By Oboh Agbonkhese
From Sunday, December 11 to 18, 2016, members of God’s Kingdom Society from around the world gathered at Salem City, Warri, Delta State, to celebrate last year’s Christian Feast of Tabernacle. Those that could not partake in the feast physically, tuned in for live streaming of the events. One of the key messages was from GKS’ president, Brother Godwin Ifeacho, who spoke at St. Urhobo Square on “Can Human Efforts Solve the Problems of Mankind?”
According to him, in these last days, Satan is manifesting his anger in more destructive forms. Which is why no one, except God, can provide solution.
He urged the celebrants to be examples of good Christian living anywhere they find themselves, adding, “exercise hope in the Kingdom of God. Let it be the joy and anchor of our souls. We should be strong in our faith in the providence of God Almighty in these perilous times and pray constantly.”
A colourful aspect of the feast is the Last and Great Day Procession, which took the celebrants from the Salem City gates through major surrounding streets and back to the Salem City. Accompanied by music from virtually every tribe in Nigeria and a team from Canada/USA, the more than two kilometre-long procession had the Laity, led by Bro. Love Ojakovo, at its head.
Other prominent members of the church that were part of the celebrations were Vice Chairman, PDP South-South, Bro. Emman-uel Ogidi; Delta State former Commissioner for Higher Education and HOD, Department of English, University of Lagos, Prof. Hope Eghagha; House of Representatives member, Mr. Henry Nwawuba (PDP, Mbaitolu/Ikeduru, Imo State); member, Administrative Committee, GKS Canada, Bro. Abraham Esemu-Ezewu; Engr. John Nnamdi Igweneme of NNPC and Mr. Emmanuel Efeni of THISDAY.
One touching and encouraging moment was when, for 15 minutes, nine-year-old Master Mich-ael Akpovorie (Lagos Island) gave a talk on “The Importance of Doctrine,” on Saturday. He said false doctrine is like bad food, but that spiritual malnutrition is worse than eating bad food.
Another such moment was when, on the last day, six young men, Messrs Chidinma Omatjunwa, Nathaniel Adedokun, Victor Udeme, Robert Chimankpa Osuji, Orevwa Jerry and Akporeh Emmanuel, were dedicated to the service of God as ministers.
Finally, one of the many things GKS can forever boast of is the high moral standard their women display in their attitude and dressing as well as the prominence the church gives the diversity of Nigeria’s cultural heritage.
Every single day of the Feast, one orchestra after the other from different cultural groups across the country serenade celebrants with music: Isoko, Hausa, Urhobo, Itsekiri, Ijaws, Yoruba, Esan, Benin, Tiv, Efik and so on. And when, on the last night of the feast, celebrants waved their white handkerchiefs, the sea of whites reminds one of that divine hope Bro. Ifeacho preached.