Bishop Peter Hackim Hosein and his wife Reverend Esther Hosein.
The rise of the churches of the IPA
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It takes only a moment to change the course of someone's life.
That moment may happen, some believe, as a result of coincidence, divine intervention or luck.
Reverend Peter Hakim Hosein believes that moment was the result of God's work. When a boy, he found a Bible in a shop, on a route that he would not normally take.
His interest in that book grew so much that it was the foundation on which the International Pentecostal Assembly (IPA) was formed.
Today, IPA has much to celebrate 60 years after its formation. And it did recently with a grand convention service at its headquarters at Abundant Life Tabernacle in Jordan Hill, Princes Town.
Hosein died in 2001 at age 73, but has left a legacy. The IPA has a church membership of 45 with a church in New York, USA, and an affiliation in Louisiana. In Trinidad, there are 19 churches with one in Tobago. The other churches are established in Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana and Anguilla.
Asa result of Hosein's decision to become a Christian, he was left out of the family's inheritance.
However, his brother Tazmool Hosein (who has since died) built a home for him on a small parcel of land. Peter Hosein asked that the house be used for worship instead.
This building became the first church of the IPA, Bethel Tabernacle, in Cumuto established in 1953. Peter Hosein was the first pastor of the church. Approximately 58 years later, that building was demolished, and the construction of a new building began. The pastor now is Pastor Basheer Ali.
There is a rich history of how the IPA churches were established. There was the closure of a rum shop to establish Lighthouse Tabernacle, Basse Terre, Moruga, and the donation of land for a church in Hindustan.
The general overseer for the IPA churches is Bishop Joshua Hosein, son of the founder. He pastors the Covenant City Church in Gasparillo. His wife Rhea Hosein also pastors a church in Princes Town. Joshua Hosein's mother Reverend Esther Hosein still participates in church activities.
Joshua Hosein said: " I feel great about the achievement. I am honoured to be the son of the Reverend Peter Hosein, to live under his roof, to be mentored by him and to be his successor."
IPA's general secretary Pastor Bachan Ramdhan said: "To be able to celebrate 60 years in existence, it was a great achievement. We had no foreign input really, everything was local."