Having spent some years as a minister of the gospel, our senior pastor, Sam Adeyemi felt his calling and ministry needed a boost. Hence, he spent some days fasting and praying.
Together with his wife, Pastor Nike Adeyemi in April 1994, they went to Lekki beach Lagos fasting and praying. Their questions to God were: Father what is the next level in ministry? Where do we go from here?” God’s response was unique. God asked them to continue with the fasting and prayers until He asked them to stop. God came through after eleven days. He asked them to stop the fasting but continued with the prayers.
July 1994, the Lord instructed our senior pastor to teach biblical success principles. Because of the magnitude of the assignment God has called him to do, he was to establish a church that would help people discover and release their potentials. Hence, he resigned from his former church pastorate.
As an obedient servant of God, he started the teaching first on radio. Later, he talked to a few people about the church arm of the vision. On 18th November 1995, Daystar Christian Centre was inaugurated. The inauguration was an interesting period in itself in that we didn’t have a lot of resources and we could not afford the type of accommodation we were getting either; hotels, banquets halls or some duplexes were for between N200,000 and N250,000 per annum and they wanted us to pay for two (2) years. We were almost taking one small place on the street where our senior pastors lived then but we stopped because we had serious doubts in our hearts. Eventually, the inauguration was held at Eko Chinese Restaurant at 76 Allen Avenue on the 4th floor. The radio broadcast continued with payment of N7, 000 every week while we paid N13, 000 per week for the use of the restaurant for church services. Then the radio station doubled the rate for the broadcast, and we couldn’t cope. We took the broadcast off Raypower to OGBC2. We needed some breathing space so we could keep on the church. However, we couldn’t afford to pay regularly for the restaurant.
One Sunday morning, the manager of the venue locked the door and insisted he needed to collect his money before the service. Eventually, we reached a compromise. Our service was between 9am and 11am but he said he would take his money at 10am. Few minutes to 10 o’ clock an usher came with a message that the man was threatening to shut down the generating set. Rather than take offerings at the end of the service, our senior pastor took over the service, collected the offerings, counted and gave the manager his money. After three months, we knew we had to move. We moved to Coker village, Alausa which was mistaken for one in Iganmu area. So when people wanted to come to our church and board taxis, they took them somewhere else in Lagos. It was so remote. People didn’t know it was there, even okada riders didn’t know the place. It was a dirty environment; a rundown building. The most interesting one was the aroma that came from the food; particularly the smell of beans that would wax through the atmosphere.
While praying one day, God shew our senior pastor a revelation where Bishop David Oyedepo and his wife were dedicating a building for Daystar Christian Centre. They took a stick and planted it in the soil. It had fresh leaves on it and while he pronounced blessing; people rushed to that location. There was a large crowd within a few minutes and then we were through with the occasion, friends came to congratulate our senior pastors for the movement. How do we turn this into reality? Our senior pastor asked God. He led him into three weeks of prayer and fasting. We prayed through the nights and had a 24-hour prayer chain. Few days before the end of the fast, we saw ‘TO LET’ on a warehouse on 71 Oregun Road (now Kudirat Abiola Way). Just before we moved in, a book “Purpose-Driven Church” by Rick Warren was read by our senior pastor. Through that book, God delivered to us the structure and the system for organizing our church to accommodate the growth that was coming. It was exciting. For about eight months; church members went through an hour class every Sunday before actual service started. Our senior pastor maintained that when the crowd comes, those members will in turn teach the coming crowd; that was what it turned out to be.
Today, we have moved to a bigger facility at Plot A3C Ikosi Road, Oregun Ikeja with other annexes for our four services on Sundays. The vision is growing; lives are being impacted to glory of God.
Pastor Kenny Folarin
Chief Operating Officer
Daystar Christian Centre