Dominion Faith Mission Team embarked on a 12-hour journey to Togo on Wednesday, 1st of May, 2013. We got there 12 midnight and were welcomed by Pastor Emmanuel. We thank God for a safe trip.
The mission work in Togo commenced on Thursda,y 2nd May, 2013 by 10 am with the School of Leadership. Rev. David Olatona ministered on the topic “WHY LEADERSHIP?” He started by saying that Jesus said, if the blind leads the blind, they will both fall into the ditch. An organization, a church, a firm can never rise above its leadership. When a leader grows, the organization is growing. When a leader reads a book, the organization benefits from the contents of the book. When you read books of great men; the people you are leading are also reading it. Why? Because you cannot give what you do not have. The scriptures read were Matthew 15:14; Luke 6:39-40; Hab. 2:1-3; Exodus 3:12.
Rev. David Olatona continued in his teaching saying, “you can only lead people as far as you can go yourself”. As a leader, you must constantly explore new territories and new experiences because you cannot lead from behind, you can’t lead from yesterday; you must lead from your future. Leadership is leading people to a place you’ve not been. Effective leadership is impossible without vision. What is vision? Vision is a picture of your future, your destination, where you want to be. Vision makes your leadership legitimate. Vision qualifies you for leadership. The leader you are following determines your destination. Where you will be tomorrow will be determined by who you are following today.
So what then is Leadership?
Rev. David Olatona defined leadership as “The capacity to influence others through inspiration, generated by a passion, motivated by a vision, produced by a conviction and its birth by purpose. Let’s break it down:
- To be an effective leader you must discover your purpose
- As soon as you discover your purpose, it produces a conviction
- Your conviction produces passion in you that is stronger than opposition and death
- Your passion then gives you inspiration to influence your world positively.
In conclusion, the question you ask yourself as a leader is, “What are you willing to die for? Will you be the one God is looking for?”
The morning session ended with forty-six (46) leaders and pastors in attendance. They were really impacted and blessed.
Vocational Empowerment and Development program commenced in the afternoon as the participants were trained on the production of body and hair cream, stain removal and toilet wash. Three (3) participants were given the opportunity to actively participate in the body and hair cream and two (2) others were also given the opportunities to participate in the stain removal and toilet wash production as lead by their instructors. Due to the fact that Togo is a French speaking country, an interpreter was assigned to the instructors to communicate the teaching to the people. A total number of twenty-eight (28) people participated in the program. Questions were asked and answers were given to their questions. Samples of body and hair cream, stain removal and toilet wash were shared among the participants.
The Encounter night in the evening was a blissful meeting. The word was expository and an eye-opener. One hundred and forty-six (146) people were in attendance. Rev. David Olatona ministered on the topic, “THE ONLY PROBLEM OF MAN”. Scriptures read were Genesis 2:15-17; 3: 1-10; Isaiah 59:1-3; Romans 3:10; Isaiah 64:6; Psalms 130:3-4; Ecclesiastics 7:20.
God formed man and placed everything that man needed in the Garden of Eden. 7 things happened to man when he ate the forbidden fruit:
- His eyes opened to evil.
- They saw that they were naked.
- They took leaves to cover their nakedness.
- They heard the voice of God and went into hiding.
- They were afraid.
- The relationship between them and God was broken.
- They left the atmosphere of blessing.
One of the biggest problems of man is SIN. How have we sinned?
- We sin through our thoughts (Mark 7:20-23)
- We sin through our intentions (Romans 2:16)
- We sin through our attitudes and actions (Galatians 5:19-21)
- We sin through our words (Prov. 6:2, Matt. 12:34, Ephes. 4:29)
Some of the consequences of sin are:
- Death (Romans 6:23)
- Guilt (Hebrews 12:1)
- Separation from God
- Eternal condemnation/ judgment and wrath
- You attract physical illness (James 5:14)
- Futility of thinking and darkened understanding
- Sin brings us under the curse of God (Psalms 139:23-24; Job 31:6)
Friday 3rd March 2013, Rev. David Olatona ministered on the topic, “LEADERSHIP’S GREATEST SECRETS” during the School of Leadership which commenced by 10 am. Rev David Olatona started by saying people often ask him what it takes to be a great leader and his answers doesn’t always satisfy them because it has diverse answers. There are no shortcuts to the top, if your try to follow a shortcut, you will only end up cutting your life short. Scriptures read were Gal. 2:20; Esther 3; John 1:6, 7, 9; Phil. 1:28; Daniel 11:32; Prov. 23:7.
The Secrets of Effective Leadership are:
- The greatest problem in leadership is yourself. You must conquer self. You cannot become a great leader if you are selfish or if all you are pursuing is your selfish interest. The greatest victory of every leader is victory over self. To be a great leader in this 21stcentury, it must not be about you, it must be about the people. The difference between a leader and a follower is that everyone who is a follower tends to think only of themselves; leaders think about others.
- Your greatest asset as a leader is confidence: The Bible says if your strength fails you in the day of adversity, it means that you have no strength at all. As a leader, you must be bold, strong and courageous. Confidence grows out of the knowledge of God and knowledge of your assignment. Confidence in yourself is the cornerstone of great leadership. If you are not bold, you cannot give boldness to people.
- Your greatest weight as a leader is to responsibility. Everyone who became great in life are men and women who take full and final responsibility. When everything is going on well, share the glory with your team but when it’s going wrong, take the responsibility. Your greatest weight as a leader is to take responsibility because the final decision stops at your table.
- Your greatest discipline as a leader is taking time to think. One of the reasons people do not grow is that they try to change their result without changing their thinking. You are what you think and you say what you think. If you decide to rise above your circumstance, then you improve your way of thinking.
- A leader’s greatest handicap is pride: Pride stagnates you as a leader. You cannot be an effective leader when you are proud. Humility is a great key to leadership. So make up your mind no matter how much God blesses you that you will never be proud. It takes humility to become a master. True servants have the heart to serve.
- The leaders’ greatest opportunity is today. To be an effective leader, use your greatest opportunities. What has happened in your past cannot be undone. Our strength lies in the present. Forget your past and look at what you can do NOW. What you do today determines where you will be tomorrow. The total number of sixty-eight (68) Pastors and Leaders were present in this session. It was indeed a great eye-opener.
Vocational Empowerment and Development program commenced at about 2:00 pm (Togo time). Participants were trained on the production of body perfume and insecticide (germicide). Some students were called to do the practical following the instructions of their instructors. Questions were asked and answers were given. Samples of body perfume and insecticides were given to the Pastor’s wife while the participants shared the remnants of the products. A total number of sixty-one (61) people attended the program.
The Encounter night was a prophetic and impartation meeting. The atmosphere was saturated by the presence of the Holy Spirit and the word was mind-blowing. Rev David Olatona ministered on the topic, “THE CROSS, THE ONLY SOLUTION GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR MAN”. Bible references were taken from Genesis 3:15; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Deut. 2:23; Gal 3:13; John 19:31.
After man sinned, God showed up and asked him what he did. Man said, it is the woman that you sent that made me sin. The woman said, it was the serpent that deceived me. The summary of the cross is that Jesus bruised the head of Satan at the cross. Satan became powerless at the cross. If we remove the cross from Christianity, then our Christianity is in vain.
Seven (7) things we can find in the sufferings of Jesus:
- The Bible says He received 39 lashes that destroyed His back. (Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:3-4)
- They made a crown of thorns and thistles into the skull of Jesus (Isaiah 52:14-15)
- They made Him carry a rough and heavy cross that He carried to Calvary (Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 11:28-30)
- They took Him and nailed Him on the cross; His hands and feet (Psalms 22:15)
- They left Him naked on the cross, removed His cloth and cast lot on it (Psalms 22:18, 2 Cor. 8:9)
- Everyone mocked Him on the cross. He became rejected so that we might be accepted (Ephesians 1:6)
- Jesus took our place in sin and gave us His place in righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21)
When you run to Jesus, you will be free from sin. The Bible says Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life. His sacrifice took care of our past, present and our future. He has paid the price.
We had a total of one hundred and seventy-four (174) people during this session.
Saturday 4th March 2013, Rev. David Olatona continued his teaching on “LEADERSHIP’S GREATEST SECRETS”. He started by doing a recap of the previous teachings since the first day of the School of Leadership. He started by saying, it is only God that does not make mistakes; every man makes mistakes. When you don’t take responsibilities, you are not a qualified leader. If you don’t think, you cannot be deep. To be an effective leader, you must observe the discipline of thinking. Success is one of the things that can corrupt people completely. If you want God to lift you, remain humble. As a leader, use your TODAY effectively.
The Leaders’ Greatest Secrets continues:
- The leader’s greatest loss is hope: As a leader, you must be hopeful. Hope is the power that keeps you going in the toughest time of life. Hope gives you reason to live. Hope takes obstacles and transforms them into possibilities. Hope is the only thing that gives radiance to everything. When you don’t have hope, you will give up.
- The leader’s greatest prayer should be wisdom: To be a great leader, you must always pray for wisdom. Wisdom gives you edge over your equals. 1 Kings 3:6-28.
- Every leader’s greatest job is adding value to others. To be an effective leader, you must add value to people. In other words, you must have a giving heart. Heaven doesn’t help those who help themselves, “heaven helps those who help others.” Eph. 6:8. When you are adding value to other people, God will make things happen for you. As a leader, your greatest joy should be adding value to others.
- The leader’s greatest mistake is putting yourself before others. As a leader, you must think about others first, before yourself.
- To be an effective leader, you must be honest: A man and woman of integrity must be transparent. No tricks, no games, no deception, just be straight. Honesty gives you continuity. Many people have great gifts but have cut them short because they are not honest. Honesty will preserve and give you long life.
Three people testified to the glory of God. Go here for their testimonies.
Certificates were issued to eighty-five (85) participants at the end of the 3 days School of Leadership. Lives were transformed and impacted.
The total number of seventy-four (74) participants were awarded certificates at the end of our 3 days of Vocational Empowerment and Vocational training. The students were trained on liquid soap production and disinfectant. Some students were called for the practical session with directions from their instructors. The classes were very interactive. The production was shared among the students.
The Encounter Night later in the evening was more of prophesies and impartation. Rev David Olatona ministered on the topic, “THE POWER OF GOD (THE HOLY SPIRIT)”. He started by saying, now that you know your problem and you know the solution, for you to maintain it, you need the person of the Holy Spirit. Why do you need the Holy Spirit? You need the Holy Spirit for the purpose of power. We need power to maintain our position, to be in charge, to rule on the surface of the earth and to stop every activity of the enemy. It is the filling of the spirit that gives you power. Scriptures read were Genesis 2:7; John 20:22; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Luke 4:1, 17-21.
Eight (8) things that the power of the Holy Spirit does for you:
— When you have this power, it helps you to be a true witness
— The power of the Holy Spirit empowers you to resist sin (Gal. 5:16)
— It empowers you to resist the devil (Luke 10:18-19)
— That power helps you to fulfill destiny (Luke 4:1)
— The power helps to grow your prayer life (Romans 8:26)
— It helps you to praise God in the spirit (John 4:24, Phil 3:3)
— That power manifests the life of God in you (Romans 8:11)
— It gives you power to obey God without grumbling.
There are three (3) departments of the Holy Spirit:
- The seven Spirits of God – Isaiah 11:2; Rev. 4:5; 1:4. God gives us these seven spirits for us to beat unbelievers who are in the world.
- The nine gifts of the Spirit – 1 Cor. 12:4-11: These gifts are given to benefit the church.
- The fruits of the Spirit – Ga.l 5:22-25: These help build your character. If you are ruling in the world and you don’t have character, you will soon fail.
We had a total of one hundred and seventy-eight (178) people in attendance at the last session of the Encounter Night.
Several people were imparted and trained to be economically self-reliant. Testimonies abound and revival broke out in Togo. We return all glory to God for a wonderful opportunity He gave to us to be a blessing to this nation. God lead the mission team back to Lagos on Monday 6thMay 2013. Praise the Lord!