Tuesday 18th June 2019 Prayer Devotion
Scripture Reading:- Number 23:1-12
Topic:- Biography Of Pastor Isaiah Ghele Sakpo 
Text:- Proverbs 22:29
SAKPO, ISAIAH GHELE
Isaiah Ghele Sakpo was born into an Anglican family at Uzere in Isoko Local Government Area in the present Delta State of Nigeria on October 12, 1912. His father was Papa Daniel Akpakakpa Osakpo and his mother was Mama Pricilla Amafeto Osakpo.
Papa Daniel Osakpo was instrumental in the introduction of Christianity to the Uzere Community through the Anglican Church at a time when when idol worship and paganism was prevalent in Africa. He was opposed, to the point of persecution, by people in his Community, for daring to introduce Christianity. It might be said that the Lord blessed him for his perseverance by providing him with a son like I. G. Sakpo, who grew up to achieve even more than his father.
Sakpo started his Education at the age of eight at the Anglican School Uzere in 1920. He moved to Warri to attend Government School from 1925 to 1926, and then on to Abonnema to continue his studies at the Government School in 1927.
From 1928 to 1930, he was in Lagos, completing his education at St. Peter’s Faji Primary School. He obtained his Government Class Two (middle) in 1930.
He further distinguished himself among his peers by obtaining Certificates in Typewriting, Stenography and English. Between 1936 and 1940 he attended the International Bible School Pennygroes in the United Kingdom for his Theological training.
Having distinguished himself academically, it was easy for Sakpo to get a job in one of the best establishments of the time. He was employed as a Clerk then as a Confidential Secretary in the Civil Service at the Old Government Secretariat in Lagos from 1945 to 1949.
Sakpo married Miss Comfort Titilola Bajomo on April 1, 1948. Mrs. Sakpo later became a Deaconess in the Church and served for many years as the Headmistress of The Apostolic Primary School Ebute-Metta. After retiring from Teaching in 1969, Mrs. Sakpo became involved in full-time Ministry.
In 1927, Sakpo made a decision to follow the Lord at the Faith Tabernacle Church (FTC) in Lagos. There he formed a friendship with Pastor Samuel Gbadebo Adegboyega–later the First LAWNA (Lagos, West and Northern Areas) Territorial Chairman–who became his Spiritual Mentor.
From 1927 to 1931, he attended a series of Bible Teachings on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit under Pastor D. O. Odubanjo, who was the Missionary Secretary of Faith Tabernacle Church, Nigeria.
One Friday night, in 1930, during a Revival meeting conducted by Odubanjo, Sakpo received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Being the first in the Church to have this Baptism, he became the first fruit of the Pentecostal experience of the FTC, Nigeria.
After this event, Sakpo felt God’s call to go into full-time Ministry, and the Faith Home of the FTC at 24, Orogiri Street on Lagos Island, became his base for Ministry for some time.
There, Sakpo made prophesies, performed healings, and led revival meetings. A series of miracles were recorded at the Faith Home during this time. Sakpo exercised the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit and combined in his Ministry the five offices known in The Apostolic Church as “the five gifts of the ascended Christ,” namely, Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, and Teacher.
As a full-time Minister, he often traveled with Odubanjo to visit Churches in the countryside. He also exercised the gift of prophecy under various ministers in Churches across the nation.
Oh Lord God, help me to fulfill my God’s destiny, vision and dream henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ!
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