Finding My Family
By: Tomi Owolabi
On May 15th, 2016, my wife Gloria and I became members of Redeemer Hoboken and I was baptized. It was a very special day for us as we got to enjoy and share the day with our friends and family.
I moved to Hoboken from Nigeria in 2011 to attend Stevens Institute of Technology. In 2014 I decided to look for a new church. My thought at the time was to visit a few churches in and around Hoboken and then settle in a church where I felt the most comfortable.
I had a few friends that attended Redeemer Hoboken so I decided to try Redeemer first. Needless to say that I quickly abandoned my original plan and kept coming to Redeemer again and again.
Last summer I got married to my best friend, Gloria, and she moved to the United States in October. By this time I had become firmly rooted in a home fellowship which I loved, but I was also worried.
I was worried about how my new wife was going to settle in the States. It turns out my worries were baseless, as God sent people from Redeemer to Gloria. She made friends and settled in faster than I could have ever dreamed.
Before Gloria moved here, we talked about attending a Nigerian Church just 5 minutes away from where we live. She expressed a desire to attend that Church as the style of worship would be similar to what she was used to back in Nigeria.
I asked her to give Redeemer a try and that if she didn’t like it we would attend the Nigerian church. I secretly hoped she would like it as I didn’t want to move, and she did like it. In fact, she loves it!
Every Sunday we are excited to attend Redeemer Hoboken. We feel the sermons are prepared exactly for us. We love our Fellowship group! Making the decision to become members was one of the easiest decisions we have made as a couple.
I had always been transient in every church I had attended and never stayed long enough to be baptized. Again, making the conscious decision as an adult to be baptized was very easy.
We come to church every Sunday with James 1: 23-24 on our minds: “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”
We pray that the words we hear on Sunday will resonate in our hearts all week long. We pray that we can make a difference in the lives of others.
“If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” James 2:16
We feel honored to be part of this awesome community!