MEMBERS of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, have started arriving the Redemption Camp, venue of the 60th annual convention of the church which begins today with the ordination of deacons and deaconesses.
Among the first arrivals, are senior members of the church who had to arrive early enough from different parts of the country for the Ministers' Conference which started on Thursday.
The week long event which is preceded by a three-day Ministers' Conference is designed to spiritually equip pastors, assistant pastors, deacons, deaconesses, elders, evangelists and other ministers of the church and prepare them for the different roles expected of them during the programme.
Theme of this year's programme is 'Come Up Higher' and it is expected to feature ministrations by different anointed ministers of the gospel who will support the chief host and the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye.
All events including the ordinations and seminars will take place at the Holy Ghost Arena of the Redemption Camp and the Camp Manager, Pastor A.F. Elufowoju has assured participants of safety of their properties throughout the duration of the programme.
He told our reporter that security personnel as well as traffic managers would be drawn from Lagos and Ogun states to ensure free-flow of traffic while advising participants to make use of the facilities in the camp including the numerous car parks.
Work on the camp
Work on the Camp began in 1983 while the General Overseer was said to have moved into the place on October 1, 1985 when the entire place was still one huge forest.
Though the place was a forest, everyone hailed the choice. To begin with, it was found out to be somewhere easy to relocate to and accessible to members who would come from Abeokuta, Ibadan, Ilesa, Ilorin, Akure and other places.
Living there was initially out of mind, all that was planned was somewhere that would accommodate church members during conventions.
Welcome address by Pastor Adeboye
Dear Beloved Brethren,
IT is with great joy and gladness of heart that we welcome you to the 60th annual convention of this glorious mission. The Lord has indeed been very gracious to us, showing us great mercies, miracles, deliverance, victories, provision. We also bless the name of the Lord for keeping you alive in His mercy, since last time we gathered here.
This convention is an invitation of our heavenly Father to behold the King, His power and His greatness. He is asking us to 'Come Up Higher' through the highway of holiness, increased faith and purity, enlarged vision, and an ever increasing greatness unto glorious expectations.
"...and a highway shall be there, and a way and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the way faring men, though fools, shall not err there-in." (Isaiah 35:8).
There is a place specially prepared for those who yield to the invitation to Come Up Higher. A position of higher level of power, grace, glory, mercy, joy, total victory, success, prosperity and deliverance. This is why you have come, be prepared to receive LIFE in its fullness!
We encourage you to personally and passion-ately see Him by availing yourself of the various seminars,and plenary sessions. Prayerfully commit yourself and your future to deep intimacy with Jesus Christ. Drink in deeply of His presence and do not allow yourself to be distracted.
It is our desire that the power of the Holy Spirit may arise within you and cause you to long for more of Him daily from now till you are filled to overflowing.
There is room at the top for you, see you there in Jesus name.
PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE
FACILITIES AT THE CAMP
The huge space measuring about 3 kilometres by 3 kilometres hosts the annual congress, the premiere event in December each year. An estimated crowd of six million people can be expected to converge on the arena during the peak celebration of the week long event.
This department oversees all electrical installations in the city. It works with The National Electric Provider, but operates independent power supplies to critical locations within the city. During major services at the City, power supply becomes paramount and the Electrical Department rises up to the task and provides adequate power for the City.
This department is charged with the responsibility of recording all events taking place in the city where Pastor Enoch Adeboye is ministering in addition to providing language translation of sermons into many African languages such as Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, and European languages such as Portuguese, French and others.
The water department operates water distribution throughout the city. The department has a plant that processes pure water and purified bottled table water for residents of the city and beyond. It makes sure there is adequate water supply throughout the City.
The Post Office is situated close to the main entrance to the Redemption City.
The Security Post is located right at the entrance of the camp with security men stationed there 24 hours. There is security all around the city at strategic places.
The Redeemer's Clinic is situated almost to the end of Holiness Road. Staffed with a qualified doctor and nurses the clinic attends to common health issues.
The camp accommodation has been divided into three for easy administration. They are as follows:
International Guest House. The international guest house has three buildings labelled Block A, Block B, Block C.
Executive Chalets: The executive chalets are stylishly furnished and a bungalow made up of a parlour and room with two beds in the room.
Chalets: The chalets are furnished and well spaced bungalow houses constructed with your comfort in mind.
Christ Redeemers Ministry, CRM, operates a well stocked supermarket at various locations within the city. You can find a well stocked bookstore, common provisions and other household items at the supermarket. CRM also operates public market during major events. You can rent a tent to display your goods and sell freely within the public market area. People can find all sorts of materials in this public market typical of African Common Markets.
There are about 400 public toilets all around the Congress Arena for the use of participants in addition to mobile toilets stragically located close to the Arena.