By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona
LAGOS — A SPECTACULAR display of fireworks that painted the pitch dark and fuggy Ogun sky red brought to a fitting end Saturday night, the 13th annual Holy Ghost Congress, a spiritual retreat of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the sprawling Redemption Camp of the church along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Thousands of joyous young men and women thronged the Car Park F venue of the unusual display, as soon as the staccato sounds started piercing the cool airy sky, apparently to catch a glimpse of what was happening while others were busy capturing the spectacle with their cell phones and miniature digital cameras.
Indeed it was sight to behold as the display aptly set the mood for the yuletide season though it was not intended by the organisers of the programme. The theme of the programme was, ‘All will be well’.
Apart from the 22 babies (13 boys and nine girls) that were born at the Redeemers Maternity in the camp during the six-day spiritual event, the occasion was also used to offer quality prayers for peaceful conduct of the forthcoming elections already scheduled for early next year.
Prayers were also offered for the president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who was one of the surprise visitors to the just concluded 2010 Holy Ghost Congress as the chief host and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, dressed in the Nigerian colours of green-white-green, led millions of worshippers to pray for the president.
Similarly, the wife of Pastor Adeboye also lead the same congregation to pray for peace and tranquility of the nation especially as we prepare for the crucial elections and the over 55 nations that were represented at the Congress.
Dressed in his traditional Niger Delta outfit, the president went on his knees while the congregation supplicated on his behalf for wisdom and strength to pilot the affairs of the country and for divine intervention even as the nation prepares for yet another crucial election next year.
As part of efforts to ensure peaceful and credible elections next year, special prayers were also offered for the security outfits including the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force and the Judiciary as well as the youths of the country who are often seen as the prime target of desperate politicians.
Special prayers were also offered for the ailing education sector, the Family and the marriage institution in the country including the singles, widows, and the apparent barren women in the society, not forgetting the Church in Nigeria.
There were several sessions when participants were treated to talks on diverse human endeavour including Lifestyle, investment opportunities in a recovering economy, balancing the needs of the family and career, the will of God in marriage and several others.
Contrary to expectations in certain quarters, traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway throughout the 6-day event was very light except for Saturday morning when commuters spent several hours as a result of a multiple accident involving two trucks, one tanker and a mini commercial bus at the Ibafon area of the road.
There was another accident at the early hours of Sunday morning close to the same spot which held Ibadan-bound motorists for several hours.
At the concluding service which began at about 8.00 p.m. with several song ministrations from different choirs and music ministers from different parts of the world, Pastor Adeboye paid glowing tributes to the eminent clergymen who found time to grace the occasions, saying “I will not be able to mention all their names, but God knows you all and will increase your anointing and expand your coast.”
He was also impressed by the performance of all the departments especially the 2,000-man Redeemed Christian Church of God Mass Choir whose performance, according to him, was world class.
While prophesying that it will be well with Nigeria, Adeboye announced that the topic for next month Holy Ghost service, a monthly spiritual retreat that holds on the first Friday of every new month will be, ‘All is well’.