St. Paul, Minn – African evangelist, Prophet Olushula Fatai Jubril is urging youths to obey their parents, especially mothers who he said, are the ones who carry life in their hands.
He spoke of the power all mothers have, including the decision to perform abortion on a pregnancy after conception. But fortunately, he said, “Our mothers carried us for nine months and that’s why we are alive today.”
He continued: “Mothers are the ones who decide whether we live or die.” Like countless abortions performed each year, Jubril told young Christians, “Your mother too could have aborted the pregnancy at the time you were conceived and no one would have questioned her.”
Instead, he urged everyone in the audience to show appreciation for his or her mother for making that “ultimate decision to bring you forth into this world and also to care for you as you grew up.”
The Universal Christian Ministries’ (UCM) overseer pastor decried the attitude of most of today’s young African teens, especially for those blessed to come to America, who looked down upon their mothers and no longer care to show respect for them. He advised them to honor and obey their mothers “so that the Heavenly Father, God, can reward and prolong the days of your lives.”
Prophet Jubril made these remarks on a Sunday, during a special Mother’s Day worship ceremony. Several dozen women, mostly elderly, of the church were showered with gifts and praises.
Pastor Goke Odujole, the church’s new president for the Men’s Ministry presented the gifts, accompanied by a purse with an unspecified amount of dollars for the church’s Women’s Ministry. The scene was filled with excitement and most of the women were clad in gorgeous African attires.
Both men wished the women God’s abundant favor and long life and indicated the gestures were meant to show the depth of love and appreciation the men of the church have for the women, and the sacrifices they continue to make for the upkeep of their homes and families.
The UMC, a Pentecostal denomination, has the tradition of honoring women at all times throughout the year, and Mother’s Day is one of them. The church also celebrates culture, and its membership comprised of about 23 nationalities, largely, people of American, East and West African descent.
The church’s worshipers are encouraged to adhere to strict Christian doctrines, based on the teachings of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, which require Christians to abstain from premarital sex, pay regular tithes and offerings, and live a prayerful life as Jesus taught his disciples during His earthly ministry.
The UCM of St. Paul, began its evangelistic ministry in the Robbinsdale, Minn., home of Prophet Jubril and Prophetess Mary Jubril, 15 years ago while the couple worked in local group-homes at the time to fund the church’s operation from their personal savings.
As the church grew in membership, the couple moved it from their Robbinsdale basement to the current Raymond Avenue location. With hundreds coming in weekly to go through deliverance of all kinds, the present location seems small to hold the crowd and that has caused the church’s general overseer and officials to negotiate for a bigger space in Fridley, Minnesota.
As of Sunday, May 17, the church ministry had raised US$230,029.54 towards the building of a US$5 million dollars mega church project it undertook last year. When constructed, the new church will accommodate over 5,000 worshipers at a time and will also contain several smaller auditoriums designed to host men’s, women’s and youth ministries, including recreation.
Concerning the church’s foreign missions, UCM’s performance has been quite impressive in post-war Sierra Leone in the last few years, with branches now established in the capital, Freetown, and as far as Makeni, Bo, and Kenema, regions far into the interior of the country where the main religion had been Islam.
UCM Mission in Sierra Leone, according to Prophet Jubril, who led a high-powered delegation to the country late last year, currently sponsors feeding and educational programs for over 200 elementary students living in some of the towns and cities mentioned earlier.
Larger numbers of beneficiaries of UCM’s present operations there are teens who lost their parents to the country’s decade long brutal war in the 1990s, characterized by amputations carried out by the Charles Taylor-backed Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels and Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) military junta.
Close to 200 colored postcard and photographs of the beneficiaries have been displayed on television screens for the congregation to view, amid calls by Pastor Jubril for church members to volunteer and provide sponsorship for some of the kids for just a couple of dollars each month.