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Commemorating Our Loving Mother & Matriarch, Mrs. A. Coker

PROFILE –

DEACONESS ADEOLA COKER (Nee: Jinadu) was born on the 25th April, 1942 to the family of Chief & Mrs. Raji Jinadu (the Osi-Oba of Itire, Lagos).
She attended St. John Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos, before proceeding to Methodist Girls High School, Yaba, for her Secondary School Education. She subsequently traveled abroad for her higher learning, where she graduated as a Secretary from the Pitman’s College, London.

She got married in London and later returned to Nigeria and started her work career with the Western Nigeria Marketing Board (WEMABOD). She resigned her appointment to join the United Bank for Africa (UBA) where she rose to become one of the top secretaries in the organization. After further undertaking some banking courses, she rose to the position of an Administrative Manager, a position she held until her retirement in 1997, after serving for 28years.

Mrs. Coker was born a Muslim but became a Christian in 1970. She gave her life to Christ in 1979 at a Pentecostal church before joining Foursquare Gospel Church in 1987, where she became a member and a worker. She started her Christian service with the follow-up department, then as a teacher in Baptismal class, Membership and Workers in Training and Adult Sunday School Classes.

She obtained a certificate in Leadership in Missions Theological Education by extension (TEE) – a two year programme for pastors. She wrote tracts and gave out Christian books, which she called “Literature Evangelism.” She was a prayer warrior and was ordained a Deaconess in 2011.

Until her demise, she was one of the Trustees of the NGO: “Disability & Sickle Cell Organization of Nigeria” (DISCON), which she passionately supported physically, morally and financially in seeing to the wellbeing of Sickle Cell victims in society.

She’s blessed with three Children (all men) and she is a Great-Grandmother. She would love to be remembered as “One Who Loved the Lord.”

Mama’s favorite songs were:

• A SHELTER IN THE TIME OF STORM

1. The Lord’s our rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.
Mighty Rock in a weary land,
Cooling shade on the burning sand,
Faithful guide for the pilgrim band-
A shelter in the time of storm.

2. A shade by day, defense by night,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no fears affright,
A shelter in the time of storm.
Mighty Rock in a weary land,
Cooling shade on the burning sand,
Faithful guide for the pilgrim band-
A shelter in the time of storm.

3. The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm;
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A shelter in the time of storm.
Mighty Rock in a weary land,
Cooling shade on the burning sand,
Faithful guide for the pilgrim band-
A shelter in the time of storm.

4. O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near,
A shelter in the time of storm.
Mighty Rock in a weary land,
Cooling shade on the burning sand,
Faithful guide for the pilgrim band-
A shelter in the time of storm.

• MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS

1. My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

2. In ev’ry rough and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the vale.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

3. Not earth, nor hell, my soul can move;
I rest upon unchanging love.
I trust his righteous character,
his counsel, promise, and his pow’r. [Refrain]

4. When he shall come with trumpet sound,
oh, may I then in him be found,
dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain

Continue Resting on in God’s bosom.

We miss you dearly, Mum!

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