There was celebration and praises to God, on the 22nd of October, as The Christ Church of Cherubim and Seraphim, St Ernest Agbala Imisi, Akure was officially launched and dedicated to God for worship.
The expansive auditorium of the Cherubim and Seraphim church was filled to capacity as worshippers and guests traveled from far and near to be a part of the celebration.
The well equipped church is the brain child of Senator Yele Omogunwa, who out of his generosity took it upon himself to go by the gesture of the biblical king Solomon by building a huge Cathedral for God’s worship.
In his sermon at the dedication service of the new church, The Most. Rev. Adereyinwo. J P, congratulated Senator Omogunwa for giving back to the Lord, a most deserving gift. He said it was one thing to be rich, it is another thing for a rich man to know that every good gift comes from the Lord. “For our distinguished senator, he chose to build a house for the Lord in recognition of all that God has done for him.” While quoting from the Bible, the cleric advised that it is better to work in the house of the Lord than to be found in the camp of the wicked. He noted that for people like Senator Omogunwa, God will always remember them every step of the way as they have also factor God into their thinking.
Earlier, the Archbishop and Supreme Head of Christ Church of C and S Worldwide, Most Rev Adereyinwo anointed the donor, Senator Yele Omogunwa, and offered special prayer for him. Senator Omogunwa was eventually honored with the designation of an “Archdeacon” by the Archbishop.
A major highlight of the church dedication and thanksgiving service was the short remark made by the special guest of honour, His Excellency, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the executive Governor of Ondo state, in which he congratulated the church for receiving such a deserving donation from Senator Yele Omogunwa. He said building a church for the Lord is a huge challenge and he is impressed that Senator Omogunwa took up this huge challenge. He noted that of all the things that a man can do for God, building him a house of worship is the most demanding in terms of cost and expenses and such a gesture of faith has its appropriate reward. Dr. mimiko also noted that quality job was done on the church, congratulating both the church and the donor.
In a chat with OndoEvents on the sideline of the event, Snr. AP. Tola Ajayi was full of appreciation to Senator Omogunwa for the gift of a whole Cathedral for church services in the Akure branch of Christ Church of C and S Worldwide, noting that the church will further strengthen the congregation’ dedication to God’s service. He said Omogunwa is a man after God’s heart.
The Senator’s wife, Snr. SP. Rev . Mother. J Omogunwa said building the church was a vision, later a mission, but now accomplished. While thanking God for the success of the dedication, said “life is about experiences but with God nothing is impossible. We have had many experiences but God has always been there for us. Today, this same God has given us the grace for this moment.”
Senator Yele Omogunwa appreciated all the dignitaries who had come to share in the joy of the church dedication. He particularly thanked the state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko for taking time out of his busy schedule to be at the event. Omogunwa said the dream of building the church started over six years ago but for one reason or the other, its fulfillment could not be achieved until now. “God has destined me to put this in place at this time no matter the hardship on the land. It has been my pledge to my creator to build a befitting sanctuary for him for all he has done for me when all hope was lost,” said Senator Omogunwa.
Dignitaries at the event were His Excellency, Governor Olusegun Mimiko; former Deputy Governor of Ekiti state, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, Senator Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi, (APC Oyo South), Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin, Hon. Akinlaja, Oniju of Iju Odo, Oba Festus Olumoyegun, Pastor Segun Ayerin, Ondo state commissioner for Agric ; PDP Chieftain, Chief Dele Akinyele, Mrs. Banke Solton, Chairperson Ondo state micro credit agency; APC Deputy Governorship candidate, Bar. Agboola Ajayi, church leaders and clergy, and a host of others.