The Founder of the Living Faith Church, a church of about 11,000 branches in 65 countries has acquired a brand new helicopter.
This is not the first time the church is acquiring an aircraft. The church acquired its first aircraft in the year 1996. The first aircraft bought in 1996 for N100 million was an 8 seater HS (Hawker Sydney) 25 400B with registration 5N-WMA (World Mission Agency) for the propagation of the Gospel across the globe. On September 18, 1996, the aircraft was dedicated.
The previous aircraft including the only one present in the Church inventory, a Challenger 605 with registration N633WM (World Mission) which was acquired at $25 million were all acquired by the Church through Dominion Aviation Center.
Bishop Oyedepo announced that the aircraft which had arrived Nigeria could fly from Lagos to Maiduguri or from Lagos to Abuja and back to Lagos without a need to refuel.
Church Gist investigation also reveals that the aircraft is still in a Lagos seaport undergoing clearance after which it will be brought to the Church’s hangar for assemblage. Church Gist also gathered that the helicopter could be of Italian origin and produced by the Leonardo Helicopters (formerly Agusta Westland). In particular, it could be either the Trekker or GrandNew series as these have a capacity for covering a long-range before the need for refuelling.
Dr David Oyedepo once speaks about how white missionaries visited his village in Omu-Aran with a helicopter when he still a kid. He also talks about early April 1982 when God showed him wings in a vision and he asked God what its all about, later on, it was revealed that his ministry was going to be flying around the world carrying the of Jesus Christ. After then, the Church acquired its first aircraft in March 1996 and since then, the Church has been acquiring aircraft for missionary purposes.
Also, as each aircraft gets old, it is quickly exchanged for a new one to ease the cost, maintenance and servicing. A few years ago, precisely in 2011, the Bishop travelled to 6 African countries within 7 days and preached 11 different sermons. This is an example of his usual itinerary which could certainly not be achieved flying normal commercial flights.