How Winners Chapel Started 37 Years Ago – Bishop David Oyedepo
The President and Founder of the Living Faith Church popularly known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo has revealed how God gave him the mandate of the Commision in an eighteen-hour-long Vision.
Living Faith Church is celebrating their 37th Anniversary of God’s Faithfulness, Lovingkindness and most importantly his Presence.
The Anniversary Celebration Night is slated for Friday, where every member of the Church in Lagos and Ota will be expected to be at the Ministry’s headquarter, Canaanland to Thank God for his doings in the Commision since Inception
I was on a trip to Ilesha, now in Osun State Nigeria on May 1st, 1981, on the look-out for the welfare of a Christian friend that I had not heard from, for some time. I was concerned, not knowing if he needed any form of attention.
I got to this brother’s place, but he wasn’t there. There was a note on his door announcing that he had travelled. Something gracious came out of me-“All things work together to the advantage of them that love the Lord.” It was soothing; I felt no disappointment at all!
Then the Holy Spirit said to me, “Look out for a quiet place, I want to talk to you.” This was a timely instruction because I had quite a lot of Christian friends in that town and I could have had a lot of fun being with them that day.
However, I obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit and asked a passerby if there was any hotel on the outskirts of the town, where I could lodge.
The quiet place I found was one International Hotel, Ilesha. It was a ‘great’ hotel, and I disliked the state of both the building and in particular the room. But I knew from my inside that I had to bé there. Behold, as I knelt down in that wonderful room, the encounter began!
This lasted for eighteen hours. In that great vision, I saw a lineup of the afflicted and oppressed, broken, beaten, battered, the blind, the lame and the wretched. I saw all kinds of deformities, that I was greatly bewildered. I heard their wailing as they filed past me. Their groaning was so intense that I could almost feel their pains.
I could not help it, and so I began to cry and sob along with them. “Lord, what is this?” I asked. I heard God say to me, And from the beginning, it was not so. I broke down the more in tears. In the midst of all that I kept asking, “but why Lord?” And I heard God say distinctly to me,
And from the beginning, it was not so and now, the hour has come to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the Word of Faith; and I am sending you to undertake this task.
I had always thought I would remain in the helps ministry, where I would bé a blessing to the kingdom through my giving and services. However, I rose from the eighteen-hour-long vision fully persuaded of God’s call upon my life into the ministry.
This was how I received the Liberation Mandate.