The Church of God National Convention in Nigeria is an annual meeting, bringing together all the congregations who have embraced the truth and are known to be standing on the paths of righteousness. In years past, individual congregations made plans to host other congregations in a convention, but as time went on, the economic situation made it impossible because of the gradual numerical increase of the number of attendees. A decision was then taken to have conventions by joint effort and a central organizing committee, known as the National Convention Committee (NCC) was set up to help coordinate matters concerning the convention. The result is that ministers can now concentrate on preparing themselves spiritually for the task of saving souls, particularly at the meeting.
The last convention therefore was unique, because it brought together for the first time, a large number of youths, more than we have ever experienced. The congregations of the church in Ebonyi State, South East of Nigeria, scattered in different towns had, like some in other states, suffered the attack of grievous wolves leading to the scattering of the flocks. A revival wave which occurred recently in the state caused the NCC to consider a request by the elders of the churches in that region to move the convention to Abakiliki, which is the capital of the state for the purpose of further consolidating on the gains already made in reviving the work there.
Although majority of members in the South South and South West could not turn up because of the distance by road, the attendance was good and encouraging. Many souls gave their lives to Christ and were baptized before they departed the convention ground.
I will like to inform you that the convention was suspended for two years, specifically, 2008 and 2009 because of the need to raise funds to purchase a piece of land in Benin City, South of Nigeria, to be developed for a permanent ground for the convention. Having attained that goal which cost over N2 million, the development of the property will be gradual. However it was resolved that owing to the importance of the National Convention, especially its evangelical benefits, there will be no such suspensions again.
The next meeting has been scheduled for September 2011 in Benin City.
Written by: Brother Oluwole Josiah, Editor of Rays of Truth
(more pictures from the Convention...)
Bro Okhimeh at the Convention
Sisters practicing feet washing
Bro Josiah on the Piano
Bro Yewenu preaching