In about 1906, some Yoruba Christians were living in Bale Ajala’s house. They were very friendly and sociable. Their way of life attracted many people to them. One of those whom they thereby converted and taught how to read was David Aisida. The band of new converts included Messrs. Joseph Omoleye, John Fajoyo, Samuel Jogbodo, Osaleye Oniwenla Akerele, David Aisida, Joseph, Itiola and Daodu who formed the foundation members of the church in town Supare town was then at the old site. In 1911, Mr. Emmanuel Olorunda, brough A, B, D, for sale to the young congregation, and he also taught them to read. Meetings and services were generally held in Bale Ajala’s house, but with the rapid growth of the church, the then Oba of the town, Olajuba gave the Christians a piece of land at Ikereku on which the first church was built. As there were no women members at that time. Men devoted themselves to scrubbing the church building weekly. As from 1910, persecution of the Christians by the heathen elders was experienced for several years. They generally set masquerades to flog the Christians. They put injurious medicines in the church hall, accused them falsely to the government, and also seduced the wives of some Christians. They also seize many of their domestic properties and deprived them of fellowship in the town. On the occasion, a scuffle ensued in which Mr. Joseph Omoyeye’s teeth were badly damaged. The case went to court at Kabba, and the pagans were punished. This result brought a halt to open molestation of the Christians and added more converts to the church. Though the church had no permanent worker, yet it enjoyed the constant visits, consultation and services of Rev. H. F. Gane from Owo, Mr. Isaac Tenabe from Iyayu, James Ibileru from Idoani and Gabriel Akinmade from Oba Akoko. The growth of the church was much due to the efficacy of the prayers of the congregation. For example, because of strong and regular prayers it was observed that there was no death among the members of the church during 1918 nation-wide epidemic influenza. In the 1927 – 1928 country wide drought, the Christians singled out to pray, and there was instantaneous down pour of heavy rain. These and other such instances convinced the people to believe in the excellence of the Christian faith, and many people thereby joined the Church. It was the persecution of the Christians in Akoko that made the church elders of that time to form the native Christian society in their struggle against the evils and persecutions of paganism in Akoko. For example when at the time of Catechist
Adewole at Supare some church members were falsely accused and sentenced to a fine of fifteen pound (thirty naira). It was this society (Egbe Ibile) that quickly gave out the loan to pay the fine.



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