Goshen Home & Orphanage is a sister-arm of Bestspring Children & Youth Development Foundation. The divine directive for the orphanage came on June 7th 2014 while I was at a Women Conference in my church. We were having a fasting and praying session and as I knelt in prayer, I heard the Lord say to me, “Daughter! I want you to set an orphanage. It is going to be a choice home where destiny children will be nurtured. I will cause it to flourish like the palm tree and it shall be a fountain from where many lives will be nourished. Let it be situated within Akute-Olambe area. I will cause many to adopt the home and sow into it”.
Prior to this time, precisely in December 2002, my husband and I had founded Bestspring Children and Youth Development Foundation to advocate and cater for orphans, vulnerable and physically-challenged children. For seven years we operated as a freelance ministry, reaching out to children in various orphanages and supporting them through musical show/talent hunt, educational scholarship and infrastructural development.
In 2010, Bestspring was formally registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a non-governmental organization. Though confronted with many challenges, we have continued to serve indigent communities and provided humanitarian support to less privileged children in areas of education, nutrition and psycho-social services.
And so when the mandate to start an orphanage home came, I laughed because we didn’t have the resources. The NGO we were running had lots of challenges with paying school fees and caring for the children of widows under our care, hence I didn’t see how I would be able to afford to rent a bungalow or duplex and furnish it with all that is required for an orphanage. So, I told the Lord that if truly He is the one leading me in this direction, He should first of all speak to my husband to approve of it. Then he should provide the needed resources.
That was the litmus test. Of course, I could not tell my husband immediately because I was almost too sure he would raise objection in view of the financial stress we were already going through with running Bestspring Foundation. But the very day I told him, he was all out for it and even encouraged me to look for a suitable place to rent. His words, “I perceive that God wants to build us an institution that will outlive us, so there is no need to delay. We must trust and obey”.
Armed with these words of assurance, I went out to search for a suitable place for use. I also sent someone to the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development, Abeokuta, Ogun State to make enquiries about government’s requirements for us to run an orphanage so we would be properly guided.
We searched and searched but did not find a suitable place. It was in the heat of this search that I lost my father on 3rd August 2014. I was so devastated and forgot all about the orphanage assignment as we had lots of preparations to make for the funeral ceremony. Daddy was interred on 3rd October 2014 and shortly after, the Lord reminded me of the assignment he gave me. And although I was still hurting, we resumed the search for an apartment to use as orphanage but all efforts to get a suitable place proved abortive.
Exactly six months after the first call, precisely on 7th December 2014, a miracle happened that blew my mind. A piece of land was graciously donated to us to build an Orphanage. At the Bestspring Partners’ Dinner event held that month, we were able to raise some money to commence the building project and on 24th January 2015, the foundation of the orphanage was laid by Pastor Akin Akande and members of the Board of Trustees.
The building process was very tough but God proved to us that this was His project. We invested both personal and family funds. God also used our Board members, mentors, pastors, friends, family and good hearted people to provide the resources. There were times we came to a standstill because there was no money to buy building materials or pay the artisans; but we kept praying that we didn’t want this to be an abandoned project. Time and again, our God showed up as the Very Present Help in Trouble (Psalm 46 vs. 1).
Within the space of two years: January 2015 – January 2017, the building project was completed. Thereafter, the house was empty for two months as we had exhausted both personal and donated resources. We could not afford any furniture whatsoever; neither could we go back to those that had supported us while building because some of them had already given beyond measure.
As at when the Administrator, the Caregiver and first set of children arrived, we had no beds for them but they pulled through with the makeshift materials we had. With time, the furniture began to come in bits and pieces. Although we still need a lot of things to make the facility comfortable for the children, we are happy that they now have beds to sleep and kitchen utensils for the matron to cook and for them.
And so, on 4th March 2017, Goshen Home & Orphanage was commissioned at a simple but very memorable event by the some of our founding fathers and mentors, namely Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity and the General Overseer of the New Testament Assembly, Pastor Samson Bamgbayan. We also had in attendance members of the Board of Trustees, eminent religious leaders, well-wishers, journalists, family and friends. It was indeed a very colourful event that brought great joy to many hearts.
Where We Are Now
Goshen Home is now fully functional with destiny children and their caregivers. We are also formally registered with the Ogun State Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development. Our activities are being supervised by the office of the Directorate of Social Welfare.
We call on good hearted individuals, corporate organizations, religious bodies and charitable institutions to partner with us in the noble task of raising these children to excel in all areas of life. We need your support in order to bring sunshine to their lives. We will appreciate your visit and donation in cash and kind.
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