My Father Was So Poor, I Had No Shoes For 18 Years – Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, described his humble beginnings on Sunday, glamsquad reports.


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Adeboye recalled in his Christmas message to his congregation that his parents were so impoverished that he grew up without shoes for the first 18 years of his life.


The revered cleric spoke during a sermon titled “Perfect Gift” on Saturday, which was broadcast live on his Facebook page and was monitored by glamsquad.


When discussing how things would improve for those who accepted Christ, the RCCG cleric used himself as an example. He demonstrated how God can transform the poor into the wealthy.


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“Those of you who knew a little bit about my background, you will know that when they say something is from a rocky start, that means he started in serious poverty. My personal rock was a rock among rocks. My father was so poor that poor people referred to him as poor. “We were overjoyed when he bought an umbrella,” Adeboye said.

“The elders have a proverb. They say that if there is hardship in the husband’s life and hardship in the wife’s life, the hardship will rub off on the children.

“It had an effect on me. I had no shoes for the first 18 years of my life. That’s how things were before I met Jesus Christ. Then things started to change; just look at me now.

“In 1969, I was a lecturer at the University of Lagos. A small problem entered my life, one that no amount of mathematics could solve, and then someone offered me Jesus. Today, I thank God that my head did not refuse something good. So I accepted Jesus, and everything in my life began to improve.”

Nigeria now has the most poor people in the world, having surpassed India in March 2022.

The World Poverty Clock defines extremely poor people as those who live on N800 per day (less than $2 per day).

Nigeria ranked first in 2018, with approximately 87 million people living in extreme poverty, compared to India’s 73 million.

However, new data show that approximately 83 million Indians will be living in extreme poverty by 2022, accounting for 6% of the country’s 1.3 billion-person population.

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