THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD - REDEMPTION CAMP
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THE HISTORY BEHIND THE REDEMPTION CAMP
In July 1909, a son was born into the Akindayomi family of Ondo State of Nigeria. Even though this child grew up surrounded by idol worshippers, he knew there existed a greater power and yearned to know,
"The God who created the earth and everyone on it". This pursuit for God led him to the Church Missionary Society where he was baptized in 1927. Still spiritually unfulfilled, he joined the Cherubim and Seraphim church in 1931.
Whilst there, he began to hear a voice within him saying, "You will be my servant." Since this was not his intention, he decided to ignore the voice. This went on for seven years during which all the business ventures that he tried resulted into failure. In debt and without peace of mind, he found himself totally dependent on the grace of God. Here marked the beginning of a definite relationship with God.Totally broken, he yielded saying, "Lord, I will go wherever you want me to go." He asked for signs to confirm that this was indeed God's call. The confirmation came through the Bible passages of Jeremiah 1:4-10, Isaiah 41:10-13 and Romans 8:29-31. The Lord assured him that He would provide for all his needs, as he would not receive any salary from that point on. This proved to be a comforting reminder during the trials in the months ahead. He became married in 1941. He continued to worship with the Cherubim and Seraphim. In 1947, he started to become concerned that the church was departing from the true Word of God in some of its practices. By 1952, he felt totally persuaded to leave the church. He started at Willoughby Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos a housefellowship called, the Glory of God Fellowship. Initially there were nine members but before long the fellowship rapidly grew as the news of the miracles that occurred in their midst spread.
Pa Akindayomi also had a vision of words that appeared to be written on a blackboard. The words were "The Redeemed Christian Church of God." Amazingly, Pa Akindayomi who could not read or write was supernaturally able to write these words down. In this visitation, God also said to him that this church would go to the ends of the earth and that when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in glory, He would meet the church. The Lord then established a covenant with Pa Akindayomi, synonymous to the Abrahamic covenant in the Bible. He said that He the Lord would meet all the needs of the church in an awesome way if only members would serve Him faithfully and be obedient to His Word. It is upon this covenant that the Redeemed Christian Church of God was built.
Thus, the Redeemed Christian Church of God was born in 1952, destined by the Lord Himself to take the world for Him. The church continued to meet at 9 Willoughby Street until they were able to acquire some land thereby witnessing a relocation to the present site of the Headquarters of the church at 1-5 Redemption Way, Ebute-Metta, Lagos (formerly 1a, Cemetery Street).
Sometime in the early 70s, God had spoken to Pa Akindayomi about his successor. The Lord told him that this man who was not a member of the church then, would be a young educated man. Thus when a young university lecturer joined the church in 1973, Papa was able to recognize him in the Spirit as the one that the Lord had spoken about in the past. This man, Enoch Adejare Adeboye who was then a lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos soon became involved in the church. He became one of the interpreters translating Pa Akindayomi's sermons from Yoruba to English. He was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975.
Papa was preparing to meet his Creator. He sent for Pastor Adeboye and spent several hours sharing with him details of the covenant and the plans of the Lord for the church. Even though a year before this, the Lord had revealed to Pastor Adeboye that he would be Papa's successor, it was still too difficult for him to fully contemplate such an awesome responsibility.
Pa Josiah Akindayomi was 71 years old when he died. Amidst controversy, Pastor Adeboye's appointment was formalized by the reading of Pa Akindayomi's sealed pronouncement after his burial.
Since 1981, an open explosion began with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds. At the last count, there are at least about 2000 parishes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria. On the International scene, the church is present in other African nations including C'ote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Gambia, Cameroon, and South Africa. In Europe the church is spread in England, Germany, and France. In the United States there are parishes in Dallas, Tallahassee, Houston, New York, Washington, and Chicago and also in the Caribbean states of Haiti and Jamaica.
Today, God is still doing marvelous deeds through the Redeemed Christian Church of God, worldwide. One of the well-known programs of the church is the Holy Ghost Service, an all night miracle service that holds on the first Friday of every month at the Redemption Camp at Km. 46, Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The average headcount of those who attend the Service is about 500,000. The Holy Ghost Service now holds in London quarterly
ABOUT REDEMPTION CAMP
The work on this Camp began in 1983, the Auditorium, Dormitories and other structures were built for the annual convention of that year. The General Overseer moved in on the 1st October 1985, and the work on the camp has continued since then because of the cooperation of the Elders, Pastors, Ministers, Workers and the wonderful congregation of the church, as all of them have been faithfully committed to the expansion going on here.Before moving to the camp, there were a lot of problems getting such a place. A family offered land at Alakuko, but it was not conducive for what the G.O had in mind.
Pa Josiah Akindayomi and Daddy E. A. Adeboye
When the G.O finally settled down for this place, everyone agreed with him, To begin with, the place 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.
The place was a forest occupied mainly by snakes and other dangerous animals. The Lagos-Ibadan expressway was under construction then and was very notorious because of the activities of armed robbers. The villages did not give much problems, Of course both parties had the initial problem of getting used to each other in order to tolerate each other, but the Lord gave the wisdom to commence evangelization work immediately.
REDEMPTION CAMP EVENTS AND PICTURES
The wife of the General Overseer, Pastor Folu Adeboye led the team of Evangelists who went round all the adjoining villages, while dealing with them in love. The result is that almost all the villages now have a parish of The Redeemed Christian Church Of God, and some of the villagers have even become pastors in the church. What is being experienced in the camp (CITY) now is the manifestation of a prophetic statement uttered by the General Overseer himself when he was staying in a one-room apartment given to him by the late founder of the church as some of the Elders were worrid about the accommodation the G.O was using. The issues of the G.O's accommodation came up during a meeting and the G.O told them that his Daddy (God Almighty) would give him a city, The elders did not understand at that time as they were praying for a flat or a bungalow, or even a duplex at the very best, and he came up with a city. The rest is now History.
There is no place as peaceful and secure as the Redemption camp. The General Overseer has directed that the place be referred to as a City, so We all call it REDEMPTION CAMP.
You are welcome to the city of God in Jesus name. AMEN.
Pastor E.A Adeboye
MONTHLY HOLY GHOST SERVICE
Attendance at this service is between 800,000 to 1,200,000 people. The Holy Ghost Service takes place at the main auditorium every First Friday of every month. Word of Knowledge, prayers, miracles, praise and worship, with powerful ministration led by Pastor E. A. Adeboye and other anointed men and women of God.
SPECIAL HOLY GHOST SERVICE
There are several special Holy Ghost Services taking place at the city. First week in march is a three day event featuring special messages/seminars, workshop and also celebration of our father, Daddy GO's birthday. Other special HGS are for Children, Youth, Prosperity and Fruit of the womb
HOLY GHOST CONGRESS
Annual Congress takes place at the city for a whole week
MONTHLY HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE
This is a special service taking place at the main auditorium every Thursday preceding the monthly Holy Ghost Service. The service is very solemn with powerful ministration by Pastor E .A Adeboye
holds at the city first Monday of every month 8am to 9am.
Ministering Pastor E .A Adeboye
This department oversees all electrical installations in the city, working with The National Electric Provider, the department operates independent power supplies to critical locations within the city. During major services at the City, power supply becomes paramount and Electrical Department with its able personnel rises up to the task and provides adequate power for the City.
The water department operates water distribution throughout the city. The department has a plant that process pure water and purified bottled table water for the residents of the city and beyond. Water is very important to the residence of the City and this department make sure there is adequate water supply throughout the City.
The huge space measuring about 3 kl by 3 kl hosts the annual congress, the premiere event in December each year. An estimated crowd of 6 million people can be expected to converge on the arena during the peak celebration of the week long event. You have to book early if you are considering attending the Holy Ghost Congress in December.
This department is charged with the responsibility of recording all events taking place in the city where Pastor E. A Adeboye is ministering. This department provides language translation of sermons into many African Languages such as Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo,and European languages such as Portuguese, French and others.
This department is headed by Prof. LadiOsasona.
INTERNATIONAL GUEST HOUSE
Block A ( 15 rooms):
2 storey building with 3 wings and 5 Floor/suit
DESCRIPTION: Each Floor has 3 rooms and a big sitting room with a double standard bed, fridge, air condition wardrope and mirror, toilet and bath.
Contact us for information about booking
Block B ( 19 rooms):
2 Storey Building with balcony
DESCRIPTION: The ground floor has three guest rooms and a mini hall.
second floor has eight (8) guest rooms each.
Each room has one reading table, two chairs, double bed with fridge and air conditioner, wardrobe and mirror bath and toilet with water heater. All rooms are floor tiled
International Guest house Block C (24 rooms):
DESCRIPTION: Upstairs with sitting room down and 1 sitting room upstairs.
Ground floor has 12 rooms, eight standard rooms with double bed and four rooms with single bed, second floor is the same as the ground floor, each room has a reading table, fridge, air conditioner, bath and toilet with water heater.
Middle courtyard, passage and common room floor tiled while all rooms are rugged.
The front view of the Redemption Resort This fantastic facility is suitable for conference, banquet, lecture and hosts of event where you want an extraordinary serene atmosphere
The Atrium/Dining Room.The Resort has three stories with Atrium Dining in the middle. It is absolutely gorgeous!!!
The resort comprises two types of suites, corner suite with two bedrooms and a living room, and Chalet comprises a bedroom with spacious living room
The City presently hosts Redeemers University's temporary Campus, including three main colleges, student lodging, library, University Cafe, Internet Facility (WIFI), and the University Administrative blocks
P.O. Box 7914, Ikeja, PMB 3005,
REDEMPTION CAMP. TEL: 01-7731593
THE REDEEMED CHRISTIAN BIBLE COLLEGE
The Redeemed Christian Bible College was founded in 1980 and moved to the Redemption city in 1983. Pastor Awobajo was the first principal. The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God is the Chairman, Board of Governors of the Bible College.
The goals of the college are as follows:
To cater for the spiritual manpower needs of the church.
Preparation of people for ministry through a rigorous set of norms and curricular.
To train ministers all over the world to cope with the Redeemed Christian Church of God's global spread
To provide a conducive and formal atmosphere for the teaching of the basic tenets of faith and complete and undiluted word of God.
REDEEMERS HIGH SCHOOLS
Redeemer's High School is located at the heart of the city adjacent to the university. The school operates separate dorms for boys and girls in an area suitable for recreation and physical activities.
Haggai Community Bank developed a sprawling Estate adjacent to the Congress Arena, a look will convince you of the aesthetic and serene atmosphere. The Estate comprises; Semi-Detached Duplexes, Three and Four Bedroom Apartments and also Bungalows.
THE FOLLOWING BANKS ARE PRESENTLY IN THE CITY
Haggai Community Bank
United Bank For Africa
New life Community Bank.
The Post Office is Situated close to the main entrance to the Redemption City. This post office is also functional and serves the residents of the city
The Security Post is located right at the entrance of the camp with security men stationed there 24hours daily. There is security all around the city at strategic places.
The Redeemer's Clinic is situated on Holiness Road almost to the end of the Road, The clinic staffed with a qualified doctor and nurses. They attend to common Health Issues.
The camp accommodation has been divided into (3) for easy administration. They are as follows:
International Guest House
The international Guest house has three Buildings labeled Block A, Block B, Block C. The descriptions for each..
The executive chalets are stylishly furnished and bungalow. It is a Parlor and Room with Two beds in the room..
The chalets are beautifully furnished and well spaced bungalow houses constructed with your comfort in mind.
CRM (Christ Redeemers Ministry) operates a well stocked supermarket at various locations within the city. You can find common provisions and other household items at the supermarket . CRM also operate a well stocked bookstore in the city.
CRM operates public market during major event at the City. 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.