Bishop Francis Wale-Oke, the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has urged delegates to its 17th Conference to tap into the fountain of knowledge of the spiritual fathers present and assured them of turnaround at the end of the three days programme.
The event, with the theme “More than Conquerors,” which began with the arrival and registration of delegates, also has in attendance dignitaries from other walks of life from within and outside of Bayelsa and the Niger Delta region.
The 10,000 seater capacity Bayelsa Ecumenical Centre, Igbogene, was filled to the brim with leaders of Pentecostal Churches, the political class and delegates from the 36 states of the federation.
Those present include Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Church, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Rev. (Dr) Felix Omobude and Pastor David Ibiyeomie. Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the February 25, 2023, election, Mr. Peter Obi, was also present.
Bishop Wale-Oke declared that participants will receive unprecedented blessings as a result of the gathering of the spiritual fathers, and advised participants to come with expectation that God will meet them at their points of needs.
He affirmed that Bayelsa state will continue to stand out in the comity of other states, particularly in the Niger Delta region.
The national President of PFN also lauded the local organising committee, the national advisory council, national executive council and other stakeholders for their painstaking efforts in making the event a success.
Wale-Oke, who emphasised that the importance of the programme to Bayelsa people cannot be overemphasised, also appreciated Governor Douye Diri for his support and for approving the Bayelsa Ecumenical Centre for the programme.
In his remarks, the South-South Vice President of PFN, Apostle David Zilly-Aggrey, described the timing of the 17th biennial Conference as apt, as it will serve as a spiritual prelude to the general elections and generate the amount of spiritual energy that will culminate in the success of the presidential election.
Zilly-Aggrey, said he felt elated that the 17th biennial Conference is being hosted in Bayelsa which has a lot of outstanding spiritual landmarks and advised Bayelsa people to key into the programme in order to experience breakthroughs in their lives.
Earlier, Governor Douye Diri, had appreciated the national leadership of PFN, for the preference for Bayelsa as the host State and expressed his administration’s continued support to the church in the state.
Diri, who expressed the belief that the state will not remain the same after the gathering of the spiritual fathers of faith, also called on Christians involved in politics to change the political narrative of the country.
Delivering the first lesson, National Secretary of PFN, Bishop Cosmas Ilechukwu, described Bayelsa as a blessed state, and called on younger ministers to take advantage of the visit of the spiritual fathers in order to enrich their spiritual well-being.
The event also witnessed the PFN National Prayer Coordinator, Rev. Mercy Ezekiel ministering in praise, where some people received deliverance, healing and breakthroughs among others.
Other dignitaries at the event were, the National Deputy President of PFN, Archbishop John Praise-Daniel, PFN National Deputy Vice President, South West, Archbishop John Osa-Oni, his FCT counterpart, Rev. Victor Ogunkanmi and Bishop David Bakare.
Others present were, the wife of the Bayelsa State governor, Mrs. Gloria Diri, State Deputy Governor, Mr. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, State Chairman of PFN, Pastor Dr Tam Seth Eyedoude, his Delta State counterpart, Bishop Kingsley Jonny and Pastor Femi Emmanuel among others.