When God called His servants of old in the bible, He gave them visions to follow in order to lead His people to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. The scripture says, “write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it” (Habakkuk 2:2).
In the same vein, God has given his servant and shepherd in Cornerstone parish, to prepare a people that will make their lives sanctuary for God to dwell in, and Christ as the Chief Cornerstone. The anchor scriptures include, Ephesians 2:20-22, and Exodus 25:8.
RCCG North America Today
In North America there are over 800 parishes (Dec. 2015) spread in various Cities and States of USA and Canada. Also there are parishes in the Caribbean states of Haiti and Jamaica. There are parishes in South America, the Middle East, Australia, etc 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 in millions. The Holy Ghost Service now holds all around the worldmonthly but is led by Pastor Adeboye, half-yearly in London. Similarly, Pastor Adeboye leads these services in Washington DC and Toronto, Ontario, Canada once in a year and once in Europe every two years.
1st Parish in North America Started
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 4000 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 fully established in the following countries: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Pastor Adeboye Succeeds Pa Akindayomi
A Mathematics Lecturer Joined the Church
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.
Concerns About Church Practices
Pa Akindayomi Got Married
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.
Joined Cheribim and Seraphim church
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.”