Dominion Faith mission team embarked on the Niger mission on Wednesday 13th of March 2013. The journey was scheduled for seven (7) hours but due to bad weather condition, it lasted for twelve (12) hours. We glorify the name of the Lord for safe trip.
The mission work in Niger commenced on Thursday 14th of March 2013 by 9am with the School of Leadership. Rev. David Olatona ministered on the topic “PRIORITY OF CHARACTER IN LEADERSHIP”. He started by stating the vision that God has given to him for his African brethren, “What God has called me to do in every nation I go; strengthen the hands of the leadership, empower people to have a skill and help them grow spiritually”. Scriptures read were Luke 6:39-40; Hab. 2:2-3; Rom 5:1-4.
Rev. David Olatona in his teaching said, “Leadership determines everything”. If you want to improve on an organization, improve on the leadership. An organization must not rise above its leader. As leaders, you must constantly explore new grounds, and get new experiences. Your job is to move the people from where they are to where they ought to be. That is, taking them to their destined positions for a kick-off. The question is where have you been? Leadership is impossible without vision. It is illegal, leading people to nowhere. You must have a clear vision. Without Vision your leadership is illegal. Hence vision gives legitimacy to your leadership. Vision is the end of the Journey. It is destination. It’s the ladder upon which you stand to determine the outcome of your journey. Vision is the picture of the future. Managers maintain but leaders create new future. The leaders you follow determine your destination.
Leadership is the ability to influence others through inspiration, generated by a passion, motivated by a vision, produced by a conviction, birth by a purpose. It includes everything that makes you an effective leader. True leaders never seek followers, followers seek true leaders. Where there is no purpose, there is no passion. When you inspire people, they allow you to influence them. Your influence will produce leadership. Great leaders are not gift, they are results.
The morning session ended with fifty-five (55) leaders and pastors in attendance. They were really blessed, transformed and impacted.
The Vocational Empowerment and Development program commenced in the afternoon as the participants were trained on the production of body and hair cream, stain removal, and toilet wash. Three (3) of the participants were given opportunity to do the post-teaching practical with the direction of the instructor. A total number of seventy-eight (78) people participated in the programme. Answers were given to their questions. Samples of Body cream, Hair cream, stain removal, and toilet wash were shared among the participants.
The Encounter Night in the evening was a great meeting. There was an in-depth understanding of the word of God. The sermon was indeed an eye-opener as they proclaimed. Fifty three (53) people were in attendance. Rev. David Olatona ministered on the Topic “THE PROBLEM OF MAN”. Scriptures read were Gen2:15-17, Gen 3:1-10, Isaiah 59:1-2, Rom 3:10; Rom. 3:2;, Isaiah 64:6; Psa.130:3-4; James 1:13-15; Mark 7:20-23; Luke 5:27-32; Psa. 139:23-24.
Man had everything until sin came in. Sin makes us to go into hiding. When Adam and Eve heard God’s voice, they went into hiding. Fear came as a result of sin. Their relationship with God was broken. How do we sin? We sin through our thoughts, motives, and inner agenda. Forgiveness is available for every sin.
Friday 15th of March 2013, Rev. David Olatona ministered on the Topic: “DYNAMICS OF CHURCH GROWTH: Building a purpose driven ministry, life, and business.” during the morning session (School of Leadership). In his teaching, he stated, “Every ministry, church, life, and business is driven by something.” Some are driven by traditions, programs, finance, event, personality, building, etc. For your ministry, life, business, organization to grow there are thing you need to do (Seven purposes why the church exist). These purposes include:
The School of Leadership ended with Fifty Nine (59) pastors and leaders in attendance. Souls were richly blessed and transformed.
Vocational Empowerment and Development program commenced in the afternoon as the participants were trained on the production of Body perfumes and Insecticides. One hundred and thirteen (113) participants were in attendance. Samples of Body perfume and Insecticides were shared among the participants.
Rev. David Olatona ministered on the Topic: “The Power of the Cross”, at the Encounter Night. I Cor. 1:18.
Five participants testified to the name of the Lord. Indeed many lives were transformed and many broke into tears as they receive the word of God. The Encounter Night came to a close with eighty-seven (87) people in attendance.
Saturday 16th of March 2013, the last day of the program, the topic of Rev. David Olatona’s teaching was, “SERVANT HOOD: The Mark Of Authentic Leadership.” In his teaching, he emphasized that ‘leadership’ is a word on everyone’s lip. The young fight for it, the police seek for it, politicians want to have it. Are you really prepared to be leaders of tomorrow? If God is looking for leaders of tomorrow, will He choose you? Leadership is needed everywhere but cannot be found. The question is who will lead us in the future. There is a difference between the world’s view of leadership and God’s view. World’s view of leadership can be summed up into three (3) – someone who is smart, someone who has power to do or act, and someone who has prestige, that is, if you have delegated authority. God’s view of leadership – whoever will be great must first serve, it’s servant hood. It is not lording it over the people.
Four things to be found in a servant’s heart/mind are:
- Have a humble heart: It’s not about title. Humility is that virtue that when you think you have it, you have lost it. Marks of humility is non-threatening attitude when confronted and being sensitive to the needs of others.
- Be an honest person – Psa. 15:1-5
- Have unselfish heart
- Be generous: John 13:1-17. Jesus is a giver.
When you help someone, God helps you. God helps those who help others. Are you looking for leaders, find the servant, that’s where they are. If you find a servant, you will find a leader.
This last session of the School of Leadership ended with the presentation of Certificates to eighty-seven (87) pastors and leaders who participated. They were all filled with great joy.
The last session of the Vocational Empowerment and Development program ended as the participants were trained on the production of Disinfectant and Liquid soap. At the end of the teaching, one hundred and thirty-two (132) participants were awarded certificates. There was an outbreak of joy and astonishment as the students received their certificates. Samples of Disinfectant and Liquid soap were shared among the participants.
The last session of the Encounter Night ended with a teaching on the topic “THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Beyond speaking in tongues,” by Rev. David Olatona. Seventy-one (71) people were in attendance. Scriptures read were Matt. 12:43-45; Luke 24:49. He emphasized on the seven (7) things that will happen when you have the baptism of the Holy Spirit: You will have the power to witness, you will have the power to resist sin, you will have the power to resist the devil, you will have the power to be all that God wants that you to be, you will have the power to praise God, you will have the power to pray and you will have the power to manifest the kingdom of God everywhere you go. Baptism of the Holy Spirit means to be immersed in a relationship with the Holy Spirit. John 20:22.
Rev. David Olatona in his sermon enlisted the seven (7) compartments of the Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of the LORD, Spirit of wisdom , understanding, Spirit of counsel, might, Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:2.
He went further to emphasized on the nine (9) fruits of the Holy Spirit which is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Gal 5:22-23.
He also gave a detailed explanation on the nine (9) gifts of the Holy Spirit which is word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues. I Cor. 12:4-11.
At the end of the sermon, two people gave their testimonies.
The people of Niger commented that Dominion Faith kind of mission is a unique one which had never been seen in the whole land of Niger. We had presidents of organizations and some top of officials in attendance.
Indeed, Niger mission was great and successful. The Mission team had a safe trip back to Nigeria on Tuesday 19th March 2013. We return all glory to God.