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Rev. Paul Ogunyale was the pastor of OjaObaBaptistChurch (which being translated means
This was the church my family attended when I was a child. Rev. Ogunyale was my
His is a story of reckless faith. When he was a young boy,
his family sent him to a Christian school because they wanted him to learn to
read and write. They had no intention of him becoming a Christian. They already
had a mix of Moslem and Pagan in the family and that was enough religion for
them. But since this mission school was the only way he was going to be able to
get an education, they allowed him to attend.
But one day at school, young Paul learned how Jesus had come
to the world to save people like him from their sins. Paul made a profession of
faith in Jesus as his savior. He was so happy and just couldn’t wait to share
the good news with his family!
Sadly, his family was not happy for him. No, they were not
happy at all! The people of his village were steeped in superstition and one of
those superstitions was that the number three was an evil number. Because of
this, his family could not allow Paul to bring a third religion into the family
and they demanded he renounce his newfound faith.
So his family held a council where the elders of his family
concluded they absolutely could not allow this third religion into the family
or it would draw the anger of the gods and they would surely all fall into some
type of doom. So strong was their belief that this was the case, they concluded
the only thing they could do if Paul continued to refuse to announce his belief
in Jesus was to kill young Paul.
The elders informed him of their decision and offered him
the choice of becoming either pagan or Muslim. But still Paul refused. Before
going to bed that night, his mother made a tearful plea with him to renounce
Christianity and choose one of the other religions. Paul lay down on the floor
that night as he did every night on the mat he used for sleeping so as to not
be sleeping directly on the dirt floor of his mud walled house underneath the
window where he always slept. But he did not go to sleep. Instead after all
others in the household were fast asleep, Paul who was about twelve at the
time, quietly climbed out the window near his bed and fled for his life. He ran
to the house of a British Anglican missionary who was one of his teachers. This
man took Paul in and became like family to him.
What a privilege I had to know people who had actually given
up everything for the sake of Christ!!