Monday, December 12, 2022
GKS DECLARES MULTI-MILLION NAIRA EDIFICE OPEN AS THOUSANDS CONVERGE IN WARRI FOR FEAST OF TABERNACLES
The President of God’s Kingdom Society, (GKS) The Church of the Living God, Brother Felix Ekundayo Adedokun has declared open a multi-million Naira edifice to host convocations of Feast celebrants at Salem City, Warri, Delta State, the Church headquarters, even as members and friends of Church assembled again in person after two years of holding the celebrations online.
Addressing thousands of delegates who sat under the lattice steel structure for the first time, the GKS President thanked God that members were able to assemble once again for the Feast as they could not do so in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 restrictions. He saluted them for responding to the call for financial and material donations when the Church mobilized for the work following the rain that disturbed the Feast Assembly on Saturday, December 20, 2014.
The GKS President recalled that the foundation for the building was laid by the immediate past president of the Church, late Brother Godwin O. Ifeacho on Thursday, February, 27, 2020, though the idea for such a building had been mooted 40 years ago, when on Sunday, December 12, 1982, the second President of the Church, Brother E. T. Otomewo spoke of a building where members would assemble to hear the word of God without being disturbed by rain or sunshine.
Brother Adedokun thanked the Laity officers of the Church who followed up on the planned program of work that led to the accomplishment of a long-held dream. Expressing appreciation to God that there was no loss of life in the course of the work, Brother Adedokun thanked the contractors who handled the substructure and superstructure and other aspects of the work. He gave assurance that “even under hard conditions, we shall continue to lift up our hearts and hands for the work of God until the time when we shall have our rest, at the outset of the antitypical Sabbath, by His grace”.
According to the Chairman of the Building Committee for the project, Brother Chinedu Nwawuba, an architect, the St Urhobo Square building is lattice steel structure that is trapezoidal in shape, to maximize the dimensions of the available land. It is 112m at the longest side and 90m facing the Warri-Sapele Road. It is designed to take about 24,000 worshippers at its full capacity when the galleries have been built.
The opening ceremony featured special performances by the Aladja Choral Group, GKS Aladja and the Chidi-Ebere Orchestra of GKS Warri. Also, for the first time in two years, there were street processions through the streets of Warri to sensitize the public about the Feast of Tabernacles and to invite them to the occasion.
Two Bible lectures were given in the evening by ministers of the Church. The Feast of Tabernacles ends on Sunday, December 18, 2022.
Brother O. E. Oriaku
Acting Publicity Secretary,