All Things Are Possible
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. - Psalm 5:12 (NKJV) The sixth and the only girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Martins Onaiyekan in Kabba village of Kogi State, Nigeria, Reni never grew up to know her father. 'I was told that he went to be with the Lord when I was six months old.' She did not have the opportunity to enjoy her mother for long either for her mother died when she was seven years old but 'I'm thankful to God to have known her for this short period, I still have a good memory of her' she said. Reni became an Orphan little girl at age seven and left only to God and her aunt, who was only a petty trader, Reni learned to depend on God early in life. Her aunt enrolled her shortly after her mum passed away in the choir of St. Andrew's Anglican Church Kabba. 'The favor of God plus the love of my choirmaster saw me through and in fact made people see the gift of singing that the Lord has put in me.' This she said brought her a big encouragement because of being asked to sing solo in church, even as a little girl. In her high school years, Reni continued singing solo at the school auditorium every other week and sometimes duet with a childhood friend of hers. 'Despite the various needs that I had as a child, love was something I never lacked both in and out of home.' Eventually, she went to college at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, where she got her Bachelor's degree in English. 'In my college years, the Lord kept me singing even though I had not totally surrendered to Him'... she was a member of the college chapel choir (Chapel of Light). 'In my senior year of college, I finally surrendered my all to the Lord Jesus and rededicated my life to Him.' After graduation, she served in the National Youth Service Corps (a one-year mandatory service to the nation by every Nigerian college graduate), in Lagos, Nigeria. Naturally, she became a member of the NCCF (Nigerian Christian Corpers' Fellowship). 'I was always singing solo and I remember myself being nicknamed 'Sister special song' she said, laughing. In November 1992, Reni got Married to Bernard Adebayo-Ige, P.E.; they have been blessed with three boys- Oluwagbogo-the Lord takes Glory, Faithfulness and Promise. The family lives in Philadelphia, PA and are all fully involved in God's work, ministering to the people of God across many church organizations. Reni is currently doing a graduate program in Lincoln University (Master of Science in Reading). 'I have a background in Education in my undergrads, I still love teaching and in fact, I'm specializing in secondary school education.' Reni has been leading worship in His Banner Christian Fellowship, New Jersey for the past five years. This is a fellowship where believers from different denominations gather once every month in a restaurant to share the word and to also dine together in the spirit of God's love. 'It has been a blessing to me and my ministry leading worship in this wonderful gathering and what a growth it's given me too,' Reni said delightfully. Reni is not just a singer but a teacher of the word too and she is currently being invited around the country to sing and also to teach the word in churches and conferences. 'I knew God has also called me to teach years ago in my church, where I was asked to assist the Sunday school Coordinator. I thought I couldn't do it as I felt I was too young but the Lord empowered me and I actually find fulfillment teaching ever since then.' 'ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE' (her debut album) is a result of God's faithfulness and the beginning of the fulfillment of His promises to me' said Reni, with a look of gratitude to God. 'THIS IS THEREFORE MY STORY AND THIS IS THE SONG I AM SINGING - GOD'S FAVOR.' RENI'S MINISTRY Reni has a vision of reaching the youths and Children for the Lord. This vision is anchored on 'Catch them young with their gifts for God' 'I am grateful to God and to my Aunt who caught me very young for the Lord' said Reni. Reni held the first Inter-denominational Christmas party for Children/Teens in Philadelphia area in the 2002 Christmas. This type of party will be often and will be span through various seasons of the year. Reni music supports mission; this is targeted towards catching them young with their gifts for God. Our first mission field is located in Rosenberg, South Africa; the plan is to increase this support to other countries soon. REVIEWS Review 1: 'Anointed and powerful praise worship. This CD fills my home, office and car with joy of the presence of God. ..Janet Clark Love, Executive Director, IAM School of Deliverance, Atlanta. GA Review 2: The tracks of the CD are powerfully inspiring. Do you need some inspiration? Get RENI'S 'All Things Are Possible' ...Rev (Dr.) Anthony Floyd, President, Philadelphia Council of Clergy, Philadelphia. PA Review 3: Shabach Hebrew word meaning Burst of High Praises You can really feel the Spirit of God' FOR THOU O LORD ...Albert Durham, Durham Music Ministry, Wilmington, DE.