…extends prayer for 70,000 children
By SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA
FEW months before the end of the year, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, who had earlier prayed for a special 70th birthday present of 70,000 children within the church, last night expanded the prayer to 100,000 children.
Giving a report of his stewardship in the past one year, Adeboye told worshippers at the Redemption Camp, that reports have shown that a total of 60,979 children had been delivered just before the commencement of the convention which began on August 6.
He said: “Because I love children, one request I will love to make from My Daddy tonight is to increase the number of children from the earlier 70,000 to 100,000,” noting with happiness that the church in Nigeria alone had recorded the wedding of at least, 11,162 this year alone.
Adeboye added: “That tells you that the Lord is doing something wonderful.” Noting that the church had entered an additional 13 nations of the world, bringing to a little under 160 nations where RCCG now has a presence, he said: “We still have a long way to cover because we must enter into all the nations of the world soon.”
He also announced that as at 6.25 p.m. on Friday evening the total number of babies delivered during the convention had risen to 68: 34 boys and 34 girls.
Adeboye, dressed in the nation’s colours of green and white shirt, acknowledged that his heart bleeds each time he sees people sleeping in the auditorium during programmes, stating that the church was doing everything within its means to build dormitories but clearly no matter how much it tried it could not meet the needs of every participant.
He, therefore, appealed to members to assist the church to build additional 2,000 rooms before the next convention to accommodate more people in the camp.
By far the most stunning of his pronouncements, was that of a plan to build another auditorium. The current auditorium, the third within the Redemption Camp, he said can no longer accommodate people, stressing that the number of persons outside the auditorium was more than those within.
Adeboye appealed to eight public-spirited individuals to join him and his wife to build another auditorium within the sprawling camp which has metamorphosed into one huge city.
The development of the arena and support facilities at the camp was rapid and extensive with the incorporation of a modern altar, prayer foyer, offices, parking lots and massive deployment of plastic chairs which have now almost completely displaced the old wooden pews.
Then came the roofing and the tilling of the floor with further expansion and paving of the access and adjoining roads resulting in a massive auditorium said to be one of the largest worship structure in the world.
On sanitation during the ongoing convention, Adeboye on Friday night maintained that Abia Provinces 1, 2 and 3 have emerged the cleanest provinces, followed by Lagos Provinces 4 and 15 while Delta Province 6 came third. At the other end, he said, Osun Provinces 1 and 2 emerged the dirtiest followed by Lagos Provinces 3 and 6, while Rivers Provinces 1 and 7 are joint third dirtiest provinces.
Youth wing thrills congregation
AS part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the youth wing of the church, Friday afternoon, held the congregation spell bound as they displayed various talents and skills.
During a youth hour tagged “Shift Talent Hunt Show 2012” youths drawn from all 38 provinces of the church showcased their potentials in singing, dancing and comedy, all of which can be developed s veritable tools of evangelism. Highlight of the event was a talent hunt in music, comedy and dance with special focus on reaching out to the unsaved in the society.
The participants performed to the admiration of all in comedy and dancing. Saxophone wizard, Pastor Kunle Ajayi and Deaconess Bukola were the judges in the singing category, while the comedy category was judged by Dotun Adegorioye and Omolade Akande of DVD Band.
In the comedy category, Mc Philosophy emerged the judges’ favourite while John and Leo came first in the dancing category and in the singing category Esiri Tejiri a.k.a. T Jay for Christ was adjudged first in the singing category. Encouraging the youths to effectively use their God-given talents to propagate the gospel of the Lord, the National Youth pastor, Pastor Belemina Obunge revealed that a platform has been provided for the winners to minister round the country including RCCG churches.
Also the maiden edition of the church youth magazine, SHIFT was launched. Dedicating the magazine, one of the Special Advisers to the General Overseer, Pastor Laja Daramola expressed hope that the future of RCCG is bright because of the abundance of talented youths that God has blessed the church with.
Unprecedented attendance at convention
IT was yet another time of spiritual renewal at the Holy Ghost service of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, as it recorded an unprecedented turn out. Both the members and non-members of the church made their way to the camp to partake in the monthly blessing.
The programme which was attended by politicians, traditional rulers, captains of industry, gospel ministers from other denominations, comprised a series of prayer sessions for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria and other African nations and indeed the world.
There were song ministrations by various groups including a South African group, Vinesong, as well as testimonies among others. Speaking on the topic; “Don’t settle for less,” Pastor Joe Olaiya who took the first plenary session, enumerated several individuals in the Bible who settled for less as a result of covetousness and missed their destined heritage.
The Kaduna-based preacher held that if righteousness gets anybody into trouble, the same righteousness has the capacity to get such a person out of trouble, stressing that prayer got Daniel into the Lion’s Den and the same prayer got him out unhurt.
When the matriarch of RCCG, Pastor Folu Adeboye, led the congregation to intercede on behalf of the country and other African nations, the voices became loudest in prayers for the peace of Nigeria.
Pastor Daramola therefore advised parents not to discourage their children from developing their God-given talents, but rather support and encourage them in fulfilling their dreams.
The church’s National Youth Affairs used the occasion to institute its national youth representative council which comprises of six members: the council speaker, deputy speaker, second deputy speaker, secretary, assistant secretary and a chief whip.