Thousands of Christian faithfuls on Thursday gathered at the NLNG Sandfill in Port Harcourt for the opening night of Great Gospel Crusade of the Christ for All Nations (CFAN) taking place from the 8-11 November 2018. CFAN is a Christian evangelical mission founded in 1974 by German preacher, Rienard Bonnke. The ministry is now headed by Daniel Kolenda as president/CEO since the retirement of the founder in 2011.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, his wife, Justice Eberechi Nyesom-Wike and top government officials have been in attendance at the event since its opening day.
Courtesy Call to the Gov. by Kolenda
Earlier, Wednesday, before the crusade started Evangelist Kolenda arrived Port Harcourt from Frankfurt, Germany and drove to the Bricks House, the Rivers State government house for a courtesy call on governor Wike. Addressing the governor and a full house of government officials, Mr. Kolenda said he was in Port Harcourt on appointment from God “after several intercessions for Africa by the organisation. This is the appointed time for God to bless the people of Port Harcourt.”
The fiery evangelist said the gospel would be preached at every corners of the city including the villages and prisons for people to receive Christ. Kolenda also said that a fire conference which is an aspect of the crusade was designed to prepare pastors and church workers with a view to making them take the gospel to the nooks and crannies of the State.
The cleric promised that the resurrection power of God will manifest during the crusade, noting that God will work mightily. “History will be made in Port Harcourt this week, the power of God will be released to bless the people”.
In his address to the ecclesiastical visitors, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike pointedly described Rivers State “as a Christian State” that has been committed to God. He expressed gladness the ministry chose Rivers State for their ministration, and used the opportunity to vie off course to berate the organizers of the Prince Charles State visit to Nigeria, who unlike the organizers of the crusade, deliberately shielded the royal visitor from coming to see first hand the misery of the Niger-Delta region from where the oil wealth of Nigeria was taken.
Wike thank God for the grace to his government to reclaim the NLNG sandfill land where the crusade was being held, which had, before his administration, been a notorious den of robbers “now turned into a place for God’s blessing”.
“This administration derives her sustenance from God”, he said. “We are grateful that men of God have continued to pray for us. If not for their prayer, this administration would have been shaken. But because of God’s blessing, we have continued to march forward”.
Earlier, Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Rivers State, Apostle Zilly Aggrey praised Governor Wike for placing God first in all his activities.
He said that God led Governor Wike to reclaim the NLNG land because he wanted to use it for the salvation of souls in Port Harcourt.
Highpoint of the visit was the rendition of special prayers for Rivers State and Governor Wike by Evangelist Daniel Kolenda.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has since assumption of office in 2015 been in romance with the church, throwing the doors of the State open to waves of christian religious activities. Gov Wike, himself a devout Anglican and locked in bitter battles for control of the State with the ruling All Progressives Congress at the federal level, has attributed his many political victories to the handwork of God.
One of such was his Supreme Court victory which re-validated his election as governor of the State after it was upturned by the federal court of appeal. The State, defying the Nigerian economic recession, has continued to record growth. And when federal police withdrew the governors security aides during the December 10 rerun election leaving him vulnerable, the governor’s usual refrain was “if they cannot provide security for me, God will protect me.”
The first to exploit the governor’s affinity with the church was the Deeper Christian Life Ministry whose General Overseer, Pastor William Kumuyi, signed a spiritual pact with the state to hold a monthly crusade in Port Harcourt. The essence of which, according to the governor, was to secure the State and its people into the hands of God.
At the maiden edition of the crusade tagged ‘Connected to Rivers State’ in September last year, Pastor Kumuyi prayed that peace should return to the state. The crusade, which held at the Liberation Stadium, was attended by Governor Wike, his wife Justice Eberechi Wike and members of the State Executive Council. The crusade also held in October, November and December.
The January edition tagged ‘Rebuilding Rivers State’ also drew a large crowd with Governor Wike, his wife and members of the State executive in attendance. Apart from the Deeper Life crusade, it has been a flurry of rallies and crusades in the state with other Christian denominations hosting their own gatherings. The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement was one of them. The crusade, sponsored by the state government, was conducted by the General Overseer, Pastor Lazarus Muoka, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.
On December 31st 2016, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy conducted a cross over night at the Liberation Stadium. The venue of the crusade, according to a source close to the Church, was approved by the state government for the Church without fees.
Shortly after the Christ Embassy crusade, Salvation Ministries came up with ‘seven nights of glory’. The crusade according to the overseer of the Church, David Ibiyeomie, was organised to free those that seek the face of God from all kinds of problems that confront mankind.
The monthly Holy Ghost rally organised by the Redeemed Christian Church of God shifted base to Port Harcourt on January 27th. The rally tagged ‘the Almighty’ was presided over by the Church’s General Overseer Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
Governor Wike, at the dinner organised for Pastor Adeboye by Christ the Redeemer Friends International, noted that the peace and security currently being enjoyed in Rivers State shows clearly that God answers prayers.
At the last count, over ten churches have lined up different rallies in the state, with electronic media awash with jingles announcing one crusade or the other to be hosted in Port Harcourt.
CFAN Crusade Day 1 – Gov Wike in attendance
The opening day of the Crusade also witnessed praise and worship by Chioma Jesus and a visiting gospel artiste from the United States.
Thousands of Christian worshipers on Thursday gathered at the NLNG Sandfill in Port Harcourt for the opening night of Great Gospel Crusade of the Christ for All Nations (CFAN).
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike and top government officials were in the congregation staying on till the end.
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda later led hundreds of people to God and there were several testimonies of sick persons who received their healing from God.
Blessings Flow In Day 2
The mighty wave of God moved across the city of Port Harcourt as Jesus Christ touched thousands of worshipers at the NLNG sandfill, venue of the Great Gospel Crusade.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike and top government officials continued to join in the celebration of God’s blessing.
Eddie James, an American worship and praise singer led an outstanding session that moved congregants. Governor Wike in high spirit along with the First Lady, was seen praising and dancing and participating fully in the day’s activity.
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda prayed God to destroy all the idols tormenting the state and stagnating development in the state. Preaching a sermon, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda said that there is power in the blood of Jesus Christ to free all those suffering from the evil power of the devil.
Several converted sinners and witch doctors surrendered their charms and amulets, which were publicly burnt at the Crusade. Many laid claims to receiving miraculous healing testifying of God’s goodness and grace.
Rivers People Lift State Up To God On Day 3
The Great Gospel Crusade of the Christ for All Nations (CFAN) in Port Harcourt entered Day 3 on Saturday night with special prayers for Rivers State, her government and people.
Thousands of worshipers lifted their voices in prayer, committing Governor Wike and the state to God. They asked for divine enablement for the governor to sustain good governance for the growth of the state .
In line with his pledge, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike and top government officials were joined by the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus for the third night of the crusade.
Apostle Eugene Ogu led the prayers for the lifting of Rivers State by God through his divine intervention.
He said that God has strategically placed Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike as the leader of Rivers State with the purpose of transforming the state.
The cleric prayed God to stretch his hand to hasten the progress of the state and dismantle all structures of conspiracy and wickedness against the state.
He prayed for divine and angelic assistance for Governor Wike to enable him achieve the development of Rivers State.
President of CFAN, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda urged preachers, politicians and other Christians to change their ways and commit their lives to God.
He advised them to emulate Zaccheus in the Bible who abandoned his evil ways and embraced a Godly lifestyle that honoured God.
Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Crusade, Bishop Winston Iwo commended Governor Wike for his commitment to expanding the frontiers of the gospel through direct support for the Church.
He said the construction of the State Ecumenical Centre, the Government House Chapel of Everlasting Grace and the release of the NLNG Sandfill for the Great Gospel Crusade are clear indicators of Governor’s love for the gospel.
Iwo, who is also Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Religious Affairs said that the church will continue to uphold the governor in prayers.
American Worship Leader, Eddie James led Christian Faithful at the Great Gospel Crusade on a soul lifting praise session that released the Holy Spirit.
Sensational Bamidele also led the congregation in another praise and worship session.
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda Visits Government House Chapel of Everlasting Grace, prays for Rivers State
President of the Christ for All Nations, CFAN, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda on Sunday visited the Rivers State Government House Chapel of Everlasting Grace built by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
The International Evangelist who was led by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike prayed for the sustenance of Rivers State and God’s blessing on the state.
Accompanied by the Vice President of CFAN, Rev Peter Vandenberg and the Director, Africa for CFAN, Rev John Dakur, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda prayed God to strengthen the administration of Governor Wike for the good of the people.
Governor Wike received the cleric at his residence from where he led him on a tour of the reconstructed Brick House and the old Catholic Chapel located in the precincts of the Government House Port Harcourt.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo and the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus joined the Rivers State Governor during the visit of the Government House Chapel of Everlasting Grace.
At the resident of the Governor, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda also prayed