By Leke Beecroft
……And now the Hour has come to Liberate the World from All oppression of the devil through the Preaching of the Word of Faith and I AM Sending You to UNDERTAKE this TASK.
The Mandate to Bro David Oyedepo.
May 1st/2nd 1981
Some 37 years ago, a 26 year old graduate of Kwara Polytechnic (Kwara Poly) after an unsuccessful visit to friends who were absent, walked into a ramshackle ‘International Hotel’ in Ilesa, a town in the South Western part of Nigeria to listen to God speak.
Right there, ‘Bros Dave’ as he was popularly known then, encountered destiny via an 18 hour vision which began on Friday, May 1st, 1981 and ended on Saturday, May 2nd.

May 1st 1981 was the first May Day (public holiday) in Nigeria.
For one week, David Oyedepo, an Architecture graduate and former President of the Joint Christian Fellowship (JCF) of all campuses in Kwara State brooded over the divine call.
A week later, he shared with his fiancee of 5 years, Florence Abiola Akano (later Faith Abiola Oyedepo).
Florence was an Economics graduate and used to be the Moremi Hall Representative of the Evangelical Christian Union (ECU) in the then ‘Great Ife’ (University of Ife) now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ife.
Subsequently, he called some of his friends for the vision sharing meeting which took place in United Missionary Theological College (UMTC) right at the centre of Ilorin in Kwara state. On the 24th of the same month of May, a weekly fellowship known as Faith Liberation Hour commenced at the ECWA (Evangelical Church Of West Africa) Youth Centre in 1A, Ahmadu Bello Avenue, P. O. Box 5615, Ilorin. Also in the city of Ilorin every Friday beginning from 6:00pm and once every month, a seminar would take place at the same venue on Saturday.
For twenty six months between 1981-1983, a group of about 70 men and women known as the ‘Power House’ under the leadership of the visioner engaged in ceaseless prayer and fasting. They met at places like St. Clares Anglican Girls Grammar School in Offa, Government Technical College Erin-Ile and Erin-Ile Secondary School, all in Kwara State. At times, they even went to mountain tops like Sobi Hill, in the outskirt of Ilorin for prayers.
At one of their meetings on the 10th April, 1982 at Erinle, during a Campmeeting where they fed with plastic plates, cups and spoons, seven pronged prophetic agenda for the commission that have almost virtually all found fulfillment today were delivered. By 1983, a strong foundation had been laid.
God then told his servant these words “I would not have you go as others have gone but I will have hands laid on you after the order of Joshua, “for Joshua was full of the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him and the people hearkened unto him”. Joshua 34:9. “Send for my servant Enoch Adejare Adeboye and I will have him lay hands on you”.
On the 17th September 1983, Bro David was formally commissioned into full time ministry by Pastor E. A. Adeboye the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. At the African Hall, University of Ilorin, mini campus. Two days later, Rev. David Olaniyi Oyedepo commenced work at his first office in Ilorin with five hardworking youth corp members staff. One of the Corp members, a 20 year old baptist and graduate of Mechanical Engineering who had also been a former President of the Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) in 1979 was by name David Olatunji Abioye.
Today we celebrate these three icons of one of the fastest expanding Christian movements in the universe at 37 years.
It’s Our New Dawn Era!