LADY EVANGELIST/ PROPHETESS FLORENCE SIMISOLA OYERINDE
To the glory of God; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Lady Evangelist /Prophetess Florence Simisola Oyerinde was born in Ekiti state, Nigeria.
Her mother disclosed that, mummy's birth was a prophecy. She revealed that she escorted her friend to a Church for prayers and the man of God only prophesied to mummy’s mother; that she was pregnant with a baby who has been sent by God for a special mission on earth. Even at this time mama claimed she was not aware that, she was about a month pregnant. However, the man of God warned mummy’s mother not to use any medicine but should always come for prayers and prayer water.
Mummy had her early education at Igede Ekiti. She spent her childhood years between Igede Ekiti and Ijero Ekiti before she left for Lagos in 1968.
On her arrival in Lagos, she was employed as a sales girl in a furniture show room. She later secured an employment at the Base Ordinance Depot, Nigeria Army, Yaba, Lagos.
She got wedded to her husband through Court, traditional, and Church wedding.
She relocated to Ilorin with her husband following his transfer. She continued working with Base Ordinance Depot, Nigeria Army, Sobi Barracks, Ilorin, Kwara state.
Before knowing Christ she used to be a very fashionable young woman, who did not really know much about salvation and Pentecostalism because she was born into a Baptist family where she served God as a chorister and Church usher.
She was a sociable person and party goer who spent much money on fashion accessories and worldly things.
She would not stop talking about how the Lord had kept her in close and mutual communication, despite all these, at that time.
After a long time of refusal to yield to God’s calling she finally submitted. She pleaded for six months more so as to attain the compulsory 15 years in service for pension age but God firmly directed her to tender her resignation letter at 14½ years in service, at Base Ordinance Depot, Nigeria Army, Sobi Barracks, Ilorin for His greater work.
God directed her to W.O.S.E.M. for training and she later started ministering at W.O.S.E.M. Asa dam Road, Ile Anu, Ilorin, Kwara State, before coming back to Lagos.
She worked in some Christ Apostolic Church Assemblies before God instructed her to establish her church. Having given her the church's name and location, GOD directed her to Sasa in Lagos state of which she said she ran back when she located and discovered that Sasa was a very remote area then. But under firm hand of GOD she returned to Sasa after some years for the assignments.
Few among the miracles God performed through her:
- Raising the dead
- Healing the mentally derailed
- Healing medically confirmed cases of cancer, kidney problems and other diseases/sicknesses
- Settling broken homes
- Safe delivery against all odds and difficulties
- Fruit of the Womb.
Exceptionally, to her children she was a caring, hardworking, jovial, and loving mother. She was also a disciplinarian and an excellent cook too!
To everyone, mum was remarkably generous, forgiving, friendly, accommodating, caring, humble, hardworking, and self-sacrificing.
Ultimately, to God, she was a faithful and fearless servant, who many scolded for firmly holding to God’s will and instructions unwaveringly.
Among the entire hymns given to her by God hymn 263 (CAC hymn book ) was a special one.
Mo ti de ile ore ofe
O to fun gbogbo aini mi
Nigbati mo joko lese Re
O si so mi dominira
Ayo nla ni, ayo ti Jesu fifun ni
Ayo ti enu ko le so
Ayo nla ni, ayo ti o kun fun ogo
Ayo ti a ko le royin tan.
I have found His grace is all complete
He Supplieth every need
While I sit and learn at Jesus’ feet
I am free, yes, free indeed
It is a joy unspeakable and full of glory
Full of glory, full of glory
It is joy unspeakable and full of glory
Oh, the half has never yet been told.
Her best chorus was:
Moni Jesu l’owuro I have Jesus in the morning
Moni Jesu ni osan I have Jesus in the afternoon
Moni Jesu l'asale e I have Jesus in the night
Temi tire ni oru Jesus and I in the midnight
(I have Jesus in the morning
I have Jesus in the afternoon
I have Jesus in the evening
Jesus and I at night)
Some weeks to her passing to glory when she would pray she would first sing
Se ife ti Re, Oluwa Do your will, my Lord
Se ife ti Re, nipa temi Do your will, concerning me
On Sunday 18th January, 2015 she uttered the words:
Mo dupe Oluwa I thank you Lord about 5 times
The Lord took Lady Evangelist/ Prophetess Florence Simisola Oyerinde to her glorious heavenly home on the 19th January, 2015 after her 30th year in the ministry.
Good night a faithful servant of God!
Tribute to Our Founder
To a Sweet Mum,
A jewel with a plain mind, transparent if I can exaggerate it, even to a fault. Your generosity knew no restriction. In loving, you placed God first-the name of Jesus was so dear to you, followed by your family, then people, putting yourself last on the list. Invariably, you loved everyone more than yourself. In whatever way you shuffled the list you still put yourself last. Someone once said there was nothing you cannot give, you gave people care, money, advice even your comfort and gift others gave you, without using them yet. The good you would not do for yourself you did it for others. The way you would feel troubled with other people's challenges until you were able to help them either by intercession or directly getting involved at times would trouble us at home. A life of rare sacrifice!
You cherished honesty and lovers of God greatly (almost a weak point, always of the opinion that everyone should be straight-forward).
Your honesty made you hard on us, your children each time we were lacking in keeping to time; for church service, promise made or appointment with people.
You cherished and loved every lovers of God you came across, so dearly.
Coming to your income, by the time you shared it for others and us you would have only the left over for yourself. However, you would still keeping bordering yourself that you have not done enough to help.
In the field of the gospel, where even men fled you would stand unshakeable; doing what men cannot do. Miracles and wonders God performed through you, many are those we do not know because except for genuine reasons you would not share them, even in ministration. The few we know was because we witnessed them or you had to share for genuine reasons. All in Jesus name! Without setting your mind on the reward. In the things of God your endurance and resilience was a divine grace.
In your calling, your faithfulness to God was unshaven, either been criticized or condemned!
Your reverence for things of God amazed me. You would not want to take anything that belongs to God for granted.
Even in my small boy's mind this did some "re-working" that opportunity to be a minister of God must not be abused.
How you cared for the flock of God was without selfishness, remarkable. Whose ox have you taken? or whose donkey have you taken? or whom have you defrauded? whom have you oppressed? or of whose hand have you received any bribe to blind your eyes with?
Before you received a supposed gift you confirmed if God wanted it. If not, even if you were in need of it, you wholeheartedly reject it. I was marveled of this God's grace you were bestowed with!
A prayer warrior; where people cherished grace for little prayer life you used your God-given grace for "prayerfilled" life. At times when people felt they had enough you would still go for an extended private prayer session.
No matter how our prayer point was "high and mighty" you would remind us to add Jesus name. You would say no matter what the situation one finds himself the name of Jesus must not be lost from one's mouth.
As a mother, while other mother complained of being too stressed to cook or take care of the family, I cannot remember when you complained of any of these. Though you never talked about it but I think your point was that there was no excuse good enough for not carrying out your motherly role or maybe you just thought you must not let your family down. I cherished how swiftly you handle house chores.
No matter how early we would be going out or no matter how early you would need to go out, you still would get up earlier to prepare a delicious favourite meal. Even, having taught us and we started doing all these for ourselves, whenever you did yours, we know. The aroma, taste and presentations speak volume of your "exceptionality". And you would leave the kitchen neater than you met it.
I cannot forget when you would need to leave home very early, how you would leave trying your best not to wake anybody up but the piece of paper you would drop always gave hope of where the food would be. There we would see where you kept our meals and alI we would need for the day. Mum you did not cease to amaze us with your selfless motherhood! For you to eat, cloth or make yourself ready for the day meant you have taken care of everyone else, no matter how early. You understood the kitchen business of pleasing the nose with aroma of your food, exciting the mind, satisfying thirst and filling everyone's tummy.
As a perfectionist and disciplinarian you trained and raised us up your children uncompromised. Hey mum, how you combined genuine love with disciplining your children was a grace.