Stories by SAM EYOBOKA & Olayinka Latona
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, minister, teacher, academic and an inveterate soul winner, is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a network of over 15,000 parish-churches spread across the globe, with active churches in over 100 countries.
In the forefront of missionary activity out of Africa, Pastor Adeboye has achieved, through various global ministry and social organs, a great following for Christ Jesus. A counselor to pastors and heads of governments, this venerable elder statesman’s influence has today far outstripped his lowly background, and his all-pervading humility.
In recognition of his contribution as a global icon and teacher of the word, he was voted in 2009 as one of the world’s 50 most influential people by Newsweek magazine, USA. Little wonder, there were representatives from different parts of the world at the ongoing 59th annual convention of the church at the Redemption City.
As at Thursday, Day 4 of the convention, a number of delegates had come in from Hong Kong, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, United States, Lepal, the United Arab Emirates and Israel among others. From the local scene has been an army of Christian leaders who had ministered at one point or the other. They included the presiding bishop ot The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Rev. Joe Olaiya, Rev. Moses Aransiola, Rev. Charles Achunwa, Evangelist Mike Bamiloye and his wife, Gloria Bamiloye and many more.
Many of these delegates were amazed at the huge number of persons who had daily made decisions for Christ during the ongoing spiritual retreat. It has been a spectacular experience for them to see an army of people, young and old, daily responding to altar call by the General Overseer. It’s simply specta-cular! On each of the occasions, Pastor Adeboye had appealed to the pastors to vacate their stand in order to assist the cousellors in taking the statistics and prayer requests of the new converts. The counsellors had had a herculian task coping with the up sourge of new converts at this year’s convention with some of them already asking for more hands during last night Holy Ghosr Service which is the highpoint of the week long event.
Today, there are four sessions beginning with the Question and Answer session at 8.30 a.m. while thw Holy Communion Service will headline the daily activities at 8.30 p.m.
The 2011 annual convention will come to an end tomorrow with the ordination of pastors and a farewell service after which all delegates are expected to depart fr their various locations until they meet again in 2012.
Girls lead, as more babies are born
THE economic situation in the country not withstanding mare and more babies are being born to increase the population of the country.
As at 4.00 p.m. yesterday, a total of 79 children had been delivered at the Redemption Camp during the ongoing 59th annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. The girls are still leading but the boys are doing everything to close the gap.
According to the supervisor of the Redeemer’s Maternity, Pastor (Mrs.) Victoria Oladapo, the number of boys born has increased to 38 while the girls maintain their lead with 41.
Pastor (Mrs.) Oladapo said another set of twins was delivered yesterday to bring of the number of twins so far, to two—two boys and two girls.
Asked if she was expecting more babies before the close of proeedings on Sunday afternoon, she said this year’s number of babies is very likely to surpass that of last year because there were many more women on the queue for their turn.
In the usual tradition of the maternity, prayers are unending on behalf of several other pregnant women waiting for their turn to deliver. According to Pastor Oladapo the number of children delivered during last year’s convention was 92 with the boys leading comfortably with 61 while the girls lagged behind with 41.
Joy at last for the Oladeles
ABIMBOLA Oladele is a retired chief accountant with the Federal Civil Service and currently a zonal pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Ogun Province 4. He got married to Bodunrin, a director of accounts with the Lagos State Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture in May 1991 but for 20 years there were no fruits of the womb.
After the first two years of marriage without any sign of pregnancy, the couple approached the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye about their plight and he said, “Don’t worry, you will come with your children.” Another two years past and nothing happened, so they went back to the man of God who emphasized again that, “we should hold on that our children will come. That was how we kept waiting and praying that God would do it until finally I was delivered of a set of triplets this year at Royal Hospital, Ojodu Lagos.
Pastor Oladele narrated his ordeal through-out the period, testified to the faithfulness of God in his life on Thursday night before a mammoth crowd of worshippers at the Camp.
He therefore came to the 59th convention to present the first product of his marriage which is a set of triplets—two boys and one girl and the responce was spontaneous. The roared several thunderous Halelujah.
In an earlier interview, Mrs. Oladele described the experience as awful, pointing out that people often looked down on her because; “I have not got it and believe that my Christianity is not complete. Some even wondered what is happening after many years. Sometimes when I counsel people with children, I begin to wonder what is happening to me. But all along I believed in God that He will be faithful to His word.”