•2 Hrs With Prophetess MARY OLUBORI
•Reveals Their 21 Year Love Story
It was a beautiful Sunday morning, on the last Sunday of the year 2018 to be precise. City People Magazine Publisher, Seye Kehinde, visited Prophetess Mary Olubori at her Havilah Mountain of Fire, Amuloko-Akanran Road, off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan.
Prophetess Mary Olubori is the founder of Rock of Salvation Apostolic Ministry established 22years ago. She is the woman who founded this Havilah Prayer Mountain in Ibadan. The Rock of Salvation Ministry is run by the Prophetess and her husband, Pastor Israel Olubori, who joined her in the Ministry, 21 years ago.
This pretty Prophetess and her husband are the lovely couple behind both The Rock of Salvation Church and the Havilah Mountain. The church has several branches all over the world. Prophetess Olubori is well known both in Ibadan and London (where they reside and run a branch of the church) on account of the several lives she has been able to touch almost on a big daily basis. Testimonies abound as to the huge number of lives she and her husband have saved and their philantrophy, touching and changing lives.
Unknown to many who think she is just another woman of God, Prophetess Mary Olubori is a spirit filled Prophetess (Woli) who sees visions and she has been at it for over 2 decades, starting out at Ibadan. It was also at Ibadan she met her husband, in strange circumstances. She told City People the story.
She had already become a popularly and well established Woli (Prophetess) at the time she received the message that a fair in complexion man who had come to her church for solutions to his problems was the man she was to marry. Initially, she didn’t like the idea. She was single then and she had never been married. She was also in hot demand at that time. Many men of God wanted her hand in marriage. They all got attracted to her stunning beauty and her prophetic powers and she turned down all there offers till she encountered this simple man who was not into the ministry.
She found herself at a crossroad. Should she go ahead and marry this man, according to the prophetic message, she received or should she still
In 2015, after her husband also made his own money and had become established, Prophetess told her husband to propose to her all over again, which he did at an elaborate ceremony in Ibadan.
Last week, during her new year celebration, she spoke to City People Publisher, SEYE KEHINDE and Senior Editor, SUNDAY ADIGUN about her love story.
In this interview, she revealed how she met her husband 21 years ago, how they got married secretly on a Mountain, how she singlehandedly financed the wedding then and how her husband decided to remarry her properly in 2015. She also revealed why many couldn’t believe she could marry the kind of man she got married to.
These and many more she revealed in this interview below.
How did your love story with your husband start 21yeas ago?
We usually hold a Mountain Prayer at Ojoo in Ibadan every Thursday. Prophet Fijabi from Cherubim and Seraphim is the man of God that gave my husband a message that year when he had problem in his work place. He was working with Jamb then. He also got contracts from the state and local governments. Everything wasn’t working as expected, so he came to the Mountain for prayer I sighted him where he was praying under the tree, he’s yellow in complexion and had a round face, so jokingly I called him Indian man and I started giving him the messages God gave me to him.
I told him about the storm that was ravaging his company, I told him about his failed marriage attempts and he confirmed all the prophecies. I told him to pray for 3days that God is going to give him his wife.
Like I said, he didn’t join our own service, I only sighted him from where he was praying alone. So after our own service ended he came to me to further explain what is really happening with him and he confirmed all the messages I gave to him, that it was as if I’had known him before. He asked for my church, I told him we don’t have a church yet but we have where we fellowship and do
My husband is a man that loves God wholeheartedly. He came on that foundation laying day and also supported us financially. As at then, we hadn’t started our Sunday services but he promised to join us. He joined us and he was consistent. There was a day I went into the
I said Yes. I gave him the pictures, he looked through and pointed to my husband that God said he’s the one. I initially disagreed with him because I’ve been told that I don’t have luck when it comes to men.
Later I said to myself that I’m the one that even knows this now, how am I going to tell him, knowing fully well that it’s not possible for me to woo him? Moreso I’ve also made a covenant with God that I will not marry a man that has knelt down before me. But the man said he has delivered his own message as instructed by God and he returned back to Oshogbo. After that, I called a man, an Evangelist that was working with me then and we started brainstorming on how to go about it.
Funny enough we didn’t even know how to contact him. Then, there was no GSM and we didn’t even have his contact address. But as God would have it, he showed up on Tuesday with cutlass in his hand that he came to clean the environment.
He started cleaning and tilling the ground while I was busy councelling the visitors. But as he was doing that, I was looking at him, murmuring in my spirit “is this the man I’m going to marry”, how can I marry a bald man, God forbid.” I was seriously fighting in my spirit. After the service that day, Evangelist Bola called his attention that he would love to see him, and he asked him, “If God says Mummy is your wife, how would you feel? He was so surprised by that question and he asked “Is Mummy not married?” The Evangelist laughed and said “Mummy is still single.” Then he said he would be the luckiest man on earth and that would also bring total end to all his battle (laughs). That was how he obliged. Though I was still a bit scared because I’m just an SSCE holder while he is a graduate. Later we both went to meet the man in Oshogbo, he gave my husband the message, and warned us never to do elaborate wedding, and our families must not know about the wedding, that if any of the family knows about it, it won’t be successful. To shock you again and to our surprise, the man said we must do the wedding in the next 15 days. He spoke to me on Sunday, my husband heard about it on Tuesday, we went to see him on Wednesday, and we were given 15 days ultimatum to get married.
My husband declined, he doesn’t have money, it was debt that made him come to Rock of Salvation. He had only one car, Passat and said he cannot sell it, how then do we expect him to finance the wedding?
But God had blessed me. We had already rented a
A pastor once mocked me that because I refused to marry him that was why I couldn’t get pregnant. But after 4 months I got pregnant. My first daughter is Iyanu, the second is Precious, I gave birth to Mechaiah, and Bolaji I couldn’t even say I want to divorce him again.
We’ve understood each other and we were able to weather the storms that came. We faced a lot of challenges. My family rejected him. There was a time we acted as if we were not with each other again. The storm was too much until I travelled to London. Altogether we have 6 children and God has been keeping us. And in 2015 my husband said yes I want to marry you now. We did an elaborate wedding. We went to the registry, and we did the proper church wedding, and we did our engagement. It was an elaborate wedding, we played host to at least 1500 guests, Yinka Ayefele was on the band stand that day. I thank God for everything.
Looking at the journey from how you started and the marriage, what has life taught you ma?
Life has taught to be patient, life taught me how to endure. In everything in life, if you want to be successful, you have to learn how to be patient. God gave me a gift which enable me to always adapt to any position I find myself, it’s a great gift from God that I appreciate most. My husband and I surfered a lot. I always fast, I fasted to the extent that my menstrual period seized, I couldn’t menstruate again. I fasted so much my body dried up, and when I went to complain to the doctor that I’m still young and I don’t menstruate again, he advise me to reduce fasting. Life has really taught me a lot. Many Prophets don’t have patience again, their stomach is their God. That is why many of them are giving fake visions. They will tell people to go and sell their land, cars and valuable things and bring the money for God. We don’t do that here. And life has also taught me not to trust people. When I started, just because I was very young, I easily believed many people. I trusted lots of people and that made me vulnerable to wicked people to the extent that my P.A poisoned our food, if not that I had a dream where God told me not to eat the food.
We were in Iragbiji and she brought us food. God told me there is poison in that food, Daddy said no that he trusted her and he ate the food. Late in the night he started vomiting blood. Less I forget, 2 months after our wedding, a prophet told us that my husband is also going to work for God. He disagreed, later he succumbed and we ordained him as a Pastor. He was doing the pastoral and the secular work until God showed him. He got a multi-million naira contact, did the project but they didn’t pay him, that was when he surrendered to God. He said to himself that he can’t be a Pastor under this ministry and it’s only his wife that people will be queuing to see, and God told him that if he can fast for 40 days he will give him authority and he locked himself up for 40days.
When God told us to leave our house and we had to be staying in the church, we built another 2 rooms and we slept there. While we were sleeping there we never for one day slept with each other. We would go to our Evangelist house anytime we want to have sexual intercourse, before we returned back to church, that is to tell you how much we fear this God. My PA confessed to us that somebody gave him the poison but God took control. Life taught me a lot. Many people that we trusted betrayed us. Some people that we relied on that would be our pillar of support neglected us but God upheld us.
God told us he would take our ministry to London and America 19years ago. One of the Evangelists said we are deceiving ourselves. Lo and behold God has done it.
You and your husband are known as one of the couples running a successful ministry today. What are the qualities you need to run a Ministry successfully with your partner for 21 years?
Number one is Understanding. We understand each other. In marriage, Trust is number one and it is the most important in every marriage. We trust each other. People always say many Prophetess don’t stay in their husband’s house, that they don’t have good homes and truly, if you look at it very well, it’s either they’ve lost their husband at a tender age or they divorced each other. Why? It is because their husbands always envy them. My husband does not envy me. Before I married him, I had gotten some papers. Even after our marriage people blessed me a lot because I’m a prophetess. Everything we bought after our marriage is Mr. & Mrs.
My husband loves me and worships me. He was the one who named me Iya-Emi that people call me. My daughters always pray to God for a man like their father and you know what that means. My husband is very loving, meek and gentle. At times when I get angry he’ll just be looking at me and beg me.
My husband is so caring, he takes care of the children a lot and he’s a faithful man. He really made my ministerial work easy, and that has really helped our marriage. I’ve also made up my mind that I will stay in my husband’s house. I always pray for my husband too for long life. I don’t want to lose my husband to untimely death.
My husband and I are so close and we love each other. He has never queried my spending and I’ve never done that too. Not that we are 100% perfect but God has been helping us. We always pray together.