By SAM EYOBOKA
TESTIMONIES have continued to be the lot of numerous visitors, Christians and non-Christ-ians, to the Open Heavens In-ternational Centre at the Redemption Camp of the Redee-med Christian Church of God, RCCG, which houses a very unique gallery/library. Barely a year after the conversion of Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s first residence to a gallery/library, where serious-minded breth-ren who desire to meet the re-vered spiritual leader one-on-one are given an opportunity to travel the path he (Adebo-ye) traversed, the place has pl-ayed host to thousands of wor-shippers wishing to pray.
Pastor Yusuf Olayiwola from Katsina who visited the gallery said: “The grace of God on Pastor and Pastor (Mrs.) Ade-boye has been inspirational and challenging. It is a great privilege to be related to such a great icon.”
Dr. Remi Sogunro narrated how he laid three requests be-fore the LORD at Daddy G.O’s Prayer Room and the first request was granted instantly, while the second was granted days later and answer to the third came few weeks later.
Rhema Ufuomaoghene Aka-lamudo, a JSS I student, am-ongst many other visitors, was healed of a sprained waist af-ter praying in the Prayer Room.
Last year July, the matriarch of the church, Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye had a vision to convert their first house in the camp, where they jointly fought against wet floors, wild animals, reptiles, and other principalities and powers, into a place where tourists to the camp can practically appreciate Pastor Adeboye’s spirit-ual voyage.
That was how the gallery, a video pictorial journey of Past-or Adeboye, was born on July 6, 2011. Situated on 1, Holi-ness Road in the camp, the gallery gives a vivid descript-ion of how God has used the man of God to impact this generation. It contains the basic things the first family used when they first moved into the Redemption Camp from their modest home in Mushin, Lagos—a conference room where the guest is made welcome by the G.O. himself on video and prayed for; Life and Times, a pictorial documentary profile of the G.O’s life and times from birth to academia; from the academia to ministry, The Gallery, a long aisle of photo gallery; Mummy’s Room; a recast of Mummy’s Room as it once was (without a bed); Daddy’s Room—a recast of Daddy’s Room the way it was when they first moved in to the camp; Prayer Closet—G.O’s prayer closet where earnest and fervent prayers were uttered and answers received.
The guest is then chaperoned through G.O’s Library where he/she has a first hand peep into the shelves to see Daddy’s favourite books, resource and relics, his authored books; Daddy G.O’s 70th Birthday Room which presents an enciting montage of child-hood, ministry, family and academic photographs, his sporting materials like the boxing gloves.
Finally the Souvenir Shop showing G.O’s published books, bibles, Open Heavens Devotional, Gift items such as T-shirts, calendars, brochures, memorabilia, mugs, T-cups, flasks, ball pens, face caps etc.
One of the unique features of the library is that there are, at least, two volumes of the Holy Qu’ran and the private sermon notes of the General Overseer dating back to 1998.
At a recent dawn first anniversary ceremony, the RCCG matriach used the occasion to thank all those who had contributed to the realisation of the dream, stating that over N60 million was spent on the project aimed principally at drawing people closer to God.
According to her, there had been challenges “but because of the name that covers the place–Open Heavens—we have overcome all upstacles,” noting that some individuals who pirated the annual devotional were recently arrested and dealt with in accordance with the nation’s laws. She revealed that over 140,000 copies of this year’s edition of the devotional were still in the stores because of the activities of pirates.
Pastor Adeboye who acknowledged that his first year as general overseer was very ch-allenging, said he had several encounters while in the then swampy house, adding “It is the house of Power.” According to him, the only lesson he had learnt in life is that the only friend one can trust 100 per cent is God, adding “He is my ultimate role model.”
Curator, Femi Adisa said the gallery is open to the public every day except Sundays.