As Pastor Mrs Modupe Fasipe celebrates her 60th birthday, she took time to talk to Demola Akinbola on what life has meant to her, her faith, her family and the work of God. Excerpts …
Congratulations on your 60th birthday. How does it feel to be at this age?
Thank you. I feel so grateful unto the Lord.
How has the journey been for the past 60 years?
It’s been a journey of grace, mercy and protection of the Lord. I thank God.
Please give us an insight into your birth, parentage, and childhood.
I was born in Samagidi, Delta state Nigeria, sixty years ago. Raised and educated in Ekiti and Ondo states in the south western part of Nigeria. I went to St Louis Grammar School, Ikere Ekiti (1975), later to the University of Ife (Adeyemi College of Education campus) where I had a degree (B.A English, 1989). My mother, Comfort Ohwobeya, (who has passed into glory), was an epitome of honesty, hard work, love, care and contentment.
She would go to a good extent to see that the needs of her children were met. My dad, Michael Ohwobeya, in his nineties on the other hand, is a very hard working, hospitable and humble person. My parents gave me a good and God-fearing childhood. They taught me hard work, contentment and honesty. I am raised to express my mind bodily on issues. I am simply blessed to have them in my life.
What were your childhood dreams and aspirations? Would you say you have fulfilled them?
To serve God, settle down marital (which I am ) and to be a nurse (in order to help the elderly ones and humanity in general ) which to the glory of God, I am today having graduated from Marian University, Indianapolis as a nurse
How did you meet your husband, Pastor Daves Oludare Fasipe? How has the matrimonial journey been?
I met my husband by divine arrangement in Gusau, Zamfara State (known then as Sokoto State, Nigeria). I was posted to the place to serve the nation for a year as a youth corper. I did not want to go to the north originally, but the bible says in Proverbs16:9 that we can make plans, but the Lord determines our steps. The very first time I saw him, I just had these divine feelings within me that I just met my future husband. A one-year relationship developed into a marriage that is 28 years this year, 2019. I just give God all the glory.
My marriage has been that of sincere love, peace and contentment. I am by the grace of God married to a unique man, very caring, loving and understanding. His like is not common to see, a man God has prepared for me. My children too have been so loving, helpful and caring. I am simply grateful to God.
Who are the people God has used to bring you this far in your life journey?
God has put many people on my path for one reason or the other, but I cannot but mention my mother who is of no equal. She taught me modesty, honesty and contentment. My father, full of humility and hard work, my sister (Deaconess Mary Omonigho) who is like a mom to me. She’s been so helpful and supportive over the years.
The Lord will bless her, her husband (Elder Irikefe Omonigho ), and their family. I appreciate them a lot. I cannot forget my brother (Pastor Solomon Ohwobeya) for sharpening my faith in the Lord at my younger years. My husband too (my darling Dee) whose support is beyond description, a man every child would like to have as a father.
What are some of the challenges that have confronted you and how have you surmounted them?
Prayer and my faith in the Lord have been my weapon to confront and subdue challenges of life.
What does it mean to be the wife of a Pastor, especially a vivacious man like Pastor Daves Fasipe?
He is naturally fun to be with, very lively person while I am an introvert person. I like a quiet and simple life. The massive grace of God and the unusual support of my family has helped me a lot to be able to adjust to the demands of being the wife of a mobile, dynamic and selfless pastor like my husband.
Increasingly, women are occupying visible positions in the affairs of the Ministry. What specific roles do you recommend for women in Ministry?
Over the years, there has been an avalanche of discussions on roles of women in the church. My take is that a woman can perform any role God has led their supervising pastors or leaders in the church to give unto them. They must strive to be an obedient daughter of God, a diligent and humble one.
What are the programs that the women ministry in ELHOIM has been implementing, and what are the plans?
So far with the help of God, our women of favour (in ELHOIM) are being enjoined to live a Godly Christian life in character in line with the teachings of our senior pastor. The bible says in Matthew 7 vs 16 that you will know them by their fruits. Our programmes are geared towards fellowshipping with one another with a view to encouraging one another in the faith, providing conducive atmosphere for mothers to interact with other mothers in sharing opinions on how best our homes can be run according to the will of God .
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands according to the scripture ( Proverbs 14 vs 1 ). We want to be the wise woman. Our plans are to see how we can provide and develop resources and opportunities for our women to develop themselves in the society and perform their God-given roles effectively.
Looking back at your life, would you say you are fulfilled?
Yes, I am fulfilled by the unlimited grace of God.
Are there things that you would have loved to do that you have not done?
Having more time to pray and sing unto the Lord, I love prayers and singing.
How have you been coping combining Ministry, parenting, and your secular work?
It is very demanding but like I said earlier, the grace of God is so much in abundance for me. I am empowered by it every day in combining the ministry assignment, parenting and my secular job. If one is not empowered by God, one will be overpowered by the issues of this world. My husband and my blessed children have been very supportive and helpful.
Where do you see ELHOIM in the next five years?
ELHOIM is a ministry put together by God himself for a specific purpose. So long the visionary, the senior pastor, is following the leading of the Holy Spirit as he is doing now and not veering away from the vision, I see the ministry being a powerful anointed place of prayer, a prayer clinic, where all kinds of people will come to pray and receive answers from the Lord.
Marriages are collapsing at an alarming rate these days. What is the problem and what is the panacea for a successful marriage?
Remedy for a successful marriage from my own perspective is when couples can allow the fear of God to exist in their marriage. Then, each of them should carry out their God-given roles as prescribed in Ephesians 5:22-32. Wives submit to your husbands as to the Lord. Husbands love your wives just as Christ also love the church.
Once the couples are diligently carrying out their roles, there will be balancing in the marriage. Commitment to each other and to Christ cannot be over emphasized. These days couples are not ready to exercise patience, perseverance, sincerity and prayers which are necessary tools for successful marriage.
Please comment freely on any issue not covered in the questions above.
I want to appreciate from the depth of my heart, members of Everlasting Hope International Ministries for their love, deep commitment and service. The Lord will reward them beyond their imaginations. I celebrate my late father-in-law, Rev. Soji Fasipe. A man that was an embodiment of love, service unto God and sincerity for his undiluted affection and prayers over me right from the time I met him and throughout his lifetime.
Also, I celebrate my mother-in-law, fondly called Mommy C. O, for her prayers and love. My husband’s spiritual father, Pastor Wole Oladiyun (Baba Aladura), Senior Pastor of Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM) for being a good father who wants the very best for his spiritual son. May God bless him and his family.
I also appreciate my husband’s friends like Mr Kayode Bolarin and his wife, Pastor Imoh Ekpin, Mr. Isaac Adeniyan, and some others who are like brothers to him.
HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY TO MY ORDAINED PILLAR OF SUPPORT FROM HEAVEN!
Finally, it’s here. November 23rd ……The day a gem was birthed. The earth rejoiced as she received her. Heaven celebrates at her birth. Today, I join heaven to celebrate this hand maiden of God I cherish so much, so unbelievably precious.
Before I met you, I only knew black and white; but today, you have filled my life with many sweet colors. My life became meaningful by your constant admonition, prayers and sincerity. Every year with you is better than the last. I am so blessed to have such a magnificent you by my side. Thank you, sweetheart!
You are always there, understanding, supportive and comforting. You’re truly blessed amongst women. You deserve Heaven’s very best today and beyond.
Thank you love!
You have sacrificed so much and worked so hard to support me and our lovely children. The love and care we get from you are unquantifiable. You make not just me, but our whole family, complete every single day.
May your years continue to be glorious and memorable. I pray that you have abundance of joy, peace, sound health and longevity of life..
Thank you, good wife, good mother of my blessed children!
You’re blessed beyond curses. Graced beyond measures. Generational favor is yours and the fruits of your womb.
You’re not just a woman of any kind. You are a woman after God’s very heart. As you have chosen to stand by God in all your dealings, may He honor you with longevity of life in accordance with Psalm 91:16. May the LORD bless you and keep you; May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. The LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6: 24 – 26).
I will never stop loving you. Happy birthday, my darling dee!
Your ‘Dee ….Oludare omo baba Fasipe
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