“You are here to make a difference. You either improve the world or deteriorate it. And whether or not you consciously choose to, you will accomplish one or the other” – Richelle Goodrish.
I want to testify to the goodness of God in my life and the lives of the members of Fathers Love Forum Abuja Chapter. Ever since we started the fellowship in February 2018, we have been passing through trials ,but God has been faithful to us.
On the 2nd july 2018, the enemy wrote a petition against me at the place of my work, that the fellowship is a cult group and series of other allegations. During this moment of trials i called Daddy ( B.O. Ogunkale) and he told me not to worry, we will pray about it, as we prayed, a word came "be still and know that I am God ". Psalms 46:6. I kept still even when i was confronted physically, a colleague of mine said "that what kind of mind do you have that you are calm even when you are wrongly accused. She siad that if thet happened to her, she would not be able to bear it. She wished to have my kind of heart. We keep on praying and waiting on the Lord.
On the 10th of July 2018 I was called to be prepared to face the school authority on the 11th of July. I was worried, I called Daddy again and he said the Lord will go before you and He will speak for you, after speaking to Daddy I started meditating and a word was given to me Isaiah 54:17. That same night I woke up to pray but the spirit led me to just praise and worship God with thanksgiving. I obeyed.
The next day at the meeting God took control of everything I was vindicated and was also encouraged to continue with the the fellowship in another venue. It was agreed that anybody wishing to be a member is free. Prior to this episode, the conspirators had contacted parents of the students with false accusations about the forum labelling it as a cult group. The student's and parents whom they try to convince that the forum is a cult group, said that " they will be proud to join any cult that will share Christian literature books,clothes, preach the word of God and also assist them financially.
Praise be the name of our God who never sleep not slumber. Hallelujah .
I am Sergeant Peter Samuel. I had a symptom of difficulty in breathing so I had to seek medical attention. I went to 68 Nigeria Army Reference Hospital and met with Dr. Chichi who recommended that I go for some medical examinations and laboratory test. The examinations and tests diagnosed chemical induced Asthma and she said it was a terminal case but can only be managed. She prescribed Salbutamol, Inhaler, Ventolin which I have been living on for the past 6 years. I almost died on two or three occasions. I was always with my drug in my pocket up till the time I started working with General Ogunkale as his official driver in Lagos.
I am a graduate of English Language and literature that doesn’t value the importance of reading books. But there came a time when the Batch B corps members were so excited saying, “Daddy is coming”. I jokingly followed the trend, “Daddy is coming”.
My first encounter with Daddy, was when he gave us clothes, money foodstuffs and books. I was given a book, I smiled at the camera but frowned at heart. I definitely dumped the “Collections of books”.
Having witnessed the activities of The Father’s Love Forum during the course of my service year, I must confess that the forum has created some impacts in me. I was inspired by his intelligence, diligence, philanthropy and his self-disciplined nature. He really is an icon that gives inspiration and is worthy of emulation.
I am Chukwudebem, a product of Maj. Gen. Ogunkale’s mentorship who was privileged to sit under his teachings. Sincerely speaking, I never enjoyed the lectures at first, but when he started giving out gifts and sitting allowances, I picked interest in the seminars and teachings. But why is this man doing all these was my sincere question because I have never seen a man in the military investing in youths. I asked fellow corp members if daddy was contesting for any political post. But the response I got was “No, the man is just like that”. This made me draw closer in other to learn more. To the glory of God, he has impacted me through the reading of books.
I developed the idea of having my own library after seeing what his mentor Pst. Abel Dingamaji did to have a solid personal library, I decided to set up my own library in a small scale, daddy Ogukanle saw it and was so impressed that he gave some huge amount of money to equip my library with more books.
My name is Elizabeth Akoh Igharo, the first in a family of six. I lost my dad at a very tender age. Life became too hard and unbearable for us despite the menial and odd jobs we had to do in other to keep body and soul as our breadwinner was no more. In the process, I was sexually abused which resulted in me being a single and underaged mother in 2007. I lost hope for a future as I was further depressed and confused. One day, I was lost in thought as a result of the enormous challenges confronting my mum a poor widow and we the children were going through and never knew when I drifted into the major road and was knocked down by a car that ran over my leg and fled out of sight.
Although I was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, the leg was inadequately given the right attention and medication due to lack of money for proper treatment. As a result, the leg began to be swollen, after several months of pains. I kept on moving about with it while my mum sought for help to no avail. All these happened in 2014.
On March 21st 2015, my leg became more swollen,
I am grateful to God for what He has done to me through Father’s Love Forum. Someone said “When you show love, you are showing God to the world” The forum is built on love and daddy has shown us nothing but love in the forum.
You are never more like God than when you give. True love is always backed up with action that is why in John3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God backed up his love for the world by giving up his only begotten son Jesus for the world to be saved.
The Father’s Love Forum is a platform for motivational teachings. It is a platform where Christians and Muslims are brought together in the lodge. It is a gathering of families away from home. With time, I discovered the Forum was not about physical ability alone but spiritual abilities are also required to achieve our goals in life.
The forum has really touched my life with some ideologies, Godly thoughts among others. I really appreciate the Father’s Love Forum and my fellow lodge mates not forgetting the real Father of the forum; Major General B.O. Ogunakale for his fatherly love in providing the breakfast for us every Saturday, sitting allowance during meetings, among others. More grace, long live Father’s Love Forum.
Before coming to service, I prayed to God to take me to a place where everything has been made ready for me. A place where I will be transformed. God answered my prayer and brought me to NASME Barracks Makurdi, Benue State. On reaching the barracks after some months I was appointed the Gen Sec of Father’s Love Forum. The appointment was divine and ever since then, God has been faithful to me.
During daddy’s first visit to us, he said “keep the good work, God will reward you” when we were having our Friday exco meeting with him. Those words were prophetic words from him. God indeed rewarded us. I received favour from every angle. Most of the exco members testified to receiving favour as well.
I got introduced to the forum by the previous excos but I kept dodging the meetings and attended only a few until. I kept running pretty much like Jonah until the fish swallowed me – in this case, my fish was the office of the P.R.O of this forum. I was afraid because I didn’t feel worthy to be chosen to serve in that capacity, also I was afraid of failing or letting the Forum down and I measured it based on my own limited knowledge and strength but I was encouraged through the words in 2 Corinthians 12:9b, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness’. I remember when we had the orientation meeting with the previous excos and when Kemi, my predecessor gave me a run-down of my job description and I remember the fear growing with each word she uttered, I kept wondering why I had to double as the secretary of the forum, I wrote my first report the next day and Kemi told me that she was very impressed with the job and she only had to make little corrections, I think that was what encouraged and uplifted my spirit and I knew that indeed God was involved already regardless of the fact that I had no secretarial skills and had never held any active leadership position
On the 31st of March, 2017 I was appointed the Technical Direction director of Father’s Love Forum. The appointed came as surprise as I had no knowledge of how to operate the equipment. The former Technical Director Oshioke Osumah taught me how to operate the equipment and gave me advice on how to maintain them. Ever since then I have always discharged my duties properly and as a result, God has been faithful to me. Job opportunities have been coming from all areas.
I have always known that God is love and that love conquers all things but little did I know the true impact of love and the depth at which it could be expressed until my service year in NASME Barracks where I automatically became a member of the Father’s Love Forum, the Transport Secretary and of course one of Daddy’s children.
Personally I would term myself impatient in certain aspects of life but for the impact of Daddy’s teachings, his books and his show of love to us his children, all these have greatly impacted the virtue of love, kindness, and patience in me especially during the discharge of my duty as the transport secretary, I have had reasons to exhibit these changes as they are core virtues in human existence.
I also want to thank God for sustaining me throughout my service year in NASME barracks Though there were challenges along the line I kept praying and believing in God for His comfort and strength. The God of favour has been there for me. On the 30th of March,2017, I was awarded the Best Teacher of the Month and a cash sum of #5,000 Naira was given to me. I am so grateful to God for that. Despite the challenges I passed through, God also honoured me at my PPA; on the 27th of July,2017. I was awarded the Most Active Corps Member with a wall clock. Behind my success was Daddy because he always told us to put in our best and make effort to achieve whatever task is given and make it real. It is by his encouragement and support. His impacts have transformed me into a better person.
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 being 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.
I came to know of a forum called FATHER’S LOVE FORUM amongst the corps members; they fed us morning and evening and even when I request for an extra plate, the then welfare secretary (Kitchen Mama) Miss Dinchi Kwamzi would give me. They gave me water to bathe, checked up on me and even gave me money to keep my pocket alive. At this point, my curiosity meter was racing and I wanted to find out what was going on. It was at this point I learnt of Maj. Gen. B. O Ogunkale, the Director General of Defense Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON). She gave me a magazine of him and on reading about him and his status, I was dazed. It amazed me that a military man of such status and reputation could show so much love beyond imagination to mere corps members.
The long-awaited day came and he visited on the 4th of January, 2017. After his teaching on “THE HOLY SPIRIT” and daddy’s acts of love and humility I saw, I fell in love with daddy and even the forum. He gave out books, gifts, money and even refreshment. My eyes were opened to the personality of the Holy Spirit and I wished the meeting never had to end. Hitherto, I hate working under pressure but serving the forum has toughened me up as I can now work under pressure and still produce the result. Daddy’s teachings have equally gone a long way to impact my life.
The forum has really been an impactful platform for growing youths, fathers, mothers and working class people. Fortunately, I have also been impacted.
I was given a book in one of my first encounter with Daddy. The title Of the book is, ‘Good Morning Holy Spirit’ written by Benny Hinn. I started reading the book and in the gradual progression in the book, I realized that the Holy Spirit is a body, a friend, a comforter, the third person of the Holy Trinity who was no longer distant in my life.
I prayed later on and asked the Holy Spirit to come into my life and take charge like He did for Benny Hinn and as God will have it, I communed with the Holy Spirit for hours where I felt the warmness in my body like never before, my hands were shaking and right there in my room. I started shedding tears thanking God and the Holy Spirit for comforting me even upon my sinful ways. After everything I discovered that the spirit of shyness to speak in public was gone, I was now feeling an unusual boldness to talk about God to anybody without thinking of words to use.
My Name is Godswill, Moradeke Dorcas. I was born on the 12 January 1990. Am from Ekiti State, a mother of two; Sunday (11 years) and Funmilyo Sanni (9yers). The father to these children is late and I am left to take care of the children and my aged father and grandfather alone. This pressure on me coupled with the fact that I was not working pushed me into prostitution. My stand is located at Ikolaba, option 27 Club House, Ibadan Oyo State.
It was an ugly work filled with a lot of risk. I don’t like the job because it is disgusting but what do you do. Many times, the people that will come to pick you re people you will never want to have something doing with ordinary because they could be smelly and criminally but condition pushed one to it. I remember a nasty experience I had with an Airforce man who took me to Akobo barracks, it was beating I received for my payment. I was manhandled but what do you do?
In all of this, God still showed His Love towards me and had mercy on me. It was in November 2016 that I was standing out as usual with my friend called Bola in the night waiting for our usual customer however, I met a customer with difference. Daddy, Major General BO Ogunkale was taking a stroll since that place was not too far from the Hotel he was staying. He asked someone to call me. On approaching him, he asked why I was into prostitution? I told him that I was into contribution and I needed to pay N7,000:00 naira that day. To my surprise, Daddy gave me the N7,000:00 naira for the contribution, another N2,000:00 naira for feeding and he also asked me how much I needed as transport to take me home. I told him N500 but he instead gave me N1, 000:00. That night alone I got N10, 000:00 which was way above what I would have made that night. Most times you don’t even make any money. At the end of the conversation, he asked me to go home and see him the following day. I went home happy and fill of praise.
The following day, which was a Saturday, I met with daddy and he asked me a lot of question aimed at getting to know me better and what I could do to earn a living. After all the questionings, he preached to me and led with Christ. It did not stop there, because he was on transit at Ibadan, he took me to Winners Church at Bashorun and handed me over to one Mrs Olajubutu which was one of the believers’ foundation teachers. He also ensured that I was registered for the word of Faith Bible Institute (WOFBI) and placed me on a weekly allowance of N10, 000:00. In December of that year, he sent me N30, 000:00 to take care of my family.
In January 2017, after asking me what I could do and I told him I want to be selling weavon and hair attachment. He sent me N250, 000:00 to rent and stock the shop. I rented the shop at Iwo Road in Ibadan and stocked it. He visited me thereafter to see the place and also prayed over it. This is how I was established both in Faith and in business.
As if that was not all, Daddy registered me for GCE and NECO examination with a view to also furthering my education in the future. I wrote the examinations and forwarded the details to him. Shortly after all this, I lost my grandmother on 1 October 2017 and daddy sent N25,000:00 to assist me. This covered up the shame that would have happened to my father as a result of lack of money.
With all this support, I had no choice but to be a lover of God who made all this happened to me when I do not deserve it. I later joined the Living Faith Choir. Today, I am a chorister to the glory of God.
This God is a loving God. In all my atrocities, He kept me. When daddy asked me to go for a test and he gave me money, I was scared but to the glory of God I was negative to all the Test. To God alone be all the glory. I also want to use this opportunity for his many sacrifices to ensure that I am established in the Faith. God bless you sir.
To others, prostitution or other vices is not a way out of pressures and challenges of life. In fact, it adds to it. Jesus is the only way. God bless you all and thank you God for sending Jesus to save and deliver us.