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Pastor Michael Olawore
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Florence Akpokodje and Family
Sleep on Dearest Pastor Michael and have an eternal rest with God Almighty
I keep wondering why God took you from us so soon. I have not even been able to say thank you for all that you have done for me and my family since I have been in New wine Church and this really makes me sad. So sad that I wish that this was a dream. However, who am I to question God, the unquestionable God You are.
As Pastor Tayo rightly describes you:
• You were a man under authority
• You were a man of excellence
• You were with passion for the things and people of God
• You were a faithful man to the core
• you were diligent in all you did and above all you were steadfast in your service to God through and through. Your loyalty to new wine church’s vision and to Pastor Tayo was second to none. You cherished these and we all loved you for it.
You were a pillar of strength and a father to all. You took on the baton of leadership from Pastor Tayo and did far above everyone’s wildest expectations. You were forward looking, and eve ever so focussed and worked tirelessly. You encouraged, you cajoled, and you counselled giving hope to many including myself and my family.
Pastor Michael, you were one in a million, a prayer warrior and interceding for all, you upheld family values and encouraged families to remain one in love, united, strong and outstanding at all fronts. Because of you, my marriage lasted this long and, if my husband was alive we would have enjoyed a lifetime of a fruitful happy marriage. You stepped in promptly to put things right between me and my husband even whilst he was still far away in another country. You and Pastor Tayo sowed strength and biblical principles of marriage into my marriage and I believe I am speaking for all marriages in new wine church till date.
I pray that God will call into the vision that God has given you and Pastor Tayo dedicated, committed men and women who are not afraid to march on with it, men who are resilient, full of strength and vigour and Christ centred, as you both taught us. I stand together with the church you left behind to say that our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. This song has brought me so much joy and hope and even at times like this, I cannot help but sing…. our hope, our aspirations and all that we hope to be, will be built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness because on Christ the solid rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand.
YES, ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND.
ADIEU!! PASTOR MICHAEL OLAWORE
Florence Akpokodje and Family
Dr. John Solomon
About 10 years ago, I was conversing with Dr Tayo Adeyemi about his extensive travel around the world, during which time I asked whether New Wine Church would miss him. At that time there were 3 or 4 Associate Pastors in the Church. Dr Tayo told me: “Yes, they do, but if Pastor Michael is preaching that Sunday, the congregation does not miss me!” Yes, that was the calibre of my friend, Rev. Michael Olawore.
I have known him very closely for the last 2 decades, as an Able Administrator, Profound Preacher and a Saintly Person. I had the pleasure of dedicating him as the Senior Pastor of New Wine Church along with Bishop Francis Wale Oke, Rev. Randy Morrison and Dr Creflo Dollar. I used to feel proud every time he discussed about his ministry and often addressed me as one of his mentors.
The Lord prepared him very steadily to take over New Wine Church and its administration so effectively. I was astonished to see him and his wife, Lady Ayo, continue to be so humble even after assuming the high office of New Wine International.
Many thousands of people cried with me when we heard about his promotion into Glory. Rev. Michael Olawore had visited India many times in the last 20 years. His sincerity in serving the Lord was seen by thousands of people here and was appreciated. Whether it is a Public Crusade or an Intellectuals’ Meeting, he captured the crowd exactly like his mentor, Dr Tayo and fulfilled his duties diligently. He worked hard for God’s Kingdom from this world; now he is very much in the Kingdom, praising God in his glorious personality!
May his wife, children and the members of the New Wine family (including me) be comforted by the Holy Spirit Himself!
Dear friends and family of New Wine Church:
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I offer my deepest condolence, on behalf of all my colleagues at Christian Aid, to Lady Ayo Olawore, Emmanuel, Joshua and Zoe, the leadership and family of New Wine Church on the loss and home-going of a dear husband, father, friend and confidant, Pastor Michael Olawore.
The news of Pastor Michael’s death was so unexpected and by human reckoning, untimely and undesirable. Our brother, friend and pastor, had so many plans, dreams and aspirations to expand the Kingdom of God and the mission of the Church. Yet, we rejoice because on 6th July 2018, God’s offer was irresistible: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).
In confidence, we trust in God, whose ways are perfect and just, and who is able to complete whatever He has started.
I met Pastor Michael through Pastor Tayo Adeyemi in the very early years of New Wine Church and throughout the years, we have worked together in the background. I will miss the hours we spent reflecting theologically, challenging each other, strategising and testing out what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
Pastor Michael was also a friend of Christian Aid. He welcomed our Chairman and former Archbishop of Canterbury, The Right Revd Dr Rowan Williams, to New Wine for Christian Aid Week in May 2015; and on the 4th April 2018, New Wine Choir joined other friends of Christian Aid to form our Martin Luther King Celebration Choir at the Rediscovering Justice Service and Symposium, at a capacity-filled Westminster Abbey on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Revd Dr Martin Luther King Jr, where Pastor Michael attended with some of his leaders.
As we celebrate Pastor Michael’s life, how he lived and served God and His people, with passion and the beauty of holiness, we also reflect on our own lives, trusting that we too would be impactful and faithful to the end.
Pastor Michael, may you enjoy your rest and worship in the presence of God.
Your colleague and friend in His service.
Councillor & Mrs Olu Babatola
We are so blessed, privileged and honoured to have known Pastor Michael Olawore. It is our human nature to want to understand everything now, but TRUST requires that we learn and rely heavily on God even when things seem unclear. Pastor Michael brought joy and sweetness to those around him. We give our thoughts and prayers to his immediate family and to everyone of the New Wine Church near and far.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Apostle Josephat Elias Mwingira
On behalf of Efatha family, my wife, Eliakunda, and myself, I wish to convey my condolence to the family, leadership, friends and the entire family of New Wine Church for the loss of the Senior Pastor, Michael Olawore, my spiritual son who we were together for many years.
May my sympathy and heartfelt condolence bring comfort to you all. I remember Pastor Michael, his kindness and attitude to serve God dearly. I celebrate and admire his commitment and kindness, and the love he showed unto the ministry that God laid upon him was very unique.
He was dearly committed to serving God and I know I will meet him in heaven one day. I know all of us commit to serve the Lord, knowing that the day of reward is coming, according to our deeds before the Lord. This is the truth.
In Tanzania, we remember him dearly and he was scheduled to come back in October 2018. I was puzzled to hear about the demise but what can we do? We celebrate what God has done. All in all, let us praise God, give thanks in all circumstances, “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” according to 1 Thessalonians 5:18.
For the wife and the children of Pastor Michael, let the Spirit of God comfort you wherever you are in this time of mourning. And the New Wine Church family, let our heavenly Father embrace you whatever you do. The hand of God be with you always.
And to the friends, let the word of God encourage you to move forward because you know there is reward in serving God. All we know is that one day we will be together with Jesus Christ in heaven. This is our gain.
Till we meet again, thank you.
I first came to know Michael around 20 years ago. Such an amazing humble man of God I was proud to have known him.
We laughed and marvelled together at how New Wine was full to capacity upon the visit of Reinhard Bonnke. Every square inch of the carpet full of people hungry for the Lord.
We remained friends ever since. He and the Church together were so passionate about CfaN and the Harvest.
My thoughts and that of our whole CfaN family is with Michael’s family and you, the Church.
Whatever happens in the future of New Wine in terms of Leadership, we know that it has already been carried on the shoulder of two generals of the Lord.
Pastor Michael Olawore, we salute you… You have run the race and now are face to face with Jesus.
May the Lord continue to give you all the peace and grace you need in the days ahead.
Pastor Michael, a gallant soldier for Christ, he loved God deeply, served Him with passion, dedicated his life for the cause of Christ and gave his all to the Lord.
A man of integrity and great character. A respectable, respectful, diligent, faithful, loyal, committed, generous, selfless, sacrificial, demon-chasing, thunderous prayer warrior. And of course, I must not forget – A smart, sharp dresser!
An excellent administrator and a fierce negotiator, he never paid full price for anything, not even at the supermarket. I have seen him in action many times and was grateful that we were on the same side as he never left anything on the table! Even when it was fair to leave something, he would always say “Ah Ah you are bigger than that!”
Dedicated to the core – the first to arrive and the last to leave. He epitomised the phrase – we are here to serve you. A truly unforgettable servant. If you committed anything to his hand, you could go to sleep knowing that it would be done to an excellent standard. Pastor Michael, available to help, morning, afternoon and night. Any time, any day and anywhere – no distance was too great, no time of day was too late, a reliable friend indeed.
You took the reins of leadership at the most difficult time in our history. It took courage, tenacity, steadfastness and a great deal of sensitivity to lead. Despite the pressure, you steadied the ship and navigated us through the storm excellently. As they say in the part of the world where we come from ‘You do well!’ Tu as bien fait!
In my darkest moment, you were a source of comfort and strength, a shoulder to lean on, a shield and a rock. And over the past 5 years, you have been a confidant, an encourager, and an incredible supporter. Thank you for looking out and looking after me. I am eternally grateful.
To Lady Ayo, Emmanuel, Joshua and Zoe and our New Wine Family: The Lord will comfort us and we will fulfil destiny. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Au Revoir, bonne nuit, jusqu’ à ce que nous nous rencontrions.
Apostle Zacharie A. Adetola
I have known Pastor Michael Olawore from high school. He was a man of vision and passion and an exemplary servant of God indeed. He was an inspirational leader and was full of encouragement and great motivation to others.
His yieldedness and consecration to the matters of God’s Kingdom was rather remarkable. His selfless love – expecting nothing in return, trustworthiness in God and faithfulness as the minister of God’s word was exceptional and worthy of emulation. Making disciples of nations was his passion.
He was able to plant quite a number of churches in a short time. He was an apostle indeed. His transition was a blow to me because I planned to accompany him on some of his missionary trips. “But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.” (Psalm 115:3). I trust that The Lord will watch over his biological and spiritual family left behind. “Blessed are the dead who die in The Lord from now on. ‘Yes’, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours, and their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13).
Bishop Mark J. Chironna
Dear First Lady Ayo, Emmanuel, Joshua, Zoe, The Elders and Deacons, and The New Wine Family:
As we honour the life of a great man of God, Michael Olawore, a husband, a father, a pastor, and a great leader in the Kingdom, and a precious brother and friend, I want to first and foremost offer my profound condolences and prayers to the family and the church at this season. While we do not mourn as the world mourns, we are ever mindful that death is an enemy, and while Christ has overcome death, it is yet the last enemy to be defeated at the consummation of the Kingdom.
Until it is defeated, when our loved ones die, we do indeed feel the sense of absence and we deeply miss them. The depth of our sense of missing them in their absence reveals the depth of the love they shared with us and the depth of the love we shared with them. It is for this reason that the Psalmist said, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15). The depth of that love is ever with us because however strong death may seem to be, Solomon reminds us that it is no match for love (Song of Solomon 8:6).
John the Beloved pens these words in Revelation 14:13
“Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: The dead who die in the Lord from now on are blessed.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “let them rest from their labours, for their works follow them!”
Heaven declares that Pastor Michael is a blessed man. So too, we declare that he is indeed a blessed man. He has been a faithful husband, a faithful father, a faithful pastor, a faithful leader, and a faithful friend.
There is no question that Pastor Michael’s works will follow him. His legacy lies in what he has left behind for all of us to grow on. Pastor Michael is someone I cherish as a co-labourer in Christ who loved God with passionate fervency, loved the people of God with caring intimacy, and loved the work and mission of Christ with relentless intentionality.
A choice servant of Christ, Pastor Michael was a man of great resolve and resilience. He was a stalwart in his walk with the Lord, a man of integrity and righteousness. He continually added value to the lives of all that he touched. We could simply say, “He loved well!”
All of us carry a holy restlessness for that day when death will be no more while we live in the “now and not yet” reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. There now is another great servant of Christ, who faithfully served his generation that has entered the cloud of witnesses, there to participate in Heaven’s intercession for the perfecting of the saints until that great Marriage Supper of the Lamb where we will all be reunited, never to be separated again.
May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus be on the entire Olawore Family and on the New Wine Family as you hold on to every precious memory you shared with and every bit of wisdom and insight into truth you were given through Pastor Michael and the way he lived his life. May you be given the grace to let go of those things that are no longer possible because of the separation that has occurred. May you by God’s Spirit hold on to every rich and fertile gift Pastor Michael gave you in his life, his words, and his deeds, and may you have the courage to take on his legacy, and carry it forward in the days that lie ahead, and be sure that his vision for what could be will become what shall be.
May the Shalom of Christ be your portion, nothing missing, nothing broken.
In His Strength and Grace.
Councillor Christine May
It is with deep regret that I learnt of the death of the Senior Minister, Pastor Michael Olawore – and on behalf of all Members of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the congregation of the New Wine Church.
Pastor Michael Olawore will be greatly missed. He played a vital role in the community, displaying a dedicated service to his local community and the Borough.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
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