Zechariah 4:10 says “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin….” (New Living Translation).
It was decided by Foursquare Gospel Church Ilasamaja in July 2000 to plant a church in Crystal Estate. The Foursquare Festac District Headquarter Church agreed to support the work.
Dr Osarenren Emokpae and his family were asked to pastor the church with Pastor Theophilus Ihejirika and a few others accepting to go with them from Ilasamaja church for the pioneering work and Festac District headquarter church (under the leadership of Rev Dr Richard Oloidi) posting Pastor Godonu as associate pastor to the church.
The next issue was a place of worship. Both Ilasa & Festac churches that were expected to get a place for the new church did not do so until the Ilasamaja church's AGMM that held in October 2000 during which the family of Dr & Mrs. Osarenren Emokpae and two other families living in Amuwo Odofin were called forward, prayed for and sent forth to go and plant Crystal Estate Church. Having been introduced to the Godonu family (then of Festac church as associate minister), Dr & Mrs Osarenren Emokpae arranged a meeting with them and the worshipers who chose or agreed to go with the Emokpaes from Ilasamaja Church. At the meeting it was agreed a date for the take-off of the Church as first Sunday of November 2000 under the canopy at the front of the home of the Emokpaes. The Emokpaes invited Elder (Gen) Toki and some other residents of Crystal and Jakande (Mile 2) Estates etc. as well as friends to the inaugural service.
Subsequently the worshipers worshiped under the tent at the front of Dr Emokpae's house for about a year. Many mid -week teachings and prayer meetings had only Pastor Godonu & Dr. Osarenren Emokpae’s families attending in those early days. Pastor Godonu went around Mile 2 and its environs inviting people to the church. The church began to grow. With the assistance of Elder (Gen) Toki they got a place of worship in the estate on a 10-year lease, which had to be renewed for another three years. With a place of worship, evangelistic activity assumed serious tempo. The church appreciates God for the families who attended the inauguration service & have remained, not just as worshippers, but pillars in the House of God. As the work progressed, several other families joined and at God's appointed time some of them were sent forth to plant daughter churches.
By 2008 a church was planted in the UK from which four ( 4) other Churches have emerged. Outside the UK missionary work and the Crystal Zonal headquarter church, over ten other churches have been planted, one of which is now a Zonal Headquarter Church. God has indeed been good to the church which moved from being a tent in the front of the Senior Pastor’s house to its sanctuary of grace, power and divine refuge with daughter churches and mentees in different parts of the world. From the permanent church auditorium (City of Refuge) in the highbrow area of Lake View Estate, the Church began focusing on four main areas of Ministry- Building leaders, Missions, Prayers and Refuge Centre for the Needy thereby playing its role to actualize the vision of Foursquare National leadership and getting the message of salvation to many otherwise perishing souls. The main thrust in the next 10 years is to build sustainable institutions, structures and processes in the church focusing on a number of things about activating hope of the hopeless and needy in the community as well as plant churches in the North East, North West and Western parts of Nigeria. The focus of the Ministry to the needy is as follows:
1. Feeding, housing and caring for the poor in Amuwo - Odofin
2. Showing them the way to eternal life and mentoring them all the way through
3. Helping them to achieve their purpose on Earth
4. Generating the enabling environment for the over-flow of the Holy Spirit, deeper attention on love ministry and bringing worship centres/local churches closer to the homes of people in our community.
With the vision court dedicated to the glory of God, the vision cast for the next 10 years, as inspired by Matthew 25:31-40 and the setting up of a campus of the Dream Centre named “The Refuge Centre” The church is on course for a glorious future. The Refuge Centre is set up for the provision of hot food for the hungry six (6) days a week, provision of transit accommodation for the homeless, giving them skills and helping them into gainful employment, preaching Jesus to them and training/empowering church planters and evangelists amongst them. This way, the church will be assisting them to achieve their purpose on earth and prepare their souls for heaven.
In a nutshell, the work towards actualizing this vision has begun with the inauguration of the Food court which gathers and caters weekly for people in their hundreds; serving both spiritual and physical meals thrice a week. This is done through the ministration of God's word and prayers for the nourishment of the soul and spirit after which all present are given nourishing and tasty meals for the nourishment of the body in line with the example set by the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as stated in Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:5-15, Matthew 15:32-36 and Mark 8:1-9. The Food court activity is followed by medical evangelistic outreaches on Fridays with the spiritual and physical health and wellbeing of interested participants being the primary focus. The next 10 years are indeed looking bright by the grace and mercies of God as we the church commits its actions, and activities unto Him knowing fully well that the plans shall be established in Him (Proverbs 16:3, Psalm 37:5 and Colossians 2:10). The church sincerely celebrates all our past and present leaders, workers and worshippers both in the local church and daughter churches for their support and faithfulness.
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Our belief is based on core biblical truths we call the 22 tenets of faith. We believe in The Holy Scripture, The Plan of Redemption, The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Heaven, Tithe and Offering, Moderation, Divine Healing, Civil Government and lots of other amazing truths.
The Foursquare Church exists to glorify God and advance His kingdom. Our call is to preach Jesus Christ, God’s Son, as The Savior, The Baptizer, The Healer and The Coming King. We are committed to plant churches in all corners of the world proclaiming the gospel of Christ.
Our Church is blessed with people of different colour, tribes and personalities. Thus we reach out to one another in our various groups such as The Children, The Teenagers and Youths, Men and Women. We share the Love of Christ amongst us forming a strong bond in our fellowships.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever