By OLANIYI AKINBODE
The entire members of The Anointed Church of Christ, Aladura (ACCA) rolled out the drums on the 17th of August, 2019 to celebrate the 50th Founders anniversary.
The colourful event themed“Strengthen Your Hand …That Temple Might Be Built” and staged at the Greetings Hall of Yoruba Club Onikan, Lagos, attracted dignitaries across different walks of life.
In his welcome address, Baba Aladura General Overseer, ACCA, His Eminence Rt. Rev. (Dr) Samuel Aiyekare asked God to continue to guide His church in the right direction through His Spirit and also to grant all members many fruitful years of blessings and glory.
Rev. Aiyekare took the opportunity to remind the audience that in order for the Church to be built for Jesus Christ, there is a need for members to contribute selflessly in strengthening the hands of the leaders. He also ensured to mention that it may be impossible to achieve that if members do not first build themselves, character-wise.
In addition to that, he said “Today, we celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the Church and we will do so as a Passover Feast. Please note that in this feast, if any food or drinks will be taken home, it must be consumed before midnight and not crossover to the next day. It should be extended to the needy as well.”
Chronicling the history of the church, Rev Aiyekare recalled “In October 1966, Her Eminence Rev. Mother Prophetess Rebecca Adetola Bellois relocated from Port Harcourt to Lagos as a result of the crisis in the then Eastern region. On reaching Lagos, she decided to join the church of the Lord located at 3 Simpson Street, Lagos Island. At the time, Bishop Opeke was the head, Bishop Jegede was the Assistant Bishop and Superintendent Tom Jones was in charge of the church at Simpson Street.”
“At inception, the name of this fold was Church of Christ Praying Band. However, a certain woman who visited for prayers inquired if the church was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as she was desirous of assisting with that assignment. Due to the popularity of Praying Band then, choosing the name of the church required some studies, and this resulted in its formulation from Isaiah 61:1-3 and Psalm 23:5.”
Prophetess Rebecca Adetola Bellois, born 1921 was the sixth child of Pa Josiah Igbara Aiyekare and Mrs Juliana Abosede Aiyekare. She was born at the Onigbagba village near Epe in Lagos.
She started as a Christian in the Anglican Order while her husband Mr Bellois was a member of the Catholic Church. Her strong desire for western education in her youthful years could be a reason why she didn’t always have much. However, she compensated her deficit there with an abundance of knowledge and versatility.
Growing up, she was often not invited for the traditional practices of incisions and convocations in the family because it was a known secret that her spirit did not conform to them and her presence alone rendered them ineffectual.
Among other acts, she was said to have delivered messages in parables. One of which is the controversial proclamation she made at the Jos Branch of the church in November 1985. During an executive meeting, she revealed to those present that she would be travelling by February 1986 and every issue at hand should, therefore, be amicably resolved.
Not long after, in fact in that same month, she took ill. She peacefully bid the world farewell on the 12th of January 1986 and was buried on the 2nd of February 1986 at the Ikotun branch in Lagos.
Before her passing to glory, she ensured she laid out solid foundations for the continued existence of the church, both spiritually and physically.