Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, claimed that he experienced early struggles as a result of coming from a very underprivileged home.
The pastor claimed that because of his parents’ extreme poverty, he spent the first 18 years of his life without shoes. He also mentioned how terrible life was for his family.
Adeboye added that following his conversion to Christ, things started to change for him and his family.
He said “Some of you who know a little bit about my background, you know when they talk about people coming from a rocky background, that means from a background of hardship. My own rocky background was a rock among the rocks. My father was so poor, (that) poor people called him poor.
”The elders have a saying that when there is a hardship for the husband, and hardship for the wife, there must be a hardship for the children.
“The hardship rubbed off on me. For the first 18 years of my life, I had no shoes. My father was so poor. The day he bought an umbrella, we were rejoicing, but look at me today, look at what Jesus can do, He can change the poor to the rich; change the unknown to the known.”