Friday, December 6, 2013
Adeboye welcomes all to Holy Ghost Congress
Enoch Adejare Adeboye will from today play host to millions of
worshippers from different parts of the world at this year's edition
of the church's Holy Ghost Congress.
The programme scheduled for one week at the sprawling Redemption Camp
along the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, has a unique theme; 'The
The Redemption Camp, now home to many residential apartments,
educational institutions, hospitality units and a few banks came into
being in 1985 to host the monthly all-night Holy Ghost service that
features praise, worship, scriptural exposition, prayers and personal
ministrations in answer to Pastor Adeboye's request that God should
rain His blessings upon the congregation..
God had asked him to assemble the people to worship and praise the
Lord and the promised miracles have been familiar features of the
programme. The Congress, now a six-day event, is an expand-ed version
of the monthly programme with the maiden edition in 1998 on the
beachside of Lekki Expressway.
Millions of worshippers gathered for an all-night programme to
celebrate Jesus in a festival-like atmosphere with the theme; "Divine
Visitation". The crowd was far more than the expected four million
people and it took several hours for vehicular and human traffic to
clear after an admittedly awesome night characterised by lively music,
preaching, and words of prophecies, signs and wonders.
The Congress became a six-day programme in 2003. The development of
the Congress 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 structures in
Traffic flow within and around the camp is also better controlled;
putting an end to the nightmare of the earlier years when worshippers
spent several hours on their way to and from programmes.
With the provision of more parking lots and better manning of routes,
shuttles between the camp and Lagos or other nearby cities which took
several hours are now done in less than one hour.
The amenities around the Arena and other parts of the Camp have also
been upgraded and improved upon for the comfort of worshippers and
visitors. More toilets—mobile and fixed—have been built. Water and
electricity are adequately supplied all-year round.
As the first visitors arrive the Camp, the General Overseer, Pastor
Adeboye has sent a word of welcome to all participants at this year's
fiesta. In his welcome address, Daddy G.O. thanked the Almighty God
for "keeping us since the last Congress in 2012. I am most delighted
to welcome you to a special Congress that promises to overflow with
signs and wonders.
"Congratulations for making it to this programme. You have come
expectant. As the Lord lives, you shall testify all through the
Congress and thereafter. As with the past Congresses, the Lord
promises to make this a memorable and fulfilling programme. He is a
covenant keeping God and He is faithful to do that which he has
promised. In what area of your life are you believeing God for an
overflow? All you need to do is to bring your case before Him in
humility with praises and thanksgiving in prayerful expectation. He is
the One who can do all things," he said.
Continuing, Pastor Adeboye said: "With Him, nothing shall be
impossible. He shall answer you in the mighty name of Jesus. The Lord
promises to touch every area of your life through His word and the
acccompanying sessions of teaching, prayers, seminars and personal
ministrations. All the morning, afternoon and evening sessions are
specially planned for you.
"The evening sessions will run everyday from the Opening Day (Monday)
to the Closing Day (Saturday). The morning sessions shall run on
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The afternoon sessions
featuring teaching on Marriage, the Home, Business, Career and other
aspects of everyday life will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and
"I believe you are here for a personal encounter with the Lord of
lords. Just wait upon Him and cry out to him on your own and during
the general prayer sessions. Do not let anyone or anything distract
you. As you key into the various daily programmes and focus on the
Lord, your life will never be the same again. You have come expectant:
you shall go home testifying," he prayed.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
DAY 1: Monday, December 9
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Prayer & Intercession
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Praise & Worship
8:00 p.m.-8:10 p.m. Opening Prayer
8:10 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Ministration
8:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Talk One: "I Will Bless The Lord At All Times"
9:00 p.m.-9:20 p.m. Greetings & Announcements
9:20 p.m.-9:40 p.m. Thanksgiving for Past Con- gresses
9:40 p.m.-10:10 p.m. Offering
10:10 a.m.-10:40 p.m. Choir Ministration
10:40 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Talk Two: "Beyond Salvation"