Churches May Be Denied Publicity in UAE – Pastor Unveils
In the midst of overwhelming joy during 56th Anniversary and 47th Annual International Convention of the Gospel Faith Mission International GOFAMINT, held at the Conference Centre, Gospel Town, Igbo Oloyin Road, Ojoo, Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria, Heritage Broadcasting Network HBN seized the opportunity of the season to engage Pastor Oluwafemi Omojugbagbe, the pastor in-charge of GOFAMINT United Arab Emirate UAE – Dubai church in an exclusive interview.
Pastor Oluwafemi Omojugbagbe said in spite the fact that UAE has high level of restrictions for non-Islamic religions in which Christianity is one, the lord has been faithful and he is strengthening the church in the region. He noted that people from GOFAMINT UAE church were yawning for this great gathering, promising that as the lord continue to bless the church, attending GOFAMINT international convention in Nigeria will become easier.
Stressing the point on restriction for non-Islamic/ Christian religion in the region, he said that Pentecostal Churches are yet to gain momentum compared with what we experience in Federal Republic of Nigeria. He explained Pentecostal churches such as the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Mountain of Fire and Miracles, MFM, Deeper Christians Life Ministry, DCLM, Assembly of God Church, AGC and GOFAMINT have their presence in the region but they were not allowed to stand on their own. UAE recognizes Roman Catholics and The Anglican and other Pentecostal Churches are strictly to operate under the said duo orthodoxies. He said mass publicity and open air crusade are denied of the Pentecostal Churches as these are considered as public disturbance. Church services hold in hotels.
Tackling the challenge, he said evangelization/founding a church is costly in terms of financing due foreign exchange rate. However, he appreciates the international Head Quarters in Nigeria for spiritual, moral and financial support.
The attitude of the UAE citizens, though, warmly welcoming the gospel, Pastor Oluwafemi Omojugbagbe said any missionary that will succeed in evangelism must takes it softly in dealing with people in UAE. He said churches in the region only strategize through special programs and personal evangelism.
He unveils GOFAMINT UAE church special programs as follows; first three days of new month, Sunday special services amongst others. He noted that numerical strength of the church is encouraging at each special service though church is still running unanimous service for now.
He told HBN that men in the church are encouraged to be committed to God’s work. He noted that large numbers of committed men in the church now handle church works, even sensitive some. He said this was done to let the people have sense of belonging to GOFAMINT and get matured for God’s rewards
Showing his coldness, he retorts, people at home are not properly informed on GOFAMINT UAE church matters. On this Pastor Oluwafemi Omojugbagbe gives a link at which people could reach UAE church, – E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, sfacebook: group – gofamintdubaii, and gofamintchspelofliberation. He urges people to get in touch via the links. He further advised GOFAMINT NIGERIA emigrants to Dubai to find it a good time to visit UAE – Dubai church.
He really appreciate the convention planning/working committee for security put in place and job well done in this year convention.
– By Taiwo Moses Ayodele