The amiable bishop and founder of Living Faith Chapel popularly known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has introduced e-transact for the collection of tithes and offerings in church.
Information available to ENCOMIUM Weekly revealed that the 59 year old billionaire pastor introduced the e-payment of tithes and offerings few months back, especially for the Covenant University students who worship there.
According to our source, there is now a big notice just at the entrance of the university which says:
Pay your tithes and offerings on the go
For tithe dial *389*77*Amount#
For offering dial *389*78*Amount#
“A colleague of mine saw this recently and he was so amazed at another development in the church of God. He paid a courtesy visit to Covenant University to see some of his friends. But while having a walk down the campus, he saw the picture above, he smiled and said to himself ‘I feel papa is back with a cool technology.”
Bishop David Oyedepo was born on September 27, 1954, in Osogbo, Osun State. He is a native of Omu Aran, Kwara.
Bishop David Oyedepo’s father, Ibrahim, was a Muslim healer and his mother, Dorcas, was a member of the Eternal Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (C&S), a branch of the Aladura movement. Oyedepo was raised by his grandmother in Osogbo. It was his grandmother who inculcated in him the virtues of Christian life via the early morning prayers which she attended with him. She also taught him the importance of tithing.
Bishop David Oyedepo was born again in 1969 through the influence of his teacher, one Ms. Betty Lasher, who took special interest in him during his high school days. He studied Architecture at Kwara State Polytechnic and worked briefly with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin before resigning to concentrate on missionary work. Oyedepo also gained a Ph.D in Human Development from Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America.
“He received a mandate from God through an 18 hour long vision in May 1981 to liberate the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith. This was the inaugural vision that led to the founding of the Living Faith Church World Wide (LFCWW), first called Liberation Faith Hour Ministries, in 1981.”
Living Faith Church well-known as Winners Chapel started in Kaduna, but moved to Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria in September 1989, to start a new branch, after receiving an instruction from God to reach out to the population in Lagos.
This Church in Lagos grew to become the International headquarters with a constantly increasing flow of crowds spilling over to adjacent roads, and on decks of uncompleted buildings nearby, compelling people to stand for hours to listen to his teachings. This led to the building of the renowned Faith Tabernacle, as instructed by God.
The speed of the construction of Faith Tabernacle was breath-taking, considering the size. Construction of this gigantic project was completed within 12 months, which experts claim could only have been a miracle, because such a project should normally take a minimum of three years to complete. Reports also claimed that this building was built debt free. This 50,000-seat edifice was dedicated on September 18, 1999, under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Canaanland in Ota, Ogun State is a 5,000-acre (20 km) estate and campus, that houses the 50,000 church building, the church secretariat, the ministry’s youth chapel, a primary school called Kingdom Heritage Model School, a full boarding mission secondary school called Faith Academy, with over 1,500 students and the its university facilities which accommodate over 7,000 students, fully resident in ultra-modern hostels, with fully equipped faculty buildings and numerous staff housing facilities. Canaanland campus also has for profit establishments operated by the church such as a bakery, a bottle water processing plant, a petrol station, various restaurants and shopping stores, several residential houses that provide for the over 2,000 church employees, and guest houses. Four banks are also present on this estate, three of which are branches of external commercial banks and one which is a community and micro-finance bank operated by the church.
– FEMI OYEWALE