News Analysis: As Pastor Kumuyi Plans To Set Enugu On Healing FireArticles/Opinion, Featured Contributors/Columnists Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
Since its inception in August, 1973, the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM), a Nigerian indigenous Pentecostal Christian religious body, has been synonymous with signs and wonders, such as healing the sick and liberating people from all manner of spiritual captivities.
Suffice it to say that these tremendous breakthroughs and spiritual upliftments of depressed believers by the church have over the years, continued to attract more membership to its fold.
As a faith based organisation, which believes firmly in the teaching of Jesus Christ and dictates of the Holy Bible, (DCLM), which started as a 15- member Bible study group on the campus of university of Lagos (UNILAG), has continued to make practical Christianity its watch word.
The church, which is the brain child of famous fire brand Pastor William Kumuyi, a mathematics lecturer at the university of Lagos, before being arrested by God to work in his veinyard, as well as shepherd his flocks, has indeed grown from strength to strength, as it now has presence virtually in every nook and crannies of Nigeria and elsewhere.
Because of its founder’s visionary leadership, the church is today regarded in many quarters as one of the fastest growing Pentecostal Christian Ministry in Nigeria and beyond.
As at today, it has established presence in over 60 countries across the globe, which includes, African continent, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, among others.
In the last forty years of its existence, the ministry has grown to become a multi faceted omnibus of a Christian mission, pursing its goal of spiritual and secular development of mankind through its various arms, among which is, the Deeper Life Bible church DLBC, which it has planted in all villages and cities in Nigeria, with over one million and five hundred members.
Other arms of the church, include Deeper Life campus Fellowship, DLCF, a specialised arm of the ministry that based in tertiary institutions of higher learning, targeting students in their prime age. The organ is fully entrenched in nearly all the major tertiary institutions, such as universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, amongst others.
The church also runs the Deeper Life Prison Outreach, an arm that reaches out to the prison inmates. Deeper Life hospital outreach is another organ of the church that reaches out to sick people admitted in various hospitals with the gospel massages, which will bring salvation and healing to them.
In fact, the ministry has no fewer than ten different arms which handles various human related issues and problem. However, because of his total commitments in transforming peoples lives, both spiritually and physically, the General Superintendent (G-S) of the church, Pastor Kumuyi, has from time to time staged evangelical gospel crusades designed to minister to the needs and problems of people.
Available testimonies records indicate that such spiritual exercise have over the years, yielded wonderful fruits when ever it is organised, as scores of people who attended with various forms of problems go back home free and transformed.
Over the years, there had been reported cases of Deeper Life church crusades in many cities, where God used Pastor Kumuyi, as an instrument to make the lame work, blind to see, the deaf to hear, dumb to speak, among other signs and wonders.
Perhaps, it is in line with the biblical injunction when Jesus Christ commanded his Disciples to go into the world to disseminate the gospel, as well as heal the sick, that Pastor Kumuyi, will be storming the coal city state of Enugu, for a 3-day power- packed evangelical crusade, between 15-17, August 2014.
Briefing newsmen in Enugu on the forthcoming crusade, with the theme: “Greater Encounter with the God of Wonders”, the Enugu state Overseer of the church, Pastor Godson Ezenwajiofor, said the spiritual exercise will take place at the Deeper Life Bible church camp ground, near Naira triangle, off Enugu Abakaliki Expressway, Enugu.
According to him, all the spiritual well-being of the people of Enugu state, south east, and Nigeria in general remain the concern of the church, adding that the programme will be used by the General Superintendent to restore the hope of the hopeless and uplift the spiritual life of the people.
“It will wipe away tears from the eyes of multitudes that are perpetually harassed, tormented and dehumanised in various spheres of their lives due to issues they hardly ever understand.”
Pastor Ezenwajiofor, further assured that the crusade will address “the numerous spiritual, physical, psychological and mental agonies that have defied all known human remedy”
He said: “I have the pleasure to inform all and sundry that God has remembered us in Enugu state. God has prepared a Special vessel through whom he will specially intervene in the lives of individuals, families, and other forms of social groups, and the vessel is Pastor W.F. Kumuyi”.
Meanwhile, the state overseer has urged the people of southeast Nigeria to take the crusade very seriously, as it will definitely open a new chapter in their individual and family lives.
The crusade he said, will also be used as a platform to pray for God’s intervention in the numerous political and economic problems, confronting Nigeria, especially the present alarming insecurity challenges.
However, as the famous cleric, and his prayer warriors besieges Enugu, to set the city on a healing fire, it is the hope of residents of the area that those in spiritual captivities will be set free.
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