By SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA
A FLURRY of fireworks tearing through the peace of the night accompanied by a cacophony of booms cascading the serene atmosphere marked the end of this year’s Redeemed Christian Church of God’s year end spiritual revival known as the Holy Ghost Congress.
For about 30 minutes residents of the fast growing Redemption City and its adjoining communities were treated to a kaleidoscope of colour displays and high sounding booms per-meating the cool ambience of the rural community while some of the church excited youth quite naturally responded in ecstatic acknowledg-ement.
The youth had earlier same evening been given a moment to celebrate the end of another successful spiritual revival to the glory of God as they heartily danced to ministration from the church mass choir which had performed extremely well throughout the duration of the programme tagged, The Overflow. And they poured out from all corners of auditorium to the only available space in front of the upraised altar, to express themselves in any way they could; through dancing.
It may not have been intended but the musical interval, made the roads free for the dignitaries to leave the auditorium with relative ease.
As is usual with such religious programmes, there were several testimonies of healings, deliverances, instant miracles, a harvest of souls, prayers for the nation and her different sectors including secur-ity, education, economy as well as the different age groups. There were talks, discussions and seminars on Christian court-ship and marriage; Basic principles of good management; parenting in the Internet age, diet-ing, investment and the Internet.
There was spontaneous reaction when Deaconess Oluwatoyin Samson, one of the survivors of the recent Associated Airline with registration number SCD 361 conveying the remains of former Gov. Olusegun Agagun from Lagos to Akure for burial, that crashed shortly after take-off at Murtala Mu-hammed Airport took advantage of the mam-moth crowd to appreciate God for sparing her life in the crash. Thirteen persons died instantly of the incident which occurr-ed on October 3 this year.
Deaconess Samson, one of the cabin crew of the ill-fated Associated Airline plane that crashed in Lagos killing 15 per-sons joyfully thanked God for her survival but tearfully noted that her colleague, Mrs. Quin-eeth Owolabi’s toes and fingers were amputated as a result of the accident.
After a very loud ‘Praise the Lord’, she said “I appreciate God who deli-vered me from the Associated Airline plane. I was among those in-volved in the plane crash but God in His infinite mercy delivered me. My friend that we were to-gether in the plane swapped her seat with me, saying she didn’t want to sit in the front.
“Few minutes after we took off, the plane started malfunction and it crash-ed. Later, I was conscious and I realised that the bodies of MIC boss, Mr. Tunji Okunsanya and his son were on top of me and besides me was late Gov. Agagu’s son. I tapped him, he woke up and he struggled out of the plane but I found it difficult to go out. After a long while I managed to find my way out. I am grateful to God. P-R-A-I-S-E the LORD!”
And the large congre-gation roared H-A-L-L-E-L-U-J-A-H! in appre-ciation of what God had done for one of their own.
There was also the intriguing story of a woman who came to the Redemption Camp to cook and sell food for participants but ended in the RCCG Maternity where she was delivered of the first set of twins during the programme.
Over the years since the maiden programme in 1998 Divine Visitation, Victory at last in 1999, Open Heavens in 2000, Wind of change in 2001, Showers of blessings in 2002, A new song in 2003, The master key in 2004, The ultimate break through in 2005, Heaven on earth in 2006, The next level in 2007, Joy unspeakable in 2008, Our God reaigns in 2009, All will be well in 2010, A new thing in 2011, Singns and wonders in 2012 and The overflow in 2013, the Congress has continued to provide some insight to what God does in the lives of human beings and in the lives of nations.