By Isaac Olamikan, Senior Correspondent Benin
Saturday, August 10th, 2019, the International Christian Centre(better known as IDPs Camp), Uhogua, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo State, was a beehive of activities as two couples, Ovadje and John, were joined in marriage.
In a sermon on the occasion, Pastor Ken Uchea charged the newly wedded to abide by the dictates of the scriptures and act as one in all their endeavours.
Speaking with Daily Watch after the wedding programme the couples have this to say.
For Juliet Ovadje(nee Ogbomo), a lawyer, who is a staff of the Edo State Ministry of Justice, her marriage to Hossana Ovadje is divine.
“I prayed fervently and the Holy Spirit told me that Hossana is my husband. God knows every heart and he gives the best. As I prayed on the issue I opened my heart and allowed God to lead me,” she disclosed.
The native of Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State advised ladies not to be swerved by seeming class status while making a choice of their life partner.
“Rather, they should allow the Spirit of God to lead them on to the right path.”
Hossana Ovadje, a mission worker at the ICC said he got the revelation that Juliet would be his wife two years before he got to know her.
“It all started in 2011 when I had an encounter with Jesus. I had a dream that I was in a wedding with Juliet. I had not met her then and I had not heard of the International Christian Centre.
“I kept wondering what the revelation was all about. I prayed fervently about it while I waited on God to unfold everything to me. Then I never heard about the International Christian Church neither did I know Pastor Solomon Folorunsho (General Overseer of the church).
“I read a book which talked about those that will go to hell and I was inspired to take up mission activities. Around 2012, I had some challenges which necessitated my coming to the ICC where I met Pastor Solomon Folorunsho and commenced training at the mission school. I had another revelation about her around 2013 that she would be my helpmate. By then I had met her.
“After almost three years of praying on the issue I spoke with the vision bearer of the ministry (Pastor Folorunsho) about my dreams and he prayed with me while also guiding me on how to follow the right procedure.
“We started courtship in February 2018 that is five years after we met and seven years after I got the revelation,” Hossana, who hails from Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, posited.
Samson John, who hails from Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, is also a mission worker at the International Christian Centre, Uhogua.
“When God revealed to me who I was going to marry I went into prayers and also told Pastor Folorunsho about it. He joined me in prayers. That was in 2011.
“God revealed Blessing to me as the right person for me to marry. She is the rib that God took and returned to me. She is a wife, mother and sister to me,” John stated.
When in 2011 she had the revelation that Samson John was going to be her husband Blessing (nee Idoghor), who hails from Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, kept the revelation to herself.
“But the message from God was so clear and persistent and I had to discuss it with Pastor Folorunsho who guided me on the proper thing to do.”
The General Overseer of the International Christian Centre, Uhogua, who is also the originator of the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) camp situated in the church premises said: “We take it as our God given responsibility to care for the needy in the society.
“We derive our comfort from the consolation that God gives to us and he has never promised to leave or forsake us.
“And knowing that everybody here are human beings like us; that they deserve what we deserve; that we should treat them equally, that has made the love of God to flow among us. We don’t see them differently and we don’t treat them differently.
“We love them and share with them. Everybody sees this place as his earthly home. Nobody is alienated. Nobody is denied of what is available. They see all these and it gives them confidence and a sense of belonging.”