Thanksgiving: Idahosa, Adefarasin In Prayer For Bayelsa
It is always good to give Glory to the Almighty God and that is what the government of Bayelsa State did on Friday.
November 2 of every year is set aside as a Thanksgiving Day and usually a public holiday in the state.
It had rained heavily in the wee hours of the morning, but Bayelsans believed it was a shower of blessing, as they prepared for the State's Interdenominational Thanksgiving.
By 10:a.m, worshippers from different religious groups arrived at the Ecumenical Centre located at lgbogene, an Epie community in Yenagoa, the state’s capital.
Different brands of fancy cars were parked on both sides of the road. Security officers were also at the arena, maintaining peace and order.
The canopies outside the hall were all fully occupied, with women adorned in beautiful uniforms of different colours.
The happiest were residents of the community who saw the event as an opportunity to make sales after the devastating flood which crippled businesses in the state.
Cooked food, snacks, drinks, jewellery and clothes were sold outside the gate.
Inside the hall, Steve Crown, a gospel artiste, led in worship while Governor Seriake Dickson read the lesson.
Senior Pastor of House on the Rock, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, preached on the topic 'What Is Your Identity?'
He talked about being crucified for the sake of Christ.
"We are the embodiment of Christ and as such, will be crucified and tormented for our belief.
"Because Christ satisfactorily took your place on the cross, there is no you without Him,” he said.
Pastor Adefarasin encouraged everyone to see the true reflection of whom they are in Christ and he blessed the state.
The appearance of Archbishop of the Church of God Mission international, Margaret Idahosa, was greeted with cheers from the crowd, as she prayed to God for showers of blessings upon the state and its residents.
When it was time for his speech, Governor Dickson thanked Bayelsans, encouraged them not to relent in their support for his administration and prayed for God to bless them
"Just as we defeated federal might, so shall we continue to defeat them.
"All criminals masquerading as politicians should desist.
"God will shut them out and shut them down in Jesus Name," he prayed, as the crowd chorused Amen!
A woman who sold fried bean cake, plantain and pap, Mrs Peace Tonye, smiling, told Bounce News that “God used this event to put smile on my face”.
She revealed that with the money made from sales, she would buy some goods and start her petty trading again.
"I am a widow, but from today, my children and l have hope of surviving the effect from the flood," she added.
It was a day of praise and worship to God as all danced and praised God even as the state tries to address issues of cult killings, robbery, prostitution and flood.
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