I don’t own a Church, but I use drama to win souls –Mike Bamiloye
Sunday, 17 January 2010 Added by Kwaku Oteng
Mike Bamiloye -
Evangelist Mike Bamiloye is a leader who believes that any dream at all can be achieved. The founder and president of the Ibadan-based Mt. Zion Faith Ministries, believes that in every big organization, the executives cannot create the future single-handedly.
Speaking with Daily Sun recently, Bamiloye who is also Chairman, Board of Trustees of the All Nigerian Conference of Evangelical Drama Ministers (ANCEDRAM) declared that he is not a pastor, noting that while those in the secular world are entertaining, what he does at Mt. Zion is to evangetaining, the veteran producer-cum-artiste said he is always happy when his work is pirated because the vision is to win more souls for God and not rely on material gains.
I received a calling to become drama minister. My special assignment is to edify the body of Christ Jesus in this generation. My wife and I are from Ijeshaland, I was born on April 13, 1960 in Ilesha. I lost my Mum at a very tender age, so, I was brought up by my sister who was a primary school teacher, I’ve been to school in places like Ilesha, Oyo and Lagos. I attended the Divisional Teachers’ Training College at Ipetumodu, near Ile-Ife between 1978 and 1980.
How I started Mount Zion
The spirit dawned on me while in the College of Education. Then I was a scriptwriter for the Christian Fellowship Drama Group. We used to stage Christian plays in order to bring students closer to God. I was then supporting the drama coordinator by to churches and campuses doing evangelism through our drama ministrations.
Little did I know then that our ministry was about to start. I accepted the calling because I believe every child of God is called to do something for God, So, God directed me after many prayers on how I can serve God. So we eventually launched Mount Zion on August 5, 1985.
Our first attempt to make movies failed but we prayed further and the Lord told us that we were not to start from film production, but stage ministration. That was how we started drama ministration- traveling from one church to the other, and from one city to the other staging Christian plays.
In 1986, we staged our debut drama ministration at the National Christian Teachers Conference in Ilesa, Osun State, it was entitled Hell in Conference and in 1990, we went into film production through a man who after watching one of our dramas in his church and told us that he would love to record our drama in video to be shown during the Easter period. We recorded and edited The Unprofitable Servant and gave it to him and it was aired on television in the Easter of 1990. Since then, the Lord has been faithful to us.
Agbara Nla, which was our first TV serial was just inspired by God. We didn’t expect that the movie would go that far. We were marveled at our first attempt to showcase our work serially on TV, I would say that it is the handy work of God.
How my wife reacts
I met her at a drama rehearsal; she didn’t come into the ministry through my influence and by the grace of God on August 6, 1985 we started courtship, the same year we inaugurated Mount Zion. So we started the ministry together we latter got married, and now we have three children, all my children are in the ministry.
One of them he has written a script and my second son is behind all the musical effects in most of Mount Zion’s films. The first two are undergraduate at Bowen University, while the last girl among them child is in JSS 3. As for my wife Gloria, she is a loving and caring wife, she wouldn’t mind seeing me playing the role of another woman’s husband or she playing another person’s wife. It is our role we are after, and not the gains. Most times I would be away in the presence of the Lord receiving messages from him, she’s always there good care of everything.
I don’t have a church
Though I am widely known as Evangelist Mike Bamiloye but I don’t have any church, I’m a minister in the drama ministry, which encompasses Christian drama writing, teaching and production. My area of specialization is evangelical drama ministry; the act of using Christian drama to win souls. I also operate in the area of ministerial development by motivating ministers of God, but I don’t have any personal church.
Piracy is a global problem of the entertainment industry. I am aware the Nigerian Copyright Commission has put a lot of things in place to stop piracy in Nigeria. I hope they would tackle the global problem for the entertainment industry. As for me, piracy doesn’t move me much because we are not after how much we make but how many souls we can save. As long as the message is spreading it is immensely contributing to the kingdom of God.
I started the ministry when I was just 25 years, since then the Lord has been faithful. There is no ministry without a particular message but my immediate challenge now is how to spread the gospel to other nations and win more souls for God.
Gofestival is a gathering of all evangelical drama ministers, which unites all drama ministers and trains them for the propagation of God’s kingdom. We converge to train people through seminars and workshops. The next edition of gospel film festival is holding later this year.
Any movie that is not produced under the influence of the Holy Spirit can easily fade away. We drama ministers should understand that our calling is different from those in the secular world, we they are entertaining we must remember that our work is evangetaining.
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