Pastor Vera Obamen is currently the lead Pastor at the Voice of Jesus Welfare Ministry. In this interview, she shared about what growing up looked like for her, how she started her ministry and her outlook toward the future. Sit back, relax and enjoy the read.
1. Full Name, Title and Ministry Name
My name is Vera Obamen and I am the Pastor of Voice of Jesus Welfare Ministry.
2. What was growing up like?
I was born in Edo State, Nigeria to a Christian mother and father. My father was a civil servant and my mother was a businesswoman. We were a middle-class family, and my siblings and I were raised to be content with what we had and to always work harder to become more successful, as long as it is done the right way. We were always motivated by our parents to take our education very seriously, focus on our studies, and get the best grades possible. My parents always encouraged us to be in the first place– they wouldn’t accept anything less. In Nigeria, each class ranks students from first place to last based on their overall grades for the semester.
One time I came home from school at the end of the semester and I had come in third place. I was proud of my results, but I remember my mother frowning, and she asked me if the person who came in first had two heads instead of one. She wanted me to understand that the person who came in first was no different than me, and there’s no reason I should have come in third place. Because of that, I’ve always had this mentality that nobody could have an advantage over me, and when given the same opportunities as others, I have no excuse but to always be the best at anything I put my mind to. My parents taught my siblings and I to be industrious and to approach every endeavor with honesty and integrity.[Great Read: 5 Reasons Why You Should Join Onpoint Small Business Success Elite]
3. Tell us about your family background
I am the second child of six kids. I have an older sister, two younger brothers, and two younger sisters. We were always very supportive of each other. Our parents raised us to love one another unconditionally and to always be there for each other.
4. How did your parents influence you?
My parents were big on discipline and made sure that my siblings and I remained focused on all of our goals and aspirations. My mother would always make sure that we never missed church, and she reinforced the importance of the Christian faith in maintaining our morals and values. As I said earlier, my mother was a businesswoman and she brought me into her business very early on as her personal assistant. She showed me how to establish a business, build it up, and how to earn profits.[Would you love to advertise your business in this space? Contact us HERE]
5. Tell us about a turning point in your life
One major turning point in my life was marrying my husband. He’s always supported me in serving God and in raising our kids in the ways of the Lord, which is all I’ve ever desired.
Another turning point was when I relocated from Nigeria to the United States. It’s been so great watching my children love God and serve in the Church, living the American Dream.
6. What informed your decision to go into Ministry?
Growing up, I always remember loving God and seeking Jesus. The Lord gave me many revelations and has been speaking to me since I was ten years old. I’ll never forget one day while I was asleep, Jesus Christ walked into my room. He took me with him on what seemed like a tour of Heaven and Hell, showing me around, and He told me many different things.
When I woke up from the dream, I remembered everything He said to me, and I knew that God was going to use me for His glory. I was fully ready for that call, and I realized at that moment that I was born to preach the Good News of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
I was a leader at Christ Apple Mission in Uromi (my hometown), where I was raised and brought up by Bishop Ehidiamen. When my family and I relocated to Lagos, Nigeria, I joined Christ Embassy Church. There I became a Deaconess and was trained by the teachings of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.[Great Read: 5 Ways to Influence Prospects]
One night, Jesus appeared to me, calling me by name. I saw His face and He looked so somber. When I looked in His eyes I could see the pain and the seriousness of what He wanted to tell me. I’d never seen Him that way before, and it really troubled me because I couldn’t figure out what was wrong; but Jesus knew what I was asking in my heart and He answered me saying, “Vera, when I was on this earth, everyone that came into contact with Me never remained the same.
But what I’m seeing today is different.” I could hear how solemn His voice was as he asked me, “What’s the difference between those that know Me and those that don’t know Me yet if those that know Me are still suffering? That’s why I’m so sad, that’s why I look like this.” And He told me, “Vera, I am welfare. When people meet with Me, their life shouldn’t remain the same because I am welfare. That’s why I came to you, and I trust that you can do this, to take this message out to the world and let them know that I am welfare.”
The next morning it was all I could think about. I felt such a strong urge to pray, I couldn’t even go to my business! Even my husband was asking me if I was alright because that night he felt a shift in the room, and he could tell that something had taken place. This all happened while I was still in Lagos, Nigeria. Jesus kept reminding me again and again, telling me that I needed to go and start the Ministry.
Eventually, I moved to America, and I began pastoring a Christ Embassy Church in Union, New Jersey. One day I was ministering on the pulpit and Jesus showed up and stood next to me on the stage, saying again that I needed to begin the Ministry He sent me to do immediately. I couldn’t delay any longer, and right then I decided to leave Christ Embassy and began the Voice of Jesus Welfare Ministry – just as God instructed me to do.
When I sit down to do these live streams on Facebook and I see how many are watching, I know it’s all because of the Lord. I never worry about what to minister or how it will go because every step of the way I’m guided by the Holy Spirit. I know what He has called me to do, and I know I’m walking in His purpose for me. God has been so faithful.[Great Read: The Step-by-Steps Details on How to Start Profiting from Your Passion]
7. What were the specific challenges you encountered or are still encountering?
The greatest challenge is dealing with human beings. Many people from different backgrounds come to the church to be transformed by the Word, and sometimes the environment they grew up in taught them certain ways of thinking and reasoning, and they continue doing things the way they learned from their experiences.
Leading others is the highest calling, but it also requires me to exercise patience when dealing with so many different mindsets and attitudes from those various backgrounds, and as a minister of the Gospel I must address those things through the Word. I’ve come to understand through the years that if you want people to believe in what you believe, you have to exercise patience with them. This is how I choose to live my life, and it’s helped me greatly as a Pastor. If I allowed frustration rather than patience, I would never have been able to raise God’s children in truth and in love, so I hold onto this word no matter what I face.
8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself using any means possible to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, bringing men and women into the Kingdom of God. I won’t stop until everyone on earth has been reached with this message and gives their life to Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I’ve registered the Voice of Jesus Welfare Ministry as a non-profit organization in the United States, and within the next 5 years, I also plan to open a branch here. I currently have a branch open in Lagos, Nigeria, but I’d like to have one active in America as well.[Great Read: Starting a New Business? Here are 6 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid]
9. What advice do you have for people thinking of going into Ministry?
My advice for those thinking of going into Ministry is not to procrastinate on doing what God has told you to do—the blessing is in starting. When God calls you into ministry, be bold to say, “Yes, Lord, here I am. Use me!” Just start, even if it’s from your home, that’s where I started from! When God calls you, everything you need has been given to you in a total package, and He’ll be with you all the way.
10. What current projects are you working on?
Right now, I’m using social media, any platform that I can get ahold of, to reach people with the Gospel. I’m also planning to attend Bible College and I’m currently researching which university I’d like to attend.
11. How can readers reach or connect you?
12. What else would you like to say?
The motto of our ministry is: Voice of Jesus Welfare Ministry, where we see good in people. Always see good in people because life is a seed, and whatever we sow is what we will get out of it. God loves the people that He created, and the Bible records that the greatest thing of all is love. All that you owe people is love.
If you would like to invite me to minister, you can use the contact information provided.
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