By Sam Eyoboka
For a glorious, never-to-be-forgotten week,the Wind of the Holy Spirit blew powerfully over parts of the West Coast of Africa, as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of god, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye and the Mother-in-Israel, Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye, were hosted by RCCG West Coast, on a four nation Holy Ghost Rally tagged “Let The Wind Blow” that took them to Togo, Ghana, The Gambia and Sierra Leone.
From touchdown at the airport in Lome, Accra, Banjul and Freetown, the General Overseer and his entourage were warmly and enthusiastically receiv-ed by government and church leaders as well as members of the Nigerian diplomatic community. Reception at the RCCG headquarters in the four nations was tumultuous as parishioners eagerly soak-ed in the prayers and pro-phetic declarations made by the General Overseer.
The rallies kicked off on March 21, in Lome, at the expansive Palais de Cong-res facility, and continued at the Ohene Djan Stad-ium, Accra, on March 23, then to the Independence Stadium, Bakau two days later and was finally round-ed up at the National Stad-ium, Freetown on March 27.
At the venues of the rallies, large crowds including the clergy, church members and the general public gathered enthusiastically to receive the Word of God through the RCCG Gen-eral Overseer and as usual at Holy Ghost services, God spoke prophetically and mightily. Over 4,000 souls were won to the Lord while several hundreds received prophecies about healed wombs that can now deliver babies, healed bodies rescued from evil afflictions, restored destin-ies, victory over demonic setbacks, and even prophe-cy for the nation of Sierra Leone declaring that the nation would receive a glorious turnaround within 10 years if the people would walk in righteous-ness before the Lord.
One of the highlights of the rallies, in all the nations visited, was their multi-denominational flavour as mainstream evangelical, pentecostal and charism-atic churches combined beautifully to serve as choir members, prayer worriors, protocol officers, ushers and counsellors. The implication of this deve-lopment was to further confirm the General Over-seer as an elder spiritual statesman and a blessing to the Body of Christ worldwide, and to estab-lish the Holy Ghost service and RCCG as a rallying point for church leaders and laity in these end-times.
At the Holy Ghost rally and Ministers Conference in Accra, Ghana for exam-ple, notable ministers of God who shared the platform included Arch-bishop Duncan Williams, Dr. Mensah Otabil, Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare, Bishop N.A. Tackie-Yarboi, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, Dr. Robert Ampiah Kwofi, Rev. Titi Ofei, Rev. Eric Kwapong, Apostle Samuel Antwi, Rev. (Dr.) Gideon Kisseh among others.
From RCCG Nigeria, a delegation of senior past-ors was also in attendance including Pastor and Pastor (Mrs.) Brown Oyitso, Pastor and Pastor (Mrs.) Charles Kpandei, Pastor Debo Akande, Pastor and Pastor (Mrs.) Yemi Lebi, Pastor Timothy Olaniyan, Pastor Olufemi Olunuga, Pastor Richard Anyiam, Pastor Remi Adebiyi, Pastor Akanbi Adeotan and Pastor Olu Noiki. Special Assistant to the General Overseer (West Coast), Pastor Olu Obanure also played a very prominent role for the overall success of the programme while there were also represent-atives who served as counsellors from Lagos Provinces 1, 5, 15, and 17.
As part of the pastoral visit to the West Coast, the General Overseer and his wife also paid courtesy calls on the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, President of Ghana, John Evans Atta-Mills, and the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koromah. At each presidential office, prayers were offered by the General Overseer for the nation, the president and his cabinet.
The Nigerian diplomatic community was not left out in the flurry of activities to mark the visit of the Gen-eral Overseer. In Ghana, the High Commissioner of Nigeria, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, hosted Pastor Adeboye and his team to a reception in his residence, while in Togo and Sierra Leone the General Over-seer visited the Embassy and the High Commission to pray with the ambass-adors of Nigeria and their staff. All told, the pastoral visit to the West Coast was, eventful and refreshing all the way, with many exp-ressing the desire that the visit would not only be frequent but prolonged. In the words of two partici-pants at the Ghana Holy Ghost rally and Ministers’ Conference, Mrs. Victoria Mensah and Deacon Pere Macaulay, “’Let The Wind Blow’ was excellent, was a timely one for West Africa and has brought in nation-al, church and personal revival. We need more of this.”