“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born and a time to die.”
It hath pleased Almighty God in His all-wise providence and at the time appointed by Him according to His grace in Christ Jesus, to summon out of this vale of tears to Himself in heaven the soul of our dear brother, the beloved Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Idama, Rivers State, Nigeria, the Rev. Robinson Dodo.
Pastor Dodo, by God’s grace alone His humble and faithful servant, was born in 1936 into the family of Dodo of Idama Community in the Kalabari Kingdom, Rivers State, Nigeria. He attended the St. Paul’s Nyemoni Primary School in Abonnema; and, at the end of his elementary education, his father took him to Lagos, where he spent most of his life as a youth. As an adult, he worked in several offices and served in various capacities, finally retiring in 1990 at the age of 54 years from the Shell Petroleum Development Company as a senior staff in his department.
Upon his retirement, Robinson Dodo decided to come home to serve his people. Having being baptized into the name of the Triune God and having confirmed his faith in the Lord Jesus, he was among the second batch of students who were recommended in 1996 for pastoral training by the Fellowship of Lutheran Congregations – Nigeria; and, after completing his theological studies under Pastor Fyneface and being recognized as a qualified candidate of the reverend ministry, he received a Divine Call into the Pastoral Office and was ordained a Lutheran Pastor in 1999.
By the grace and with the help of God, Pastor Dodo faithfully served the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Idama as its shepherd from 1999 to the day he received the great call to be with his Saviour, January 13, 2009.
Pastor Dodo was married to his dear wife, Florence, who survives him, and left behind also five grown children: Three daughters, a son, and a step-son. His funeral service will take place on Saturday, the 25th of April, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Idama. Pastor Nimi B. Fyneface will officiate and preach the sermon based on I Corinthians 15:55-58. Pastor Dodo’s presence among us, his family, his brother pastors, and the members of his flock, will be greatly missed; but at the same time we rejoice in his salvation by grace, for Christ’s sake, through faith, and look forward to a happy reunion with him and all true believers in heaven.
“Remember them which have the rule over you,
who have spoken unto you the Word of God,
whose faith follow,
considering the end of their conversation.”
—N. B. F.