My name is Saliu Adinoyi Isaac. I am from Kogi state, born to the family of Mr & Mrs Samuel A. SALIU.
First of all, my birth was quite dramatic. A number of unpleasant occurrences transpired before I was born. I was born in a family of six siblings including myself being the first born/child.
I grew up with a lot of inferiority and complex issues, coupled with the fact that I was also an extreme introvert. That means that I grew up with lots of my dreams, ambition, and aspirations in life not shared with anyone at all but were only contemplations in my heart.
But fortunately, I noticed I had such a passion for the house of God as what we would call today, “A church Boy” but with minimal understanding and direction.
Soon I found out that my mother had dedicated me to God in my early years saying;
“If God was looking for anyone to use seeing that both her and my father had so little knowledge of Him, that I was available for Him to use“.
CAN YOU IMAGINE! Here was my mother transacting my life with the Lord without my consent.
I became clueless about purpose and relevance, hence my search for purpose and relevance began. It started with football, I just discovered I had an inert ability to play football and I played for several years thinking I was going to be a professional footballer. This was during my secondary years (2000).
Then in Wusasa Zaria, I came across a company of friends and we called ourselves “The Voice of Destiny” this was where my journey began as a chorister after I discovered I could sing pretty well. We sang until we made a Name for ourselves as intended.
Eventually, the passion to be a music artist died when our producer ran away with both our money and the master copy of our album.
And then all of a sudden, I came into Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in the year 2009, and found out I could dance so well.
I joined a dance ministry called “The Redeemed Dancers” I danced so well, I thought I was going to become a professional dancer up until 2012 when my encounters with the Lord began.
Ministry in my own opinion is one among the many largely misunderstood word and concept in the Kingdom of God and in the Body of Christ at large.
Ministry in one word simply means SERVICE. Among the many principles that make for an accurate understanding of the word ministry/service, we must also understand that service or servanthood has a form.
Ministry/servanthood has a form, it has a carriage and an attitude.
Philippians 2:5-7 KJV
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Apostle Paul began communicating to the Philippian church that there was a ideology that Jesus upheld while He walked the earth, which is an understanding I also want you to permit. And what was this understanding? Jesus being in the form of God, take note of the word “being” meaning that was his true reality personified with and in God. But to make his ministry effective on earth He had to make himself or take the “form” of a servant, because a servant was not His “being” and I think this is where most ministers of the Gospel get it all mixed up.
Servanthood does not strip you or deny you of your spiritual essence with God but a platform or posture of heart that makes your service both to God and humanity effective.
Therefore my admonishment to ministers of the Gospel is to quit thinking of ministry in the sense of its glory and glamor and start thinking ministry in the sense of its price and cost… This is where Service comes in.
I was just lying down in my room, not even praying nor studying, but resting and with a heart panting after the Kingdom and His person. Suddenly, I heard the Lord spoke to me loud and clear; “Isaac, You will put up a crusade platform for me during your service year”. It was so dramatic that I had to look around because it sounded like I was with someone else in the room… Guess what! There was actually someone in my room, He was only invisible. I was troubled in my heart for days not for fear but for reverence and at the same time, not knowing who to share with.
Then I decided I was going on a retreat before the Lord. This was because, having known the level of spiritual consecration and financial implications involved, I needed some answers.
So I eventually went on the retreat and the Lord spoke to me again on the 13th of July 2016 about putting up a crusade platform for him, but this time it came with a strategy. Although this strategy was not as charismatic as I wanted to hear it as my requests were around the Anointing and Finances and God never said anything about that but all he told me was… When I get to my place of service, I should raise an altar of prayer and Intercession and he will draw men His Spirit.
That was how I was posted for service in Balanga, Gombe state. It is a very remote place to be domiciled. There was no electricity, no power supply in the last one year as at when we got there. While we journeyed there, most of my collegues especially the ladies were crying; communicating their displeasure for the place.
Upon arriving, the first thing I looked out for (God bearing me witness) was where I could pray… And trust me, I found because the voice of God was influencing my decisions.
When I finally parked my belongings there, I began to pray tirelessly every night. Trust me, God speaks to you, it doesn’t just happen.
PIB was birthed from the womb of intended, diligent prayer and Intercessions.
I thought it was going to be automatic; in the sense that God will just suddenly make my bank account fat and release the Anointing for PIB… But guess what? God will have to test you through time on your resolve and faith in what ever He commits to you.
For more than three good months, I was praying and nothing seemed to be happening. Although my collegues amongst whom I lived admired me and I kept offering my prayers as incense.
When God was done vetting my commitment to the vision, then another instruction came. He asked me to make an announcement in the corpers lodge where I lived for who ever was interested in joining me to pray at night. Mysteriously, five ladies obliged to join me….
Thank God, I knew that the appearance women was symbolic in the realm of the Spirit. I know that they represented the spiritual womb that will incubate the word of prophecies God gave me.
No other person joined us to pray until after like a month and then men began to troop in.
By the way, these are my personal experiences, your own strategy could be different, however I believe that there are so many wisdom keys to walk with.
As at that time, I had not yet told any of them what God told me about putting up a crusade platform, all we did was to keep praying, up until one night we were praying and the power of God broke out, the spirit of Prophecy came strong upon a Lady named Funke Adebayo Greatness.
She walked up to me under the Anointing and said to me; God has given you Balanga in your hands and He has prepared the way for the crusade. Here was I dumb founded and in awe because I never told any of them.
We eventually grew to a team of 13 including myself,and I was instructed to make them the leaders. I began to teach and build them as it related to the vision. There was need to make the vision plain enough for them to run with it (Habakkuk 2:2-3).
I explained the vision so well that if I had died during the planning process, PIB would have still held and would have been a huge success.
The theme (PIB) came when I had begun serving already. I was walking down to the lodge after a powerful prayer meeting.
I called my fiancee and began to share with her what happened during the meeting and she said to me in a funny way… “Hmmmm. Pentecost In Balanga” Meaning, I was the Pentecost personified living in Balanga. And my goodness, it was like an arrow shot into my spirit and then instantly God spoke to me, that is the theme for the crusade. I shared this for a reason because at times like this God will choose not to use your regimented ways of hearing from him but choose to use the weirdest if you’ll permit me to use that word in speaking to you.
This was how concrete planning began and in terms of leadership and administration I began to put systems in place. I created departments, not vaguely but tailored towards to actualization of the divine vision.
I learned that there are no resources without a vision.
And that was how resources began to flow in (in that remote place). There are not dry places as it were, there are only dry people, with a lack of vision.
While we were praying, prophecies came concerning financial supply and abundance came and they were well documented. But that God said it, does not make it work automatically, He needs your absolute participation and you have to engage your mind in thinking productively.
We had a budget of #300,000.
So we came up with a financial vision called “project 5000” to target 60 kingdom financiers who will sow #5000.
We followed the vision through and “c’mon now” the light of Ephesians 3:20 was manifest. We had a budget of #300, 000 but guess what! #412, 000 came in cash. God foresaw expenses we did not capture in our budget but went ahead of us miraclously.
We also leveraged on relationships because God granted us access and we were able to secure a number of things cash free.
In a nut shell the crusade was worth over have a million naira… About #800, 000 both in cash and in kind.
It was a three day meeting. Souls came to the saving knowledge of Christ, the blind received their sight, the lame reciceved strength and the oppressed were delivered Glory to God.
INGREDIENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CRUSADE
The following are inevitable ingredients for a successful crusade any day any time;
Your sight is a function of the eyes while Vision is a function of your heart. The vision I’m talking about is not what God showed you with your eyes being opened into the realm of the Spirit… That’s just an experience you had with God and it is unknown to anybody. The vision I’m talking about in this context is your experience with God being articulated and made plain in clear terms such that he that reads it can run with it. Until your vision is received, articulated, plain and understood, it is not a vision. This was one of the infallible laws I engaged for the success of PIB.
This cannot be over emphasised for a successful crusade. That was a law I engaged to the success of PIB and it worked wonders.
You are only the receiver and the explainer of the vision, YOU ARE NOT THE RUNNER OF IT! It is those that reads and understand your vision that will run with it. And until your vision is ran with, it doesn’t come to a fruition. THE POWER OF MEN!
THE ENDORSEMENT/PERMIT OF AUTHORITIES
This was also one key that guaranteed the success of PIB. It includes both spiritual and earthly authority.
Please I must emphasize here that you must be very bold and courageous in doing this because you may meet individuals in authority who are likely to challenge you with questions, therefore you must trust God for the wisdom to respond.
God granted us favour and gave us access that guaranteed the success of our crusade.
For instance, the community township stadium we used was not ours therefore we needed the consent and endorsement of the Local government chairman, not just him, we had to seek the permit from the police force within that territory, I met with Kings, monarch and many more. Let me just say this please… For authorities who will prove adamant, God will always raise a Jonathan for you amongst his midst. This is the level you have to operate the law of honor. The king and authority you do not honour, his favour or endorsement you do not deserve. I literally lost count of the number of wine we bought and gifts we bought for this purpose.
In addition, you will need to seek the alliance of the churches within that territory and honor… Here, churches may come up with all kinds of suggestions but be careful not to tamper with the Blueprint God gave you. When I had PIB, I had to write a letter to all the churches within that territory, speak with the CAN Chairman northeast and so on and so forth.
A lot of partners will come around and really want to be of help and support your vision but I am careful with my choice of words “Financial partners”.
Holding a crusade or running a ministry is very capital intensive. You do not have the financial capability to run it, even if you do, it is not wise a thing to do.
However, you must trust God to be the highest financial partner of that vision. People will not believe and commit themselves financially until they see how committed you are both physically, spiritual, financially etc committed to your vision. You need to trust God for favor at this level and trust me, men will show up! We had financial partners that sowed heavily that I have not met with my eyes till date, just a word with them on phone.
Till date I still have my list of expenditures we made and their costs. I have almost all my bank statements printed out. I made sure I kept track of all expenses made and ensured it was accurately accounted for.
Please permit me to make mention Praise Obabueki who did an amazing job handling our finances.
ROBUST LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION
Alot of men or women of God pay more attention to just being just spiritually empowered and neglect the place of leadership and administration.
Leadership is what will give your vision to hold a crusade structure, it will make it systemic in its operation, it will make the outcome of your crusade predictable. Please never neglect the power of leadership, it was on of the ingredients that ensured a successful crusade.
STRENGTH AND COURAGE
How could I have wrapped up this session without talking about courage? God will not tell Joshua to be strong and courageous if there was no reason to be afraid. Things will SURE happen to challenge your faith and test your conviction.
For example, finances may not come as at when you have proposed to need them, men and women will persecute you, you will feel like quitting, etc but you must be strong and full of courage. It will look like nothing will happen, but the Bible says wait for it, though it tarries, it must come to pass. Your vision is very potent and self fulfilling but your responsibility is to stay and partner with it.
Habakkuk 2:3 KJV
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
YOUR VISION CAN WEAR YOU OUT… You will need divine strength and wisdom. I think this was one of the mistakes I made. I barely ate through out that season, I wasn’t eating well because I was on a very long fast, I barely slept or had quality time to rest and go for some sort of hangout or relaxation.
I Prayed…and prayed and prayed especially at night, I say this not to boast or make a statement but I could literally count the numbers of times I slept through out the night during my NYSC. I fasted until I began to have some abdominal discomfort where I found out I was stooling blood.
Please, pay attention to your body and health. You need your body to vehicle that vision God has shown you.
I also made certain mistakes in exploring alot of other options before releasing funds for some expenses. We ended up purchasing some things at higher prices than they should have been.
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Galatians 6:9 KJV
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
My appreciation first of all goes to God the giver of life and vision. The one only who empowers men to fulfill their purpose and callings.
Secondly, my appreciation goes to my father in the Lord, Apostle Joshua Selman Nimmak who tirelessly pours his heart into building and imparting.
To my team members, team Air force 1 Intercessory Ministry. David Dodo, Sunday Edem, Praise Obabueki, Daniel Iyiola, Vivian Emegwa, Omowunmi Mary, Greatness Funke Adebayo, Adedamola Adeniji, John Ubon, Victoria Olanipekun, Victoria Ade, French Afure Daniel, I Love you all deeply.
My appreciation also goes to our guests ministers, Pastor Rampyal TK, David Dam, Udayi Elijah, Tabitha Jonah, Daniel Haruna, Amada Precious Wato, Patricia Abutu, Precious Shall-Holma.
Finally, my deep appreciation goes to all my financial partners, may the Lord bless and increase you all from glory to glory. I Love you all once again. Shalom!