All is set for the Convention, celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Rhema Chapel International even as the celebration coincides with the 60th birthday of the Apostolic oversight of the Church, Reverend George Adegboye.
The celebration galore, which is a weeklong event, will kick start on December 4, 2017.
Briefing journalists during the weekend, at the Church Headquarters, Tanke in Ilorin, the kwara state capital as part of preparation for the much awaited celebration, the Pastor in charge of Rhema Chapel, Oluyole ,Ibadan Oyo state, Pastor Tunde Mabinuori, said arrangements have been concluded to organize a memorable and fiction free celebration of the church.
Pastor Mabinuori who used the briefing to elucidate extensively on the landmark achievements and human capital development programmes of the church explained that this year’s convention of the Rhema Chapel international churches was very significant not only because it marks the 30th anniversary of the church but also coincides with the 60th birthday of the Apostolic Oversight of the church, Rev. George Adegboye
According to Pastor Mabinuori, “A lot of success stories have been recorded since the inception of the ministry, apart from drawing the souls of men to their creator, the church has greatly been evolving quite a number of laudable projects that have direct positive impact on the lives of people of its immediate host community,Tanke.
“These projects are tailored towards alleviating hunger and suffering, maintenance of health, restoration of peace and order, human capacity building and fostering of oneness among others.
“These people oriented projects and programs are run monthly, biannually, or annually, where relevant, to ensure acceleration of continued impact on the lives of people.”
The cleric mentioned that some of the contributions of the ministry to its host communities include
free distribution of food stuff to the needy, people at designated centers at Tanke bubu, Tanke Ile-Iwe, and Tanke Ajanaku communities.
He explained that the church, through this medium, has given out bags of rice, beans, guinea corn, maize, garri and several other food stuff worth millions of naira to these communities.
The religious leader also stated that, ” the authority of the church has also been engaging in free medical services which include 24 hours free clinic services to both members and nonmembers of the church on yearly basis during the churches’ convention, including free eye tests, free glasses, free malaria test, HIV test, diabetes tests and dental services.
He added, “In addition to all these, we administer drugs worth millions of naira free of charge to those in need of it, free sinking of boreholes at four points in the community, to support continued water supply in the area and the renovation of the house of the traditional ruler of Tanke”.
“Also, the church has done a complete overhauling, on at least two occasions, of the patrol cars of the ‘F’ Division of The Nigerian Police command Tanke and the purchase of a five KVA Generator for the same police station. We have also donated thousands of building blocks to the same outfit.
He stated,” as at today the church has just completed the building of a Security Post for the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Tanke, to help in the maintenance of law and order in the community. This will be handed over to the community in the first week of December 2017″ he pledged.
Mabinuori, informed that, the church also recently completed the building of a Christian Chapel located at ‘F’ Division of the Nigerian Police Command, adding that the project will be handed over to the community in the first week of December 2017.
He hinted that the Church began free all-year-round Rhema coaching services for students in secondary schools and those at pre-university level by well qualified teachers in 2010 and has produced students with excellent results in several tertiary institutions qualifying examinations.
Meanwhile, the clergy man revealed that the church was inaugurated on 29th of November 1987 at Circular hotel Ilorin and started its regular services at the then Katola Nursery and Primary school Tanke on December 3rd 1987 and moved across the road to its temporary worship site, also in Tanke in1989.
He explained further that the Church later on moved to its permanent site- known as the International Convention Center for all nations in September 2005.
Speaking on the hrowth and expansion of Rhema Chapel, Pastor Mabinuori stated that the acceleration development of the church started in 1989 with the inauguration of Rhema chapel Offa. This was followed by Rhema chapel Oluyole at a facility known as Fadaka house – Oluyole area of Ibadan. Then followed by the inauguration of Rhema chapel national headquarters in Lagos at Casino Cinema Alago-meji, Lagos.
“Today, the number of Rhema chapel international churches stands at 34 in various locations in many state capitals in Nigeria” he said.
He informed that the church has 14 satellite and World Outreach churches in addition and apart from these, 3 Indigenous languages–Yoruba Rhema chapels. This is in addition to four tertiary institutions campus churches in Iree, Ede, Ado Ekiti and Minna.
He said there are also international expressions of the church in at least two Nations at present, in addition with its numerous support to missions and other church ministries across the country.
He disclosed that, the number of Rhema chapel church branches is 49.
At the end of the briefing, journalists were conducted by Pastor Tunde Mabinuori, and other senior Pastors and leaders of the church to some of the places where some of the projects donated by the church were located.