Funke Felix Adejumo is the wife of Bishop Felix Adejumo, the president of Agape Christian Ministries, Inc – a blossoming ministry with its headquarter located in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. Rev Funke Felix-Adejumo is an evangelist, a marriage counsellor and a vast christian author. Every year, she hosts the winning edge conference where women from across the world have the priviledge to drink from her well of knowledge. In an interview, Rev Funke Felix-Adejumo reveals how her father struggled to send her to school. Read her exact words below.
I was born almost fifty years ago. In a few months from now, I will be fifty years. My parents were very poor or rather, they became poor because of some unforeseen circumstances. My father told me that when I was born, people gathered in our house to cry, wondering why he should give birth to a baby girl.
They insinuated that the girl would amount to nothing and that by the time he laboured to train her, she would get married to a man and eventually change her name. They also said that if he should send me to school, I would get pregnant there. But my mother insisted that I should be sent to school. I thank God that my father listened to my mother and sent me to school.
While in school, I remember those days when I would not be able to pay my school fees, even though I was the head girl in my school then. I had to wait for about two weeks before I could go back to school. My father had to do some menial jobs to be able to raise my school fees. Eventually, I graduated from school. I later sponsored myself to the university with the help of my husband when I met him. And today, I’m a degree holder and I’m also putting plans together to commence my Masters degree programme. Meanwhile, when my husband started his ministry, we used to live in Ibadan before God told him that we should relocate to another place. Later, I moved to Ondo State in 1987, and there we started the Agape Christian Ministries in August, 1988. Today, by the grace of God, we have about 33 branches of the church scattered all over the country. We just opened the 34th branch at Lekki, Lagos.
As I speak to you today, I have a Christian orphanage called Grace Orphanage. I have over 27 children in that orphanage home which I established about eight years ago to care for abandoned, abused and orphaned children.
I also run an old people’s home where elderly people between ages of 65 and above are being catered for. The home for the aged was established because we desire that old people experience care and live in good health in accordance to God’s teachings concerning a long and good life. We usually meet with them every year where we invite musicians to perform for them. The last time we hosted them, we gave out six yards of ankara each to all the 147 old people in that home. We believe that we are doing it for our society.
Recently, my husband and I embarked on building a hospital for children where they will be made to pay a token of 30 per cent of their medical bills while we take care of 70 per cent. At the moment, I have about twenty-two widows that are under my care and about twenty four children that I’m sponsoring in school. My husband is doing his own charity work too. I’m doing all these things because of the fact that I didn’t have the privilege to enjoy a good childhood. I know what it means to be brainy and yet unable to go to school. For me, every opportunity I have to help these less-privileged ones, I will try my best to do so.