Lagos City-wide Crusade Revives Lives
FOR some curious observers, Ajegunle, a densely populated area of Lagos, which is widely noted for its high level of crime and violence, among others, has received a divine touch.
AJ City, as it is popularly called because of its notorious nature, has always been held, in some quarters, as a city that would never change its spots, just like leopard.
But last Tuesday at the Lagos City-wide Crusade, organised by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) in conjunction with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Ajegunle, unfortunately to its critics, took a departure from its old chip.
Shortly after the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM), Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi finished his ministration and left for the day, many of the participants at the crusade in the AJ City besieged the altar, where the man of God was, and poured out their heart-felt desires to the Lord, yearning for righteousness.
Euriel Momah, a civil servant with the Lagos State Government, who obliged a graphic picture of the event, pointed out that it was an unprecedented scene, as many of them did not want to go home, unlike other locations where participants would be in a hurry to leave the venue, depicting Ajegunle’s readiness for positive change.
He remarked that Ajegunle, which many a social commentator has always believed to be a never-do-well area, was in obvious hunger and expectations, showing an attitude of “I will not let thee go except thou bless me.”
Momah said: “They held on to prayers even after the crusade has closed for the night. They could be found around the altar in earnest prayers of faith. It was a clear demonstration of their determination not to go back home with their burdens until their problems are solved. God does not overlook such faith.”
Aside Ajegunle, other areas where the crusade had been held equally recorded significant impact – people discovering their God.
In Ikorodu, information gathered revealed, over 4,682 people, including chiefs, surrendered their lives to Christ. In Ikeja, over 2,000 converts were recorded, while in Alimosho, many people got themselves reconciled with God.
Also, in Alimosho, a lot of miracles took place. Mary Edy’s four and half year-old daughter, Stella, who could not speak, was miraculously healed after Pastor Kumuyi’s prayer. Before then, Stella had been taken to several private and public hospitals, including LUTH. She was later slated for brain test, which would cost N50,000.
Mrs. Dele Joseph, who had incessant cough and pain on both right and left ribs for over a year, equally received her healing. Prior to her miracle, Dele had gone to Wuse District Hospital, Abuja, where an x-ray revealed that her left chest was blank. Therefore, she was recommended for CT scan, but she could not do it due to faulty machine.
Two weeks ago, another x-ray was carried out on her for TB and bronchopneumonia. Even though the TB test result was negative, Dele kept coughing and could not take deep breath, while the pains persisted. But on Wednesday, this week, after the prayer, the pains in both ribs stopped and now she could take deep breath, which was not possible before.
Uchenna Diei, who had stroke that affected her right side of the body and speech, also related her story. She could not talk and walk. She had sought medical attention and prayers. After Pastor Kumuyi’s prayer, she could talk and walk unhindered.
Mary Adeniyi Adebori, who was deaf and dumb for seven years, could now speak fairly, while Mr. Bolaji Oloye, who had prostate cancer since 2011 and visited several hospitals without solution, received his healing and now totally freed after the prayer. Fatimo Wahab, who claimed she was spiritually attacked, had her hands physically squeezed as if tied together for 15 years. But after the prayer, the yoke was broken and her hands got loosed.
An analyst, Jones Bagbe, noted that life in Lagos, prior to the crusade, had been full of challenges, even with so many churches and religious houses in the state. He also lamented that the level of immorality, criminality, cultism and waywardness had been alarming, but the crusade had brought a lease of life.
According to him, when considering the fact that those who responded to the altar call were mostly in the youth category, the crusade would definitely enhance positive socio-moral disposition in the state.
Bagbe said: “I was told that a location recorded over 4000 converts.