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News - August 18, 2023

First Baptist Church rolls week long activities for 120th anniversary celebration

..Rev Dr. Israel Akanji,  NBC President, headlines grand finale

First Baptist Church, Isia, Okeho has rolled out a week long celebration for its 120th anniversary.

The ministry say in a statement that, the activities which will commence August 20, 2023 will culminate in the grand finale on August 26, 2023.

The statement co-signed by the under-shepherd of the Church, Rev. Dr. T.G Olawuwo, Chairman Planning Committee, Mr. J.A Makinde and Secretary, Planning Committee, Mr. J.T Ogunjimi stated that the celebration will be heralded by ordination of new sets of Deacon on Sunday.

Monday, August 21, 2023- Anniversary  Prayer; Tuesday, August 22, 2023- Rally/ Moving round the city; Wednesday, August 23, 2023- Anniversary Lecture to be delivered by Rev Dr Richard Adetola; Thursday, August 24, 2023- Health Talk to be delivered by Dr. T.O Oyewusi; Friday, August 25, 2023- Praise Night; Saturday, August 26, 2023 – Anniversary Celebration by Rev Dr. Israel Adelani Akani, President Nigerian Baptist Convention and Sunday, August 27, 2023- Anniversary Thanksgiving Service.

Established in 1903, through Baptist Missionaries, Rev and Mrs. L.M Duval who has settled and approved Saki as the second Mission station after Oyo in Oyo Division. Rev. Duval visited Okeho town on August 23, 1902, and discovered that no Christian witnessing had reached the area. In the year 1903, Rev. Duval sent one of his workers who was already a Christian, John Idowu Aro, to start the spread of the gospel in Okeho as the first Pastor. In 1907 during the period of Pastor James Odetayo, there were 3 converts in Okeho, and these 3 people, namely; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Idowu and John Ayinde Idowu who later became the church pastor in 1964,they were the foundation members and the first converts in Okeho and district.

Expected at the 120 years anniversary of the church are people from all walks of life, which includes, notable religious leaders, political office holders, business tycoons, academia, traditional rulers, eminent sons and daughters of Okeholand amongst others.

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