Joseph Ayo Babalola, the founder of Christ Apostolic Church, was born on 25th, April 1904 in Odo-Owa, Ilofa, Kwara state.
He became a prophet of God in 1928 when God called him on Akure – Ilesha road in October 9th by river Ariran. On 11th of the same month and year, He was also called by God to abandon his job and start preaching.
Babalola harkened to the voice and received the call when he fasted and prayed.
Joseph was later sent out of Anglican Church in his village by the Bishop because majority of the church members have being seeing visions, speaking in tongues and praying energetically. He was baptized at Lagos Lagoon in 1928.
Babalola first miracle was in September 1930 when he woke up a dead child, a week later, He also healed lepers, blind and lame people.
This brought about the great revival of 1930 which recorded massive attendance from Africa and Diaspora without advert.
Babalola ministry was given a Bell, Water, Staff and Bible. The bell was used to invite Angels of God during prayer gatherings and the water was used to heal people of their sicknesses.
Babalola’s shortest and brief prayer was that of 3 to 4 hours. It was remarked by Elder Abraham Owoyemi of Odo-Owa that the prophet regularly saw angels who delivered divine messages to him and that An angel appeared in one of his prayers and forbade him to wear caps.
He so walked in the spirit of prayer and in the supernatural that at one time in the forest where he prayed a python came to where he was and God told him don’t move or stop praying and it coiled itself around him- on the spot the python died and dried up! Due to his long absence from church as be was a man who could go for months in the prayer mountain, his members requested he does something and he prayed for a river/dam in the area and because of the wonders wrought to anyone who’d come in contact with this water- people fetched the dam dry! A man who literary flew during worship practise sessions with his choir.
The great Apostle of God died on July, 1959. This happened almost 30years of his calling.
As at today, the church is still in existence with international recognition.
The CAC regards Babalola as an apostle and his revival ministry as the beginning of the church. A CAC retreat center and University in his name have been built at Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State where Babalola was first called in 1928 by GOD!
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