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YOU WILL BE REMEMBER BY WHAT YOU HAVE DONE (Late) Sister Abiodun Kumuyi (A JEWEL)

One day, in September 1972, a precocious man, approached a young lady in the streets
of Lagos, Nigeria. He struck a conversation with her, and expertly
steered the discussion towards a subject that was altogether new to the
young woman.

kumuyi

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He told her about the lost state of all human beings; their
helplessness in the face of domineering sinful habits; and the futility
of any self-help effort to make a lasting change in their situations.

As she listened attentively, he proceeded to explain that man’s
condition had turned him against God, his Creator. But he quickly told
her the story of God’s love and interest in reconciling estranged human
kind to Himself. He truly caught the interest of the young woman, who
was soon confessing her sins, pleading for forgiveness and receiving
Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour.
That young woman was
Abiodun Olowu, at the time, a high school student in Lagos. She knew no
church but wanted to learn more about the God that had changed and
transformed her life. Through divine providence, she got introduced to a
young University of Lagos lecturer in Mathematics, who was passionate
about organising youths to meet with and serve the Lord. Abiodun was to
be one of the privileged fifteen persons with whom the lecturer started
the Bible Study group in 1973, which has remained till this day. The
venue was Flat 2, University of Lagos Staff Quarters, deep inside the
campus in Akoka, a suburb of Lagos.
It was the home of William F.
Kumuyi, who will later become General Superintendent of The Deeper
Christian Life Ministry, and Pastor of the Deeper Life Bible Church.
Abiodun, then 20, wasted no time in settling down to digest the
systematic and expository study of the Bible series undertaken by the
Bible Study leader, as Pastor Kumuyi was then known. Thus, began for
her, a journey that was destined to alter the course of her life
forever.
Born to the Olowu family of Epe on January 7, 1952,
Abiodun attended Baptist Primary School, Surulere in Lagos. She had her
secondary education at the New Era Girls’ Secondary School, Lagos where
she obtained her West African School Certificate. Thereafter, she
proceeded to the Federal College of Education, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, where
she read Business and Secretarial Studies.
On September 13, 1980
in Lagos, Abiodun married her erstwhile Bible Study teacher, Pastor
William Folorunsho Kumuyi. He had defied all pressures from friends and
family concerning marriage, preferring instead to pray and wait for God
to direct him to the partner He had chosen specially for him. God
answered that prayer in Abiodun. The marriage was blessed with two sons,
Jeremiah and John, both of whom were dotted upon by their beloved
mother.
That marriage expectedly thrust upon her the role of a
helper to her Pastor- husband. Naturally, she threw herself into the
Women Ministry of the church. Through that ministry, multitudes of women
were saved from their sins, and obtained other Christian experiences of
sanctification and Holy Ghost baptism. Many became missionaries and
preachers in their own right. The women ministry under her leadership
saw the restoration of peace, joy and love to many homes, and
reconciliation in many broken marriages and lives.

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An energetic,
dynamic and visionary woman, Abiodun Kumuyi, who was fondly called Mummy
or Mama by members of the church, spear-headed the establishment of the
Christian Women Mirror magazine. She used the magazine to teach women
all they needed to know to be successful wives and mothers, accomplished
and exemplary Christians and models of excellence. The magazine for
which she was editor-in-chief until her demise, has become so popular
that it is circulating far and wide and is highly sought after by
readers who are no longer restricted to women.
Like every true
child of God, she seemed to have had an inkling that the Almighty God
was about to call her home. Speaking on the phone from her sick bed on
Tuesday, April 7, 2009, she told her younger son, John: This is the last
stage. He did not understand what his mother meant, but only realized
after her transition to glory that she was passing a parting message to
him.
Not even sickness would dampen her love and commitment to
the Lord she served so faithfully and dutifully. She was unable to
attend the Church’s Easter Retreat this year because of her sickness.
But the messages from the venue of the retreat were transmitted to her
by satellite in her home at the International Bible Training Centre,
Ayobo, Ipaja, a suburb of Lagos.
On the morning of Saturday,
April 11, 2009, she woke up as usual and joined the Faith Clinic session
from the retreat venue on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. As she listened
to her husband leading the congregation in soul-stirring hymns, she
joined and sang with a surprisingly strong and clear voice. All her
weaknesses seemed to have disappeared. Her face glowed as she sang
along:
There is a new name written down in glory,
And it’s mine, O yes, it’s mine!
And the white robed angels sing the story,
A sinner has come home.
For there’s a new name written down in glory,
And it’s mine, O yes, it’s mine;
With my sins forgiven I am bound for heaven,
Never more to roam.

Those taking care of her were over-joyed at the sudden transformation.
They watched as she sang happily, then, settled down to listen to the
Pastor’s Message titled: The Shield of Faith, which stressed protection
for believers, pulling down strongholds and preservation in the shelter
of the Almighty Father. At the end of the message, she became engrossed
in the prayers that followed; and as soon as she heard the final In
Jesus Name, she said, Amen. Then, she turned her face, shut her eyes,
and passed to glory.
She will be sorely missed as a loving,
caring and amiable mother who was very fond of not just her two sons and
husband, but the entire Deeper Life family. She was always together
with the General Superintendent. They traveled together and worked
together. He rarely got to any place without her companionship. Her
commitment to the Lord was infectious and her love for God’s word was
deep-seated. She touched many lives positively. No doubt, she has fought
a good fight, she has finished her course, she has kept the faith.
Praise God for a life well lived.

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