Dr. Paul Enenche was born June 4th, 1968. As a boy he was always religious but just like many reading this, he wasn’t immune to the tendencies of backsliding. Many may wonder how come the giants W.F Kumuyi, E.A Adeboye and David Oyedepo mean so much to him. This post will try to answer that.
As a matter of fact, Daddy G.O has been credited as the person who led Paul Enenche to Christ in one of his middle belt outreaches in the 1980s. But it was more of a flirting affair than a lasting relationship. Young Paul soon strayed from his faith and that life transforming encounter waned. Soon afterwards, Paul was invited to a Deeper Life Youth Fellowship meeting. He bulked! “Not me!” But the Spirit constrained him and once there, he was reclaimed for the Lord. This led to his being a member of the Deeper Life Bible Church where he came under the invaluable influence and mentorship of Pst Kumuyi. He would become a member of the choir and his influence would be felt within the annals of that church in Benue as well as in campus.
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But while in the University of Jos, Bishop David Oyedepo came to campus for a conference. Young Paul Enenche was struck and something said within him “This is my father!” and from that day going forward, he was a disciple of the Bishop’s ministry, reading everything the Bishop ever wrote and listening to his every message. It was as if God Himself was giving Dr Paul Enenche a coat of many colours.
In his youth, Enenche was always wired for revival. He spoke and breathed prayers and was addicted to prayers. Stories of what God has done in the past turned him like wine and he hoped for a future when he too would be used for His glory, but in the mean time, he was out and out for God. Even though he was excellent in his studies, it was his integrity and fiery zeal for God that stood him out in those days. His dressing was always very modest -a typical SU brother; so much that Becky his friend and future wife shuddered at the thought of them getting married. But God had better plans.
Before I get to the turning point of Paul Enenche’s life I’d like to point out some things. Firstly, Dr. Paul Enenche was a man a deep prayers and integrity. He was a no-nonsence Christian. He was given to fasting and prayers. His prayers was mainly about revival. He once lamented that young ministers today pray for cars, houses and affluence. Those were the furthest things on his mind as a youth. He was the kind of brother you’d visit and whilst he spoke, your heart would start burning “Use us Lord!” Using our new parlance, he was “firetic!”
And he was an ardent follower of his many mentors. The holiness of Kumuyi. The boldness of Oyedepo. The Adeboye’s love for lost souls…Let me illustrate. When Oyedepo’s wife had a miscarriage she said to her husband when he returned ” I’ve had a miscarriage…” the man of God cut her in “That’s not possible, can I have my food please?” Nine months to the very day they wedded, David O. Oyedepo Jr arrived weighing more than all other babies born in that season and winning an award as such! No prayers were offered to reverse the said miscarriage. Similarly, Paul Enenche returned from work soon after his marriage to have his wife sob “I had a miscarriage…I had heavy bleeding…” Paul thundered “The devil and all the demons in hell cannot get this baby down! Fix me water for my bath please!” The baby was sustained and arrived at 9 months exactly. No prayers were offered.
THE TURNING POINT!
The month of May means so much to The Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel as on May 1 and 2 1981, the dominion mandate was delivered in an 18 hour vision. Similarly, on May 29-31, Dr Paul and Becky were on a crossroad. They had to make a decision. They had three juicy employment offers. The salaries were mouth watering but the third was not just a job but a job in the UK with a scholarship for their masters degree. which would they choose?
Paul resorted to a mountain in Jos for 3 days with no food or water. Becky who was nursing their little child at the time could not join him but she too fasted from dawn till dusk three days 6-6 like we say inspite of her suckling baby! Sacrifice!
That led to the much told story but also a most awe-inspiring Turn Around Testimony of Dr & Dr Paul and Becky Eneche. First, God spoke to Paul Eneche on May 31st, 1996 at the mountain in Gana-Rop, Plateau State. God’s voice was as clear as a bell. The young doctor was to turn down all three juicy employment offers. Then he was also to resign his current employment as a medical doctor. His wife too was to resign her appointment. Both of them were to leave their 3 bedroom flat in Jos and relocate not to the familiar terrains of Benue State from where they both hailed and where it seemed Paul had attained a lot of notoriety in ministry but they were to both move to Abuja where neither of the couple knew a soul! But once in Abuja, they were not to get any other secular employment but were both to begin full time ministry. They were not to join Deeper Life where Paul had reclaimed his salvation or RCCG under whose G.O he had first been born again nor yet The Winners Chapel where his spiritual father was the founder. No! Not to join any other established church that might have offered some soft landing! They were to pioneer a new church! No sponsors, no missionary board or church back up!
You guessed it! The young man was thrilled but dazed! He’d done some drastic things yet but this one was going to make all previous radical steps a child’s play! His heart skipped a beat as weary and bony ( after three days with no food or water!) he headed home. Oh his darling Becky! Has there ever been such a submissive and supportive wife? How would she take the news? Their baby was but four months old. “I wish God would prepare her in some way! If I have ever needed her support, it is NOW!”
As usual, Dr. Paul entered his flat with a stern look. Becky couldn’t wait to welcome him back and the embrace was warm. She was all smiles, her sacrifice matching his as she too, in spite of nursing a baby had fasted 6-6 for three days! Paul was fumbling around trying to choose his words wisely. “I need to talk to you dear!” They both said it together. Then Becky, ever submissive to her husband backed down “Daddy, you go first. I will listen” Paul shook his head. “Ladies first!” He must have disguised his nervousness in a smile. Reassured Becky began “God spoke to me on the final day of my fast. Last night. He was plain. We are to shun all the three employment offers. We are both to quit our jobs and we are to relocate to Abuja to start a church there” Paul Eneche melted into tears! He clearly remembered praying to God “I want a wife who will go along not tag along. I want a wife like Gloria Copeland and Daisy Osborn who will complement me!” There is no doubt that that muted prayer have been answered in a most audible way! The future will continue to affirm that. But to think God has told his Becky word for word the very same things He told him miles away on the mountain at the outskirts of Jos! What better confirmation could one ask?
Becky was smiling through her own tears. ” You haven’t told me what God told you on the mountain” Paul Eneche shook his head finding it hard to believe it himself. ” Honey, God told me exactly the same things He told you. Word for word!”
There’s no price for guessing what happened next! They followed God’s word and moved into a miniflat in Abuja. Dunamis began November 1996 and it has been explosive!
Only God knows the price these leaders pay for the grace they enjoy. Don’t beef the glory till you hear the story. You too can be numbered if you pay the price…
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