God told me to Preach the Gospel with Yoruba Language in the United States- Nigerian Pastor in Texas Speaks
- A Nigerian pastor identified as Henry Odeneye said he was led by God to start preaching with Yoruba in the United States
- The pastor said the Lord made him realise that the Christian faith played a critical role in the evolution of the Yoruba language
- According to the man of God who is the president of Harvest Point Ministries Inc, he and his family moved to the Houston, Texas, in 2000
A 68-year-old Nigerian pastor, Henry Odeneye, has said that God asked him to use Yoruba language to preach in the United States.
Speaking via Zoom with a news platform regional reporter, Adeoye Adewumi, the president of Harvest Point Ministries Inc said he had an encounter he had with an immigration officer in Brazil who was learning Yoruba for purpose of worshipping Ifa.
Pastor Odeneye said the encounter reminded him of the relationship between Arabic language and Islam and that of Hebrew Language and Judaism, adding that it seems the Yoruba Language is synonymous with Ifa worship and that got him in deep thought.
In his words:
“I remember travelling to Brazil some years back while in Nigeria. I was working with a company called Afro Technical Services Nigeria Ltd. I was the general sales manager of the company. We had some products from Brazil and I was asked to go to the factory in Brazil to get some information on the product as the sales manager.
“On getting to Rio in Brazil; one of the immigration officers saw my passport and wondered if I was a Yoruba man from Nigeria. I said yes. He then told me he was learning the Yoruba language. He also told me he was an Ifa worshiper. When I got to my hotel the holy spirit began to speak to me on what the Yoruba language is being used for.
“He reminded me that the Arabic Language is synonymous with Islam, the Hebrew Language is synonymous with Judaism and now, it seems the Yoruba Language is synonymous with Ifa worship. That got me thinking.”
The cleric said God opened his eyes to the critical role the Christian faith played during the evolution of Yoruba language with special reference to Ajayi Crowther.
In his words:
“The Lord then made me realize that the Christian faith played a critical role in the evolution of the Yoruba Language. He reminded me of the enormous work done by Ajayi Crowther who gave the language the alphabet in the first place.
“All this happened in 1997. That was when the Lord began to tell me of the need to employ the language on a global scale and make it a language that would be used for the propagation of the gospel.”
The man of God said when he became an elder in the Apostolic Church, he was invited to minister at a church programme in 1999.
“While in the hotel room during the programme, the Lord gave me a clear vision of my ministry. He told me my ministry would be in the US. I remember then that Akeem Olajuwon was in Houston, Texas. I began to have a picture of being in that part of the world.
“The district pastor of my church then confirmed that my ministry would be abroad. As God would have it, the opportunity came for me and my family in the year 2000 to travel to the US and it happened that we are in Houston, Texas. So it became clear that I had work on my hand.”
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