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THE FRIEND I HELPED INVITED ME TO CHURCH WHERE I MET GOD: BRO YINKA KAREEM

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My name is Olayinka Kareem. I was born into a Muslim family in the late 70s, august 3rd to be precise. I am the third of four children. I was born in Benin City, the formal Bendel state now Edo stat. we moved to Lagos when I was two years old and I have been in Lagos since then.


Growing up was fun and interesting. My father was a devoted Muslim and he married my mum who was a Christian but because of the love she had for my father, she became a Muslim. My mother however would still read the bible to us and she taught us to pray in Jesus name. my father, being a civilized successful professional in architecture and having spent most of his life abroad, he wasn’t too fanatical or hard on us about religion even though he was a devoted Muslim. We would also go to the mosque and we didn’t witness any religion crisis in my home. I lost my father in 1986, he was assassinated. We were quite young when that happened.

However, when I was about leaving the secondary school, I came to visit my big sister in Ilupeju and there I met this guy who was staying with her. I started speaking with him and I discovered that his dad was one of the directors in one of those failed banks tribunals in the early 90s then and that family had issue which made it difficult for them to afford accommodation that time.

And since we were brought up to be kind to everyone, so I was close to him and from there, got close to his entire family. I told my mum if I could bring him into our house and she obliged me, so I brought him and his family members to our house. It was that guy God used to bring me to Christ.

He was a Christian and so living in our house, he noticed I loved rap music and I was even writing my own rap. My brother was a Disc Jockey and I was becoming one. So he told me one day that I could make my rap in a Christian way. I have never thought it like that before. So he brought me to The Fountain of Life Church, to the youth fellowship now called Church 3:16. It was then I saw many young guys and ladies using their talents for God. Wow! I was surprised to see the passion with which they served God with their talent. It was different from the way we were used to in Islam. This was in 1996 and that was how I fell in love with gospel music and with Christ.

It was then I started developing more in Christ. You know I had a knowledge about Him from my mother while growing up. She initially introduced the bible to us, so I had that before I came to the fountain and from there, I knew Him deeper and was developing in Him and I have not looked back since that time in 1996.

I don’t regret my giving my life to Christ. I won’t deny the fact that there are challenges but my love for God wasn’t because of anything I would receive from Him but because I truly love Him. Developing in the youth fellowship of the church especially in the rap aspect had also helped me. I was in a group, as a matter of fact, we pioneered the first gospel rap group in that 1996. The name of the group was true vine connection and we were invited everywhere to minister. But schooling affected our continuity, some members went to Osun state and some Oyo state.

So it’s been an amazing romantic and passionate relationship with God. It is a way of life to me and a major critical part of my life. I can’t go a day without meditating on it and been appreciative of the fact that Christ died and I’m opportune to be a Christian. Getting to know Jesus Christ makes everything sweeter for me.

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