I am Olusola Tosin Mercy, I graduated from Cavitas University, Enugu State in the year 2016/2017. I came from a family where I lived with a single parent. My parents divorced for quite a long time and I’ve been living with my mother. My father and I have never had any father-daughter relationship. I never had the opportunity to be around my father from a tender age until when I was in the University. I lost my mother in 2014 but my miracle came when I was posted to Benue State as corper where I met daddy Ogunkale. While in Makurdi as a corper, I joined a forum which was called Father’s Love Forum. This forum was structured to prepare youths for a glorious future through continuous teaching of the word of truth, encouragement to study, obedience and application of the Word for their change of levels. There was a particular message the visionaire of the forum (Daddy Ogunkale) preached during one of his regular visit to Makurdi, the message was centered on forgiveness. Many times, we tend to hold on to so many grudge of the past just because they’ve hurt us so much. During daddy Ogunkale’s message, I was meditating down memory lane and then the word of God hit me and started revealing to me the dangers of unforgiveness. I was so bitter about everything and for the fact that my mother the only helper I had was late, means so much to me. I made up my mind even though it was not easy for me to forgive. Years back, my father use to call and ask for forgiveness but I will hurriedly ignore or just say I’ve forgiven you but deep inside me, I know that I haven’t forgiven him because I was still hurting. Daddy Ogunkale’s preaching touched me really hard so I made up my mind to totally and wholeheartedly forgive my father which was such a big relieve for me. I also by the grace of God, preached to him and led him to Christ.
Few months later, while I was still serving in Makurdi as a youth Corp Member, I received a call that my father died. The pain was so unbearable, and it seems to destabilize me because I was having couple of professional exams to write. It broke me down because we were just starting to know each other and I was really excited about that. I spoke to daddy Ogunkale and he said ‘Tosin I am now your new daddy, God took your parents for a reason but we won’t know that now but ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes so you can discover his divine purpose’. These words brought comfort to my heart and I began to see the bigger picture.
Serving in the barracks was a difficult task because, it was my first time staying in a military environment but at some point, I was able to blend and I realized that these people are human beings like me and they are not people we should be scared of, rather they also impacted our lives. This is due to all the love showered upon my life by daddy ogunkale. I appreciate daddy so much, Nigeria is blessed to have such a person because he is a transformer and a life changer.
I vividly remember, while serving as a corper in NASME, daddy, made provisions for free lunch to all corpers both believers and unbelievers on Saturday.
I am grateful to God, I was able to forgive my father, I thank God for helping me to respond promptly because the pain would have been bigger if I hadn’t forgiven him before his death. God also fulfilled his promises by giving me a husband. I am preparing for my wedding and daddy Ogunkale has been very supportive in diverse ways. He always keep in touch, send sms daily to encourage me in faith etc. he is just God send to me and my husband. May the good Lord remain faithful to him and blessed his family in Jesus name.