Bishop Oyedepo Acquires New Helicopter Worth N2.5 Billion
Founder, Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church, Bishop Oyedepo has acquired a brand new helicopter worths 2.5Billion.
This is in continuation of his quest to ease mobility while reaching large numbers of people in his evangelical work.
This acquisition is unique as it is the first time he will buy an aircraft with his personal resources.
Previous aircraft including the only one presently in the Church inventory, a Challenger 605 with registration N633WM (World Mission) which was acquired at a cost of $25 million were all acquired by the Church through Dominion Aviation Center.
Speaking at a gathering of pastors recently, 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.
The helicopter is reportedly still in a Lagos seaport undergoing clearance after which it will be brought to the Church’s hangar for assemblage.
Church Gist has 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 capacity for covering a long range before the need for refueling.
Dr David Oyedepo has spoken often about how he was inspired by the visit of white missionaries to his village of Omu-Aran in helicopters while he was a kid.
He also mentioned as early as April 1982 that God had shown him wings in a vision and when he asked, it was revealed that his ministry was going to be flying around the world carrying the gospel of Jesus Christ. This led to the acquisition by the Church of the first aircraft in March 1996 and since then, the Church has been acquiring aircraft for missionary purposes.