The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) City of David Parish, Eket, Akwa Ibom State, on Sunday, May 9 held a service of songs in honour of Late Pastor Dare Adeboye who was a youth pastor there. Dare was the third child and second son of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye.
Dare, 42 died in his sleep a month to his 43rd birthday in Eket where he was resident with his family.
The Resident Pastor of City of David, Vincent Okolosi, said the death of Dare left a big vacuum not just in the parish, but the entire RCCG and Christendom.
He said, “He was a strong pillar in the church and for the youths in particular. He lived a life of sacrifice and generosity. He used his personal resources for the work of God.”
The Music Director of City of David Parish, Mr Iheonye Uchechukwu, said he worked closely with the deceased, who impacted him positively.
Siblings, RCCG youths, leaders shave hair, beard
In a related development, some youths and pastors at the RCCG have started shaving their hair and beard to honour Pastor Dare.
The family first son, Adeolu, and his sibling, Leke, both pastors, took to social media to show pictures of their shaved hair and beard.
Leke, who made a video, said the action was to honour the deceased and show that the tragedy would not make anyone backslide.
He said: “As it is our tradition, anytime we lose a hero, fallen hero or soldier, as youths, we normally shave off our hair as a sign of honour to him and clean out everything.
“Many people come and say they are standing with you, but you really truly know who is standing with you when they have to do something that personally affects them.
“Bible says, ‘To live is Christ and to die is gain.’ It’s very simple. PD is already gone. What are you going to do, how are you living right now? And when you do pass on, what’s gonna happen with you? Heads shaved, clean hearts and clean minds.”
He tagged the challenge #forPDee #NotTodaySatan.
Leke subsequently posted pictures of some youths and leaders of the church who had equally shaved their hair and beard.
While some women joined the challenge by not doing make up or using attachments, others also shaved their hair.