro. J Asaya of our Portland Oregon headquarter church. This was followed by a brief talk on the different ways you can generate alternative streams of income and also a discussion around financial protection – making sure that your family is protected financially even after one has died.

A delicious lunch was served to the delegates, which included starters, mains, and dessert, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Following lunch, it was the session titled “Thriving relationships”, where a scenario was shared for the couples to discuss amongst their tables regarding the “intruders” that can enter our homes. This included ‘intruders’ such as work/colleagues, family, inlaws, friends, and associates.

This was followed by another panel-led Q&A session where issues around finances and managing third parties were discussed. Wherein, panel members and other delegates shared their experiences and biblically truths.

Overall, the day was light-hearted, filled with godly wisdom, and lots of fun and laughter, as well as encouragement and practical ways of enabling us to thrive as Christian couples.

It was a great time of fellowship for our group in Denmark during the recent visit of the Mainland Europe Regional Director Bro. Francis Odudu and his wife Sis. Christiana. The Odudus arrived at Billund Airport in Billund, a city located 37 minutes’ drive from Kolding. They were met and greeted with excitement by Bro Solomon Akano, the leader of our Denmark Group, and Joanna his daughter, around 10:00 am on Saturday 15th October 2022. They were from there driven to the home of the Akanos, where they joined Solomon’s wife, Oluranti and Bro. Clement Oloruntobi, who recently moved from Nigeria to Denmark for study, for a sumptuous breakfast. 

The Odudus were then taken on a brief sightseeing of Kolding, including a tour of the city’s 104 years old Geographical Garden where over 2000 plants from different parts of the world are grown and maintained.

The day ended with an evening prayer meeting led by Solomon at the Akanos’. Reflecting on his early days in Denmark, Solomon recollected how he entered into a covenant with God, and how God had faithfully fulfilled His part of the bargain. Requests were specifically made for God to re-establish the work in Denmark. 

Early on Sunday morning, Bro. Robert Makasi joined the group from Copenhagen, after a two- and half-hour train travel. Bro Makasi of our New Jersey, USA Church, currently lives and works in Denmark. 

After a 30-minute prayer session, Christiana led a very interactive and soul-enriching Sunday school on The Antichrist, at 10:00am. As we went to pray, it was clear that everyone was determined to make the Rapture of the saints so as to escape the reign of the Antichrist.

The Devotional service started at 11:15, with a violin solo prelude by Joanna playing “Oh! Happy Day” in variations. After some congregational singing, Solomon sang “Blest be the tie” as the special song before Francis gave the Word titled “Be Rapture-Ready”. He took his text from 1Thessalonians 4:15-18 and pointed out that the Rapture would be for the dead in Christ and those that remain and are ready. He expressed that to be ready, one must have answered the universal call of God to Salvation, be chosen by getting genuinely saved and remain faithful until the coming of the Lord. He summed up that faithfulness is standing up for God and our faith wherever we find ourselves, fellowship with the people of God, prayer and extending the Gospel message to others. The presence of God’s Spirit was felt as everyone tarried on their knees. There were seven of us altogether at the service.

After the service, the 2-day visit got to peak with a visit to one of the early members of Apostolic Faith church in Denmark. The Odudus went in the company of Robert and Solomon on a journey of about an hour to the city of Arhus to see Bro Jesper Kjolseth. Jesper was excited at being able to meet with Apostolic Faith Church members again, after many years had passed since the Church closed down in Denmark. He reflected on so many memories, people and events and we were thrilled to glance at his younger age pictures with a number of people in our Church, including one with the late Rev. Soyinka.

Bro. Jesper was further excited at having the opportunity to speak on the phone, to Brothers Remi Abdulai and Godwin Okusanya both of our Bexley branch in London. The visit ended on an emotional note as Jesper could not hold the tears anymore, watching us board the car to drive off. 

We arrived at Kolding safely and had a delicious dinner together before the Odudus were driven to the airport at about 19:40 to catch their flight back to London. 

Surely, we had a wonderful time, and it is our earnest prayers that God would remember Denmark and bring back the old fire of the Gospel that once burnt in the country.


Mainland Europe Regional Director’s visit to Ireland 23rd to 25th September 2022

The Regional Director of the Apostolic Faith churches in Mainland Europe, Brother Francis and his wife Sister Christiana, visited the group in the Republic of Ireland from 23rd to 25th September 2022. The long delay they had with their flight from London Gatwick Airport meant they did not arrive at their hotel until past midnight that Friday.

Some visitations had been planned for their visit, and that commenced early on Saturday morning with Sis Mercy Adeyemi the leader of the Group, and her husband brother Joseph ready to pick them up at the hotel for the visits. The first point of call was Drogheda, County Louth to visit a young recently wedded couple, where they had sweet fellowship over lunch before heading to Portlaoise, which is in the opposite direction.

On arrival in Portlaoise, we were welcomed by the Chawanda family, who treated us to a sumptuous dinner, including some Zimbabwean specials. We had a good time of fellowship together.

The day was rounded up with an invitation visit to a lady the Adeyemis have been trying to invite to Church. It was a long day out covering about 300 kilometres journey but sure worth it for Jesus.

Sunday services started at 12pm at the Group’s rented facility in Sword, where the brethren had already gathered for service. We had the congregation singing a few choruses followed by a prayer session conducted by Bro Joseph Adeyemi. This was followed by a strings/clarinet orchestration.

Brother Chawanda led the Congregational song “When Jesus comes to reward His servants” to start Sunday School. While Sis Christiana Ola-Odudu taught the combined Elementary class, the Search class was taught by Sis Mercy Adeyemi on “Be ready”. This was followed by a good prayer session to make us all ready for the Rapture.

The Devotional Service was opened with the congregational song “Are you washed in the blood”. As it was the last Sunday of the month, there was a variety time of testimonies and songs in thanksgiving unto God for His blessings in the month of September. Sister Grace Komolafe testified of answers to prayers for healing and her residency status in Ireland that was recently granted after a 16-year waiting period. One of the young people also testified of her successful admission to the University of her 1st choice through the help of God.

Sister Vivian Ogundipe from Belfast in Northern Ireland brought the Bible reading from John 3:1-7. This was followed by the Youth Choir singing “Chain breaker” before Brother Francis gave the sermon. Taking his opening text from John 3:7,9-10,16, Francis preached onThe Real Thing’, encouraging the congregation to not settle for anything less than the real Gospel.

He compared the real Gospel to when one through hard work achieves career excellence that would give a comfortable income for a decent living rather than settling for a secondbest that would only lead to a life of mediocrity. He said nothing would do other than to get genuinely saved through the Blood of Jesus, which comes by genuinely repenting from, and forsaking sins. This is the only way to be Rapture-ready.

The congregation had a good time praying at the end of the sermon. There were thirty-seven people in attendance.

After the service, we had a Church family meeting over lunch during which, Sister Mercy Adeyemi announced the commencement of Bible Study centres at locations that are closer to the people. This would ensure that neighbours who are unable to regularly attend Church services due to distance, can be more easily reached.

The Odudus returned to London on Sunday evening. We thank God for their journey mercies and pray that the work of God in Ireland continues to grow and that God prepares us all for the Rapture.

Mainland Europes Regional Directors visit to the Apostolic Faith Church in Germany

26th to 29th August 2022.

The saints of God in Germany were very happy to welcome their Regional Director, Reverend Francis Odudu, into their midst. He arrived at Frankfurt Airport on Friday, 26 August in the evening, and was picked up by Brother Stephen Ogbodo, the leader of the group in Germany.

The next day, German brethren from all over Germany arrived at the Ogbodo’s home, where they were heartily welcomed. They had a short break where varieties of homemade pastries, juice and tea were served after their long journeys. We then held a planned prayer meeting from 6 to 7 pm, led by Sister Naomi Ogbodo. We had cause to be thankful to God for journey mercies, for making it possible for the saints to gather as the family of God and for God’s daily faithfulness in protecting His peoples and answering their prayers. Prayer requests were brought before the Lord in faith, remembering Jeremiah 32:27, that there is nothing that is too hard for our God! Lastly, she encouraged us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not lean onto our own understanding, referencing Proverbs 3:5-6.

After the prayer meeting, a delicious 3course dinner, which had been lovingly prepared by the Ogbodos, was served. Brother Francis thereafter shared his testimony with the brethren.

On Sunday, 28 August, Brother Francis joined other brethren from his hotel to attend Sunday morning service in Heidelberg. It was a wonderful, multicultural gathering of saints from various parts of the world: our Regional Director Brother Francis from London, UK, Brother Vic Firme from Toronto, Canada, and brethren from all over Germany including cities such as Heidelberg, Constance, Bonn and Munich.

The Sunday School service started with a piano prelude by Sister Naomi, followed by a vocal trio titled, ‘Love lifted me’, which was passionately presented by the Ogbodo family. The Sunday School lesson taught by Brother Stephen focused on reviewing the entire quarter, where he particularly pointed out that we must fully consecrate our lives to God for God to use us in His service where He needs us, and that God is always faithful and ready to fulfil His promises in our lives when we do our part. He also stressed the importance for children of God to be holy, for it is the will of God that we should live a holy life in this present, sinful world, using 1 Peter 1:16. After the Sunday School lesson, a vocal duet was rendered by Brother Stephen and Sister Naomi, ‘Constantly Abiding’, which led everybody to go on their knees to pray down the power of God.


The Devotional Service started with a piano prelude by Sister Naomi, after which Brother Stephen and Sister Naomi played, ‘It pays to serve Jesus’, on the trombone and the violin, respectively. This was followed by two choir songs titled, ‘Come and Dine’ and ‘Come unto me’, beautifully and enthusiastically rendered. After some congregational songs, Brother Francis gave the congregational prayer, following which Brother Stephen gave the announcement, and the Regional Director was heartily welcomed by the congregation.

Our children had prepared to present a lovely welcome programme for Brother Francis. After They marched in singing several stanzas of the song ‘Give me oil in my lamp’, and a brief welcome speech was given, which included reciting Psalm 29:11 and Psalm 67:1. The children then greeted Francis and joyfully marched out singing another stanza of ‘Give me joy in my Heart’. Brother Francis expressed his appreciation, thanking the children and Brother Dare that led them. This was followed by Next, Sister Elke Ogbodo and Sister Naomi sweetly sang ‘The Love that won my heart’, which gently reminded the brethren of the priceless love that Jesus Christ feels for us all.


The Bible reading was taken from Jeremiah 32:26-27 and read by Sister Naomi. The last special was a solo titled, ‘I want to be a worker’, sung by Brother Stephen.

Brother Francis took his opening text from Exodus 15:11-13 before he extended greetings from his wife, the District Superintendent and the saints in London. He expressed his delight to be able to worship and fellowship with the saints in Germany for the first time, and how blessed he had been since arriving. He also recognized the effort, commitment and consecration of the Ogbodo family in particular and the saints in Germany, generally.

Using the children of Israel as an example of how unlimited God is, he explained that although the Israelites had lived a terrible life of slavery for so many years, God had a divine plan for them, and He delivered them at the right time. Also, when the children of Israel were standing in front of the Red Sea, they greatly feared that everything would become worse, but again, God in His infinite mercy intervened, and He faithfully led His people through the parted sea!

Brother Francis also shared His testimony with the brethren, how God changed his life and that he couldn‘t do the things he used to do any longer as soon as he was saved from his life of sin, mentioning that if God could change somebody like himself, there is nothing that God cannot do! Moreover, he explained that when somebody gets saved, a lover of sin will become a hater of sin and that Jesus gives that person the grace and the power to go and sin no more.

Brother Francis encouraged the brethren to keep trusting God and that God would provide all their needs, including a new place of worship for the group in His own time.

The service concluded with a congregational song and a closing prayer by Brother Stephen, after which the altars were filled and everybody prayed at the altar. The Spirit of God was felt throughout the whole service.


After a good prayer meeting, it was time to say goodbye as the brethren that came from various parts of the country to grace the service had to leave, travelling various distances ranging from 2 hours to 7 hours. The saints in Germany solicit your prayers.

In all, we had 11 people at the service.

On Friday, 19 August Brother Mark Mfandarahwa and his family (Sister Marble, Naomi and Ruth) arrived in Aberdeen in the afternoon. They were met at the Aberdeen International Airport by Brother Niyi Olukitibi, Brother Matthew Ibukun and his wife Sister Juliet. We welcomed them at the Ibukun’s house, where we had a Sunday school teacher’s conference and prayer meeting before proceeding to their hotel.

On Saturday, 20 August Brother Mark and his family, including Brother and Sister Ibukun and the Olukitibis, visited the previous places of worship starting from the beginning of our work in Aberdeen City. These places of worship showed us the history of “The Apostolic Faith Mission UK” work in Scotland. Below are the places of worship in succession.

– 2, Boyd Orr Place
– A hall in Kepplestone
– Harlow Academy
– 57 Wellington Street
– Mile End Community Centre
– Garthdee Parrish Church
– Inchgarth Community Centre, which is the current place of worship.

We visited Rubislaw Quarry (see photo above now showing approx. 137m deep quarry full of water), where most of the granite used for constructing Aberdeen granite buildings was obtained. On that same day, we visited some of properties that we had been interested in or tried to purchase as a church. These properties include:

– Hebrew Church
– Ardoe Hall – Smithfield Road
– CLAN House
– Garthdee Parish Church
– Crown Street Property

Afterwards, we visited one of Aberdeen’s lovely parks, ‘Duthie Park’, which everyone immensely enjoyed. The park houses the David Welsh Winter Garden. This garden has an extensive collection of beautiful flowers, tropical plants and other plants from around the world. Everyone was excited to explore and take photos in the park, and the children particularly enjoyed playing at the park.

That same Saturday, we visited the two Universities in Aberdeen (Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University).

On Sunday, 21 August we worshipped at Inchgarth Community Centre. Our combined service for the Scotland groups (Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh) started with Sunday School at 10:30 am, in which the adults and children had their separate lessons. The total attendance was 39 (25 adults and 14 children).

The Sunday school began with a piano prelude by Brother Gbenga Odufuwa. This was followed by a clarinet Solo of “Have Faith in God” by one of our junior choristers, Sister Abimbola Ibukun. The congregation sang a Hymn from Collected Gospel Songs – 514 led by Brother Opeyemi Ibukun, who then prayed for us. After this, the children went to their Sunday school class, and the adult Sunday school also began. The lesson ‘Spiritual Endurance’ was taught by Sister Helen Okolegba. The lesson was blessed and interactive. At the end of the adult Sunday school lesson, we had a beautiful vocal solo from Sis Tolu Ibukun titled, “Be Thou My Vision”. Once the Solo ended, people went on their knees in prayer till the Devotional service began at 11:45 am.

The devotional service began with a piano prelude from Sister Naomi Mfandarahwa. An orchestration followed this by the choir members. The Choir then sang “For thy goodness Oh my Saviour” before the children’s programme was done. We sang congregational songs from the Collected Gospel Songs before the prayer rendered by Brother Tunbosun Oyedokun. Brother Matthew Ibukun gave the announcement. This was followed by another piece by the choir, “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks”. Brother Matthew did the scripture reading from 1 Timothy 6:11-16, and then a special song, ‘Jesus hold my hand,’ was sung by Sister Dami Osifeso, Sister Tope Tunbosun and Brother Amala. Brother Mark Mfandarahwa gave the word of exhortation. The title was “Soldiers of Christ”. He took his text from 1 Timothy 6: 11-13. He admonished the congregation to join the army of Christ that fight the good fight of faith. We felt the presence of the Lord in our midst, and we were able to pray to our satisfaction. After church service, we all had a blessed time fellowshipping together. During this time, we took several photos, had some lunch, and then presented a welcome gift to Brother Mark and his family. The fellowship continued till 3 pm.

On Monday, 22 August, Brother Mark and his family, including Brother and Sister Ibukun and the Olukitibis, went to Drum Castle in Banchory, about 25 minutes from Aberdeen. We had a guided tour of the Castle. This was an enjoyable experience as we all learned about the history of those who owned Drum Castle. We learnt that the Bible was kept secure and safe for fear of persecution. After this, we had lunch and then returned to Aberdeen.

On Tuesday, 23 August, we had a quick tour of Aberdeen City centre. We also visited Aberdeen’s Art Gallery, which was a fun experience. After this, we went to the Ibukun’s home for lunch and at 2pm we started heading to the Aberdeen International Airport for their fight back to London at 4:05pm. Overall, it was a blessed time of fellowship with all the brethren in Scotland.

On Friday,12 August my family and I travelled to Bristol to visit the Bristol/Cardiff group. We arrived in Bristol in the morning and did some site seeing before we met brother Lawrence Mahembe’s family in the afternoon. As we last met the Mahembes sometime in 2018, our visit was a great time of fellowship, which was capped with a special BBQ treat. We had time to share testimonies and pray with the family before we left for our hotel in the evening.

On Saturday, 13 August we visited Brother Thomas Moyo’s family in Cardiff. Brother Thomas took us to see their rented place of worship at 3 Shaw Close, Llanrumney, CF3 5NX, including a brief tour of Cardiff city in the afternoon and concluded the day with a dinner at a restaurant on the outskirts of Cardiff. After dinner, we left Cardiff for our hotel in Bristol.

On Sunday, 14 August we had Sunday school for both adults and children separately. The extended Sunday school for adults was taught by brother Mark Mfandarahwa, and the children’s teacher was Sis Keaboka Moyo. We had a great time of fellowship with the Bristol/Cardiff brethren as this was their first in-person meeting after our annual camp meeting at Cefn Lea Park. After the morning service, we were invited for a sumptuous lunch at the Moyo’s house. We had a brief time of fellowship with the family and left the Moyos to visit Sister Sizwile briefly on our way back to London. Let us continue to pray for the Bristol/Cardiff group.

“Thursday, 28 July 2022

Our Thursday morning service started at 10 am, those in the church before that time praying for God to fill the Church with the Holy Spirit. The service started with a piano solo ‘May I never lose the wonder of the cross’ which was powerful and encouraging to the soul, followed by our wonderful choir singing ‘sold out’. After another beautiful solo, we joined our voices together for congregational songs inviting God’s presence, and then we had a short prayer. The choir sang a marvelous song ‘Raise up an army, Oh Lord’. After the choir, people had the chance to testify, and all the testimonies were encouraging and filled with the glory of God. This was followed by the last beautiful special song, then we had our bible teaching from Brother Darrel Lee on the topic ofLove and Marriage‘ (Genesis 1:28)

In the afternoon, we had a children’s service which started with children under the age of 6 singing ‘This little light of mine’ followed by other children who were between the ages of 6 and 8 singing ‘Oh be careful little eyes what you see’ and ‘Read your bible pray every day‘ and many more Sunday school songs as our little ones grow in the Lord’s house. The  9 to 12 group also had their opportunity to sing ‘chosen generation’ and they were very confident as the beautiful rendition filled the room.

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It is sure to be said that we all had fun for we felt like we were in Sunday school again. The young choir from ages 13 to 17 sang a wonderful song‘God’s love’ followed by children’s testimonies which were motivational to see the little children testifying. Next, the children from Midlands presented a program that had musical renditions, an informational play, and bible recitals. The word for the day was given by Brother Solomon Akano who helped the children envision “The beauty of heaven” as it even surpasses the most beautiful place they have ever seen. The children were invited to pray whilst the Midland children group sang a closing song O Lord send revival’.

After dinner, we had our revival service. The service started with a beautiful clarinet solo followed by the choir singing ‘Blessed be the name of the lord’. Followed by an amazing Father-Daughter duet which was very inspiring. After that we joined our voices together for the congregational songs, one of them was, ‘Look and live’. These songs filled the church with a good atmosphere and evidently lifted spirits. After that people had time for testimonies and each testimony was inspiring, with people thanking and glorifying God for his goodness in their lives.

Then we had a very touching special solo from one of our sisters from France before hearing the word of God – Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, by Brother Moyo. (Exodus 14:13)           Click LINK for Thursday’s pictures 


“Friday, 29 July 2022

As it has been since the start of the week, today, Friday 29th of July 2022 began with a prayer meeting in the early hours of the morning at the campground. The prayer requests of the people were brought to God by the leading minister with the congregation affirming with echoing Amen.

At 10 am, the last Bible teaching for our camp meeting 2022 began with orchestration from the Northeast and Midlands choir officiating for the day followed by a choir rendition, How Firm A Foundation. The congregation joined in singing before the opening prayer. Afterward, the junior choir encouraged us about God’s Provision which was followed by soul-lifting testimonies. Shortly after this was the final teaching titled “Qualification for heavenly citizenship” with the key text taken from Matthew 22:1-14. We were reminded of that Great Kingdom, not as the kingdoms of this world but the Kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, that which He has gone to prepare for us. In the words of Bro Lazarus Simbanegavi who taught; Salvation is a must, Sanctification is a must, and the enduement of Power from on High make up the qualifications for that Heavenly Kingdom. The Spirit of God was undoubtedly moving in the congregation. Even before the altar call, people were moved to tears with their spirits stirred by the power backing his words. The teaching finished with the words of the popular hymn by G. A. Young, “Some through the waters, Some through the flood, Some through the fire but all through the Blood”.

In the afternoon, the day continued as normal with delegates continuing to arrive at the campground and those around having fellowship with each other. The afternoon’s meeting was a youth service starting at 3 pm. This began with a wind instrument quartet from some of our brethren from France, followed by a violin solo, then a band of four singers who were accompanied by guitar playing.

This youth service was an especially special service as it served as the sending off of the previous Youth leader for Western Europe Sis. Irenoa Olos served faithfully in the role for the last 11 years. This was followed by the installation of the new leader in her stead, the person of Sis. Lara Shorinmade. The service continued with duet music from a couple and then the youth choir sang a song titled ‘We bless you your name’. The word for the service by Sis. Irenoa Olos, was on God’s willingness to see past our mistakes of all shapes and sizes if we but come to him and repent. The youths were invited to make the decision to follow Christ and see how he would change their lives for the better.

The revival service was a power-filled one. Titled Your Expectations for the camp meeting by Bro Matthew Bobo from France.

Our Northwest and Midlands choir continued to encourage us in the Lord with several Spirit-filled uplifting songs including a vibrant song from the youth choir titled Can He? Could He? Would He? The song before prayer was just as powerful, Let the Fire Fall. One could envisage the great power falling during the prayer session. Even before Bro Bobo’s sermon began hearts were already geared to reach out to God. Using the examples of Hezekiah, Abraham, and Solomon we were reminded that, unlike earthly parents that might give you just what you ask for, God goes beyond that. Hezekiah asked for victory and God sent His Angels to destroy the enemies, Abraham asked for a son, but God gave him nations, while Solomon asked for wisdom, yet God deemed it fit not only to give him wisdom but also untold riches. That is the mighty God we serve. All He requires is that we seek Him with our all. What a mighty revival service it was!     Click LINK for Friday’s pictures


“Saturday, 30 July 2022

Today is the day of the baptismal and ordinance service. A day many people who had been saved and had not had the experience of being water baptized were looking forward to. The ordinance service began with hymns and then a word about the biblical importance of partaking in the communion. Afterward, we were led to pray and during that prayer, we were given communion taken in remembrance of Christ’s blood and body. After prayer and communion, we again had a short word on the biblical importance of foot washing. As the foot washing began you could not help but feel blessed to partake in the fellowship of this ceremony as each person took turns to wash each other’s feet while the other laid hands upon the washer to pray for them. When it had finished, we sang more hymns and were treated to a lovely song by the choir from Aberdeen, a family trio, and a few impromptu pieces from members of the congregation. It was a beautiful ceremony for those doing it for the first time and for those who were doing it after the pandemic break.

We had an amazing time in the afternoon after being treated to a nice lunch, for it was time for those who have waited for their baptism. The service started in the church and as always, we started by praying to God after that one of our ministers gave a short sermon explaining the meaning of getting baptized. All the people who were to be baptized were wearing white garments. After the sermon, we made our way outside for the baptism and people who were not getting baptized came to support us by singing choruses in between each baptism. Hearing one of those who got baptized, she said,I will never forget the emotion inside my soul; to be clean, to start fresh as a child of God. …It was such a special feeling”.We ended the afternoon service by further singing and gathering to take commemorative pictures of those who got baptized with the ministers and supporters.

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During the time between services, it was clearly in the air that the camp meeting was nearing its conclusion as delegates used their time to continue to have the last full day to catch up with their peers. In the kitchen during dinner, as is customary on the Saturday of the camp meeting, we had BBQ for dinner. This brought the camp spirits high as we all got ready for the last evening’s revival service.

Our evening revival service started at 8 pm as always and I tell you it was very powerful. We had our sermon from Sister Mercy Adeyemi from Ireland, who taught using verses from the book of Habakkuk on “Tarring on the Lord”. However, before this we started by praying, welcoming the Holy Spirit into our midst, followed by spirit-filled performances of a piano solo, the choir who sang were ‘Singin’ Camp meeting style’ and ‘All your anxiety/Burdens are lifted’, the male group of 8 choir members and a special from the France group. The testimony service in the evening felt extra-special as we had many testimonies of people glorifying and giving praises to the Lord. The sermon that ended the night discussed the waiting time for the things we pray for, God’s timing for his response, and the answer He provides. After the sermon, delegates went down to pray and take advantage of the last evening at Camp 2022. It was sure that God has met many on their knees in a mighty way.              Click LINK for Saturday’s pictures


“Sunday, 31 July 2022” Leaving day

We woke up to the sound of suitcases being wheeled, car tyres driving up and down and much movement from campers as we all tried to locate our departure bays, it was the last day of camp 2022! Amidst all the movement, phone number exchanges, photographs, and tender farewells, the final day of camp started with Sunday School for all ages.

The farewell service opened with a piano and organ voluntary of ‘To God be the Glory in appreciation for God’s many blessings. This was followed by the orchestra playing a beautiful rendition of I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever. The choir then gave us a special number titled Ebenezer. These preludes set the tone of the service which was one of Thanksgiving. We enjoyed a time of congregational singing as we praised and looked to God for guidance in the new spiritual year. After the opening prayer, the choir sang Thine Forever. The last special titled God will take care of you was a song of encouragement and assurance and our hearts were certainly strengthened.

Taking his main text from Hebrews 2:1,2, District Superintendent (DS) Rev Mark Mfandarahwareminded us of the messages we have heard throughout camp and the need to hold them fast and guard them jealously. We were admonished of the importance of not just hearing the Word but also being doers of what we know (James 1:22). God’s Word requires action, we are to practice it and live it! We were reminded that revival need not be limited to campmeeting time only but that if we take to all we have heard and remain consistent, God’s grace will be sufficient. We had a blessed time at the altars of prayers as the choir closed camp with the closing song God be with you till we meet again.

We give God thanks for the many blessings bestowed during the course of the just concluded UK campmeeting and should Jesus tarry we are already looking forward to another amazing time in His presence next year.                                                              Click LINK for Sunday’s pictures


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“Arrival on Saturday, 23 July 2022

On Saturday the 23rd of July 2022, the UK annual campmeeting began following a hiatus of two years due to the Pandemic. In attendance we had delegates from 8 countries including France, the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, the USA, Germany, St Vincent, and Nigeria who all arrived safely through various means of transportation. Due to an early departure by our brethren traveling from the Midlands, UK, most of them arrived early to the campsite with beaming faces, and excitement all around so palpable. It is easy to imagine the atmosphere was similar in all other locations en route to Cefn Lea Park, Newton, Wales.

The arrival at Wales had not-so-welcoming showery weather, however, that did very little to dampen the excitement in the air, and in a way, it provided a sign of the revival waiting to pour down. As other delegates arrived, due to having not seen each other for 3 years, there were lots of greetings and laughter in the air. More hugs than can be remembered as people reveled in seeing each other once again after several Zoom meetings; thanking God on each other’s behalf.

In the cool of the evening after we had some dinner, we congregated in the hall for the official welcome meeting, this featured singing, an opening prayer, and addresses by Bro. Mark Mfandarahwa – (District Superintendent of the work in Western Europe) – and other camp officers with details of the activities to follow. At the end of the meeting, we returned to our accommodation for a good night’s sleep anticipating the services to come on Sunday. Click LINK for Saturday’s pictures 


Sunday, 24 July 2022

The first Sunday of the campmeeting began with warm but cloudy weather, the service started promptly at 9:30 am. The sight in the hall was a familiar people-filled auditorium, with the gallery space allowing for more delegates to be seated. There was a Sunday school service, followed by the devotional service. Bro Mark welcomed the congregation and read out various campmeeting greetings and assurances of prayer support from branch churches around the world. After some hearty singing and orchestration from the choir, we had the bible reading and the first sermon preached by Bro. Darrel Lee. The principal bible text was taken from 2 Samuel 9:11, with the sermon titled Feasting on God’s table‘.

After a nice lunch, the youth delivered the second service of the day. The service began with a piano prelude followed by a choir rendition titled God is still doing great things. The choir sang beautifully, and this was accompanied by the great sight of our youth choir who filled the entire platform by their numbers. The sermon was delivered by Bro. Comfort Moyo who spoke on “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever” from Hebrew 13:8. The encouragement was given for the youths to “taste and see that the Lord is good”.

The day continued with delegates filing into the dinner hall, where we were served baguettes and a variety of filling options. After this enjoyable dinner, we had the opportunity to have a brief period of rest, whilst some prepared for the service in the evening. The service began at 8 pm and had several beautiful musical renditions, from choir orchestrations to a solo with trumpet accompaniments. During the service, we heard several testimonies of God’s ability to provide, heal and bless his people. The service concluded with a message by Bro. Toyin Emitola [main text – Habakkuk 3:2] reminding us to look at the ‘Revive us again’ theme as a personalised ‘Revive me’ outlook, and the importance of this to the ultimate revival of the church. This first Sunday has provided an incredible foretaste of the days to come, we continue to look forward to what God was doing for the rest of the campmeeting. Click LINK for Sunday’s pictures


“Monday, 25 July 2022

The first Bible teaching of campmeeting 2022 kicked off promptly at 10 am, this time led by the Northwest and Midlands Choir, who were alert and ready to offer their sacrifices. The atmosphere in the air was palpable as excited saints of God poured into the church minutes before the service started to pray down the power of God. The service started with a beautiful rendition from the orchestra titled ‘be still my soul’ followed by sweet melodious singing from the choir with a song titled Great and mighty God. The platform was filled with choir members, which further added to the harmonious sound of the choir. Praises were rendered unto God in the form of testimonies from brethren from all over the world bearing witness to God’s wondrous power to heal, save, protect and provide specifically during the past 2 years of Covid. The first Bible teaching began with a text from Joel 2:13-18 and was delivered by Bro. Mark Mfandarawa titled ‘Revive us again’ where we were reminded of the importance of turning to God now that we have the opportunity. We were encouraged that God is a merciful God and he is ready to accept us as we are.

After the service had finished, we all enjoyed an enjoyable lunch of jacket potatoes with assortments included such as tuna and coleslaw, which was topped with sugar sprinkle doughnuts. Once tables were cleared, everyone dispersed for an afternoon of rest before the revival service at 8 pm.

By 7:45, the auditorium was brimming once again with saints as they prepared their hearts for the blessings in store. The service started with a beautiful violin and cello duet which sure inspired the listening hearts. The choir gave a special presentation titled ‘O Happy day’ followed by the youth choir who proclaimed the power of God’s love. The testimony service in the evening was represented by our French-speaking brethren. The music special was a male solo that tied to the succeeding word by Bro Godwin Jimmy titled ‘Jacob at Jabbok’. The opening text came from Genesis 32:21-28 and we were reminded to go back to Bethel in order to receive the revival of God. It is evident that the Spirit of God is moving during this campmeeting and continued to move.  Click LINK for Monday’s pictures 


“Tuesday, 26 July 2022

The day began as the previous day, with saints gathering to commune with Christ for the general morning prayer at 5.30am. At the prayer we sang choruses, read out prayer requests, and took time for prayer. Some went back to our respective rooms while others ventured out for some jogging exercise around the chalets before heading back to prepare for the morning bible teaching.

At the bible teaching, we had a presentation by the choir which filled the atmosphere full of joy and gladness. This was continued by the solo ‘Revival is here’ and violin and cello duet. During the testimonies, it was clear the power of Christ was working through the congregation as they all provided great encouragement to us all. The Bible teaching this morning was given by Bro. Ola Balogun titled ‘Humility‘ and the opening verse came from 1 Peter 5:5,6. This teaching served as a reminder for us to strive for and remember the importance of humility.

Following the morning service, we all gathered for lunch and to catch up. At 3 pm, the children’s church service began. People filled the congregation, adults along with their children of all ages. There were several presentations from children of different age groups from 1-17 including a violin solo, choir songs, and a play about Revival. Everyone was up on their feet and in good spirits during the choruses as we asked the Lord to come into our hearts. At the testimony service, the children thanked God for healing, their parents, and friends and it was clear through the repetition that they all appreciated God’s hand in protecting them from the last 2 years of Covid 19. The short sermon by Sis. Marble Mfandarahwa taught the children of God’s love and how things such as communion and the washing of feet is for everyone who is saved. After all this the children were all encouraged to go to the altar to pray through to their Christian experiences supported by the elders.

In the evening, after the high energy of the children’s service, everyone gathered for dinner. Then after a short recess, we went back into the tabernacle for the Revival service. The service started with a beautiful clarinet trio followed by a song from the choir. Then we joined our voices together for a congregational invitation of the Holy Spirit into the church. The first special by the choir ‘God can do anything’ laid the foundation for the testimonies that were given after, which were full of God’s praises and miracles in the lives of the congregation. This was followed by an amazing solo to finish before the sermon led by Bro. Nyoni, based on Psalm 46 highlighting once again that God can do anything like every song, and the testimonies which were given proved. Click LINK for Tuesday’s pictures 


“Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Can you imagine we’re already at the halfway mark? Today was left as a free day for all to spend as they so please. Some went into town whilst others enjoyed the feel of the cool breeze against their backs in the countryside as they engaged in some kind of sporting activity, and some used this opportunity to catch up on some good old sleep time.

In the afternoon, all first-timers to the UK camp were hosted to a welcome reception filled with fellowship, songs, activities and food…

At evening we returned to the tabernacle for the Revival service, and what a time of encouragement it was. The brass quartet opened with a lively rendition of trumpet voluntary followed by a piece titled ‘testimony, power, and praise’. The choir then gave us a rendition of ‘O the glory did roll’ and this set the tone for the rest of the service. Following this, we were led into a time of congregational singing where our hearts were lifted to heaven. We were blessed with a special number from the junior choir “It is truly wonderful what the LORD has done” and this ushered in a time of testimony followed by a beautiful solo rendition.

Using the story of Lazarus found in John 11: 38-44, Bro. Tunbosun in the preaching reminded us of the hope that Jesus can bring to even the most hopeless of situations. We were admonished of the different forms that a “dead Lazarus” could take in our lives; be it a rebellious child, unsaved family members, or even situations of stagnation in our lives. We were encouraged that irrespective of the form, all dead areas in our lives will hear the word of the LORD!  Click LINK for Wednesday’s pictures


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We are all invited and encouraged to attend the family fun day with a friend or neigbour!


Glory be to God in the highest for bringing to pass the opportunity for another musical evangelism – ‘Victory conference’ – for Apostolic Faith Church in the Republic of Ireland. We are so grateful for this as it had not been possible to hold another one of these conferences since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Despite the uncertainty around us, the Ireland group were encouraged by the ministry to proceed with the preparation, and it was surely worthwhile. With the Lord’s help, the program smoothly sailed on up until the end. ‘DIVINE VISITATION’ was the theme of the 2022 Victory Conference, which was supported with the scripture from Luke 1:79 “To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

The first day of the conference was an Evening of Music presented by a few representatives of our choir and orchestra from the United Kingdom – London (Peckham & Bexley), Manchester, and Coventry. Their presentations included orchestration, choral pieces, and vocal and instrumental specials. This year, there were some youth choir presentations, we give God the glory for encouraging our youths to be involved in His work.

During the interval, the congregation joined the singing which was interspaced with victorious testimonies of salvation and God’s goodness.

The evening was rounded up with a sermonette by Reverend Victor Idowu. He preached on ‘Divine Visitation’, referring to scriptures from Luke 1. He spoke about the life of Zacharias and Elizabeth and how God divinely visited them and blessed them with a child – even in their old age. He shared his testimony on how God divinely visited him as a young boy and saved his soul. Brother Victor then talked about Jacob’s divine visitation after running away from his brother, Esau. He concluded with 2 Chronicles 7:14“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” This assured the congregation that God is ready to heal every situation – spiritual or physical – when we call upon him in humility.

In a spontaneous manner, the congregation was encouraged to pray for a few minutes, focusing on surrendering their lives to God for them to experience divine visitation. Whilst the room was filled with the sound of prayers, the soloist that sang prior to the sermonette, Sis. Susan Adeyemo continued to sing ‘Give them all to Jesus. Shattered dreams, wounded hearts, broken hearts…and He will turn your sorrows into joy”.

The choir concluded the evening of music with “I saw the light”, by Hank Williams, followed by a closing prayer by Brother Joseph Adeyemi. This was followed by a time of sweet fellowship, greetings, and the sumptuous dinner. 

On Sunday, the Sunday school was opened by a recorder solo from Lesley Chawanda, one of our Answer Class children, followed by a vocal duet by Bunmi Sobowale and Debbie Adeyemi – ‘Close to Thee’.

 For Sunday school, we were grouped into three classes; our teachers for the day were Sister Susan Adeyemo (Primary Pals), Brother Lanre Idu (Answer) and Sister Marble Mfandarahwa (Search – Junior & Senior). We were blessed and the lessons were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

 The devotional service was opened by a beautiful violin solo from Iyanu Okusanya, followed by more special renditions from the choir and orchestra and congregational singing. The special song before the sermon was ‘How the fire fell’ beautifully sung by the quartet.

The sermon was preached by Reverend Mark Mfandarahwa. He opened with the verse of the conference, “To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace”(Luke 1:79) He spoke on how John’s father was filled with the Holy ghost shortly after being relieved from being dumb and prophesied about the coming of the Saviour of the World after the birth of John and of how Jesus came to radiate light into this dark world. From Isaiah 9:2, we were assured that whoever is in spiritual bondage or struggling with sin of any kind, can come out into the light of God and be made new by Christ. The majority of the Word referenced some of the people who received divine visitations in bible times such as the Gadarene demoniac and Saul of Tarsus who was visited on his way to Damascus. He stressed that we should not procrastinate and give our life to Christ as hell is awaiting the unrepentant sinner. Brother Mark concluded by reading from Acts 2:1-4 when the disciples tarried in one accord and received the Holy Ghost baptism on the day of Pentecost. He then urged the congregation to pray for their personal divine visitation from God. Without a doubt, we can say that the Lord visited His people at the 2022 Victory Conference.

 A prayer session was organized in the evening where we prayed for God to prosper His work in Ireland. Bro Mark led the prayer meeting and read from the Book of Jeremiah 32:17 to remind us that there is nothing too hard for God, and the congregation responded by fervently praying for the progress of the gospel work. Other prayer requests included the congregation members, to seek their Christian experiences.

There was so much joy in fellowship at the end. We were able to hear a brief testimony from one of the attendees; a friend of Brother Mark whom God used to invite him to the Apostolic Faith church for the first time in Zimbabwe.

We were so blessed with the participation of the young people this year as they took up the majority of the audience making the attendances on each day reach up to about 60.

On Monday, some of the choir members departed very early for the United Kingdom. The remaining London choir guests were taken on a mini-tour around Dublin before their departure late in the afternoon. The evangelism continued to passengers on the bus and in the taxis where God made it possible for us to meet the local people who were interested in taking some gospel tracts when conversing with us. As the seed continues to be sown and watered by the people of God in Ireland, let us pray that God will raise up more labourers as the harvest is plentiful.

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The Lord has been good to us! Spring is fully with us, and we can see the evidence in beautiful spots of bright yellow, pink or white flowers and trees in parks and gardens. Our prayer is that as nature springs into life, spiritually many souls will be revived, and won for the Kingdom of God.

As the Lord would have it, our new year message was on Revival (Psalm 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again, that thy people may rejoice in thee?). God then helped us to engage in daily prayer meetings from the beginning up to 31st January. We are confident that God heard and answered many prayers, but for some, in due season we shall reap.

Many of us have had a breath of fresh air following the lift of all Covid Restrictions in the United Kingdom. However, we did not envisage that a war would break out in Ukraine before the end of February, the effects of which have been devastating, and we pray for God’s intervention. Jesus promised us in John 14:27-28, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you…... The war in Ukraine is one of the many signs that the coming of the Lord is at hand! As the Lord sends us revival, we pray that many souls will allow the Prince of Peace to reign in their hearts by renouncing sinful life and allowing Jesus to take absolute control of their lives.

Following the removal of the Covid-19 restrictions by the government, the ministry decided to gradually start having Bible Study in-person and Revival & Evangelistic services on a rotational basis at all our four main branches. Since the start of the pandemic, we have always taken a risk-averse approach, to protect our vulnerable people and the Lord has been helping. Recently we have decided to discontinue most of the virtual prayer meetings to allow us to attend services in person at all our branches. However, once a month we will be having a combined virtual prayer meeting on a Saturday as announced by the ministry.

We thank God for the success of the Ministers and Workers meeting we held in February, and the Ladies conference, titled, “A unique woman”, that was held virtually on 19 March. It is our prayer that the Word of God will show fruits in the lives of all that were in attendance.

For this year’s Easter, we thank God that we were able to physically attend Good Friday Bible study, Easter Sunday Children’s programme, and the Easter Concert. These two recent events can be accessed via the links below.

Children’s Easter programme

Easter Concert –

Looking ahead, if Jesus tarries the Youth camp meeting, with a theme, “De-MaskUs”, (Luke 12:2 – For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known), will be held at Pioneer Centre in Kidderminster from 02 June to 05 June. Our annual camp meeting is planned for 23 July to 31 July at Cefn Lea Christian Centre, Dolfor, Mid-Wales. We are privileged to have the Superintendent General, Reverend Darrel Lee and his wife Sister Debbie attend this year’s annual camp meeting. Before then, we want to earnestly pray that God would continue to keep us and give us the grace to prepare for His imminent return.

We thank God for another opportunity to have a Christmas concert in-person at our Peckham church. We had 108 people in attendance including our new District Superintendent, Reverend Mark Mfandarahwa, and his family and a good number of visitors, and the Christmas concert featured the Combined Choir and Orchestra in both London branches – Peckham and Bexley.

The Christmas concert started with a welcome address by Sister Olos Irenoa, who also led the opening Congregational Song – O Little Town of Bethlehem. Then two orchestral pieces were played in succession – “Pomp and Circumstance” followed by “Christmas Bonanza 1 – Deck the Hall” led by Brother Godwin Okusanya. A beautiful choir rendition sang of “Sing the News” and “Joy to the World Medley” was conducted by Sister Olos Irenoa. Then a string ensemble played a thrilling piece titled “Loka Kalipso”. Before the interval, the choir rendered “Amen, Tell it on the Mountain” conducted by Sister Emah Itang followed by a vocal solo titled “O Holy Night” sang by Sister Tope Ajibola.

During the interval, Brother Mike Owolabi led the audience while they sang a few Christmas carols including “Away in a Manger”, “O Come all ye Faithful” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. After the interval, the Orchestra played “Festival Prelude from Te Deum” followed by “Christmas Bonanza 2 – Hark the Herald Angel’s Sing” played by The Orchestra. A vocal duet titled “When You Believe When There’s a Miracle” was inspiring and uplifting to the audience. The choir then presented “Baby Born in Bethlehem” conducted by Sister Emah followed by a Trumpet and Piano duet by Brother Seun Sodipe and Sister Aanu Sodipe respectively. Before the sermonette, the choir sang “Do you Hear what I Hear”.

Bro. Godwin Okusanya gave a short exhortation titled “Do you Hear what I Hear”? He emphasized that the Christmas season is one of good news. This glad tiding of great joy is that Jesus Christ is Born.

Using John 3:16 as his text, he stated that if we have to believe that He can save us then we will be saved. He said, there are two places, humans will go to at the end of their lives, and encouraged everyone to choose Christ so we can go to Heaven. The last rendition for the concert was titled How Great Thou Art & Majesty Medley conducted by Sis. Emah.

During the announcement, Brother Ola Balogun recognised two guests that have regularly attended our concerts over many years – Councillor Michael Shittu – Old Kent Ward, Southwark Borough, and Ex-councillor Johnson Shittu – now the Special Adviser to the Mayor. Mr. Johnson Shittu gave the vote of thanks. He expressed appreciation to the choir and orchestra for an inspirational evening of Christmas music and thanked every family, the church community, and everyone who had contributed and reached out during the pandemic.

Brother Balogun reiterated how the church contributed to the wider local community through music and welfare activities. He encouraged people who are interested in learning the type of music played by the Orchestra to join Salem Music Academy for musical training based on their service to the community. The closing congregational song was “Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” which was heartily sung after which the audience was encouraged to spend time in prayer reflecting on the message of Christmas through music.

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Report on Aberdeen Christmas Carols


The 2021 Christmas Carols were held on 5th December, at The Father’s House, Aberdeen as part of nativity activities in commemoration of Christ’s birth. Evangelism remains the most important preoccupation of the Church, and the Christmas carol always presents the opportunity to reach out to the unsaved using music. The carol was, therefore, another platform to herald the good news of salvation and we are grateful to God for making it successful. This report presents the key highlights of the program.


A total of fifty-seven (57) people were in attendance, these included twelve (12) choristers from Manchester, Midlands and London. We consider the attendance a good turnout, given the ongoing pandemic situation. This testifies to the power of God to draw men to Himself, regardless of the uncertainty and anxiety prevalent in society.

Major highlights

The program commenced at 4 pm with a welcome speech followed by a congregational song (Joy to the world) and opening prayer respectively. The carol started with the choir singing All hail, Immanuel and Sing the news. This was followed by violin quintet Christmas concerto Op 6 no. 8 pastorale and “Angels we have heard on high”. Other songs rendered included Calgaro’s cache of Christmas”, andRing out the merry bells. The first half of the program ended with a trumpet duet, titled “The Entertainer” and “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”. During the intermission, Scotland elementary Sunday school children presented some songs and recited memory verses. This session was rounded off with the congregation singing While shepherds watched their flocks by night. The second session of the carol began with a piano solo by Bro David Asaya, followed by orchestration “in the bleak mid-winter”. The choir then rendered two songs, Come and Worship and In Bethlehem a star Other songs rendered included Down from His glory” (vocal solo) andMary’s boy child.

Reverend Ola Balogun, the Regional Director of the work in Scotland, used Luke 19:910 to give a sermonette on No Christ, No Christmas. He stressed the love of God for mankind and the need for everyone to reciprocate that love by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior. He stated that Jesus came down to our level by taking on human form and was born of a virgin. He did not come with all the pomp and pageantry but was born in a lowly manger. He did this so that He can relate well with us, understand and feel any emotions we may go through. The sermonette, together with the salvation messages contained in the songs rendered, presented all attendees with the right information needed to find their way back to God.

The impact of the sermon and indeed, the entire program, was felt like one of the guests expressed his gratitude to the choristers, organist, leader of the work in Scotland, and all the attendees for a spirit-filled carol service. Other guests also expressed their happiness and satisfaction after the program. The program ended at 5.35 pm, after which everyone proceeded to a session of light refreshment.

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We thank God for the successful Christmas carol concert held in Cardiff, Wales last weekend, on behalf of the Bristol/Cardiff branch. With delegates from the London branches of Bexley and Peckham making up part of the choir and the congregation, the presence of God was felt throughout. The theme of this year’s carol concert ‘Do you Hear What I Hear? Jesus is Born’ rang throughout the afternoon of Christmas music. Despite the concert taking part just shy of the festive month of December, the Christmas spirit was abundant in the building, as the choir blessed the audience with jubilant renditions of classics, such as “O Holy Night” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

The day started off with Sunday School lessons, in which the junior and senior classes covered a review of all the lessons learnt throughout this season’s quarter. The lessons focused on the Christian attributes needed to establish and maintain Christian maturity. Topics such as “Temperance,” “Faith” and “Humility” were touched on. The Primary Pals and Answer classes mirrored the lesson reviews in their own separate space, where they also looked back on the similar lessons that they had learnt over the last few months.

After a hearty lunch and good fellowship, the choir led by Sis. Comfort Akaka practiced for a while to put some finishing touches on their program, and the concert kicked off at 2pm. The audience were treated to a vast array of melodic musical pieces ranging from a mellow clarinet solo, to a harmonious brass trio and lots of beautiful choral pieces. The audience also heard moving testimonies from Sis. Naomi Mfandarahwa and Sis. Miriam Panganayi. Sis. Miriam stated that her visit would be last one to the Bristol/Cardiff saints before she departs for Zimbabwe permanently in December. This was all followed with a sermonette from Bro. Ola Balogun, the pastor of our London Peckham branch. Using John 1:10-13, he preached about the ‘Elephant in the Room’. The gray Elephant was in the middle of the main banquet room causing a lot of havoc yet being unnoticed by most of the guests at the banquet. Jesus was likened to that Elephant in the Room around Christmas time, in that many would celebrate Christmas without noticing or embracing the true meaning of Christmas and acknowledging the significance of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in our festive celebrations. He admonished everyone to embrace Christ during this festive season just like Zacchaeus did and he had a transformed glorified new life. A congregational performance of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ rounded off the evening of Christmas music. We give all glory to God for the success of the concert and put our trust in him to manifest Himself in a greater measure as we look forward next years Christmas event if the Lord tarries.

I want to thank God Almighty for the gospel, for it is the power of God to save us from sin and to heal the sick. God saved me in 2004 in a miraculous way and has been keeping me since. taking me through the highs and lows of life. One of my favourite scriptures in the bible is “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). I do not only read of the miracles of Jesus in the Bible but we are blessed to experience those miracles in our life.

I work in a hospital as a sonographer and in April 2019, after having an ultrasound scan of my shoulder by a work colleague and proceeding to check other organs of the body as we had some time on our hands to spare, he noticed something in my neck that he was concerned about. He advised me to have a radiologist investigate it. I was not ill nor unwell at all, and I was going about my life without a care in the world and never thinking there was anything seriously worrying regarding my health. However, I had further investigations and a biopsy of my thyroid gland, and I was told that I had Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). The doctor I saw was very reassuring and he told me that out of all cancers, this is very easily curable. This would require surgery to remove the thyroid gland and radioactive iodine dosage to destroy the cancerous cells. The doctor reassured me that my life expectancy would not change as this was a very curable cancer. My family and I were thankful to God after hearing this news. The doctor told me that the biopsy cells would need confirmation by another senior pathologist to confirm the initial diagnosis. 

A week later the same doctor called me to come in as a matter of urgency. When I saw him he looked very worried, he told me that the biopsy sample went to be assessed by a senior doctor and the diagnosis had changed, it was a different type of cancer of the thyroid called Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) which is more difficult to treat when it has spread and has no cure as radiotherapy and chemotherapy are not suitable for this cancer. I had more tests which showed the cancer had metastasized to the neck and chest area. The new diagnosis meant I had to have extensive surgery to the neck to remove the spread of the disease and I would need to have a chest sternotomy to remove the spread to the chest area. This MTC diagnosis really knocked me back.  

I had just turned 40, had a child barely a year old, and had great plans ahead of me but suddenly, I was now just counting a day at a time not really looking further ahead. I kept asking God to please let me live to see my child start nursery and to hear him call me “daddy”.  Though I have had challenges in the past, this was a huge mountain and nothing that I have faced before compared to this. I prayed, my family prayed with me, and my pastor and ministers prayed along with me.

I remember praying at the altar one day and God gave me the assurance that this disease has reached its limit and will go no further. God even gave me an example of the sea to say that the water in the ocean knows its bounds and when it reaches land it will recede and that it is God who has made that decree and the same would apply to my case. I was very thankful to God. 

However, like the Apostle Peter in the bible when Jesus had bid him to walk on the sea, when he saw the huge wave, instead of looking at Jesus, he focused on the wave and he began to sink so was my case. After the Holy Spirit had given me an assurance that all would be well, I went ahead with surgery thinking that was my only hope. I went in for an arduous 16-hour operation and at the end, the doctor told me that he was not able to remove all cancer cells as it had wrapped around some delicate organs and structures in my chest, and trying to remove it would be more of a danger and would affect my immediate quality of life. In fact, I was told that there was more of the cancer left inside my chest than what they managed to remove. In addition, my voice was gone as my vocal cords were damaged during the surgery, and I would need surgery to correct the damage and restore my voice. During the workup, I was informed that it looked like I may also have colon cancer and breast cancer and needed more investigations. 

I was overwhelmed and asked God how many cancers one person can have in a lifetime. I am grateful to God that God undertook and all the investigations came to naught for the colon and breast cancer. It is only God’s grace that sustained me and my family through this difficult trying time. 

I informed the ministry of my condition and they prayed with me and advised that the doctors have done their bit and we should leave the rest to God. And it is true that when man has reached his limits, that is when God starts. I am grateful to God that in a miraculous way my voice returned on its own accord without having to go back to the operating theatre. I am also grateful to God in that it’s been four years since my diagnosis and the cancer is stable. The cancer has not spread from the time God had promised me that this condition would not spread further. If only I had obeyed His Word and promise, I would not have proceeded with a surgery that was so extensive and extremely painful. Through my life experience, I have since concluded that when God promises something it will come to pass. Sometimes it may not come in the way we expect it, but God will bring it to pass. 

The Bible says in (Isaiah 55:8-9) “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”. 

I have concluded that God answers prayer in a way He sees fit. Sometimes in a miraculous way, God can remove cancer or any illness from the body or He can use surgery/medicinal purposes. Or even as in my case, God can leave cancer in the body and neutralize it so that it doesn’t cause any pain or further spread. In some other cases, though we pray, God may decide to call us home through the illness. My duty is to just surrender and say ‘’Your will be done Lord, not mine.’’

I am grateful to God for sparing my life to see my child start and finish nursery and now he is going into his second year of primary school which is something I had not envisaged some years back on receiving the news about MTC cancer. I am in good health and the only reminder of my cancer is the surgery to the neck, sometimes I even think to myself were these doctors telling me the truth that I had cancer as I have seen some people and family members given cancer diagnosis after me and they have gone to eternity and here I am strong and healthy. It is only through the mercy and grace of God that I am alive today and I give Him all the glory, honour, adoration, and praise. May this great God keep me to the end to see Him in glory.

As previously mentioned, there will be a change in leadership for the Apostolic Faith Mission in the UK and Western Europe districts.

We want to thank God for how much He has helped Reverend Isaac Adigun and his wife Sister Stella to lead and shepherd the congregation in Western Europe over the past 2 decades. God knows best and it’s time for them to accept their new assignment in West & Central Africa and as they take on that mission, we here in Western Europe have been blessed with Reverend Mark Mfandarahwa as our new District Superintendent with effect from 7th of November 2021.

Brother Mark has been a major part of the work here in the UK and we believe God has chosen His best for the role. We are so excited as a church to welcome him as our new District Superintendent, and we pray that Brother Mark, his wife Sister Marble, and their two daughters will be used by God to advance the spreading of the gospel here in Western Europe.

This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes (Psalm 118:23). We thank God for the provision of a new Yamaha B3 Acoustic Series Piano and Viscount Chorum S80 3-manual Classical Organ for the Birmingham branch church. These two musical instruments were dedicated unto God for His service on Sunday, 27th of June 2021.

Saints of God gathered for this service from across the Midlands and North-West Region notably from Coventry, Leicester, Manchester, and joined the host brethren in Birmingham. We are also delighted to have delegates from London and the District Superintendent for the UK and Western Europe, Reverend Isaac Adigun, and his wife Stella also joined us for this memorable service. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the church hall behind the auditorium was also put to use, as people were not able to get seats in the main church auditorium. The people at the overflow also followed the service that was streamed live on YouTube.

The service commenced with Violin Quartet, and they played CWM Rhondda by John Hudges & concluded this with “How Great thou art” arranged by Swedish tradition. This was followed by a beautifully rendered vocal septet titled “Tis Wonderful and Marvelous” by Lelia Naylor Morris. Sister Nombulelo Shamba from our Leicester group led the congregational Songs and she started with “To God be the glory”. The congregation sang heartily to the sound of the old and retiring organ which was on duty for the last time. There were few other praise songs before the congregational prayers by Brother Stan Nyakuhwa, the leader of our Leicester group.

The announcements were given by Reverend Mark Mfandarahwa, the Regional Director for Midlands & Northwest and the pastor of Birmingham church. Followed by the first special titled “Love Lifted Me” Rendered by Timisola Idu, Deborah Fadairo and Naomi Mfandarahwa. The scripture reading was taken from Exodus 40:9-11, 33-35 and was read by Brother Victor Idowu from our Manchester church. The special song was a Vocal Male Duet by brother Victor and Brother Muyiwa Adeyemo the group leader of the Coventry group.

The word of exhortation for the dedication service was given by Revered Isaac Adigun, the District Superintendent for the UK and Western Europe. He took his text from Numbers chapter 7. He started by defining the word ‘Dedication’, as setting aside an object or person for the service or worship of God. He continued that God instructed Moses to dedicate the tabernacle by anointing the vessels and instruments therein for God’s use. Brother Isaac reminded the congregation that when Birmingham church was bought in 2010, the old organ was bought with the church and was good enough at that time. However, God has a time for everything, and it is now time to replace it.

The exhortation continued by telling the congregation that God expects a response from us by dedicating our lives anew for His use. Also, we should willingly surrender ourselves totally to the Lord and the blessings of God will surely follow.

Cutting of the ribbons on the new piano and organ followed and then concluded with a dedicatory prayer by Brother Mark. He prayed that as the sounds from the instruments will be coming out, souls will be saved, sick bodies will be healed, and life’s problems will be solved. Furthermore, the people that will be playing them will be shining light to the glory of God.

The dedication service concluded with a choir rendition of “Great is the Lord” which was sang majestically and accompanied in a grand style by the newly dedicated piano and organ. It was indeed a reviving atmosphere as the congregation, with the heart of gratitude to God enjoyed the first anthem played on the new instruments. Brother Mark gave the closing remarks and vote of thanks before the closing song titled “Glorious is Thy name” led by Brother Isaac. The service finally ended with a closing prayer by Brother Muyiwa Adeyemo.

The church is marching on, and the gate of hell shall not prevail. We thank God for this provision, glory be to His name.

Find pictures from the event here.

As the year 2021 rolled in, God Himself sailed ahead of us into the year with high energy. The year 2021 opened with the sweet promise that “I (God) will not forget thee/you”! What a PROMISE!! We started with daily virtual prayers which lasted throughout the months of January and February and even spilled into the first week of March.

The high gear stayed with us as we entered into April, our month of Abib, when we celebrated the 45th anniversary of the establishment of God’s work in the UK. The theme, quite rightly, was A New Beginning”! Preparations have started in earnest for our virtual annual camp meeting for the year 2021 with the theme: Back to Bethel

Many other plans and arrangements have been going on simultaneously, including the possible removal of post covid restrictions and the logistics of possibly returning to full sanctuary worship, church building refurbishment projects, evangelism, music training and development, etc. Those arrangements even included talking informally about my own plans for retirement in the near future!

In all of these, as we followed the promptings of the Holy Spirit, we were blissfully unaware that God was orchestrating all these events Himself! With hindsight, it is clear that all these plans were prophetic, pointing to something surprising and much bigger than we could imagine, that God was about to do.

The Superintendent General of the Apostolic Faith, Rev. Darrel Lee has been in WECA for some church business matters and we have been praying for the success of his trip. Among other matters that Bro. Darrel was attending to during this trip was a change of the Board of Trustees of the organisation in West and Central Africa, and the appointment of a new District Superintendent (DS) for WECA as Rev. Bayo Adeniran, the current DS, retired.

During the process, on Thursday, May 27, 2021, I was contacted by Bro. Darrel from Lagos about the possibility of taking up the mantle of leadership of WECA as their new District Superintendent. I agreed to present this to my wife, which I did that same morning. My wife and I prayed about the situation in front of us, and my wife’s decision was “wherever you go, I will follow”. We agreed to accept the responsibility. Stella and I will therefore be relocating to WECA headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria to resume the new role, Lord willing, on Sunday, November 14, 2021.

Between now and the resumption date, I will be putting things in order at our duty post here in Western Europe, which will include the appointment and installation of my successor as the DS for the UK and Western Europe. Details of who the new DS will be and other arrangements concerning the installation will be given as time goes on.  Meanwhile, I am in consultation with the Superintendent General and the Board of Trustees here in Western Europe as we pray fervently for the guidance of the Spirit on the possible recommendations for the new appointment.

The Superintendent General, Bro Darrel will be in the UK for the installation of the new leader after all the necessary details have been completed. This installation of the new DS for Western Europe will take place, Lord willing, on Sunday, November 7, 2021. Please join us in prayer too that our great God will lead in the appointment of the new DS for Western Europe.

Although this news may be shocking, leaving people dazed, it was not our plan to be like this; but God is not shocked; we all have to surrender to God’s will. Stella and I love you all and we are fully aware that you love us too, but we have decided to make the sacrifice and surrender and submit to the will of God on this matter.

We solicit your prayers, as you indeed have done over the past 21 years of our duty here in Western Europe, that God will go before us, work with us, use us as He sees fit for His glory, and give us a successful ministry in WECA, by not only adding many souls to His kingdom, but also by encouraging and establishing the saints, and in the end making all of us rapturable, in Jesus name.

May “The LORD bless thee and keep thee: The LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26). Amen.

“This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

Exodus 12:2

April is our Month of ABIB in the Apostolic Faith Mission as an organisation. It is our “beginning of months” and has been from the moment of the Azusa revival fire that put the mark of God upon the founder of the organisation, Florence L Crawford who was present at those meetings. The call on her life in 1906 led to the birth of the organisation. Fast forward to April 1976, and there was another “birthing process” in which God used Rev. Victor Olusegun Okusanya to start Apostolic Faith Mission in the United Kingdom and 24 years later in April 2000, God again did a “New Thing” by orchestrating the baton change that saw the leadership of the UK Church change hands to put Rev. Isaac Adigun on the hot seat.

Through the first 45 years of existence in the UK, God has shown Himself faithful. He has continued to do “New Things” as a routine, from assuring the purchase of the first London Church at 95 Fenham Road, to the explosion of new churches not only across the United Kingdom but also into continental Europe. All glory and honour be ascribed unto our God!

In celebration, the whole of the week from Sunday, April 25, 2021, to Sunday, May 2, 2021was spent as a special week of thankful remembrance and reminiscences. This is our time to “return to Bethel”, as it were, to rekindle the fire that God Himself lit when He set up the organisation first in Portland, USA and thence to other corners of the globe including the United Kingdom.

The devotional service on the opening Sunday of the celebrations, April 25, 2021, was quite evocative. The whole service exuded the spirit, not only of happy remembrance but of the beginning of a New Thing, which must have been divinely inspired as the message that came was “A New Beginning”! Rev. Isaac Adigun, Western Europe District Superintendent, gave the message. He looked back at the wondrous things the Lord had done in and through His special vessels, particularly Rev. Victor Okusanya, and the miraculous follow-throughs that God orchestrated. It requires faith, consecration and ceaseless prayers to move heaven’s hands. As those ingredients became available, the Spirit of God moved mightily enough for the “tiny church in Peckham” to become the focus of the local media as “the praying church where miracles occur”. The import of the message is that God is prepared, even today, to do new things and grant new beginnings to His people. Rev. Adigun enjoined the congregation, both physical and virtual, to take the week of celebrations as an opportunity to “hold on to the edge of His garments” and make “virtue to come out of the Lord” once more as it happened with the woman with the issue of blood. All it requires is that we dare to believe! 

Virtual Young People’s Service – Sunday, April 25, 2021

The celebrations did not leave out the young people, the lifeblood of any community. The virtual service, held at 5 pm did justice to the spirit of the times! Testimonies of God’s healing power, even among the youth, rang out from the very kernels that have started to yield new “ears of corn” for the church. The service showed once again how blessed we are as an organisation and confirmed that should Jesus tarry, there is no need to fear for the future of this organisation that God Himself planted.

The powerful message: “Are you covered / Insured?”, drove home the point of having confidence only in God and His plan of Salvation. Taking his main text from Psalm 118: 8-9 which enjoins that we put our trust in the Lord rather than put confidence in “princes”, Bro. Stan Nyakuhwa, the leader of our group in Leicester, illustrated the benefits, especially the eternal benefits, of having Jesus as the Captain of our “Ship of Life”. He sent out a clarion call for young people to heed the call and become the “prophets of their generation” that God is looking to appoint. He reminded the virtual congregation that the work in the UK was established by “young people” who were prepared to offer their lives to God for His service.


The Celebrations continued on Monday, April 26, 2021, at 7.30 pm with reminiscences and a prayer meeting anchored by Rev. Mark Mfandarahwa, the Pastor of our Birmingham Branch Church.

It featured a panel of eyewitnesses, including Rev. Godfrey Affiah, Sis. Sola Odunsi and Bro. William Henry.

Rev. Godfrey Affiah arrived in the UK in January of 1981. The London church then was worshipping in a building, which was shared with a Nursery, provided by the London City Mission. Meetings, on average, consisted of about 6 children and 15 adults. Attendance fluctuated, depending on the number of visitors brought to the meeting. A large number of the members were students. The Sunday single service started at 12 noon and after the service, there was always time for fellowship (lunch inclusive – provided by late Sis Martins) with a review of the next Sunday School lesson.

Midweek meetings were held on Wednesdays and Fridays, and it was always required that the venue be cleaned after the meetings, in readiness for the Nursery’s use the following day. After Friday’s prayer meeting, the venue was made ready for Sunday service. All adults served as ushers. While the starting time of service was known, the time to finish was in God’s hands as Kneeology”, the art of staying on your knees in prayer until God gave an answer, took over. Leaflets were used for children Sunday School lessons, while ‘A series of Bible Studies by the Apostolic Faith Church’, Books 1 – 36, obtained from Lagos, Nigeria were used for adult lessons. There was one single class for Sunday School as the congregation was quite small. Bro. Godfrey noted that nevertheless, it was a lovely time of great fellowship.

As the congregation grew, the Sunday service times changed. Sunday morning service was held at 10.30 am and evening service started at 6.30 pm. Bro Godfrey asserted that prayer was the mainstay, and we bless God that it is still the same today! He stated further: “As the congregation grew, we moved to Fenham Road, Peckham in 1982 to use a building that was initially rented until the Lord, miraculously, provided the funds for it to be bought.” Rev. Victor Okusanya was the pastor, music teacher, and Sunday school teacher all rolled into one! Rev. Affiah thanked God for the strength and dedication God provided to the pioneer Pastor in those days.

Sis Sola Odunsi’s contribution corroborated every facet of Rev. Affiah’s account concerning church services and Sunday school arrangements. She also mentioned that when they moved to Fenham Road, they had a lot of work to do in terms of clearing the surrounding of the church. In those early days, there were just children or elementary classes, no junior class was available in Sunday School. Sunday School for children was taught using Sunday School leaflets for children as well as visual aids such as Bible-in-Pictures, picture rolls and flannelgraph. Sis. Sola was also co-opted into taking the young people in their violin lessons.

Sister Sola went on to recollect that after the church moved to Peckham, there were two different occasions when another group wanted to affiliate with the church, but it did not work out because there were differences in teachings/doctrines that could not be overcome, and Rev. Okusanya was not prepared to shift from the standards of the Gospel that he had received and found efficacious.

Bro William Henry joined the church in January 1982. As was mentioned, the preponderance of the members as students. Bro. William was the first Caribbean (and Antiguan) member of the Apostolic Faith Church in the UK. He started his contribution by appreciating how Christ had led the church through a turbulent birthing period. He emphasized that this celebration and reminiscences should give us hope and courage for the next 45 years if it pleased God for Christ to tarry. He recollected that initially he was in two minds about joining the AFC in the UK, but added that the motto of the church found in Jude 3, Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” made him stay as he could see brethren who literally lived out a life of contending for that faith. The group, when Bro. William joined, believed that prayers could move mountains, and it certainly did for them.

Bro. William also added that he was drawn in by the pioneer Pastor’s stance on consecration. The razor-sharp focus was prayer. “Sometimes, we started prayer meetings at 7pm and left at 12 am the following morning” he stated. In the 1990s, he further explained, the South London Press described the Church as a “praying church”. Bro. William continued: “There were people who did not have children, and some were facing deportation issues but through prayer and consecration, all these issues were resolved”. The key statement from all the accounts was that ‘Prayer Made Us Different’ and it still does today!

Rev.  Mark Mfandarahwa rounded off the session on reminiscences with a call to prayer, using Psalm 85:4-7.

“Turn to us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger towards us to cease……Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.”

He said: ‘If we want God to work on our behalf, we have to engage in ‘kneeology’ (a term coined out by Bro William during his recollections) and pray’! May God give us the zeal and power to pray.


For Tuesday, April 27, 2021, we had Rev. Isaac Sodipe as the anchor for the reminiscences and prayer sessions. The reminiscences were offered by Sis. Funmi Akinwunmi, Bro. Saula Ogunkoya, Bro Ade Akinola and Sis Arit Nduoyo.

Sis. Funmi Akinwunmi’s account centred mostly on Music. She said Rev. Okusanya’s plan was to return to Nigeria after his Music study at Goldsmith’s College in the UK, for which he had a scholarship. Although Rev. Okusanya did go back to Nigeria, where he was a principal organist, music director and examiner, after his studies, God brought him back to the UK for His work. Back in the UK, with a very tight schedule of work, Rev. Okusanya still gathered people for services and through him, God mended a home that had been broken for 29 years. Rev. Okusanya was particularly instrumental in the music ministry, which was his forte.

Sis. Funmi came from Nigeria with a letter of recommendation as a senior chorister, but there was no choir and orchestra in London! Oftentimes, Bro. Ayanlaja, a student who was in the UK for his studies, would play the clarinet whilst Sis. Funmi sang. After completing his studies, Bro Ayanlaja returned to Nigeria, after which Sis Orlu arrived to join the congregation. To help with instrumental training, Rev. Okusanya brought a gentleman from his university to teach violin and cello, but the man wouldn’t teach the class as he felt the students were not qualified for the class; however, Sister Funmi’s husband, Bro Akinwunmi, would go to the man’s place to learn cello.

Rev. Okusanya taught some students with support from other qualified musicians in the church, which included:

  • Sis Sola Odunsi – taught the kids Violin.
  • Caroline Ladeinde – taught voice production.
  • Ayo Sobowale – taught some young people rudiments of music
  • Bro Solomon Oshun – prepared the Choir members for ABRSM examinations.

Bro Solomon Oshun, who until then was a member of a different Church, was invited to the Church by Bro Ayo Sobowale. God was able to later convict and save. Bro. Solomon then became the principal organist of the church. He later left for Nigeria where he became a principal organist too. God helped him to return to the UK later, where he continued as the principal organist. As a result of the progress made in music, broken chords started vibrating again as backsliders started returning to the fold. 

Sis Arit Nduoyo’s report also had to do mainly with Music. Posing the question – “what is worship without the music?”, she corroborated large areas of Sis. Funmi’s account. Sis. Arit read portions from Psalm 149:1,4 and 150:4. She said, “Though we were few, we all sang from the bottom of our hearts, and When we sang songs from the bottom of our hearts, souls were saved”! Sis. Caroline Ladeinde was the choir leader. Bro. Bode Odulaja later joined the group from Nigeria as a trumpeter, and it was a great addition to the Choir.

As mentioned previously, Rev. Victor Okusanya had a passion for music and trained all his children in music. Sis. Ladeinde also very helpful with the music ministry. Sis. Arit mentioned that the first organ they used was FARFISA2, a manual, 1 Octave Pedal organ, which was taken to Peckham when the Church moved. When it stopped working, a two-pedal organ was bought in its place. One of the brethren from Norway donated the money that was partly used to purchase the first piano. In 1994, the first evening of music was held with great success.

Bro. Saula’s memories centred on the Boys and Girls club. The Club was started in the 80s by Sis. Funmi Abdulai and Sis. Stella Adigun with activities taking place at Sis. Funmi’s house. Later on, the club outgrew the house and was moved to the church. The club entailed activities packaged to run between morning and evening services, with lunch thrown in. The children taking part in the activities were first the children in the church, but the organisers also knocked on neighbouring homes to invite children to attend the activities.

Bro. Ade Akinola gave an account of the metamorphosis of the Audio-Visual Department. Bro. Ade joined the church in 1983 but was not very regular until 1985. The Audio-Visual (AV) department started out of necessity as the congregation was struggling to hear the service properly. Bro. Femi Fatunde, then an usher, brought him in to assist because of his expertise in electronics. Bro. Ade’s role was to make sure the loudspeakers in the sanctuary functioned properly, and people could hear the proceedings of the service well. Soon after, members started requesting recorded sermons and the department rose to the occasion by recording messages in audio cassettes. The production of these cassettes was tasking and a bit complicated for lack of facilities. Bro. Fatunde bought some Audio-Visual equipment too. Bro. Steinar Bruvoll, from Norway, gave the UK Church an Audio Tape Duplicator, which enabled the duplication of a “master tape” to four tapes at once. This proved very helpful. The church had a library where people could borrow these cassettes and Sis. Bola Ogedengbe was the librarian.

During the Easter or Christmas Seasons, the department would rent a projector for film shows. At some point, because of rising needs, they had to get a television screen and a camcorder to relay service proceedings to nursing mothers who had to watch services in the kitchen. Occasionally, outside activities like going to leisure parks created a need for documentation of those events. To meet that need, the church bought a VHS camera, and the first outing for that camera was at Safari Park.

In 2001, the church was in Liverpool for Camp Meeting, and Dr Bayo Ladeinde came on board to help the AV crew. Another video player was acquired in 2003 to enhance the work of the department. Brother Ade continued, “As the congregation grew, the main Church auditorium because too small and could no longer contain everyone, as some had to watch the services from the prayer room.” It then became necessary to acquire multiple screens to allow those in the prayer room to watch the services. This growth in membership led to some creativity in managing the needs of the department.

Bro. Ade rounded off by mentioning the contributions of a host of people to the development of the Audio-Visual Department. The roll call included Bro. Lekan Aremu, Bro. Ike Onyemaobi, Bro. James Olaleye, Bro. Toyin Ajayi, Bro. Ikpaisong Ukpe, Bro. Michael Owolabi and Sis. Esther Onabanjo. Bro. Ade stepped aside from the team in 2015.

In his concluding remarks, Bro Isaac Sodipe read from Lev 9:23,24.

And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the people. And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

In those early days, the Lord brought something out of nothing. He asked: Is our fire still burning?  He concluded with a call to prayer by saying we needed to check our hearts to be sure our fire was still burning.

In the 1990s, there was an influx of young people from Nigeria, and when Bro Ola Balogun arrived, he became the leader of the group, with the name changing from “Boys and Girls Club” to “Youths Club for Christ”. Under the leadership of Bro. Ola, the club grew. Children who were not members of the church were invited, using the church buses to pick up and drop them off. The allure of learning instruments made children from outside the church join the club, and this led to the start of the Salem Academy of Music. At a point, about 40% of the students of Salem Academy were not members of the church.

Salem Academy has really impacted the church, and we now have other music schools in some of the branches. It has had an impact on other churches as well, as two of the students who graduated from Salem Academy have set up a music school in their own church.


Wednesday, April 28, 2021, brought us to the midway point in our week of celebratory remembrance. The evening programme offered another opportunity to watch a movie of the celebrated Welsh Revival of 1904. The Welsh revival was one of the most far-reaching revivals that ever took place.  In the movie, we saw how the revival broke out and how it changed lives and impacted the entire society. Through the use of contemporary letters, interviews, photographs, and songs, the movie examined the 1904 Welsh Revival through the eyes and thoughts of the Revivalist himself, 26-year-old Evan Roberts. From his conversion at age 13 to the outbreak of Revival in November 1904, the movie retraced the steps of his spiritual development from the coal mine and blacksmith’s shop to the grammar school at Newcastle Emlyn and the actual outbreak of Revival at his home church of Moriah Loughor.

“Lord, Bend ME” was a heart’s cry that moved heaven’s hand and rained down revival.

At the end of the movie, Rev. Isaac Adigun reminded everyone present of the question posed by Evan Roberts: “How about if the Spirit came and you are absent?” He emphasised the need to be present at meetings as no one was sure of the time the trumpet could sound. Sis Chioma Okere closed the meeting with a prayer.


Thursday, April 29, 2021, was another night of prayer and reminiscences anchored by Rev. Ola Balogun who introduced a panel of brethren who were there when the church planted its roots 45 years ago. They included Bro. Godwin Okusanya, son of our founding father, saw it all from close quarters during his formative years. His closeness to the “furnace of prayers” forged him into an enduring instrument that the Lord has not let go of since then! Bro. Godwin was saved at the age of 14 and is still marching on in God’s service! Hallelujah!! Also, on it was Sis. Henrietta Animashaun, Sis. Elizabeth Adewole and then Sis. Stella Adigun (then Aganbi), who held sway in the Okusanya household, allowing Rev. Okusanya and his wife to “plough the fields and scatter” far and wide, wherever the call led.

Sis. Animashaun started reminiscing by saying “I thank God for a day like today. I came to Apostolic Faith Church because I was bereaved but my burden was lifted in the first service. Later I got saved. I thank God for our brother Rev Okusanya, for bringing the church to England. If not for him, I would not understand Christ or know what it is to be saved. I had a sickness that got worse after I got saved. I had a consultation with my GP and after, I went to my pastor to inform him of the pain in my body. He asked me to pray. The church was always open then and I went to pray.

It was a cyst in my stomach close to my kidney. At some point, I had to go to the hospital to be admitted for an operation.

Sister Henrietta continued, “Before the surgery, the GP ordered that one more X-Ray should be taken before going into the theatre. This final X-Ray did not show the cyst anymore”. I said to the doctor, “Maybe my case is beyond help!”. I was crying. The doctor told me “No, do not weep, you are fine”. He then discharged me. I went home that day and decided to go and inform Bro. Victor the next day. I showed the Pastor the doctor’s letter and he said, ‘I told you! See what I told you, God answers prayers!’ Since then, I have made up my mind to serve Jesus. Jesus is real. I am going to serve him until my last breath”. Another shout for the power of prayer!

Bro. Godwin Okunsanya’s Account was a guided interview of sorts, as Bro Ola pushed for his recollections in specific areas of the work.

Bro. Ola: Your home was a household name in the 90s. Can you tell us the practicality of seeing the church and home in one place? How did you cope with the house being an office as well as a mission house?

Bro. Godwin: “It was a major experience. It fashioned me. It was perennially busy. It wasn’t really the church mission house, but it was effectively the guest house for those who just arrived in the UK. It was a blessing seeing things on the inside and the practicalities of seeing what dad preached. The church was 95% students. Prayer requests were mainly about immigration issues, visas that needed to be extended and deliverance from deportation. Sunday was an all-day affair, from 7 am to 12 am or even 3 am sometimes. If there was a soul praying in church, we had to wait until that person finished praying. Even when we got home late, dad would still wake up to pray. The life of prayer really wore him. It was challenging but a blessing at the same time. We did not have a father that had the time for us, but today, we can count the blessings”.

Bro. Ola: “Give us one example of a good outcome and challenging outcome from one of the outreach events in those early days…visiting old people’s home, etc”.

Bro. Godwin: “What really struck me was that there was such a hunger in the local community which, incidentally, led to the start of the boy’s and girl’s club. I was blessed to join the team that went out to pick up Gypsies from their camp. It was challenging because there were wild dogs, but the parents were always willing to let us take their children to church. I was called the Jesus man. There was a time I met one of the kids, who is now grown and called me Jesus’ man. I thank God that those little lessons stayed with them”.

Bro. Ola: “As a pastor’s child, there were a lot of evangelistic travels… how was life when your parents were out on evangelism?”

Bro. Godwin: “Dad was always busy, but we always had sisters Stella, Chioma and Esther Jelenke to take care of us during those times. As kids, we wore them down with our energy!”

Sis. Stella Adigun’s recollections went on in the same vein, similar to Bro. Godwin’s and the “interview format” was preserved.

Bro. Ola: “In the early days, the church was one close-knit family. How was your experience staying with and being close to the Okusanyas?”

Sis. Stella: “I came to this country in 1981 for studies. I stayed in the students’ hostel in the Westend of London. I was brought up helping the mission house in Nigeria and I felt I should help in the UK too. During holidays, I always moved to the Okusanya’s to help while their parents were away. I was like the aunty in the house. I would dress the kids up and do the cooking. I saw first-hand the great hand of God. Rev. Okusanya instilled faith in us and we saw miracles. There was great faith exhibited in the house. Whenever there was nothing to wear, we just believed God would do something about it. It was a blessed time. Bro Victor was like a timeless man and God worked through him. He helped me to learn to pray and have faith in God’s Word and promises. It was a wonderful time serving the man of God.”

Bro. Ola: Can you please give us some insight into the fellowship and relationship among brethren during those early days.

Sis. Stella: We gave homes to one another. We always had people living in other person’s homes. Almost like the Apostles of the early days with Jesus, we almost had “everything in common” in those days. Many of the singles had to live in some people’s homes because things were quite difficult during that time. We made things for each other. We helped each other with jobs. We tried to be there one for another. We were nannies for each other. We struggled a lot but God was there. People shared jobs. We shared money and food.”

Sis. Elizabeth Adewole’s reminiscence showed powerfully the heart that submitted to God’s instructions and demand, even when not convenient. When Sis. Elizabeth arrived in London, she was the breadwinner for the home, but God laid it upon her heart to work for the ministry! What a challenge! It took her some time to bend her will to God’s but she eventually did and informed Rev. Okusanya of her consecration. The Spirit of God immediately prompted her to take a course in computing, which gave her the requisite skill to do the work she was called to.

When God calls and the call is answered, He makes Himself evident in the life that submits to Him.

“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, this is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”

Isaiah 30:21


On Friday, April 30, 2021, there was a special Revival & Evangelistic service which started at 8 pm, as part of the celebrations. This service was preceded by a combined prayer session for our brethren in St. Vincent in the Caribbeans who were recently victims of a volcanic eruption that devastated the area. This was followed by testimonies and reminiscences from Sis. Grace Eka, Sis. Jumoke Olayiwola and Bro. Bayo Awobayiku.

Sis. Grace Eka and her husband, Bro Edward Eka, were one of the first people to have water baptism in the Church and this was held in a hired church baptistery on Summer Road Peckham. Their faith was sorely tested when Sis. Grace was pregnant with her daughter Faith, who incidentally is a member of the Choir & Orchestra today. Her water broke suddenly and the doctors advised her to have a caesarean section. She refused to sign the legal documents required and so did her husband. They told the doctors that God was well able to ensure safe delivery! And God did just that! But Satan was not done yet! The placenta refused to separate. All through the ordeal, she was singing in her heart, “I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus”, and “My faith looks up to Thee”. The saints went into intense prayers, and after some hours of praying, God miraculously brought out the placenta. Was Satan done yet? No!!! Daughter Faith had severe medical issues all the way through her first 11 years of life, at which age she suddenly refused to take any more medication and God honoured her! Faith, true to her name, is now a mother of three in her own right! Praise God!

Sis. Jumoke Olayiwola also had an amazing double whammy of testimonies. First, the Lord miraculously undertook for her in a medical condition that had led her to have series of operations. The last operation almost took her life. When the issue raised its head again, she spoke to Rev. Victor Okusanya and prayer was offered for her healing. She went back to the hospital where the doctors confirmed that the condition was still present, and another procedure was scheduled. On the day of the operation, the doctors had the last scan to check the position of the problem only to find that it had disappeared! They were astounded. They agreed that it was beyond medical reasoning or understanding!

Sis. Olayiwola also had another issue that confirmed that when we stand on God’s Word and obey His injunctions, He will stand with us in the hour of need. She had lied to the British Embassy in Nigeria when applying for an immigration visa to the UK. After salvation, she had a conversation with Rev. Okusanya who said she needed to make things right. She returned to Nigeria and went to the consulate, telling the immigration officials what she had done. They were not only amazed that she came back to make things right, but they also offered her complete forgiveness, giving her a new, now genuine, immigration status!! Our God is great!

Bro Bayo Awobayiku provided the final testimony of the evening. He came to the UK initially in 1981, hoping to be here for 3 years, but now he is in his 40th year in the country! A vivid proof that, as it is said in the scriptures, a man may plan his ways, but it is the Lord that will direct his steps!

Over the years, he worked many different jobs, some of the menial, but the Lord, in His time, chose to elevate him, after faithfully obeying the directions that came from on High! It pays to serve the Lord and listen diligently to His voice.

Bro. Alban Igwe, who himself came to study in the UK in the early 2000s but currently living in Nigeria, gave the Word virtually from Nigeria, to round up the day’s activities. He took his lead text for his sermon from 2 Tim. 1:5, using Unfeigned Faith as his title. He also referred to the motto of the organisation taken from Jude 3, “….earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

Bro Alban said that even though some of us were not privileged to have been there during the early days of the establishment of the Church in the Uk, we can still be in the picture. He challenged the young people especially to “keep the fire burning”, urging them to take on the mantle of the prophets for their generation. His homily was followed by an altar call.


Saturday, May 1, 2021 morning was devoted to a two-hour prayer meeting from 8 to 10 am, split into an hour each.

The first session was led by Brother Francis Odudu, while Bro Lazarus Simbanegavi led the second session. In rounding up the first session, Bro Francis read from 1 Cor. 9:24-27, following which he requested prayers for Rev Okusanya, his children and other children that were part of the history of the Church but no longer attend. The Church prayed that none of these individuals would miss heaven. The prayer sessions were salted by more reminiscences from some members who were there in the early days of the London Church.

Sis. Chioma Okere was a regular visitor to London from about 1977, but she finally migrated to the UK in 1986. Sis Chioma remembered that the church was predominantly populated by students and the attendant issues were those of getting the correct papers that would allow them to work and for Visas to be extended once they started running out. During those days, Rev. Okusanya was “all things to all men”, playing the role of father, brother, uncle, and even solicitor to a lot of his congregants. Rev. Okusanya was ably and completely supported by his wife Sis. Grace Okusanya. The homes of brethren, especially the Ekas and the Abdulais, had “open doors” to one and all.

In the middle of all that, some of the neighbours took the church to court alleging noise pollution; Bro. Ikpaisong Ukpe and Bro. Remi Abdulai represented the church in court, backed by the prayers of the saints.

They came back rejoicing as God gave them victory! Safety was also of grave concern as Peckham, in those days, was a rough environment and the church was burgled on occasions, but God’s protection was always over His people.

Bro. Femi Osayemi came from a Muslim background, but he was saved on the altar benches, often referred to as “mourners benches” for those conversant with the Apostolic faith vocabulary.

He looked back on the difficulty of trying to do evangelism in an environment that was not receptive. It was challenging, but God remained faithful as He watered the seeds that were being sown.

Sis. Florence Osayemi chipped in on how difficult things were, especially for the women, during those days. Husbands could not work as they were on students’ visas mostly, so it fell on the women to do as much as they could to maintain the families. By working together as “one family under the banner of Christ”, the women were able to provide sustenance, especially on Sunday afternoons when 3 families, the Ekas, the Odutuyos and the Abdulais catered for almost everybody.

Bro. Remi Abdulai came to the United Kingdom in August 1982 and after receiving his Christian experiences, played a very large part in the public relations services of the church. He often had to meet visitors at the airports without actually knowing what they looked like, and he never had a placard to indicate who he was, but to the glory of God, the visitors always managed to find him without any difficulties. As money was a scarce commodity, using public transport was the only option available to him most of the time. When visitors happened to have significant luggage, that created difficulties!

How did he and his family cope? God always provided for their needs!

Sis Florence Bamigbade arrived in the UK in 1984 to join her husband. She remembered that only 6 people in the church had cars, but they always made themselves available to ferry those who did not have cars to and from church. Communal living was actually thriving. They lived as one “family of God”. She also remembered that Rev. Okusanya would always wait for the last person still on the altars of prayer to finish before he went anywhere or closed the church. “We had nothing then”, she said, “but we were rich spiritually”.

Bro. Lazarus Simbanegavi rounded off the second part of the prayer sessions. He prayed that the Lord who was with these people who were giving us testimonies of what He did back in the day would continue with us. He said we should ask God to hold our hands as we run this race. He reminded everyone that as prayer was a “staple diet” in those days, it still should be for us today and that the God who answered prayers back then is still answering prayers today.

The evening of Saturday, May 1, 2021, was dedicated to the presentation of a historical video on the history of the Church in the UK. It chronicled the course of the Gospel work from inception in 1976 to the present day which has seen the Church spread across the United Kingdom and spilling over into some parts of Mainland Europe. Indeed, God has been good and faithful in supporting His work in Europe.


Sunday, May 2, 2021, saw the rounding off of the 45th Anniversary Celebrations. The devotional service was set up to give a “nostalgic look back” to what services used to feel like “back in the days” when Rev. Victor Okusanya was the singular live wire of the church, being everything from Pastor/preacher, Organist, song leader and everything in-between! Bro. Godwin Okusanya did a passable representation of what things used to be like, including trying to speak like his dad in the introduction of the songs and thence jumping on the organ to play the tunes to lead the congregation. It was evocative, and for those who remembered what it was like, quite nostalgic

The whole service was evocative as the Spirit of God descended mightily. Reverend Darrel Lee, the General Superintendent of Apostolic Faith Church worldwide, delivered the sermon with the title: “The Gospel Cannot Be Contained.” It ran through the gamut of experiences in the scriptures that could simply not be suppressed, from the leper who was healed by Jesus but was admonished “not to tell anyone”. Nevertheless, he could not contain his joy but noised the miracle abroad! Also, in the account was the raising of Jairus’ daughter from the dead, where those who witnessed the incident were also told not to talk about it but yet, they found it too overwhelming to keep quiet! Bro. Darrel posited that the Gospel is too good to keep covered! The great works of God are just too good not to share. It is imperative that we continue to deliver the “Good News” of Christ’s Kingdom until His Second appearing!

Sunday, May 2, 2021, at 4 pm there was a Family Forum event as the final programme in this week-long celebration. The programme looked at “Cross-Cultural Parenting” and the need to build a “Joyful Community Grounded in the Gospel”. The first part of the programme had been held on March 7, 2021, and had allowed the congregation to examine all of the nuances that were creating misunderstandings between different generations of our church community. This programme attempted to examine the tools that could be put in place to assist families in coming to grips with relationships that were not developing or progressing as they should. Some of the tools suggested included:

  1. Taking responsibility for situations and not letting things degenerate to levels that may be difficult to correct
  2. Understanding the differences between teaching and experience. This looked at taking cognisance of the fact that raising a child demands the understanding that children will do what they see being done rather than what they are told to do.
  3. Communication as a tool to understanding and peaceful co-existence

Sis. Shareen Ojo, who anchored the programme, prayed that God Himself would teach us according to His Word and His promise:

“And my people shall dwell in peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:18

May the Lord grant us His Peace in our families. Amen.


Find pictures from the event here.

We have seen the effects of developments across the spectra of existence on relationships across all spheres of human existence. The developments are mostly guided but the many varying cultures that make up human existence. As a community of Christians, we acknowledge the effects of the world around us while we stand firmly on the teachings of God’s words. We take what the differing cultures that make up our community has offered us in our developmental stages, and subsume that in what we know as the Bible Culture that affirms God’s supreme majesty in all areas of living

Culture has a strong influence on development, behaviour, values and beliefs. Family rituals and good communication have a positive effect on teenagers for example. Parents who instil positive cultural values and beliefs in their children help raise their self-esteem and academic success. Such parents also reap a harvest of children who contribute positively to their society. If culture fosters a more extroverted personality style, we can expect more need for social interaction. Additionally, Individualistic cultures foster more assertive and outspoken behaviour. When the general population encourages these gregarious behaviours, more ideas are exchanged and self-esteem increases.

In our study of Cross-Cultural parenting, we have tried to look at the effect culture has, and can exert, on relationships even in a Christian community like our own. In the next edition of this study, we hope to be looking at tools that will help us to build bridges across any differences caused by cultural initiatives and how God can help us to build s joyful community grounded in the Gospel.


Event details:

Date: 2nd May, 2021

Time: 4PM (BST)

Zoom Meeting:

Our end of year service schedule is given below and more events are listed on our calendar to download our events calendar, kindly click here.

Sunday, 6 December – Live stream Devotional Service (11.15 am) from Birmingham; Virtual Family Forum 4 – 6 pm (Zoom)

Sunday, 13 December – Live stream Devotional Service (11.15 am) from Manchester; Revival Service at 5 pm (Zoom)

Saturday, 19 December – Combined children Christmas program at 6 pm (Live Stream)

Sunday, 20 December – Live stream Devotional Service (11.15 am) from Bexley; Virtual Christmas Concert at 5 pm (also devotional service with sanctuary audience at all our branch churches at 11.15 am.)

Friday, 25 December – Christmas Day Service at 11 am – Live stream service from Bexley (also local live service at the same time, 11 am. with sanctuary audience at all our branch churches)

Sunday, 27 December – Live stream Devotional Service (11.15 am) from Peckham (also local service with sanctuary audience at all our branch churches at 11.15 am) and Young People’s Revival Service at 5 pm (Zoom)

Thursday, 31 December – Combined Watchnight Service at 10 pm (Zoom)

Sunday, 3 January 2021 – Combined New Year Service (or Zoom) and Combined Conducted Prayer Meeting from 4-6 pm (Zoom).

From Monday, 4 January – Our Annual Combined Daily Evening Prayer, 7.30-8.30pm. (Zoom)

We thank God for the end of the year 2020 as we look forward to another year 2021 of faithful and fruitful service in His vineyard by His grace.

God bless you.

Looking at the landscape of global events and seeing how the world seemed to be tottering from one crisis to the next, finally ending up with the problem of SARS-COV2 which transformed into a pandemic, the leaders of Apostolic Faith Church in Western Europe decided it is time to bring God into the middle of global crises if we hope to see a resolution quickly. Mankind seems to have reached the end of his capacity to deal with a crisis that seemed to be shifting on a daily basis, seems to re-invent itself at the smallest opportunity.

The response of the church was to call for a special prayer week that would allow congregants, even from the comfort of their homes, to virtually call out to the God of heaven for help, with the certain hope that He will hear our cries. The decision was based on the conviction that God is speaking to His world through this crisis and that the world needs to hear and pay attention.

The week started off on Sunday 15 November 2020 and is scheduled to run until Sunday 22 November 2020. The prayer meetings are set up to look through the scriptures and note instances where people had gone astray and rightly received the ire of a righteous God, but wherewith repentance, fervent prayer and fasting God’s anger was turned away and He showed mercy to His people even in quite extreme circumstances, which to human mind would have been unforgivable.

The homily on the opening Sunday drew from Joel 2:12-17 and beyond. It showed an account of the people of God who had transgressed and were in imminent danger of the repercussion for their sins. The message to the people was a warning of dire things that would befall them if they continued along their current path. It was also a message of hope, an urgent call to avoid a “pandemic”!

Before this time, the people of Judah had been subjected to several disasters that had decimated their economy and reduced their lives to greatly uncomfortable levels. This was the place they were in before the warning came of an even greater disaster looming! They needed to respond, quickly. They did. They called a solemn assembly; they assembled the elders and they prayed for God to “spare the people”. When they did, God answered. He promised them safety and comfort.

“Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping, and with mourning…..and turn unto the Lord your God; for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness…” Joel 2: 12, 13

We seem to be living in parallel times. The world has been ravaged by many disasters over the past few years. We have reached a point where we need to turn to the Lord…..for He will abundantly pardon.

“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things”. Joel 2:21.

The week of special prayers continues until Sunday 22 November 2020. Throughout the week, every evening, different passages of scripture will be highlighted showing occasions that demanded prayer and fasting to get a response from God.

 Monday 16 November 2020

The special week of prayers continued on Monday with the focus on an account of the people of Nineveh, who passed from death into life. God sent the prophet Jonah to the people of Nineveh that their cup of iniquity was full and they should expect retribution within 40 days.

“…Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.” Jonah 3:4

The response of the people was swift. From the king, even to the commoners and to their beasts, they all repented and turned to God. The king proclaimed a decree that all of them, including their animals, should observe a season of fasting and prayer.

“But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?” Jonah 3:8-9

The account told us that the people believed God and that was what directed their response. As their response was genuine and they were contrite, God responded.

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them; and He did it not. Jonah 3:10

Prayer and fasting brought a great reward to the people of Nineveh. Through prayer and fasting, God can extend grace to us too and save us as individuals and our world as well.

Tuesday 17 November 2020

The Tuesday edition of the Special prayer week focused on asking God for a plan to do even things He has permitted. God allowed a decree for the return to Jerusalem but Ezra still thought it was important to seek the face of God for guidance – the right way to go.

“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God to seek of Him, a right way for us”… Ezra 8:21

We also need God to guide our steps in our journeys through this our world, especially with the dangers that abound these days, the least of them not being the pandemic.

“….And the hand of our God was upon us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.” Ezra 8:31

Our God will certainly guide us through the stormy waters of this plague that is threatening our world, taking us through all dangers until we reach the gates of heaven.

Wednesday 18 November 2020

The theme of the week of special prayer remains “It is time for thee, Lord, to work” and this was emphasised at the start of prayers. Calling on God to step into situations at the right time remain the best course for a Christian. Even Jesus Christ laid the example when He prayed throughout the night before picking his apostles. He also fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.

As they ministered unto the Lord and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Acts 13:2

As we also fast and pray to God, the Holy Spirit will speak to us, guiding us through whatever we may need to do. This includes praying for our brethren in areas where the Lord has not yet given us churches and for the Lord to give us our own campsite!

Thursday 19 November 2020

Having just gone halfway through our week of special prayer, it is time to look at how to fast and pray in the right way that will be acceptable unto God.

…Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Isaiah 58:>3,4

The Lord was able to clearly define through prophet Isaiah the type of fast that would move the hand of God. We also need to examine ourselves and our reasons for fasting and praying as God looks at the heart!

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6.

May God help us as we fast and pray to make all our endeavours acceptable in His sight. May He show us individually, what we need to do so that our fasting and prayer will be accepted of God.

Friday 20 November 2020

God shows Himself merciful in every circumstance. As a matter of fact, the mercy of God is legendarily endless. The prayer today focused on a wicked King of Israel, Ahab, who in spite of his wickedness still found forgiveness and a “stay of execution” upon his rightful judgement.

And thou shalt speak unto him saying, Thus saith the Lord, in the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood. 1 Kings 21:19

This was the judgement that Ahab more than deserved. When he heard those words of condemnation his response was immediate and sober.

And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.1 Kings 21:27

God noticed! He notices my and your reactions to the many messages that He allows to come our way.

Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house. 1 Kings 21:29

God has the authority to reverse a judgement that has been passed. In spite of the severity of Ahab’s wickedness, God still took note of his repentance. May His mercy avail for us as we pray fervently during this period.

Saturday 21 November 2020

The prayer this day enjoined us to look at the example of Cornelius, a man who prayed fervently for a deeper experience with God, and God answered him directly by sending a heavenly messenger to visit him.

And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing. And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Acts 10:30-31

May the great God of heaven hear our prayers and give us speedy answers of peace. One man prayed fervently. God heard. God acted.

Sunday 22 November 2020

The final day of the special prayer week was a day of thanksgiving. With hearts full of gratitude to a God who offered us the opportunity to pray fervently with constant reminders of people who had carried out similar exercises in the past with attendant blessings and answers to prayers.

Remembering the many victories that have been received in the past, we look forward with hope to the many more that lie ahead, regardless of the many trials and enemies that might lie along the way.  Know that all we have are gifts from the Father of All above. We should give back to Him freely and willingly.

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

We can sing with the songwriter:

He brought me out of the miry clay

He set my feet on the rock to stay

He put a song in my soul today

A song of praise, Hallelujah!

We need to take our attitude of gratitude to a new and higher altitude.

Dear Colleague Workers,

Further to our on-going careful approach to opening our Church buildings to public worship, in line with the Government’s gradual easement of the lockdown, we have been undertaking a pilot at our Bexley church for the past two Sundays. We are now inviting individuals and families among ministers and workers, that so desire, to volunteer to attend our Sunday morning services, at least for the next two Sundays.

As you would appreciate, based on the guidance issued by the government, which includes social distancing and other measures, there is a limit to the number of worshippers that can be accommodated at any service. Accordingly, we have put a system of registration in a place where people that volunteer are registered by the Church and spread over different Sunday morning services to ensure fairness. While efforts would be made to accommodate as many as possible, please note that in addition to this being on a first-come-first-served basis, a number of other criteria may be used to determine when it is the turn of volunteers to attend. Those attending each Sunday will be adequately notified ahead of time. That would then mean that those that do not receive such notification by close of play on a Friday, can assume they are on the queue for a future Sunday service.

Meanwhile, please note that anyone that falls within any of the following groups are excluded from attending for now:

  1. Children that are under 10 years of age or that are above that age but need constant attention
  2. Elderly people that are 70 years and over
  3. Those that have any underlying illness
  4. Anyone that may have had a temperature, persistent dry cough or any other symptom of COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  5. Anyone that has received a letter from the NHS/government advising them to shield.

After familiarizing yourself with the additional guidelines herewith attached, kindly register your intention to attend our Sunday service of 26th July 2020 with Bro Olaitan Abimbola using any of his contact details: 07931252981,

Government guidelines below: