AN estimated four million people are expected to converge at the Kilometre 46- home of the Redemption Camp along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, venue of the 59th annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God for today’s main event, the Holy Ghost Service.
Speaking to a foreign television recently, the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye said over four million persons are being expected today. according to him, all Holy Ghost Services are attended by an estimated crowd of four million persons from different prts of the world.
The service scheduled for 8.30 p.m. is the high point of this year’s convention with a theme, ‘With Wings As An Eagle’, which commenced on Monday and will be drawn to a close on Sunday. According to tradition, there will be a guest speaker before the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye will mount the pulpit to address the main theme of the programme and thereafter, ministration to the sick and the afflicted.
Details of today’s programme indicate that there will be four sessions beginning with Plenary 6 at 8.30-10.00 a.m. and Bible Study at 10.30-12.00 noon to end the morning session. At 4.30 p.m. there will be a session for the youth, known as Youth Hour and after dinner every camp resident is expected to join the army of persons who had traveled from different parts of the world to celebrate the 59th annual convention’s Holy Ghost service.
The all night Holy Ghost service of prayer, praise and word ministrations is known for its manifestation of miracles—with the lame walking, blind eyes being opened, the deaf hearing, cancer, HIV/AIDS and other illnesses being healed. It is the main attraction of the week long convention and quite naturally it is expected to attract the high and mighty in the society including government officials from different parts of the country. Unconfirmed reports making the rounds at the Redemption Camp have it that very important personalities from the Presidency, federal and state legislators and a handful of state chief executives are expected to grace the occasion.
Meanwhile, the authorities of the church has secured the services of military personnel to complement the efforts of members of the Federal Road Safety Commission, the Police and the Redeemers’ Guards to contain the expected heavy traffic build-up along the expressway as a result of the expected crowd of worshippers who will troop in to the camp today. Already certain areas along the road had been designated as points where u-turns can be made and vice versa.
It was gathered that the church had acquired more power motorcycles to complement the efforts of more than 1,000 paramilitary officers and policemen and road safety officials.
Similarly, another park of traffic maintenance officers led by Project Nehemiah are expected to maintain law and order within the camp itself as they control the traffic inside. In the last couple of days, people had complained about the confusion created by some members of Project Nehemiah who pass motorists while another will counter that order leading to unwarranted traffic build-up as one approaches the Holy Ghost Arena.
Because of the high profiles guests expected today, a source close to the church told our reporter yesterday that new the security measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of lives and property within the sprawling city. The source told Vanguard that whenever the children of God are guarded there is bound to be “some elements who might want to foment trouble and that is why we are not taking chances.
“We can assure all visitors that prayers have been offered to God for a peaceful convention. The leadership had also put in place a new traffic arrangement, and I can say that there will be free flow of traffic on the Lagos-Ibaban Expressway throughout the duration of the programme,” the source stated.
All events of the 59th annual convention are holding at Holy Ghost Arena, arguably adjugded as the world’s biggest auditorium. The facility, which is floored with marble, has capacity to accommodate more than a million worshippers at a time. It was constructed at a cost of $60 million (about N7.7 Billion) and was dedicated in 2007 by the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.