I am doing this tribute on one of Nigeria’s foremost Evangelist, who died on the 21st of March, 2013. His name was Prophet Timothy Oluwole Obadare or Prophet T.O. Obadare as he was popularly known. He was the first famous man of God that I came across as a very young boy, and I can attest to the fact that he was a very good man, and an honourable servant of God.
Prophet T.O. Obadare preached Jesus Christ undiluted throughout his lifetime. I listened to his sermons several times in the past, and I saw in him, someone different and worthy of emulation. Unlike many pastors in Nigeria, and many parts of the world thesedays, he did not lay undue emphasis on the one-dimensional prosperity messages that has almost wiped out all serious and sensible Christian teachings.
He attained the enviable status of preaching Jesus Christ, healing the sick, mending broken hearts, and winning souls for God, with all his might. He did all these, starting from Akure, South-West Nigeria; his base. Then, he fanned out and touched many parts of Nigeria, Africa, and the world many times for several decades. Thus, he successfully executed the order of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20.
Prophet T.O. Obadare fought blindness to a standstill, and through his example, many physically challenged people in Nigeria, rose up, and preached Jesus Christ with uncommon boldness, and won uncountable souls for God. And through his ministry (The Soul-Winning Evangelistic Ministries (WOSEM), which he ran excellently for thirty-nine (39) years till he died at a ripe age of 83, he reproduced himself in a huge number of people who are now serving the Lord in various capacities, and winning souls for Him all over the world.
His demise is a big loss to the Christian community, but I am persuaded that he fought a good fight, finished his earthly race very well, and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).
Friends, are you currently running your earthly race with the hope of ending it well, and attaining heaven in the end? Are you running it with the help of Jesus Christ, the only authority empowered to see you through successfully (John 14:6, John 15:5)? If you are not, then you need to have Him on board your life without delay. That is, you need to accept Him into your life as your personal Lord and Saviour if you have not up till now! When you are through with this important activity, then God will give you the help and strength that you need (Isaiah 41:10) to do well on earth, and attain heaven in the end in Jesus name. Amen.
Adieu our beloved Pastor, fearless Prophet, capable leader, dutiful family man, dependable friend, and a true champion of the poor and the downtrodden. Adieu our dear father in the Lord. Adieu our dear Prophet T.O. Obadare.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies