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Brief History of the church.
The pioneer pastor in the person of Ap. David Oga shares his experience. “The work in Niger republic is just like a muster seed sown into the ground which later started germination.” It all started on the 24th of August, 2005. When he arrived in Niamey, the capital city of Niger Republic with his Area pastor, Pastor Yemi Oluyemi of Wisdom Area, Rivers province 3. The Area pastor left him after 3days of visitation. Due to Islamic terrain the Area pastor adviced him to start the church as a House Fellowship center. When they arrived, they were accommodated by Capron missionary. He rented a room and a parlor and embarked on a nine-days fasting and praying and at the end he started a House Fellowship center with 4 children.
It was a challenge because the children didn’t understood English and the pastor didn’t understood French either. But by the grace of God the House Fellowship continued till 2007. By 17th of June, 2007 RCCG Jesus House Parish Niamey, Niger Republic was inaugurated. During the day of visit by Pastor Kola Bolanta (PICP of Rivers province 3) marked the day the first Sunday service with attendance of 20 persons including children held. Due to the small size of the parlor used for service, Pastor Kola Bolanta gave the church money to rent a 3 bedroom apartment to enable a successful countinuity of the church.
As they continued the church in 3 bedrooms flat, they faced many oppositions especially from the neighbours around them because Niger is an Islamic nation. As the church continued to grow there was a good relationship within the body of Christ in Niger. From among some pastors I meet with, I learnt that many RCCG missionaries had laboured in the land and that immediately they left that the established parishes died and the members left for other ministries. This is what encouraged the pastor that RCCG must be established in Niger Republic. By the grace of God, RCCG is still standing (and will continue to stand) despite the attacks on the church that led to the burning of the auditorium of the Headquarter of the church in Niamey 2015. It was not necessarily in 2008 when Pastor Kola Bolanta visited us that the church building plan began. In 2009 the construction of the church started through the support of Rivers province 3, under the leadership of the same provincial pastor.
By 2012, after the visit of the CMB and African mission and with the support of Mummy G.O. that the building was completed in 2013, the church auditorium was dedicated by Pastor Olu obanure (The Special Assistant to Daddy G.O.) in West 1 also in attendance during the dedication was Pastor David Adewuyi (PICP of Rivers Province 3) who was represented by Pastor Omenego (APICP Rivers 3). Within the completion and the dedication of the church auditorium our attendance then was running 70 to 80 members during Sunday service before the attack took place 17 January 2015.
In 2016 after the convention a new pastor was posted in the person of Psastor Owolabi Felix Taiwo during an Empowerment program in Niger. The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Niger, which serves as the headquarters has been at the forefront of empowering the less privileged because of the level of poverty in the country, the less privileged men, women and students have been clothed and given various items. This has been through the initiative of the CMB.
OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL, SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL AND DADDY G. O’s BOOKS.
By the grace of God the Open Heavens Devotional has been doing great works in Niger republic, every denomination makes use of this across the region of Niger, our Sunday School is imparting life every Sunday even in other churches through the help of the pioneer pastor.
Last year, the Lord gave us a Victory in the Canal Lumiere Radio station. Also we visited the Vice Senate President where Daddy G.O’s Books and Open Heaven was presented.
Difference in Language seems to be one of the major Challenges. I was told that RCCG have up to 16 branches in this country before my arrival. As at the time of writing this short history we only have one headquater.
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